When the weather gets warmer, motorcycles come out to join the rest of the vehicles on the road. Motorcyclists are ready to enjoy all the sunshine and the fresh air as they ride to work or to meet friends for dinner after a long day. But motorcyclists must remember that they’re incredibly vulnerable and a single accident can change their life forever.

As motorcycles don’t have the same protection around them as drivers of a car, motorcycle accidents can be incredibly dangerous. No matter how careful you are while you’re on the road, remember that motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die during an accident than the passenger of a car.

Many accidents are the result of a negligent driver – distracted by their phone, speeding, or ignoring traffic laws. If you’re in an accident with an inattentive driver, here are a few steps you immediately take to ensure your safety:

  • Get out of the way of traffic. Motorcyclists sometimes fly off their bikes during a collision. You might land in the middle of the road or on the opposite side, with cars driving toward you. If you are able, carefully move out of harm’s way.
  • Call the police. If you can move, call 911 at once to report the accident and request help. However, if you believe you’ve sustained injuries or cannot reach your phone, let the driver of the other car call for help.
  • Don’t remove your helmet. Any protective gear that you’re wearing should stay on until medical help arrives. Helmets can protect your head and spine from additional damages.
  • Get medical help. You’ll likely be taken to a hospital after the crash if you have sustained severe injuries. You should still visit a doctor even if your injuries are minor, as they can verify that you don’t have any underlying issues.

Accidents can be a terrifying experience, and serious injuries can affect your life for months – even years. Once you receive proper medical aid, you should reach out to your insurance company and also a personal injury attorney to make sure the at-fault driver is held responsible.

Motorcyclists shouldn’t be afraid to be on the road. You should be able to enjoy the warm weather as you ride your bike. Remember to follow New York state laws about motorcycling and stay cautious to avoid a serious collision. And if you are in an accident caused by a negligent driver, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries.