Motorcycle accident? 6 steps to take now

On behalf of The Joy E. Miserendino Law Firm, P.C. on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

In a bustling state like New York, there are a lot of people who choose to make their motorcycle a daily driver or just take it out for a leisurely spin. However, being a motorcyclist on a busy road can be a risk to your safety.

According to the National Highway Safety Association, New York is a dangerous state to be a biker. From 2014 to 2015, there was a staggering 14 percent increase in motorcycle fatalities. 

Step 1: Make sure you are uninjured

It is important, especially for someone as unprotected on the road as a motorcyclist, to make sure you are alright after an accident. Check yourself for injuries, whether minor or severe, you may want to see a medical professional to assess your injuries.

Step 2: Get out of the road

If you are well enough to move, it may be wise to move your bike out of the roadway. The last thing you want is to be crashed into by another vehicle while you are dealing with the aftermath of the first crash.

Step 3: Call the police

Calling the police is an important step that often goes undone. The police can take statements from you and the other driver, assess the scene and the situation, and file a police report. Having a police report can help you in filing an insurance claim later on.  

Step 4: Document the scene

Take photos. If your bike is badly damaged, having photographic evidence will aid in making sure that the other driver (or your insurance) does not attempt to say there was less damage than there really was. Write down your experience. Details may become hazy after an accident, especially with adrenaline running high. Having an account of the crash from the scene can help make sure that you remember every detail.

Step 5: Exchange information

  • Get the other drivers:
  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Insurance information
  • License plate number and vehicle description

Step 6: File a claim

Each insurance companies have their own policies on when they want you to notify them of a crash, but most want you to file as soon as possible after an accident. Some even want you to call from the scene. Confer with your insurance or a legal professional on how to proceed further.

Joy Miserendino

Joy Miserendino

Joy E. Miserendino comes from a long line of lawyers in upstate New York. Her father, Samuel R. Miserendino Sr., was one of the most respected attorneys in the Buffalo area. He practiced personal injury law from 1958 to 2006. Joy is continuing in her father’s footsteps, having achieved several multimillion-dollar results for her clients over her lengthy legal career, including one of the 30 highest personal injury verdicts in New York in 2016.

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Many people who suffer serious injuries become frustrated because they end up getting shuffled from one person to another when seeking legal representation. At The Joy E. Miserendino Law Firm, P.C., we are here to give you personal, one-on-one attention. We have offices in Buffalo and Fredonia in upstate New York.

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