Being involved in a motorcycle accident can be frightening and distressing for everyone involved. The aftermath of the accident can leave you with many questions about the next steps and the responsible actions to take. At the Law Office of Scott Righthand P.C., we’re here to help you understand the process following a motorcycle accident in California and answer any questions you may have.
While your first instinct after an accident might be to panic, understanding the proper steps to take can help alleviate your anxiety. Drivers should never flee the scene of the accident, as you could face hefty fines or even jail time. Motorists should proceed with the following steps immediately following a motorcycle accident:
If possible, pull over to the side of the road to avoid any other dangers on the road, such as oncoming cars. If your vehicle has been damaged, or you are badly hurt, you may not be able to get to a safe space. At this time, you should contact help to assist you.
After pulling over to safety, or acknowledging that this is not an option, contact the police and seek medical attention. Even if you and the other individuals involved in the accident feel fine, it’s best to get checked out by medical professionals to ensure that nothing is wrong. It’s important to make sure that everyone involved is safe before proceeding with any exchanging of information.
While you wait for authorities to arrive, exchange insurance information and basic identification. If someone has sustained an injury, or an individual’s behavior appears threatening to your safety, do not attempt to exchange information right away. Wait until authorities are on the scene to proceed with this step. You are not required to contact your insurance company at the scene of the crash, but should do so within ten days of the accident, especially if there are injuries or vehicle damage.
When police arrive on the scene, they are going to need to ask you questions regarding the accident. In addition, they will take pictures of the scene and gather necessary evidence for their records. If applicable, they may speak to any witnesses present at the scene to determine who was at fault. It’s important that you cooperate with law enforcement to make the process go smoothly and ensure that everyone is safe.
Once law enforcement has gathered the information they need, and if no medical attention is necessary, they will permit you to leave the scene. Here’s what you should do next:
If the accident caused injuries or property damage, it’s important to reach out to your insurance company. Even if you were not at fault for the accident, you should still contact insurance. Depending on the damage that occurred, your insurance company might raise your insurance price. If you were at fault in the accident, you will need to pay for damage that occurred from the accident. Your insurance can help you through this process.
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, the Law Office of Scott Righthand P.C. is here to help. Contact one of our trusted attorneys today.
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