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What to do if you were involved in a motorcycle accident

Motorcycle riders face serious risks when they are out on the road. Unfortunately, a lot of these risks stem from the carelessness of other drivers. Many drivers fail to notice motorcycle riders until it is too late, or they do not provide enough space between the two vehicles. When a motorcycle accident does happen, emotions can run high. Remember that how you handle yourself immediately after an accident can have significant consequences. This post lists the first steps you should take if you were involved in a motorcycle accident.

First and foremost, you must stay at the scene of the accident. Under California law, you may face criminal penalties if you leave. Next, you should ensure that everyone involved is okay. If someone is injured, call 911 immediately.

You should also call the police, particularly if there was property damage or injuries. While you are waiting for the police, write down the names, contact information, and drivers' license numbers of all drivers involved, as well as their license plate numbers and insurance information.


It is very important that you do not make any statements that indicate fault. By admitting that you were to blame in some way, you could be acknowledging legal liability for the accident. For example, if you said something like, "I am really sorry that I ran that red light!," this statement could be used against you should you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit or a claim with your insurance company. Remain calm and courteous while speaking to others, but be careful about what you say.


Additionally, you should take photos of any damage to your motorcycle or any injuries. Also consider talking to any witnesses who are at the scene. Write down their names and contact information if possible.  

Another step you must take is informing your insurance company about the accident. Failure to notify your insurance company about what happened could get you in trouble, and you could be denied coverage.

To learn about these and other steps you should take after an accident, consider hiring an experienced attorney. In addition to protecting your legal rights, an attorney with experience in motorcycle accidents can help you recover damages if you were injured or defend you if you were at fault.

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