Motorcycle accidents often result in more serious injuries than other types of wrecks because, unlike a car or truck, there is nothing protecting the motorcyclist from the force of impact. If a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, the only thing protecting him or her is their helmet, and the protective clothing they might be wearing. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident or witness one happening, taking the right steps immediately following the crash can make a difference between a serious injury and a tragic fatality.
Do Not Leave the Scene of the Accident
Never leave the scene of the accident before police arrive. Doing so may result in a criminal offense. In addition, if the motorcyclist suffered serious injuries, leaving the scene could endanger his or her life.
Check for Injuries
If you are physically able to do so, check to see if anyone involved in the accident has suffered serious injuries. Do not try to move anyone unless not doing so would cause further risk to their safety. Turn on your hazard lights to alert oncoming traffic that there has been an accident. If assisting an injured victim is going to put you in danger, wait until help arrives.
Call 911 immediately if you or others involved in the accident have been seriously injured. Provide as many details as you can, including the location of the accident, how many people were hurt, the types of injuries involved, and your contact information. Never try to remove the rider’s helmet unless the person is not breathing. If this is the case, carefully remove the helmet and perform CPR, or ask for help from the 911 operator.
If a victim is bleeding profusely, apply pressure to the area to prevent further blood loss. If the individual continues to lose blood, ask the 911 operator for advice until the ambulance arrives.
Traffic accidents can be extremely stressful and overwhelming, causing emotions and adrenaline to run high. To prevent a bad situation from getting worse, take a few deep breaths, and try to stay calm. This can help keep the situation under control and prevent others from panicking.
Reassure Injured Victims
If you have not been seriously injured in the accident, check on the other victims by talking to them calmly and reassuring them that help in on the way. Motorcycle injuries can be quite severe, so having another person there to provide comfort to someone who is scared and confused can be extremely helpful until emergency medical personnel arrive.
If you can do so, obtain and provide insurance information, as well as phone numbers, driver’s license numbers, and license plate numbers. Take pictures of the accident scene and send this to your insurance agent as evidence.
Baltimore Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Protect Victims Injured in Motorcycle Accidents
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, you are urged to contact the Baltimore accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. Motorcycle accidents can cause severe injuries and we will work tirelessly to secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent motorcycle accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.