Motorcycle accidents can be life-changing incidents. Motorcycle accidents put you at a higher risk of injuries due to a lack of protection. Many people are unaware of what they should do and what they should not do when involved in an accident.
Although there are various factors like an intoxicated driver, reckless driving, poor riding experience, distractions, and more are some common causes of motorcycle accidents, negligence of other drivers is another primary reason for the accident.
However, below are a few do’s and don’ts to protect your legal rights and health.
What to do after a motorcycle accident:
- Call the police immediately: No matter how major or minor the accident is, report it to the police. These reports will help you when you file for compensation for the accident due to someone else’s negligence.
- Seek medical attention: The most critical step is checking your surroundings and looking out for any medical injury. If any physical injuries are not visible, you should still get a diagnosis to see any internal damage.
- Do not admit the fault or apologies: Accepting fault or partial fault can jeopardize your rights. Answer the police’s questions politely, but do not blame anyone or accept fault until you talk to a lawyer.
- Document the accident for evidence: If possible, try to collect evidence of the incident, including the injuries you faced, the damage to the car, the opposite driver’s name, number plate, and any witness present around.
- Get in touch with a lawyer: Hire a good motorcycle accident lawyer with good experience. The attorney knows all the legalities that can help you get better compensation for all the damage.
What to not do after a motorcycle accident:
- Do not discuss your case with anyone: Except your lawyer; avoid discussing your case with anyone, even your friends. This can sometimes harm your case.
- Do not rush to talk to the other driver’s insurance company: The insurance company is never on your side. They will try their best to pay the lowest claim or nothing sometimes. Therefore, discuss it with your attorney before talking to the insurance company.
- Avoid giving a recorded statement to the insurance adjuster: The insurance adjuster will ask for a recorded statement to proceed with the claim. Avoid speaking or giving a recorded statement to the insurance adjuster unless your lawyer approves.
- Do not fix the damage on your motorcycle unless you have documented it: Unless you have solid evidence of the damage to your vehicle, do not rush to fix it.