Due to the sheer size difference between a vehicle and a motorcycle in an accident, it’s not uncommon for a rider to be injured, often severely. If you ride motorcycles, it’s important that you know what to do after a motorcycle accident in Kentucky.
Every state has its own laws regarding motorcycles, requirements, and licenses. Kentucky does as well, and some are more recent addition to the law, like requiring a turn signal. Also, because of the many events that bring in out-of-state riders, some motorcyclists may not even be familiar with the roads or with Kentucky laws.
If you plan to cross state lines, it’s good to also get acquainted with the applicable laws where you are traveling before anything actually happens.
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What Happens at the Scene of an Accident?
Provided you are not knocked unconscious and taken away by ambulance before you even come to, there are some things you should do at the scene after you’ve been in a motorcycle accident. If you’re injured, it’s important to call 911 right away who will dispatch response personnel, including paramedics to the scene.
Some riders make the mistake to take off their helmet. You should leave it on in case your neck and/or spine are injured. Wait until emergency crews arrive before taking it off. If you are not seriously injured and can safely move your motorcycle, get it out of traffic and harm’s way. Do not put yourself at greater risk or risk injuring yourself trying to move the bike.
You should consider taking scene photos of the damage, road conditions, any potential hazards, etc. If you couldn’t see a stop sign because it was covered by overgrown bushes, that could be a mitigating factor. However, if you don’t take a photo at the scene and the city suddenly decides to trim the bushes because they are on notice of the accident and do not want to be held responsible, you will have no way to prove this without photos.
In addition, you need to report this to your insurance company as soon as possible, but never admit to any fault. The same goes when talking to the police officers and medical personnel at the scene. You should speak with witnesses and get their contact information, and ensure that it’s on the police report.
Seek Medical Treatment
You should follow all instructions when it comes to getting yourself checked out at the scene and following treatment. If they want to transport you to the hospital, it’s wise to let them do so. You may have internal injuries that you aren’t even aware of.
Contact a Louisville Motorcycle Accident Attorney
One of the most important steps to take after an accident is to contact a Louisville motorcycle accident attorney at Harville Law Offices, PLLC. Kentucky is a no-fault state, which means you may need to pursue reimbursement of your medical bills and lost wages through your own carrier. Your attorney can advise how to pursue a claim against the other responsible party. You have a right to be compensated for your damages when someone else is at fault for causing the accident.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Kentucky, contact us today at 502-272-90501 to schedule an initial consultation.