A useful guide of what to do in the event of a motorbike accident more articles
- By Georgia Smith
- In Articles
- Posted Jan 16, 2016
Having an accident is far from everyone’s mind, but if in the event, whether you are a part of one or a witness, would you know what to do? Don’t panic if your answer is no, most bikers will feel in the dark too, however there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Keep your cool
When an accident happens, the initial emotion is to panic, and most of us will act rashly. However, it is best to stay put and remain calm. You must try to take hold of your emotions and control any anxiety or anger you may have; this will help the people around you to also keep their cool.
"Remember: Being angry or argumentative may cause witnesses to leave the scene."
Make the call
If anybody is injured or if the accident is a hazard to other motorists, it is important to call 999 immediately.
It is important that you do not flee the scene of an accident, whether you think you’re not in the wrong or not, you could be committing an offence by not fulfilling required obligations. Each motorist, passenger or witness must remain at the scene until the police arrive.
"Please remember: you must call 999 if anybody involved has left the scene without exchanging details."
Check for injuries
It is crucial (if there are any injuries) to check that nobody is seriously hurt; you must assess the situation well, and ensure you are not putting yourself at risk when checking the injured. First things first, if anyone is injured you must check for responsiveness by talking to them, if they respond, continue talking to them and keep them calm until an ambulance arrives.
"Please remember: if somebody is injured, you must not take off their helmet; the injured may have sustained head injuries. However, if the person has stopped breathing you should remove the helmet in order to perform CPR."
Make the scene safe
As you wait for the police to arrive you need to make the scene safe for passing vehicles, so put your hazards on and try to make the scene as noticeable as possible to prevent any further collisions.
It is required by the law that when motorists are involved in an accident they must exchange details. Here is a check list you will want to keep in mind:
- Contact number
- Make & model
- Registration number
"Remember: when exchanging details with other motorists, you should try to keep comments to a minimum, until the police arrive – saying too much whilst there is no official there can be risky business."
If you are wanting to make a claim, by obtaining any witnesses information could be very useful if the incident ends up in a legal dispute. If witnesses are willing to provide information of what they saw, asking them to provide their name and number or even a written description of the event. Ensure witnesses state they’re totally fine if they were to provide evidence.
Capture your evidence
Documenting the scene of an accident will help you out considerably later on if you are later to make a claim. You should try to take photographs of as much of the scene as possible, especially if the accident has happened far away from home. Your aim should be to make the location identifiable, so try to include photos of any street names, road signs or any landmarks nearby. If you use your smartphone to take photographs, it is likely to contain metadata which will reveal the GPS coordinates of where you took the photo; so you will be able to trace back the exact location of where the accident happened.
Call your insurer
The most vital thing to remember is that most insurance companies will only allow you to make a claim only a certain number of days after the accident has happened. So if you are wanting to claim, you need to make it as soon as possible, and of course when it is safe to do so.
Here are a few things you must remember to tell your insurer:
- The names of the parties involved
- The make, model and year of all he vehicles involved
- The names and contact information of any witnesses
"Remember: if you are asked about any injuries, say you are going to visit a doctor and then you will supply a doctors note - this will ensure there is no room to underestimate your injuries, leaving you entitled to as much compensation as you deserve."
Prevention strategies can save lives, so when you next go for a ride always remember to; wear protective gear, adjust your riding to the weather; so reduce your speed when conditions are bad, make good judgement; so use your signals and stick to the speed limit and finally, be vigilant of other drivers; tonnes of motorbike crashes happen because of other motorists.
For a useful guide on how to avoid the five most common motorbike accidents visit The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) website.