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Three common mistakes motorcyclists make after accidents

| Jul 24, 2018 | Uncategorized |

Getting into an accident on your motorcycle is always a possibility no matter how safe and responsible you are as a rider. Plus, you are more likely to suffer injuries in a crash because you do not have the benefit of being in an enclosed vehicle. 

Because of this, it is important to know exactly what you should do after a collision. Making errors can reduce your chances of receiving compensation for your injuries. Here are the mistakes you should avoid if you crash your bike.

First mistake: Admitting fault

Leave the decision of determining fault to the insurance companies. Even if you think you were in the wrong, your perception of what occurred may not be completely accurate. While you may want to simply say “I am sorry” out of kindness, the other driver could intentionally misconstrue this as an admission that you caused the accident. An admission of guilt or sincere apology may go against you if the insurance companies find out.

Second mistake: Assuming you do not have injuries

Never assume you are not hurt just because you do not feel pain right away. Sometimes adrenaline masks your injuries. Certain complications may take several days to rear their ugly symptoms. You may start feeling pain later, so it is always a good idea to see a medical professional right away. 

Third mistake: Agreeing to forget about it

It can be a hassle to manage the consequences of a collision, so the other person may try to convince you that you should both go your separate ways. However, it is always crucial to get a police report of your accident. If the other individual is trying hard to persuade you to not get the police involved, it may be an indicator that he or she is uninsured, unlicensed or at fault. 

Taking the right steps after a motorcycle crash is important for receiving financial compensation and recovering from your injuries.