According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than 82,000 motorcyclists sustained injuries from traffic collisions in 2020. Of those accidents, at least 55% involved another automobile.
Since motorcyclists might sustain severe injuries, it is vital to know what to do after a crash.
Riders should seek medical attention after any crash
A motorcyclist may find themselves in an ambulance after a severe impact, but the rider must seek medical attention even if they walk away without apparent injuries. Doctors may discover delayed injuries, and proper documentation can make collecting damages from the other driver easier.
Some of the most common injuries sustained by motorcycle riders are:
- spinal cord damage
- traumatic brain injury
- road rash
- broken bones
Law enforcement should document the scene
After a collision, it is necessary to call law enforcement officers to the scene so they can document the crash. Insurance companies may require a police report when filing a claim. The information can also be essential in recovering additional damages if a case goes to court later.
Minnesota is a “no-fault” state
Every driver must have auto or motorcycle insurance to drive on the road legally. In an accident, each driver’s insurance pays for the policy owner’s injuries regardless of who caused the accident. If motorcyclists’ medical bills add up to more than $4000.00, the riders may pursue legal action against the other drivers once their policies pay out the maximum coverage.
Motorcycle riders are more at risk of sustaining injuries in a crash, so it is vital to know how to proceed to ensure maximum financial recovery.