More than 812,000 licensed motorcycles are on California’s highways. That’s the second-highest total of any state. With so many motorcycles on the road, it’s even more important to know what you shouldn’t do in the moments following a motorcycle accident.
Don’t admit fault
Even if the motorcycle accident was completely your fault, don’t say that to anyone at the crash site. Claiming responsibility for something, even if it’s truly your fault, may harm your chances of receiving financial compensation later. While you can tell the responding officer your version of what transpired, don’t tell anyone that you caused the accident.
Don’t let your emotions take over
Motorcycle accidents have the potential to bring out some very strong emotions. However, you shouldn’t approach anyone else involved in the accident with those emotions bubbling over. While there’s nothing wrong with ensuring everyone is physically OK, limit your interactions with anyone else involved in the accident.
Don’t leave the scene
Not only is it morally unacceptable to leave the scene of an accident, but it’s also illegal in many states. Even if it looks like everyone is OK and there isn’t a lot of damage to either vehicle, contact the authorities and let an officer fill out an accident report. This protects you from any potential punishment for fleeing the scene of an accident.
Don’t give a recorded statement
If the other driver tries to ask you what happened in the accident, politely tell them that you will only speak to the officer. Additionally, avoid giving a recorded statement to any insurance provider who contacts you in the days that follow the accident. Saying too much, especially in a recorded statement, can make things more difficult if you end up in a civil case involving the accident.
It’s not uncommon for people to say or do something incorrect when their adrenaline starts pumping after a motorcycle accident. Keeping these tips in mind can help you avoid saying or doing something you could regret.