What To Do After a Crash
Posted on behalf of Gordon & Partners on Apr 29, 2013 in Motorcycle Accidents
Florida has the second highest number of registered motorcycles throughout the United States with more than 570,000 motorcycles registered. Additionally, approximately 14% of these motorcycles are registered in Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin counties.
With so many motorcycles registered throughout the state, the likelihood of being involved in a crash with another motorcycle or vehicle is high. Between 2010 and 2011 the number of motorcycle crashes throughout the state increased by 15% and more than 7,000 motorcyclists and passengers were injured in these collisions.
Driving a motorcycle is dangerous and when a cyclist is involved in any type of collision the number of injuries that could occur are numerous. If you or a loved one has been injured in a serious motorcycle crash, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
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The type of accident a motorcycle rider may be involved in could depend on the other vehicle involved in the accident.
Some common types of motorcycle accidents include:
- Rear-end Collisions
- Truck Underride
- Car vs. Motorcycle Crash
- Truck vs. Motorcycle Collision
- Single Motorcycle Accident
A single motorcycle accident may occur when the cyclist is trying to prevent an accident from occurring or when a motorcyclist loses control of their bike.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Crash
When a motorcycle rider is involved in an accident it can be scary for both parties involved as cyclists do not have the same protection as a larger vehicle or truck and are more susceptible to accident injuries. Florida law does not require motorcycle riders to use helmets, therefore brain injuries are a larger possibility along with disorientation.
If a rider is involved in a collision it is important they remain calm and get off the road so that they do not risk being hit by another vehicle. Once out of immediate danger 911 should be called right away to deal with and assess any injuries. If the motorcycle is still on the road, the cyclist or other driver should not attempt to remove it as injured victims are of the utmost importance, not property damage.
Some other steps drivers may want to take include:
- Contact law enforcement to file a crash report
- Exchange insurance information with the other vehicle(s) involved
- Write down everything you recall from the crash
- Use a cellphone or camera to take photos of the collision
- Collect information from any witnesses possible
- Provide a detailed and honest statement to police about the incident, do not try to blame anyone – simply provide the facts
- Wait for medical personnel to assess all injuries, do not go home if you are hurt or think you may be hurt – it is important to document all injuries sustained.
Lastly, speak with a knowledgeable attorney to discuss all your legal options. Do not speak with unknown insurance representatives who may show up at the scene of the accident or sign any documentation you do not understand or agree with.
Contact our motorcycle accident lawyer Today
Being involved in a collision with a motorcycle can be scary, both parties should do their best to remain calm about the situation and make sure that each person is safe. If you or a loved one is seeking legal counsel about a motorcycle accident that caused the victim to be injured, our injury attorneys are ready to help you.
At Gordon & Partners we are dedicated to helping the injured and have more than 180 years of combined legal experience in doing so. We pleased to have offices throughout the tri-county South Florida area and are proud to represent injury victims in the following cities:
- Pembroke Pines
- Boca Raton
- Palm Beach
- Port St. Lucie
…and many more local towns and cities. We can help guide you through the entire litigation process, contact us at 1 (855) 722-2552 to get connected with one of our knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyers. Our intake staff members will connect you one of our motorcycle accident attorneys in West Palm Beach that is best suited to handle your claim after a few initial questions about your accident.
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