The winter season is close, but you can still get your motorcycle ready and head out on the road. Feeling the wind is the best therapy. Putting those two wheels on the blacktop ahead, soaking in the freedom and making it home is your goal.
Rain, limited visibility and especially other drivers may cause you to lay your bike down or crash it. Follow the motorcycle laws of Georgia and you may save yourself from serious injury. If the worst were to happen, do your best to work through the shock of the situation and take the following steps.
What to do after an accident
- Call 911. If you can, check yourself and others for injuries. You may want to go to the hospital and have the doctor check you over. You may only have a little road rash, but you could have internal injuries.
- Take pictures of the accident scene. Include everything you can of the road, your motorcycle and other vehicles. You may need these photos for evidence in court or to give to your insurance company.
- Move your bike off the road if you are able. Leaving it on the street may be a safety hazard for other drivers. Depending on the severity of the accident, the police may tell you to leave the motorcycle until they finish their investigation.
- Speak with witnesses and those involved. Get names and phone numbers. This evidence may be essential for your insurance agent if disagreements arise. Get the accident report from the police.
- You may want to call your insurance company as soon as possible to file a claim. The agent may request all information you may have received from the police, in addition to photos and witness statements.
Adrenaline and emotion set in directly after an accident. Take a moment to collect your thoughts, and do not admit fault.