What Should I Avoid Doing After a Motorcycle Accident to Not Jeopardize My Claim?

Understanding what not to do after a motorcycle accident can be just as important as knowing what to do. By avoiding the following actions, you can help safeguard your claim and increase the likelihood of obtaining fair compensation.

At The Accident Scene

There are a few key things to remember immediately following the accident:

  • Never Flee the Scene: Leaving the scene of an accident is not only morally wrong but also illegal in most jurisdictions.
  • Don’t Neglect Contacting the Police: Even if the accident seems minor, the police can document the incident, creating an official report that can be crucial to your claim.
  • Avoid Discussing Fault: You might unintentionally admit guilt or say something that could be misconstrued. Save the discussions about the accident’s specifics for your lawyer.

Post-Accident Mistakes

Some mistakes might not seem significant but can potentially damage your claim:

  • Not Seeking Immediate Medical Attention: Even if you feel okay, seek medical help right away. Delaying can lead to questions about the seriousness of your injuries.
  • Not Properly Documenting the Accident: If possible, take photos of the scene, the vehicles involved, and any visible injuries. This documentation can be valuable evidence in your claim.
  • Handling Insurance Claims Alone: Insurance companies are experienced at minimizing payouts. We recommend having legal representation when dealing with them.
  • Posting on Social Media: Anything you post on social media is discoverable. Defense attorneys will likely find your posts, whether about the crash, how you’re feeling, or where you’re going after the accident. Posting on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or otherwise can jeopardize your claim.

Long-Term Considerations

Certain actions taken long after the accident can still impact your claim:

  • Not Following Medical Advice: If you don’t follow your doctor’s recommendations, the insurance company might argue that your injuries aren’t as severe as claimed.
  • Neglecting to Keep Records: Keep all bills, records, and correspondence related to the accident. These documents can significantly support your claim.
  • Delaying Legal Action: Most states have a statute of limitations for personal injury claims. If you wait too long to start your claim, you might lose your right to compensation.

In these complex situations, The Ruth Law Team can help protect your rights. Feel free to reach out to us at (888) 783-8378 to discuss your case with an attorney.

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Please note that the answers to each question may vary depending on the specific facts of your case. It is always recommended to consult with an attorney to get more accurate information. This is general information, not legal advice.