Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating experience, but it also carries the risk of serious injury since a bike offers much less protection than a car in case of an accident. The Nashville motorcycle accident lawyer at Pitman & Petro Attorneys at Law offer the following tips for staying safe as well as knowing what to do in case of an accident:
Wear a helmet. Riding a motorcycle without a helmet makes you more vulnerable to serious head injuries and even death.Law mandates the use of helmets for all motorcycle drivers and passengers.
Keep your motorcycle well maintained. Regular maintenance will help ensure that your motorcycle operates properly. Make sure to maintain and check the following:
- Turn signals
Know – and improve – your skill level. Don’t try to execute maneuvers that are beyond your skill level, and whether you’re a beginner or already have some experience, consider taking a course to improve your skills.The Department of Safety offers courses for beginners as well as advanced riders.
Watch out for road hazards. Be aware of road hazards such as potholes, animals, or debris in the road. These can easily cause you to lose control of your bike.
What to Do in Case of an Accident
Get to safety.
If you’re on a motorcycle – or thrown off your bike during an accident – it’s important to get off the road to safety if you don’t need immediate medical attention. If anyone else received injuries, help them move off the roadway if you can do so without getting hit. Try not to risk injuring them further.
Call for help.
Call 911 if any serious injuries occured. Also call the police so an accident report can be filed.
Undergo a checkup by a medical professional.
Even if you don’t think you’re injured, you may want to have a doctor check you out, since you could have a concussion or another type of injury that may not be immediately apparent. In addition, the rush of stress and adrenaline after the accident can temporarily mask pain.
If someone saw the accident and stopped, get his or her name and contact information in case they leave before police arrive. If not too injured, use your cell phone to take photos of the scene, including the following:
- Damage to your bike
- Your visible injuries
- The location of any other vehicles involved in the accident
- Identifying markers such as traffic lights, road names, etc.
Get the Help of a Nashville Motorcycle Accidents Lawyer
In one of the Nashville motorcycle accidents? Contact the Nashville motorcycle accident lawyer at Pitman & Petro Attorneys at Law at (615) 422-2222 for a free consultation. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., but we’re available 24/7 to take your call and discuss whether you may have a case.