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Six Things You Shouldn’t Do at the Scene of a Motorcycle Accident

Be careful not to make a strategic mistake after a motorcycle accidentYou may be shocked, confused, and scared at the time of a motorcycle accident. It can be difficult to know what to do in this traumatic situation. Yet, you know that every time that you get on your bike a crash is possible. Accordingly, you may be looking for tips about what to do if you are involved in a motorcycle accident.

There Are Some Things You Shouldn’t Do

As you remember to call the police, to write down the contact information for other drivers, and take other actions, it is equally important to know what you should not do after a motorcycle crash. Specifically, it is important not to:

  • Leave the scene. It is important to stay on the scene to gather evidence and speak with a police officer. Leaving the scene after an accident is incriminating behavior and may imply that you caused the crash.
  • Admit fault at the scene. While your instinct may be to apologize to anyone else involved, never admit fault to the other drivers, to the police, or to anyone else. Remain calm and objective, giving only relevant information.
  • Talk to anyone who’s not a police officer. Resist the urge to discuss the event with other witnesses to the scene. Even in speaking with a police officer, you can avoid giving a statement if you’d rather do so with an attorney present.
  • Leave the scene without taking pictures and taking notes. You should always keep a camera or camera phone on your person or your bike in order to take pictures of yourself and your bike immediately following an accident.
  • Skip the hospital. Even if you feel uninjured, certain injuries such as whiplash or a brain injury may manifest over time. It is vital to your case to have a record of any injuries, even if they seem minor to you.
  • Admit fault to your insurance company. Follow the same rules in speaking with your insurance company as when speaking to the police officer: do not admit guilt, and do not say anything that could be construed as responsibility on your part. Give your insurance company representative all of the necessary information, and contact your attorney for more information.

By avoiding these mistakes you may strengthen your accident case and increase your chances of recovering fair damages.

But Don’t Give Up If You Make a Mistake

It can be very difficult to know what to do at the chaotic and traumatic scene of a motorcycle accident. Many riders make mistakes and go on to make fair recoveries with the help of experienced bike accident lawyers. To find out more about how to protect your rights and get the recovery that you deserve, please start a free live chat with us now.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham