Motorcycles are involved in a higher percentage of injury accidents than other motor vehicles for many reasons. The lack of protection obviously exposes a rider to an increased risk of serious injuries.
Although rider inexperience, intoxicated driving, and reckless driving are some of reasons these accidents occur at all, motorcycle accidents are more often caused by other motorists who fail to notice a bike while turning at an intersection or who misjudge their speed and distance. Consequently, you should always drive defensively and know what to do—as well as what not to do—if you're in an accident.
The “Don'ts” of Motorcycle Accident Claims
Here are a few things you should NOT do if you are injured in a motorcycle accident:
Do not talk to anyone about how the accident occurred, except to the police. You need time to clearly comprehend what just occurred, and if you speak too soon, you may say something that is untrue or that may be misconstrued, such as apologizing for an accident that was not your fault. When the police ask you about the accident, give as many facts as you can, but do not guess regarding speeds or distances.
Do not refuse or delay medical attention. Many injuries after an accident do not manifest symptoms for several hours, including back and joint injuries, as well as internal injuries. Also, by refusing or delaying treatment, insurance companies will assume you were either not injured or not injured severely; that any later claimed injuries are not real; or that they were preexisting or caused by something other than the motorcycle accident. If you suspect an injury, you should see a doctor or health care provider as soon as possible.
Do not give a recorded statement to any insurance adjuster or even talk to an adjuster until you speak to a motorcycle accident attorney. Mistakes can easily be made or responses taken out of context, which can seriously impair the value of your injury claim.
Do not assume the other party will admit fault. If you are able to do so, obtain the names and contact information of any accident witnesses. Also, take photos with a cell phone or other camera of the accident scene, all vehicles involved, and your injuries. These photos could provide valuable details of the accident that could resolve any liability or causation issues.
Do not talk to attorneys or persons representing law firms who unexpectedly show up at your home or hospital room to persuade you to have them represent you. This is unethical and illegal, and you will not get the professional representation your case demands.
To get more information about what to do and not to do after a motorcycle accident, download injury attorney Kay Van Wey's free ebook Ultimate Guide for Texas Motorcycle Accident Victims.
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If you have suffered injuries from a motorcycle accident, you should seek legal representation to help you deal with the insurance companies. Dallas injury attorney Kay Van Wey, named a Texas Super Lawyer for the past 11 consecutive years (2003-2014), may be able to help you with your injury claim. For a free consultation regarding your injuries, please call (888)-694-8093 or fill out the short form on this page.