If you love riding a motorcycle, you likely already know that there is a risk of getting into a crash. No matter how safely you ride, other drivers can be unpredictable. Fortunately, you can prepare for a bad accident before it ever happens.
How could you possibly prepare for the unknown? Here are a few tips for protecting yourself if you get into a serious crash.
1. Always carry health insurance
Health insurance may be expensive, but not carrying it is dangerous. If you're struck by someone who does not have insurance and you do not have health insurance, you may have to seek out compensation for the medical bills directly from the person responsible for the crash. If you have health insurance, you'll still need to seek compensation, but it will likely be a much lower amount and easier to obtain.
2. Create a power of attorney
Some motorcycle crashes are very severe, and that means you could be in a position where you can't do anything for yourself. You may be in a coma or have to go through multiple surgeries. Having a power of attorney gives someone else the ability to start a legal claim on your behalf as well as to make other decisions when you aren't able.
3. Tell someone you're riding on your own
If you plan to go out alone, tell someone where you're going. If you're unable to get cellphone reception after a crash, that person knowing you've been gone too long and coming to look for you could be the difference between life and death.
After a bad accident, your attorney can help you handle the legal side of your case, so you can focus on recovery. Your health is the most important factor, and you deserve time to focus on healing.
Source: Ride Apart, "10 Essential Ways to Prepare For a Bad Motorcycle Crash," Rick Botchner, accessed June 08, 2017