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When Cars Hit Motorcyclists

Everyone would like to think they will never become involved in a car accident that that isn’t realistic thinking. It doesn’t have to be your fault; you just have to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. If you are involved in a car accident you need to know what you should do in order to assure the safety of anyone else involved in the accident and to assure that the police arrive to make sure the traffic is under control. In addition you want to make sure you follow all the rules so you don’t get into trouble for failing to report an accident or not following proper reporting procedure.

The first thing you want to do after an accident is to stop. Even if the accident was your fault, you need to stop or you could face charges of leaving the scene of an accident. You also want to check the other vehicles involved in the accident to make sure everyone is okay. If anyone is hurt call for an ambulance or ask someone else to do it for you. While you are waiting for the ambulance, you can see if you can help any of the injured if you are in a position to do so.
You also need to call the police so they can get a report not just for insurance purposes but so they can get an idea who was at fault. You will also need a police report for the insurance company or they will not pay for the damages to your car or the other vehicles if the accident was your fault. You also need to document the damage which is best accomplished by taking pictures. If you have a camera or even a camera phone take pictures of the damage to your vehicle and any other vehicles that were involved in the accident.

Even if there was minimal damage and you don’t plan to file a claim, you need to report the accident to your insurance company. Depending on the extent of damage or if there is personal injury, you may also be required to notify your motor vehicle division. If you are required to report the accident and do not do so you run the risk of losing your license. The law is very clear on what you must do if you are involved in an accident, and if you fail to do what is necessary, you can face severe consequences. It doesn’t matter if the accident was your fault; you are still required to report it.
Following all of the procedures that the law requires will prevent you from being accused of leaving the scene of an accident or of not following proper reporting procedures. If it is your fault and you attempt to avoid being caught, you will face far more serious penalties when you are caught. It’s impossible to leave and not be caught because there are always witnesses including other drivers in the accident.

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