Owners of motorcycles have a certain love for the roadway. They look forward to the warmer months of the year so they can enjoy riding down the road, feeling the wind and enjoying the weather. But, while motorcyclists look forward to this enjoyable ride nearly every day, they still need to prepare for the worst.
Our Ohio motorcycle accident attorneys have seen some of the worst accidents on the roadways, so they know what victims go through and how confusing the legal process can be. In the event of an accident, our lawyers have put together these top ten tips that every motorcyclist should know to be sure that they go about the legal process the correct way, receiving the compensation that they deserve.
1. Seek Treatment Immediately
The smartest thing to do after an accident is to seek medical treatment immediately and to follow the doctor’s orders. This will be appreciated later on in the process as you prove that your injuries are as serious as you say they are.
2. Don’t rush to settle your claim
You should never try to settle your claim before you have complete medical treatment. If a few thousand dollars seems like a lot in the beginning, you may be stunned to realize later on that it does not even come close to covering the injuries that you have suffered from your motorcycle accident.
3. Don’t underestimate the insurance adjuster
Insurance adjusters deal with claims on a daily basis, so the normal motorcycle accident victim should understand that the insurance adjuster has a major advantage. By seeking the advice of a lawyer, an accident victim can ensure that they have a professional on their side, helping them to receive the appropriate compensation.
4. Don’t provide a statement to the adjuster
Never make any statement about your case to the adjuster before consulting your lawyer first.
5. Don’t sign medical authorization forms
Do not sign any authorization form that allows the insurance company access to your private medical records. Only sign forms that have been completed by your lawyer to ensure that you are not giving permission for anything to happen that your lawyer does not know about.
6. Document everything
After your motorcycle accident, start a file folder with everything related to police, medical and insurance documents. Make copies and file them so they can be easily found if something ends up being questioned. This will make the process much easier later down the road.
7. Be honest
Be honest about your injuries. There is nothing that can kill a motorcycle accident claim faster than being caught in a lie.
8.Don’t hide information from your lawyer
You need to tell your lawyer everything related to your case. The good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in-between. If you want your lawyer to help you get the compensation that you deserve, they need to know what they are working with. If something is embarrassing and you do not want to tell anyone, it can be even more embarrassing if it comes out during the deposition or trial. Be smart and tell your lawyer from the beginning.
9. Don’t exaggerate your injuries
If you exaggerate the extent of your injuries and the insurance company finds evidence later down the road of you participating in activities that you shouldn’t be able to do, your claim could be in serious jeopardy.
10. Hire a personal injury lawyer
When you file a claim, you deal with insurance companies who have professionals working to try to reduce the compensation that you receive. You need a professional that will work on your behalf to help you obtain the compensation that is appropriate for your injuries. Call our personal injury lawyers at 800.637.8170 to ask any questions that you may have and to receive a free case evaluation.
Seeking the guidance of a personal injury lawyer will only help you strengthen your case and allow you to receive the full amount of compensation that you deserve for the pain and suffering the accident has caused you.