If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to know a few things you should do afterward. If you’re in a position to do so, it’s a good idea to speak to the other driver. Don’t admit fault, but be cautious to make sure the other driver is also healthy. If either of you is suffering from injuries, you or others should render appropriate aid until the medical team arrives.
When you’re speaking to others about the collision, don’t apologize or take responsibility. It’s important that the police determine who is at fault; it’s not your responsibility to state that you’re at fault. There are many things that could be factors in your crash.
Another thing you shouldn’t do is allow the other driver to leave the scene without calling the police. “Forgetting” the accident isn’t a good idea, because many injuries you could suffer may not begin to bother you until several hours or days later. It’s in your best interest to allow the police to come to the scene and take a report, so you have the basis for an insurance claim if you need to file one.
In addition to the above, it’s important not to assume you’re not hurt. It’s always wise to go to the hospital after a crash, even if you feel fine. The adrenaline of the situation may make you feel better than you should, when the reality is that you’ve suffered an injury that needs medical treatment. If you go to the hospital, a doctor can look at your wounds and make sure you’re as healthy as you believe you are. The trip to the hospital should be covered by the other party’s insurance if he or she is at fault.
Source: Motorcycle.com, “Four Things You Should Never Do After A Motorcycle Accident,” John Zaid, accessed Jan. 30, 2018