The steps you take immediately after a motorcycle accident will be crucial to your claim for compensation. Knowing what you need to do in the event of an accident will help you avoid these costly mistakes.
Never Admit Any Fault
Even if you believe that you may be partially responsible for the accident, do not admit to any fault or contributing factors to the event. Accident scene investigators can determine the cause of the accident. In many cases, people admit to fault when there were other factors that caused the event. With this admission, they greatly decrease their chances for receiving full and fair compensation for their injuries and losses. It is human nature to want to share in the responsibility for an accident. Avoid the temptation and let the professionals sort it out.
Failing To Request Immediate Medical Care
You should seek medical care at the scene of the accident. Even if you think it is just “aches and pains” or a “headache from the stress,” you should go to the emergency room to be evaluated. Motorcyclists often sustain head, neck and sine injuries during an accident, even a minor one. Most insurance companies will begin denying medical care for an accident as soon as 24 hours after the event. While they have a legal obligation to offer services for several days after the event, most insurers will claim that your injuries are from a new event and not the accident.
Not Hiring An Accident Attorney Right Away
You need to start protecting your right as a victim as soon as possible. Contact a motorcycle attorney and make an appointment for a case evaluation within a few days of the accident. Your attorney can determine what forms of compensation you may be entitled to under your state law.
Posting Too Much Information On Social Sites
Everything that is posted on a social site is considered public information. Anything that you post about the accident, the injuries, the recovery, or what your attorney is planning for compensation will be read by the insurance company and used against you. If you must post information about the accident or your injuries, make sure it is very vague.
Avoiding these mistakes will help your case for compensation proceed more easily. Even if any of these mistakes have been made, a good attorney will be able to still help you with your request for compensation.
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