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What should an Illinois motorcyclist do if he or she is in an accident?

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When it comes to motorcycle accidents, there are many do’s and don’ts for you to keep in mind following the collision. As Northern Illinois bike crash lawyers, we know just how devastating the results of motorcycle wrecks can be.

Do’s

Assuming that you are able, here are some things you should do at the scene of the accident:

  • Call 911 or ask someone else to do so.
  • Get evidence as soon as possible. Take pictures and/or video of the scene with a cell phone or camera. Be sure to include pictures of injuries to people and the damage to vehicles involved.
  • Get information from others. Remember to trade insurance information with any other drivers involved in the accident. Also, get the names and contact information of any witnesses.
  • Contact your insurance company as soon as you can and report that the accident happened. But be careful what you say. Just give the information they need, no more.

Don’ts

  • Don’t discuss the accident with anyone but a police officer and never give more information than is required of you.
  • Don’t admit fault, even if you think you may have played some part in the cause of the accident. There is a good chance that something you are unaware of caused the wreck; it is even possible that more than one party will be found negligent.
  • Don’t ever give a recorded statement or detailed information to any insurance company—yours or the other driver’s. What you say could be twisted and turned against you.

And One Final DO:

  • Call an attorney when you are able. By doing so, you will ensure that your rights are upheld and you will have someone to speak for you. It is especially important for you to contact an Illinois personal injury lawyer if there were injuries in the accident. Insurance companies have many tricks up their sleeves and you can end up without help when you most need it.

At Fisk & Monteleone Law in Rockford, we help the victims of Illinois motorcycle accidents to regain their lives, their losses, and their peace of mind. Call us toll-free today at 888-716-7336 to schedule a free consultation.