As a motorcyclist, you know that there is a risk that you could be hit by an inattentive driver. You do your best to stand out, but you can’t predict everything that could go wrong.
If you get into a crash and are able to stand afterward, you still need to think about seeking medical attention. You may think that you can “shake off” the injuries that you can sense, but even if you think you’re fine, that could be very far from the truth.
Your body is designed to hide serious injuries
The human body is amazing. It has chemicals that can be released to mask pain and help you fight for your life in a dangerous situation. Those chemicals, endorphins, adrenaline, dopamine and others, help you when you need it most. They also make it possible for you to misunderstand how seriously injured you are.
Swelling, pain and other symptoms take time to appear. What might start as a mild headache now could turn into whiplash or be recognized as a brain bleed later. A small bruise on your side could be a sign of underlying internal bleeding. These and other issues need immediate treatment, but someone who feels okay might decide to go home instead.
Don’t make that mistake. If you’re hit in a motorcycle crash, you need to seek medical attention right away. Call 911 and alert the authorities to the collision. Then, wait for help to arrive and allow the emergency medical team to do their job.
After a crash, you deserve the appropriate medical support
After your crash, seek medical attention so you can be sure that you know about all the injuries you’ve suffered. By going to the hospital early, you’ll receive the care you need sooner, so you can minimize the risk of complications and secondary injuries.
Keep the records from the hospital. You can look into making a claim against the at-fault driver after you get the attention you need for your wounds. You may have the right to seek compensation to cover all your expenses and losses from the crash.