As a New Jersey motorcycle enthusiast, you likely start itching to get your bike on the road as soon as springtime rolls around. Like most motorcyclists, you enjoy being on the open the road, under a big, blue sky. You also make sure to brush up on your riding skills, as well as update yourself on current traffic laws and safety regulations before riding.
The problem is that no matter how safe a rider you are, there's no guarantee that the other motorists with whom you share the road will act likewise. In fact, some drivers are downright reckless. That's why it's also important to know what to do if you're involved in a collision and you suffer injury.
First things first
One minute, you might be enjoying a motorcycle road trip, and the next, you suddenly notice a truck or other vehicle veering over the yellow line, and there's no way for you to avoid a collision.
The highest priority following any type of vehicular collision is to obtain medical attention. Sadly, many motorcycle crashes result in serious, even life-threatening injuries. However, if you think your injuries are minor, it's always best to seek medical attention to gain a more accurate assessment of your condition.
Were there witnesses?
If there was a lot of traffic when another driver hit you on your bike, chances are, there were multiple witnesses to your collision. If you're able to walk and talk, you'll want to get contact information from as many witnesses as possible.
It's also important to get information from the person who hit you, including name, contact phone number and insurance information. Never allow another motorist to draw you into a confrontation, however. Simply document needed information and move on.
When police arrive
Police are often the first responders to a motorcycle accident. Officers will likely ask you questions. It's a good idea to avoid saying anything that suggests you were in any way at fault. It's also a good idea to request a copy of the police report.
Avoid statements without legal support
If someone asks you to provide a verbal or written statement about the accident, it's typically best to decline unless legal representation is present. Such situations often lead to litigation, so it's best to compile documentation of the incident from the start and to avoid making any type of statement that someone can later use against you.
Take a lot of pictures
If your injuries are severe and rescuers whisk you away to the hospital, someone you trust can go to the accident scene and take photographs. If you're able to do so yourself, then you'll want to take pictures of your damaged bike, debris on the road, injuries, torn clothing and anything else that you can use as evidence if you later seek a monetary judgement against the other driver in court.