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What if I am involved in a motorcycle accident that was not my fault?

Motorcycles face a higher risk of being hit by another vehicle than most vehicles.  Motorcycles can be difficult to see because of their size, particularly for drivers of larger vehicles such as semi-trucks, buses, and even SUVs.  There are many situations on the road that can result in an accident occurring through no fault of your own. 

The first thing to do is seek medical assistance for any injuries.  If you're able to do so, get the other driver’s name and insurance details as well as the names and contact information of any witnesses.  Often times this is not possible because of the severity of your injuries and being taken to the hospital immediately from the accident scene.  If that is the case, then it is important to make sure a prompt accident investigation is completed.  If you are laid up in the hospital or at home you may not be able to do this.  That's when it's a good idea to seek legal assistance. 

As a bike rider you know that there is a bias against motorcyclists and the insurance company may try to place some or all of the blame on you for the accident.  The police may even issue you a traffict ticket for the accident.  That's why it is important to fully investigate and document the accident as quickly as possible, especially when serious injuries or fatalities are involved.