Motorcycle accidents happen, unfortunately. There’s no getting around the inherent risk that comes with putting on a helmet and revving up the engines for a joyride. No matter how safe of a driver you are, there are a lot of negligible drivers roaming the roads. Luckily, as a rider you have legal rights. Here is what you can do to protect those rights after a motorcycle accident.

1. File a Police Report

As soon as you are able, call the police. They will assess the situation and the perimeter. They will interview witnesses and gather all eye accounts of what occurred. Whether you think you are at fault or not, be as transparent as possible. The more you are honest and cooperate with the investigator, the better you will be protected, as all the collected statements are influential to the case. When the law is involved, hiding due to embarrassment is grounds for backfiring.

2.See a Medical Professional Immediately 

Even if you experienced a few scrapes, bruises and no major damage… seek a medical profession anyway. (Be sure to seek one especially if you experienced something more than superficial wounds.) This is the best thing you can do for your financial—and legal—future. This is because the other driver’s insurance company will see that you waited to seek medical help. Interpreting this as your well-being, which will drastically reduce the monetary compensation you may be entitled to.

3. Sign Nothing

Your insurance company (and the other rider’s company, and possibly attorney) will contact you. They will attempt to help you settle your claim by yourself, will try and set you up with an agent (represented by the company) and ask for medical authorisation. They will try to get you to provide a verbal or written account of what happened. Politely refuse to give them any of these things. It is within your right to not review or sign any document until your motorcycle accident lawyer has given you the OK to do so.

4. Get an Attorney

By far, the best thing you can do for yourself is to hire a personal injury attorney. This specialized attorney knows federal and state laws and legalities like the back of his/her hand. (Consider them to be a type of bodyguard against insurance companies and their legal team.) The sooner you hire an attorney, who often works on contingency fees (meaning they get a portion of the settlement in exchange for not charging you upfront), the safer you are.

5.Are You Healed?

If you require physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, or rehabilitative stays in order to recover – take as long as you need. There is no rush to get out of treatment, and doing so will backfire. You are legally entitled to take as much time as you need to recover, regardless of the injury – which could take months or years of treatment. Skipping appointments or quitting treatment will indicate (to the insurance companies) that you were not injured badly, and don’t deserve the full monetary compensation.

Conclusion

As mentioned earlier, hiring a qualified personal injury attorney is one of the safest routes you can take after being involved in a motorcycle collision. When your claim is being filed, they’ll take care of all the paperwork and documentation, so you can focus on recovering and trying to get your life back together.