New Mexico has a large population of motorcycle riders and a high rate of motorcycle fatalities. New Mexican riders need to know what to do if they are involved in a motorcycle accident. Safety is always a priority. If you are injured, you should call 911 immediately. After ensuring your safety and health, here are some guidelines that you should follow:
Seek Medical Attention
Again, your health is your priority. If you have severe injuries, you must immediately call for medical assistance. Even if you believe you are not injured, it is still crucial to seek medical attention. Adrenaline can prevent a person from feeling pain, and injuries may show up after the adrenaline wears off.
Take Pictures of the Scene and Your Motorcycle
It is essential that you take pictures of the scene, the motorcycle, and your injuries (if visible). Also, try to obtain photos of the other vehicles involved and their license plate information, the driver’s license, or insurance information, if available. Taking pictures immediately after the accident can help support your claim against the other driver.
Gather Any Witness Information
If witnesses are on the scene, you should obtain their names and contact information. This contact information may become vital to resolving your personal injury claim. Make sure you take pictures of their driver’s license and license plates.
Calling the police after an accident is always a good idea. A police officer can help ensure everyone is safe and receives medical attention. In the State of New Mexico, law officers are required to submit written reports to the Department of Transportation (DOT) if they are involved in the investigation of an accident (New Mexico Statutes §66-7-207). An official report can benefit your claim because it includes details such as the date, time, and location of the accident, as well as the names and contact information of everyone involved.
Call Keller & Keller!
In such a difficult time, the last thing you must worry about is fighting with the insurance company. Calling legal professionals with experience can make a BIG difference in your case. Your focus should be your health and recovery; let our Albuquerque motorcycle accident attorney team take care of the rest.