It is time again: time to get the motorcycle ready and head out on the road. Feeling the wind is like therapy. Putting those two wheels on the blacktop ahead, soaking in the freedom and making it home is your goal.

Riding a motorcycle is not so easy sometimes. Rain, limited visibility and especially other drivers may cause you to lay your bike down or crash it. Follow the motorcycle laws of West Virginia to save yourself from serious injury. If the worst were to happen, do your best to work through the shock of the situation and take the following steps:

  1. Call 911. Check yourself and others for injuries. Although you may think nothing is wrong, go to the hospital and have the doctor look you over. You could appear to have only a few bumps and bruises, but internally, you may have injuries that are much worse.
  2. Take pictures of the accident scene. Include everything you can of the road, your motorcycle and other vehicles. You may need these photos for evidence in court or to give to your insurance company.
  3. Move your bike off the road if you are able. It is a safety hazard for other drivers. Depending on the severity of the accident, the police may tell you to leave it until they have finished their investigation.
  4. Speak with those involved and write down as much information as possible. Talk to anyone who saw the incident and get names and phone numbers. This evidence is essential for your insurance agent and your attorney if disagreements arise. Get the accident report from the police.
  5. You should call your insurance company as soon as possible to file a claim. Contacting an attorney may also help your case depending on the seriousness of the accident and if it involves critical injuries or fatalities.

Adrenaline and emotion set in directly after an accident. Take a moment to collect your thoughts and do not admit fault.