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Common Mistakes to Avoid after a Motorcycle Crash
Following a motorcycle crash, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is not contacting a motorcycle attorney. Even if you don't think you need one, it's a good idea to contact an attorney for legal advice about what should be done next. Many people don't realize after a crash, especially when they're not at fault, what they're entitled to and what's at stake. Knowing your rights and what is required of you following the crash is information you can't afford not to have.
However, not calling an attorney isn't the only mistake you can make. There are other mistakes too. These mistakes include the following:
- Making statements about fault
- Speaking about what led up to the accident on scene with police or other people involved in the crash
What most people don't realize is they're under no obligation to make any statements about what happened or didn't happen. Nerves and adrenaline make people say a lot of crazy things that end up coming back to hurt them days or weeks down the road.It's important that motorcyclists know they're under no obligation to talk about the crash under any circumstances.
Here are some other mistakes you must avoid making if you're in a motorcycle crash:
Agreeing Not to Report the Accident
When an accident seems minor at first, it's tempting to let the whole thing go and not report the accident to the police or the insurance company. After all, dealing with insurance companies is time consuming and frustrating, right? As true as that may be, never agree to not report an accident. Often, what appears to be a minor accident in the beginning can turn out to be a major financial hassle, not to mention a physical hassle if health problems arise from the accident.
Speaking to Someone Other than Your Attorney about the Accident
When police investigators
show up at the scene of a motorcycle accident, you can discuss the basics of
what happened. Do answer their questions honestly, but don't discuss specifics
with anyone other than your attorney. This includes speculating about
distances, speed, or other factors that could influence the determination of
who's at fault.
Delaying Medical Treatment
Many times, following a motorcycle accident, people will refuse medical treatment if there aren't serious injuries. However, delaying medical treatment isn't good for your case. The sooner you see a doctor, the sooner your injuries are recorded and treated. Adrenaline does crazy things to the body, namely tricking it into believing it's not injured when it really is. Even if you feel fine, you need to be seen by a doctor as soon as possible following your accident.
Not Seeking Legal Advice Right Away
Don't try to handle insurance claims or legal proceedings yourself. Instead, contact an experienced motorcycle lawyer to guide you through the process. Doing so ensures you don't miss filing deadlines, you get a fair compensation package from the insurance company, and you put this chapter of your life behind you faster. If you've been involved in a motorcycle accident in the Atlanta area, contact George Stein Steelhorse Law for a legal consultation today.