Avoid these 4 mistakes if you're ever in a motorcycle accident

As a seasoned rider, you know that every time you get on your motorcycle, there are risks. The vast majority of those risks come from other drivers - specifically, drivers who don't see you. When most drivers pull up to an intersection or make a left turn, they aren't looking for motorcycles. They're watching for other cars (if they're paying attention at all). Likewise, on multilane roads, many don't bother to check their blind spots or keep track of bikers around them.

Despite these dangers, you shouldn't have to give up biking. For many riders, motorcycles aren't just a hobby; they're a passion.

What to do if the worst comes to happen...

Hopefully, you will never get into an accident. Yet it's always wise to be aware of your rights - and know what actions to take (and not to take) - in the event of a collision. Follow these four tips to avoid setbacks.

1. Don't take the blame

Motorists (and their insurance companies) often try to lay the blame on bikers. Don't give them ammunition they can later use against you.

Of course, you should never lie or cover up the truth, but neither are you under any obligation at this early stage in the game to admit fault.

Why? Determining fault is rarely so black or white. In the shock and confusion after an accident, you may not know exactly what happened. The evidence may eventually paint a very different picture than what you thought took place.

For example, perhaps you had the impression that you caused the accident by pulling out in front of the car. In reality, the driver may have been distracted. They may have had ample opportunity to slow down and avoid hitting you.

2.Don't let it go

Even seemingly minor accidents can cause lasting damage. If you feel okay after a collision, and your bike appears to be in decent shape, you should nonetheless handle the situation as though it were a serious accident. Gather the other driver's information and obtain a police report. This evidence can be crucial if you do end up needing to file a claim.

3. Don't assume you're fine

After an accident, adrenaline tends to run high, masking underlying injuries that could turn out to be severe. Even if you feel okay, do yourself a favor and get checked out at a local emergency room or medical office. This critical step can make a decisive difference in both your physical well-being and your ability to seek compensation.

4. Don't give a statement to the insurance company

Insurance companies have a financial incentive to resolve claims quickly - and for as little money as possible. They may pressure you to give a statement soon after an accident. Doing so can significantly harm your interests. Wait until you've had a chance to speak with an attorney about your options before taking any action that could affect your legal rights.

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