When you are injured in a motorcycle accident, and someone else is at fault, it is understandable that you want to maximize the compensation you receive. After the pain, suffering, and bills you have put up with, at The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we will fight for the best possible outcome for you. Here are five tips you can follow to help increase your chances of getting what you are owed.
1. Call the Policy and File a Report
This is a must-do. Make sure that the police gather information on the other parties and collect names and contact information yourself as well. Give the police the facts of the accident but do not admit fault or express any regret. This could be used to reduce your settlement.
2. Accept Medical Treatment Even if You Do Not Think You Need It
You should never say that you are not hurt, even if you think that is true. The reality is that you do not yet know if you are hurt because adrenaline and shock can mask many symptoms of injury. Some serious injuries might not have obvious symptoms for days after the accident. This is why you should allow the EMTs to examine you. Likewise, this initial medical diagnosis will be important for your personal injury case.
3. Take Photos at the Scene of the Accident
If you are uninjured enough to do so, and it is safe to do so, take pictures at the scene. Get evidence of the damaged vehicles as well as the environment that surrounds them. Remember that judges and juries often assume that the motorcycle rider is at fault, so you might have an uphill battle getting the compensation you deserve. The more evidence you have of what actually happened, the better off you will be.
4. Keep Everything Related to the Accident and Your Medical Care
All too often these days, people assume that because we live in a time when everything is online, they do not need to keep paper copies of documents. This is false. You should keep copies of all documents that pertain to your case, from medical bills to medical records and everything in between. Did you get a text about the accident? Take a screenshot and save it to your computer.
5. Do Not Sign Anything without First Talking to Your Attorney
Even if it seems that the insurance company is making a fair offer, you should never agree to anything or sign anything until you have talked to your personal injury attorney. If the insurance company is trying to quickly close your case, then you can assume it is because they know it is worth more. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation to determine what your options are.