According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,957 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2012, up 7.1% from 4,630 in 2011.
In that same year, motorcyclists were about 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash, and five times more likely to be injured.
With disturbing statistics like these, it’s easy to see why you’d want to avoid such an accident.
Unfortunately, that is not always possible, and knowing what to do after a motorcycle accident can play a key role in protecting your rights in the event you’ve been seriously injured.
- Seek medical attention. This is always your first and most crucial step. Since motorcycle riders don’t have the protection of a vehicle when they’re in a crash, their injuries tend to be much worse. Of course, it’s always kind to help those around you seek medical attention as well, but first and foremost, make sure your own injuries are attended to
- Call the police. Report the accident and have law enforcement document it. Do not leave the scene before the police arrive, or until they’ve taken a full report (unless your injuries require an emergency trip to the hospital).
- Get information you may need. This includes contact and insurance information from all drivers, victims, and witnesses. It’s ideal if you can get the make, model, and license plate numbers of all vehicles involved as well.
- Record the events. If you have a cell phone camera and can take pictures of your injuries, the damage to your vehicle, and the scene of the accident, do so immediately.
- Get an attorney. Many accident victims miss or minimize this important step. However, without an experienced attorney, you may be losing out on compensation you may be entitled to.
You may need an experienced St. Petersburg accident lawyer
A St. Petersburg motorcycle accident can be devastating, and you may need help to protect your rights. Call the staff of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk 24 hours a day at 1-800-753-5203 for a free evaluation of your case.