Steps to Take Following a Motorcycle Accident in Toledo

It is crucial that you take the proper steps immediately after a motorcycle accident. If you were injured in a Toledo motorcycle accident, these are the actions that you should take as soon as possible:

  • Save the names, insurance information, and contact information of all drivers who were involved the accident.  Also, get the names and contact information of any witnesses who saw what happened.
  • Take lots of photographs of your motorcycle (and the other car if you can) which clearly show the vehicle damage caused by the accident.
  • Do not talk with any insurance adjuster about your case until you speak with a lawyer.  Giving an early statement can be detrimental to your case.
  • Contact our Ohio motorcycle accident law firm as soon as possible to learn more about your legal rights.

Speaking With Insurance Adjusters

It is incredibly important that you do not find yourself speaking to an insurance adjuster after the accident without first speaking with a lawyer. Insurance adjusters may seem friendly and eager to help, but in reality, they are not your friend.

In fact, they have been trained to come across as pleasant in order to gain your trust and get you to make statements that will be detrimental to your motorcycle accident case. You may not even realize that what you are saying is bad for your claim. That is why it is so important to get a lawyer involved immediately following the accident and before speaking with anyone, especially an insurance adjuster.

Insurance adjusters will oftentimes record your statements to use against you later if a lawsuit is filed. It is critical that you have an experienced lawyer at your side to guide you through the process and maximize the value of your claim.

A Legal Team

If you hire a lawyer, he has a few options when trying to resolve your case. Some lawyers file a lawsuit immediately, which has the benefit of putting you quickly on a trial track. The other path the attorney might take is negotiating with the insurance adjuster to resolve the case without having to file a lawsuit. Most attorneys, including those in our office, prefer the second approach.

Lawsuits are time-consuming, expensive, and unpredictable. The benefit of settling a claim with the adjuster is that the client gets compensated sooner and has a certain outcome. We only file a lawsuit quickly if the adjuster makes an unfair offer that we know isn’t going to get any better or if the statute of limitations is about to expire.

For a routine traffic accident case, the injured person has two years after the accident to file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations for a minor’s traffic accident case is two years after the minor turns 18.

If your injuries are such that you cannot take these steps, it is crucial that you or a loved one contact a personal injury attorney at the Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC.  We will begin taking action immediately to make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve.


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