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Although we wish they weren’t, traffic accidents are a fact of driving and every now and again they will happen. Although all drivers hope never to be involved in one, sometimes its inevitable. When it comes to serious injury and fatalities motorcyclists are much more exposed than the average driver which means they’re more likely to suffer the serious consequences of an accident.
Motorcyclists account for only 1% of road traffic but make up a massive 19% of road deaths. Understandably, after being granted your licence the last thing on your mind is an accident as the only thing you want to do is get out onto the open road. However, it’s essential to be aware of the dangers.
If you were ever involved in a motorcycling accident, these are the rules to bear in mind:
After an accident your emotions are likely to be running high. You;ll be in shock, scared, upset and probably angry. In these situations it’s important to keep your cool and not to get angry or start an argument. Not losing your temper will have a calming effect on those around you which could be imperative when it comes to getting witness statements.
Witnesses to the accident will be much more willing to come forward with details if they don’t feel threatened by your temper or behaviour.
Even if people do witness an accident, a lot of them will leave the vicinity quickly as they won’t wish to get involved. You should try your best to get any witnesses to stay at the crash site until help arrives because the information they hold could prove extremely useful when trying to establish blame.
Create a safe scene
Turn off the engine of your bike and switch on the hazard lights. Cars and vans should have hazard triangles so, if there are any cars or vans involved, put out their warning triangles in the road.
You should try, as much as possible, to alert oncoming traffic to the fact that there’s been an incident. If there are by standers or witnesses to the accident, they may also be able to help you alert the traffic – this is also a good way to get any witnesses to stick around.
There are certain things you need to do before you’re allowed to leave the scene of a crash that you’ve been involved with.
If the crash has caused an obstruction for other road users or if another party has left the scene without exchanging details then you should contact the police.
You should always exchange details with anyone else that has been involved in the accident. Providing other parties with our details and obtaining them from others is a legal requirement and they’re likely to be helpful if anyone involved issues a claim. You should ask for names, addresses, contact details and insurance details – a lot of people don’t have this information to hand so make sure, at the very least, you record the name of their insurer.
If you’re seriously injured then you should try and alert someone and get them to ring the emergency services. Remember, if you’re injured, never let anyone take your helmet off and you should never remove anyone else’s. If you or another rider have sustained neck or head injuries then removing the helmet could make them worse. The only time you should ever consider removing someone else’s helmet is if they’ve stopped breathing or gone into cardiac arrest. If this is the case then you should remove it slowly and perform CPR.
If you have been injured in a motorcycling accident and feel that you could be entitled to make a compensation claim for your injuries, contact a reputable, specialist injury lawyer to assist with your case.