If you ride a motorcycle in Florida, you need to know what to do in a motorcycle crash to protect yourself from serious injury. This article covers a few critical points.
When you are in a motorcycle crash, there are many things you need to know before the collision that can help you reduce the severity of your injuries and get the information you need for insurance purposes. During the accident, you can take steps to mitigate damage. Once you have received medical attention, you will also need to follow up with others who were involved.
Here’s what to do in a motorcycle crash.
What to Do in a Motorcycle Crash: Avoiding an Accident and Crashing Safely
- Slow down as much as possible: Improper braking technique is a major contributor to motorcycle accidents. Apply both front and rear brakes smoothly yet firmly without locking the wheels. As you slow down, apply more pressure to the brakes until you come to a stop.
- Swerve away from objects: Riding requires precise split-second decision-making. If you realize that you can’t slow down, swerve to avoid any cars or objects in your path. Braking and swerving simultaneously may increase your chances of crashing.
- Avoid “laying down” your bike: Many people think that the safest thing to do in a crash is to “lay down” the motorcycle, meaning purposely putting the motorcycle on its side and sliding to a stop. Doing so is dangerous and can result in serious injuries, including head injuries. Staying upright allows you to maintain control for as long as possible.
- If your bike falls, let go: If you are unable to avoid going down, you could risk being crushed if you hang on to your bike. Letting go of your bike in a crash will also help you slow down faster.
What to Do in a Motorcycle Crash: Steps to Take After the Accident
- Take note of your injuries: After you come to a stop, take a few moments to assess yourself for injuries. Adrenaline can make your injuries difficult to notice, so make a visual inspection before attempting to move (unless you are in imminent danger).
- Call for help: If you have a phone handy, call 911 to report the accident. If you are injured, request medical assistance.
- Assess and record the scene of the accident: If your injuries do not prevent you from doing so, make a mental and physical record of the crash scene. You can use the photos or videos that you capture to support your insurance claim.
- Get proper medical care: The most important thing to do after a motorcycle crash is to get checked out by a physician. You may not realize that you are injured for days or even weeks after the accident, and new symptoms can arise months or even years in the future. Do not assume that because you are not in pain that you are not hurt.
Now that you know what to do in a motorcycle crash, be prepared every time you hit the road.
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