Many motorcycle accidents occur in Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia and result in motorcycle accident injuries each and every year. If you, unfortunately, happen to get into one, it is imperative that you know what to do.
The first step, of course, is to check for injuries. If you are able to, see if anyone is in need of medical attention. If you or a motorcycle injury victim is seriously injured, dial 911 immediately.
The next thing that you need to do is get out of the roadway! Being in the middle of the road is one of the most dangerous places to be and it is crucial that you get yourself and others out of harm’s way. Be sure to use hazard lights or other modes of alerting others to notify oncoming traffic of the accident and injuries. After taking yourself out of harm’s way of new accidents and injuries, it’s time to gather information. Exchange information with all of the other drivers involved, such as name, address, phone number, insurance information, and license numbers. Additionally, take note of the other driver’s plate numbers, car makes and models, as well as description. Then, call the police. This should only be done if anyone is injured or property damage is severe. The ensuing step taken should be to take note of your surroundings where the accident and injuries occurred. That includes where, when, how, road conditions, speed limits, and weather. After this occurs, talk to witnesses, if you aren’t too severely injured by the accident. Record their comments immediately because memory fades. If they refuse to get involved, try to write down their license plate number.
Finally, do not admit fault or discuss the motorcycle accident! Some things should not be done after a motorcycle accident. Do not make any statement regarding the accident to anyone other than the police. Do not apologize to other drivers, no matter what. Do not argue with other drivers about what happened. Do not sign anything from any other driver that means to relay the events from the accident. Do not sign anything from any insurance company.
While operating a motorcycle in the Maryland, DC, and Virginia area, it is very important to know what to do if you happen to get into an accident. These steps need to be taken to ensure that the actions following the accident are properly completed.