What you need to know about motorcycle accidents

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2022 | Vehicle Accidents |

Virtually everyone who gets on a motorcycle in New York is already well aware of the risks that they’re taking in doing so, but that doesn’t stop people from riding. Whether it’s the lifestyle or sense of freedom, some just feel they were born to ride. And although you can’t eliminate the hazards entirely, it helps to be aware of them.

What makes motorcycle accidents so severe?

Riding a motorcycle inevitably puts you in a vulnerable position relative to the people in trucks and cars. Your safety isn’t always in your own hands because you can’t always predict what other drivers are going to do. It’s imperative that you know what to do in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident.

If you have just been in a motorcycle collision, it’s likely that the best thing you can do for yourself is to remain as still as possible. It’s common to be in shock, so you may not realize the severity of your injuries. Oftentimes, you can do even more damage by making excessive movements directly after being in a collision.

When to move and when to remain still

The only reason why you should try to move yourself or anyone else after a motorcycle accident is if there is some form of imminent danger. There might be a serious risk of being hit by another car if you’re still in the middle of the road, for instance.

If you haven’t suffered any injuries, the first thing you need to do is get yourself and your vehicle out of the road. Once you’re sure everyone is safe, call the authorities as soon as possible. Once that’s taken care of, make sure you take a few deep breaths. You can then take some time to collect your thoughts to assess the situation and figure out what you’re going to do from here.