Getting in a car or motorcycle accident can be incredibly scary. Not only is there a chance of death or serious injury, there is a good deal of money lost with all of the property damage involved in the crash. This is why it is so important that people know what to do if they are in a car or motorcycle accident before it happens so that they can be prepared. Here are some things you should know.
1. Take Pictures
With the popularity of cell phones, there is no reason that people shouldn't be taking pictures immediately of the accident. Back when there were no cell phones, or cell phones didn't have cameras, people had to wait for the police to get proof of what happened. This is not the case anymore. You should pull out your phone and take a picture of both cars, the license plates numbers, the injuries of anyone involved and anything else that you feel might be pertinent. If possible, make sure that the date and time are on the picture as well. This will ensure that there is no question as to the legitimacy of the photos.
2. Call The Police
Too many people think that they can handle it on their own without calling police. They might believe that it is only a little problem, or a small scratch on the car so they ignore it. There are a couple problems with this. The first is that the police are the safest way to ensure that there is an official report written. This official report will be incredibly helpful if there ends up being any kind of lawsuit or when you file a claim with the insurance company.
Additionally, you don't know the amount of damage when you first get in the accident. What looks like a potentially small problem could have been bigger than what you see. There could be a mechanical issue, or a injury that will require more care than what you originally thought. If you brush it off saying that it is just a small little thing, then you might forfeit the information that you need down the road when you realize you actually do need to access an insurance policy.
3. Assume The Worst
Although this may sound negative, it is best to assume the worst in every situation and hope for the best. You should always be prepared for the worst lawsuit or for a fight, then if it goes better than you thought, great! If not, at least you were prepared.
By doing these things you can protect yourself. Contact a motorcycle accident injury attorney for help.