Accidents happen. It’s just the way things are. Sometimes, no matter how careful we are, we still find ourselves in situations where those around us, or unforeseen circumstances cause us to get into an accident. Now, accidents vary in severity. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to walk away from an accident and ride your bike home with little more than a few scratches.
However, some accidents are indeed worse than others, and can render you unable to ride your motorcycle afterwards. It could be because your motorcycle sustain some serious damage to the engine, wheels, or underpinnings, causing it to be dangerous to ride. Or worse, you sustained an injury that caused you to be unable to ride your motorcycle home. Whatever it may be, it’s always important to keep a level head and think clearly and in an organized manner. Today, we are going to discuss a few tips on what to do if you ever find yourself in such a situation.
Move to the side of the road or go to a safe place
Of course, if you’re physically able, the first step of getting out of harm’s way in the event of an accident would be to move to the side of the road or to a safe place away from traffic. In situations like this, always make sure to check yourself first ensuring that you are not severely injured. Once you’ve checked yourself out and are sure that you are more or less in okay physical condition, you can attend to your motorcycle and get it out of the way. If you feel like you may have broken a bone, dislocated a joint, or have suffered substantial road rash, leave your bike and prioritize your own safety.
Call for help
The next step would vary depending on who you’re with, or if you figure it an accident while riding on your own. Either way, you can’t handle the situation on your own and you will need a helping hand. For starters, scan the area around you and see if anyone is willing to lend a helping hand. Keep an eye out for police officers, traffic enforcers, or even employees in the establishments surrounding the area. Then comes the problem of bringing your bike back home or to the repair shop. It’s always a good idea to keep the contact numbers of emergency towing and rescue services.
If you need to be brought to the hospital, you can either wait for an ambulance to come, or call an immediate family member or a close friend to bring you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. Trying to resolve the situation on your own can easily land you in another accident, and cause you even more trouble than you already are in. Make sure to take photos of the accident as well as the damage on your motorcycle for future reference especially in insurance claims, and in the event that you will be required to fill out a police report.