What To Do After A Kentucky Motorcycle Accident?
Most motorcycle accidents have a difficult outcome, with the driver and/or the passenger sustaining serious or fatal injuries. Severe injuries are common after a motorcycle accident. After a motorcycle accident it may be hard to know what you should do after a collision.
While you may be a safe driver who takes all the required safety precautions, accidents still happen. Motorcyclists are at risk for an accident when other drivers are reckless and negligent. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates bikers are more than 30 times more likely to die in a collision with another vehicle.
Common causes of Kentucky motorcycle accidents
- Lane splitting
- Drivers making left-hand turns without looking
- Inexperienced bikers
- Motorcyclists without proper training
- Riders without licenses
- Riding while under the influence
- Human error in judging distance or speed
What to do at the scene of a Kentucky motorcycle accident
If you are able to take action after a motorcycle accident, there are some things that you can do at the scene of the accident. Taking the following steps can help your future claim.
- Call 911 immediately
- If you are wearing a helmet, do no remove it. Keep it in place in case your neck and/or spine are injured.
- Only remove your helmet when told by emergency personnel that it is OK to do so.
- If you are relatively mobile and it is safe to move your motorcycle out of traffic, do so.
- Do not risk any further injuries if you are badly injured by trying to move your bike.
- If you are carrying a cellphone, try to take pictures of the accident scene, any hazards you are aware of, such as potholes or debris, road conditions or traffic signs.
- Talk to eyewitnesses and get their contact information.
- Take pictures of the other vehicle involved in the accident, its position, condition, any skid marks or debris.
- Do not admit to any fault for the accident to anyone.
- Report your accident to your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Do not volunteer any details to medical personnel or the police at the scene.
- Contact a Kentucky motorcycle accident attorney at Hessig & Pohl as soon as possible.
- Do not refuse medical treatment even if you feel fine. You may have sustained internal injures that you are not aware of and that do not manifest until later. If you refuse medical treatment, you could lose your opportunity to file a personal injury claim.
Every motorcycle accident is different. That is why you need an experienced Kentucky motorcycle accident attorney from Hessig & Pohl to help you. Be aware that Kentucky is a no-fault state and you may need to attempt to get reimbursement from your own insurance carrier. Hessig & Pohl can help you do this and explain how to pursue a claim against the other responsible party.
At Hessig & Pohl, we understand how complex motorcycle accidents are. We are here to help. We take a comprehensive approach to accident investigation, by gathering evidence quickly to support your case. We work with a team of professionals to develop the best strategy to protect your rights and achieve a fair settlement. Call us today for your free consultation at 502.777.1111.