Motorcycle accidents can obviously be quite scary and could leave you with serious injuries. If you are lucky enough to survive and it's clear the accident was not your fault, it's possible that you could be entitled to financial compensation from the person that hit you. Motorcyclists sometimes have a bad reputation, though, and this could cause your legal case to start out at a disadvantage, even if you know you are in the right. If you want to maximize your chances of success, you need to make sure you are smart about how you proceed. Here are some tips for what you should and should not do following a motorcycle accident if you want to improve your chances of legal success.
Stay Off of Social Media
Motorcyclists love showing off their bikes, and perhaps you've done this through one social media platform or another in the past. But the aftermath of a motorcycle accident is not the time to start talking about what happened or even your road to recovery online. If any of your profiles are public, they could be monitored by the person or company you are suing. The last thing you want to do is show that it was easy to repair your bike or demonstrate that you are moving around easily in the days following the accident. You may very well still have an injury, but the opposing side could use your social media to paint a picture that says otherwise.
Get Medical Treatment, But Don't Fix Your Bike
If you were injured in the accident, you obviously need to get medical treatment. It's important that you complete the entire treatment plan as prescribed by your doctor even after you start to feel OK again. If the side you are suing finds out you decided to stop treatment too soon, they could try and say that this means that you aren't actually as injured as you are claiming.
While it's important to get medical treatment for your body, one thing you don't want to repair at all, at least in the early going, is your bike. You need to take photos of the bike itself for your court case. It might even be a good idea to keep your wrecked bike just as it is until you actually go to court. Allowing a jury or judge to actually see the giant scrap of metal your bike has been turned into within the courtroom could be compelling visual evidence that is more effective than a photograph alone.
Don't Do Anything Without a Lawyer
For best results, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The opposing side will likely retain one, and between them and even their insurance company, there could be a large number of people looking to trip up your case. Contact a motorcycle accident attorney today to get started.