Preliminary data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shows that already in 2023 Florida has seen 3,863 motorcycle crashes resulting in 219 deaths and 3,341 injuries.
In 2022, Florida saw 9,153 total motorcycle crashes resulting in 590 fatalities and 7,863 injuries.
These staggering statistics tell us that is important to protect yourself in the event of an unfortunate motorcycle accident. Accidents of any kind frequently occur when you least expect them, including motorcycle crashes. You could be driving to work or you might just be running out to get gas or grab a quick dinner for the family. According to the NHTSA, more than 52% of all motor vehicle accidents happen within five miles of where they live, and 69% happen within ten miles. It is best to always drive defensively and anticipate the unexpected.
Your heart will be racing and you might be in shock immediately following an accident. While it is important to know what to do after a motorcycle crash, it is equally important to know what not to do to keep yourself safe.
Below are 3 Things to NOT Do Following a Motorcycle Crash:
- Do not worry about calling lawyers, worry about yourself. Our team of attorneys at Whittel & Melton hope you are riding with someone because when your bike goes down after a crash, you are probably very hurt and unable to make important decisions. This is why you need to prioritize your health and safety and get the medical care you need right away.
- Do not call insurance companies at the exact moment of your accident. When you are down on the ground injured, this is not the time to call an insurance company. This the time to call police to respond to the event or an ambulance to get you to the hospital.
- Do not speak to an insurance company about your accident right away. Whether it is your insurance company or the other driver’s, just know that you do not have to answer any of their questions until you speak to your lawyer.
To recap, please focus on yourself after a motorcycle accident. Your injuries may be very bad, and you should remain focused on healing. If you have another rider with you at the scene and they can take pictures or videos of the crash, great, that can be helpful to your injury claim later. If we can help you in any way, give us a call at 866-608-5529 or contact us online for a free consultation. Please remember to focus on yourself first!