STOP at the scene if the accident has caused injury, or if there’s damage to a vehicle, property or street furniture (such as a street lamp). If possible, alert oncoming traffic.
CONTACT the police (999 from a landline or 112 from a mobile) if anyone is injured, the collision is causing a hazard or someone has left the scene without exchanging details.
EXCHANGE details – this is a legal obligation for anyone involved in an accident. Obtain the other party’s full name, address, telephone number (mobile and landline) and,
very importantly, their insurance details. In return, provide your details.
NOTE the registration number, make, model and colour of all vehicles involved; the names, addresses and contact telephone numbers of all witnesses; the road number.
PHOTOGRAPH the scene of the accident (use your mobile if you don’t have a camera with you) and make a sketch of the accident scene, highlighting the point of the accident and including reference to the direction you were travelling in.
WRITE your own description of the accident, including as much information as possible (eg weather conditions, road conditions, direction of travel, street names, road numbers, skid marks, injuries and vehicle damage). Date this record and keep it for your own use. Do not provide this information to any other party.
NOTIFY your insurance company, regardless of whether or not you are at fault.
REMEMBER – you don’t have to accept the solicitor appointed by your insurance company. Ask to be represented by a specialist motorcycle accident lawyer such as the experts at Motorcycle Law Scotland.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, call Scotland's motorcycle accident lawyer Brenda Mitchell for an immediate, no obligation, free legal consultation on 0800 0812212.