What To Do After A Motorcycle Accident
Every biker knows he or she is vulnerable to injury, but motorcyclists still do not expect to become victims of a motorcycle accident. A motorcycle accident can be devastating and disruptive.
We have assembled a checklist of things to address after a serious motorcycle crash.
Seek Medical Treatment
The most important issue after a motorcycle crash is your health. Do not let an attorney or insurance adjuster determine whether you should seek treatment or what type of treatment you should seek. Despite all the insurance and legal issues that arise after an accident, you need to focus on your recovery.
Some injuries do not appear to be severe at first. After your crash, you may have gotten up and walked away. Do not let this fool you; you may still need treatment. Adrenaline often masks serious injuries, which could become more pronounced in the hours or days following the accident. If you fear you suffered trauma to your head, spine or internal organs, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Medical treatment documents your injuries and establishes evidence for your injury claim. Be sure to be honest when discussing your pain and symptoms after an accident. Do not exaggerate, but also be thorough and discuss all your symptoms with your doctor.
If you unnecessarily delay treatment or downplay your injuries, the defendant’s insurer or attorneys will use it to attempt to refute the extent or nature of your injuries.
Contact an Attorney
Seek medical attention first, then contact an attorney. It is never too early to contact an attorney. The sooner you do, the better chance the lawyer has to recover and preserve valuable accident evidence.
A skilled motorcycle accident attorney will act as your adviser by helping you avoid making crucial mistakes. Do not deal with the insurance company prior to speaking with an attorney.
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Be Aware of Social Media and Your Own Insurance Adjuster
Even your own insurance adjuster is not your friend. He or she has only the best interests of the insurance company in mind.
You should be careful what you say, write or do after your accident. The insurance company and defendant’s lawyers are constantly looking for evidence to attempt to discredit your injuries and claim.
Defense lawyers are using Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms to collect evidence damaging to the plaintiff’s claim.
Refer Insurance Agents to Your Lawyer
Do not speak with insurance adjusters about your accident; they are trained to settle claims as quickly and cheaply as possible. Insurance adjusters are taught to be extremely nice to injured persons in an attempt to settle the claim before an attorney is involved. It is in their best interest to minimize their payout. Give them your attorney’s contact info and refuse to engage in conversations with insurance representatives. Words are critical and can be used against you at later proceedings.
Follow Doctors’ Orders
Physicians know how to help you heal; obviously, it is in your best interest to follow their orders and recommendations. Additionally, your compliance can have a serious impact on the value of your personal injury claim.
If you ignore a doctor’s advice, it could later be used against you in court. The defendant’s attorneys will say it is evidence that your injuries aren’t bothersome enough for you to care about following orders. Further, the insurance company may argue that you unnecessarily let your condition worsen.
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Miss a Step or Make a Mistake? Do Not Panic, But Call Now.
A motorcycle accident is an unnatural and traumatic event. In the moments or days after a crash, people do or say things they wish they could take back. If you did something regrettable, don’t panic, but it is important to immediately speak with a skilled Ohio motorcycle wreck attorney.