The Do’s and Don’ts After a Motorcycle Accident

Did you know that if you’ve got a motorcycle, your chance of being in an accident is 1 in 89,000 per year?

After an accident, stress levels and emotions are always high. Having insurance makes the process smoother, and hiring an attorney is important to make sure you’re protected throughout the legal process after the accident. 

If you ever find yourself in a motorcycle accident, here are all the do’s and don’ts you need to remember.

Do: Call the Authorities Immediately

Immediately call authorities to the scene. You can call 911 or your local law enforcement. Even if there is not much damage, you need to do this step!

The authorities will write up an accident report, which you will need for insurance purposes.

Don’t: Discuss Blame

Never apologize for causing an accident, and don’t accuse anyone else of causing an accident either. Any acknowledgment of guilt can be used against you during the legal procedures that follow. And accusing someone else of causing the accident will make the process more complicated too. 

Check out this page to get in touch with a motorcycle accident lawyer to guide you through the legal process.

Do: Document the Scene

Take pictures of the accident scene, making sure to document damages to vehicles, property, or people. Get pictures of the motorcycle wreck, the area surrounding the accident site, any debris on the road, and even document how much light there is and what the weather is like.

Always risk taking too many pictures than too few, because you don’t want to miss something important. These pictures will be used when submitting claims to insurance, and possibly in any legal proceedings related to the accident. 

Don’t: Leave Without Exchanging Insurance Information

Legally you can’t leave the scene without exchanging insurance information. You need to have the person’s name and policy information so you can make claims for compensation, or alert your insurance that the other person might do the same. 

Do: Get Medical Attention

If you have any injuries, you need to get them attended to (and documented) as soon as possible. You are entitled to claim compensation if you have any medical expenses, but these need to be well-documented to avoid the claim being rejected. 

It’s also important to stick to any medical treatment guidelines you are given. If you ignore your treatment plan, the insurance company can reduce how much compensation you receive. 

Don’t: Talk to the Other Person’s Insurance Company

The other person’s insurance company is looking to pay out as little money as possible. If you have to engage with their insurance, take your time before doing it. You want to make sure you’re clear about what you want to say and have gone over your statement with an injury lawyer. 

Know What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

If you’re ever unfortunate enough to find yourself in a motorcycle accident, don’t worry! Keeping these do’s and dont’s in mind will make sure you get through the process. 

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