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What's the biggest mistake most victims make after a motorcycle accident?


The number-one mistake made by motorcycle victims is that they don't contact the police.

WHY: When you have been in a motorcycle accident, particularly if you have sustained a motorcycle accident injury, it is crucially important to call the police. They need to begin the process of establishing fault. With their help, your motorcycle accident claim will be stronger because it is their job to make sure that the at-fault driver is held responsible and that the entire event is well documented.


The second mistake that victims make is in speaking with the defendant's insurance company.

WHY: You have no duty to speak to the at-fault driver's insurer. And remember: They do not have your best interest at heart. You may call them to collect information about the defendant's coverage, but under no circumstances should you give a recorded statement. Many times, calls to customer service are automatically recorded. If they call to ask questions about your accident, make sure that the discussion is not being recorded because they can use the call against you later.


A note of caution.

Usually, within a couple of days of a motorcycle collision, the at-fault driver's insurance company calls the victim and asks about the accident and any injuries. Often, victims do not fully understand the extent of their injuries or, worse, they try to "tough it out" and tell people it's "not that bad." For your own protection, make sure that you never provide any recorded statements.

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