In recent years, motorcycle riding has become increasingly popular. The number of motorcycles in the U.S. jumped to 9 million in 2012, an increase of over 50% from previous years. Sadly, along with the rise in popularity of the motorcycle, motorcycle accident rates have also climbed. In 2010, over 4,500 riders were killed and 80,000 injured. A search of recent headline news reveals Mississippi is no stranger to motorcycle accidents. Just recently, an off-duty Mississippi Highway patrolman was killed in a motorcycle accident in Senatobia. In Pearl, a person was injured in a motorcycle accident involving a collision with a pickup truck on Highway 80. Finally, a woman died in Jackson over the summer in a terrible motorcycle accident involving an 18-wheeler.
Motorcycle accidents are tragically commonplace due to the cyclist’s lack of visibility. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you are likely to be stressed and shocked following the accident. You may do or say things that are not helpful in the long run towards accomplishing recovery from your accident. To this end, we have prepared the following list of the top things not to do if you have been in a motorcycle accident:
- Do not leave the scene of the accident—but do move yourself and your bike, if possible, to the nearest safe soft shoulder. Under Mississippi law, you cannot flee the scene of the accident and doing so can result in criminal charges. You should be sure you are sufficiently out of the way of other vehicles and safe from any further collisions.
- Do not forget to file a police report—it is best to call the police as soon as possible after the accident, even if no one appears injured. A police report can prove crucial towards your later recovery. Officers will typically respond quickly to the call. If for some reason you do not obtain a police report at the scene of the accident, go to the police station and complete an accident report as soon as possible. Never simply exchange insurance information with the driver of the vehicle or other motorcycle—you need that police report.
- Do not admit fault—do not, under any circumstances, admit fault to the accident. You have just been in a traumatic event. You need time to process the incident, and statements you make while under the stress of the accident may not be accurate. Therefore, do not make any statements concerning liability. Statements you make now can impact your later recovery.
- Do not refuse or delay medical attention—injuries following motorcycle accidents tend to be more severe than those from car accidents due to less protection on a bike. Many injuries following a motorcycle accident may not manifest for several hours following the accident. It is best to seek medical attention immediately following the accident or as soon as possible afterwards. The longer you wait the more room you give for the insurance company to argue your injuries were not caused by the motorcycle accident.
- Do not delay consulting with a knowledgeable Mississippi motorcycle accident attorney—you should seek the assistance of a licensed Mississippi motorcycle attorney as soon as possible after the accident. Crucial evidence can be lost during the immediate aftermath of the accident if you do not act quickly to secure representation. A skilled motorcycle accident attorney can advise you on the steps you need to take to obtain full compensation for your motorcycle accident injuries. So before you speak to any insurance adjuster, consult with a professional motorcycle accident attorney.
The Giddens Law Firm has handled countless motorcycle accident cases in the Jackson, Mississippi area. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to expertly handle your motorcycle accident case, regardless of how challenging or complex. The Giddens Law Firm operates on a contingency fee basis and the first consultation is always free. Call us today at 601-355-2022 to learn more about your legal options!