There's nothing more enjoyable than jumping on your motorcycle, hitting the open road and taking in the surroundings. Unfortunately, since you're not the only person on the road, there's always a risk of being part of an accident.
Although you do your best to prevent a motorcycle-vehicle accident, you never know what could happen. For example, a driver may become distracted while driving behind you. Subsequently, they crash into you and your motorcycle at a red light or stop sign.
If you're part of a motorcycle accident, here are four mistakes you want to avoid:
- Admitting fault: Forget about who did what for the time being. There's time to deal with this at a later date. Rather than admit fault, exchange information and let the responding officer file a report. Saying you did something wrong could cause you trouble down the road.
- Don't forget about it: In the event of a minor motorcycle accident, you may get the idea of going your separate ways to make things as easy as possible. It sounds like the easy thing to do, but it's a big risk as you never know if you're injured or your motorcycle sustained damage.
- Forgoing medical treatment: Even if you're not experiencing pain right after the motorcycle accident, it doesn't mean you're not injured. Immediate medical treatment is a must, as some injuries don't present symptoms right away. Let your medical team examine you from head to toe.
- Letting your insurance company take over: It's okay to think about calling your insurance agent. This is something you'll do in the near future, but you don't have to jump the gun. You should first receive medical treatment, review the police report and read your policy. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, so they may not want to pay what you deserve.
With so much happening, it's easy to make one of these mistakes after a motorcycle accident. When you know what you should and shouldn't be doing, you can avoid a mistake that costs you time and money. Instead, you'll find yourself in position to protect your legal rights and to seek the compensation you deserve.