Let us say that you decide to take a day trip on your motorcycle, perhaps to Julian for some apple pie. Everything goes well on the way up, but on the return ride, a pickup truck cuts you off.
There is no contact with the truck, but you lay down your bike to avoid a collision. What should you do next?
Check for injuries
The first order of business is to check yourself and anyone else involved in the accident for injuries. After that, you can assess whatever damage was caused to your motorcycle. Keep in mind that even if you feel perfectly fine, it can be wise to visit a doctor as soon as possible. A medical evaluation will be important for your well-being and peace of mind, but the report from your physician might also link any injuries you have directly to the accident. This could be important in terms of an insurance settlement.
Another important step is the exchange of insurance information. Check that the other person gives you accurate information. Even if you and the other person are able to drive away, it is a good idea to call the police and report the incident. You should also call your insurance agency as soon as you can.
You may want to use your cell to take pictures of the accident site, including your motorcycle. Most smartphone photos have metadata capabilities and will record the GPS coordinates of the area where you snapped the pictures.
Determine who is liable
All drivers are responsible for obeying the rules of the road and for being aware of whatever is going on around them. Even in a no-contact accident, fault must be determined. Attorneys can help victims of no-contact motorcycle accidents with collecting and analyzing evidence related to the issue of who may be liable for the harm done to them.