Involved in a Motorcycle Accident? Here’s How to Deal With the Situation (Part I)

No matter who says what, do not touch your gears.

Every year, thousands of motorcyclists are involved in accidents. Unfortunately, a portion of them do not survive. Therefore, knowing how to ride safely is not sufficient. It is also crucial to know the steps one should take if one is involved in a motorcycle accident.

Get to safety

Let’s assume you have had an accident in the middle of the road. The first thing you need to do is get to the side of the road immediately. That is your first step if you are conscious and in a condition to at least move yourself.

In cities, there is generally traffic, which means there are people around you who will be able to stop their vehicles immediately and assist you. However, out on the deserted highway, a speeding vehicle may not get the chance to brake immediately. Therefore, it is you who must manage to get off the road.

Do not touch your gears

In case you have moved to the side of the road, let’s now deal with your gears. Do not touch them! Do not take off your helmet or any other riding gear like a jacket, pants, boots, or gloves. You may feel suffocated, but you do not know what kind of injury you have sustained.

For example, let’s say you have a skull injury. If you take off the helmet, it will aggravate the bleeding, and you will expose the injury to dust. Therefore, it is better to keep the helmet on because it will naturally put pressure on the wound and keep the blood supressed.

Also, do not allow anyone to take off your gears apart from doctors or trained nurses.

Blood group sticker

Nowadays, blood group stickers are easily available on the market. Therefore, before going on a motorcycle trip, stick a blood group sticker on your helmet and on your motorcycle. Stick it in a position where it will be easily visible for the paramedics.

Also, keep a piece of paper in your wallet or pocket with a description of your allergies or any other health condition.Not to forget, the paper must contain the numbers of your family members or friends.

That’s all in the first part. Keep an eye on us to read the second part.

Rohit Chatterjee

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Rohit Chatterjee is a bona fide moto-enthusiast who has worked with several media houses in his brief career. Chatterjee mostly writes features and news articles related to automobiles and motorsports. When not working, he is found on the interstate clocking over 100kmph on his NS200!
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