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What to say, and not say, after an accident

As motorcycle enthusiasts ourselves, we here at Harting, Simkins, & Ryan, LLP, understand just how vulnerable motorcycle riders actually are on California roadways. We also know how common it is for motorcyclists to be wrongly accused of causing accidents. That is why it is so important that you, as a fellow motorcyclist, be aware of what you are and aren’t obligated to disclose after being involved in any kind of motorcycle collision.

If you were in a motorcycle crash, your own insurance company, as well as that of the other party/parties involved in a collision, could attempt to minimize the amount of damages that you may be entitled to as an accident victim. One of the ways that claims adjusters are known to mitigate claims is by manipulating victims’ statements. For instance, autoinsurance.org explains that simply saying “I’m sorry” can be considered an admission of guilt after a motorcycle accident

Another common mistake that many accident victims make is to comment on their medical condition before they have been seen by a medical professional. Insisting that you are fine after an accident may be the natural response, especially if you are not in pain, but does not account for the fact that you may actually be injured. Therefore, it is important that you have sound advice and support before speaking to anyone about your accident.

Speaking to an experienced attorney can be incredibly helpful in order to understand your rights and obligations as a motorcycle rider and accident victim. Not only can an attorney inform you of the accident claims process, but he or she can prohibit your words from being misinterpreted under the law. An attorney can also help to ensure that an accident investigation is properly conducted, and is capable of defending your rights against insurance claims adjusters. It’s also important to note that your insurance company may attempt to offer you a lower claim if the company believes that you do not have legal representation. It may be best, then, to avoid informing the insurance company whether or not you have a lawyer.

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