No one wants to be in a motorcycle accident, but unfortunately, they do occur. If you find yourself in this situation, it is important to know what to do – and what not to do – to file a successful motorcycle accident claim.
The insurance companies are not on your side and will do everything they can to minimize the amount they have to pay out. To level the playing field, you must know the common mistakes people make when filing a motorcycle accident claim.
This blog will help you understand the process and give you the information you need to file a successful claim.
Motorcycle Accident Claims
Every year, over 88,000 people are injured in motorcycle accidents in the United States. And while some of these accidents are caused by poor road conditions or weather, many results from someone else’s negligence.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to understand the steps necessary to file a successful claim. Unfortunately, many people make common mistakes that can jeopardize their case.
Mistake #1: Not Seeking Medical Attention
One of the most common mistakes is failing to seek medical attention after an accident. Even if you don’t think you’re injured, it is important to see a doctor. Some injuries, such as concussions, may not be immediately apparent.
Moreover, seeing a doctor will provide you with documentation of your injuries, which will be important later. Without this documentation, it will be more difficult to prove the extent of your injuries and win compensation.
Mistake #2: Not Documenting the Accident
Another common mistake is failing to document the accident. It is important to take photos of the scene of the accident and your injuries. You should also get the contact information of any witnesses.
This documentation will be critical later on when trying to prove what happened. The insurance company will likely try to downplay your injuries and claim that the accident was not as severe as you say it was.
Mistake #3: Accepting the First Settlement Offer
It is important to understand that the insurance company’s first settlement offer is almost always significantly lower than what you are entitled to. Do not accept the first offer – or any offer – without consulting with an attorney.
Mistake #4: Not Hiring an Attorney
Many people think they can handle the claims process on their own. However, the insurance companies are not on your side and will do everything they can to minimize the amount they have to pay out. An experienced attorney will level the playing field and help you get the compensation you deserve.
Mistake #5: Waiting Too Long to File a Claim
It is important to understand that there is a statute of limitations for filing a motorcycle accident claim. In most states, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim.
You may be barred from recovering any compensation if you wait too long.
Contact and Visit Us at Garcia and Phan Southern Personal Injury Attorneys
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to understand your rights and what you need to do to file a successful claim. The experienced attorneys at Garcia and Phan Southern Personal Injury Attorneys can help.
We have helped countless clients win the compensation they deserve, and we can help you, too. Contact us at (714) 586-8298 to schedule a free consultation.