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Motorcycles do not offer the protection you need to avoid serious injury in an accident. Often the injuries are catastrophic, and you find yourself with endless medical costs, lost wages, and the physical agony of the injury itself.
Naturally, you want to be able to recover physically, but also financially. After all, you did not cause your motorcycle accident, so why would you pay for the costs associated with it?
If you are the victim of a motorcycle accident, you are entitled to compensation. However, it is vital that you do not go to that fight alone. Insurance companies love when victims attempt to negotiate a settlement on themselves. They know that you are unaware of your rights, and they hope that you will take the first settlement offered to you – which is often much less than you deserve.
While you wait for a consultation, there are a few things you can do to increase the chances of success for your case. These tips are not a substitute for real legal advice, and you should still consult with an attorney before assuming that you will succeed in your case.
Tips for Better Motorcycle Claims Outcomes in Philadelphia
After a motorcycle accident, you want to do everything you can to strengthen your case and increase the chances of success – especially if your case ends up going to court. Here are just some ways to improve the chances of a successful outcome:
Seek Medical Treatment Right Away
No matter how you are feeling after the accident, you still need to be checked by a medical doctor. Do not assume that your injuries are minor because often your body is flooded with adrenaline, which can mask the symptoms of a severe injury.
Do not decline requests from paramedics to go to the emergency room either, because they can list on their report that you rejected medical care at the scene too.
Bottom line, the longer you wait to receive treatment, the harder it will be to prove your case. The insurance company and defense attorneys will try to say your injuries were not as serious because you did not go to the emergency room and instead sought treatment a few days later.
Do Not Discuss the Details of Your Case or Your Injuries with Anyone Other than Your Attorney
A few days after the accident, you will receive a call from the other party’s insurance company. Insurance claim’s adjusters reach out to victims quickly, because they want to discuss the case with you before you have had a chance to meet with an attorney.
While you should be cordial on the phone, you are not required to provide them with a statement or tell them details about your injuries. Instead, kindly decline the request and direct the claim’s adjuster to your attorney. If you have not yet spoken to an attorney, do so as quickly as possible so that your attorney can begin discussions with the other party’s insurance.
Take Photographs Immediately of Everything
Photographs are compelling pieces of evidence. These tell the jury and judge what happened and give them a visualization. The more photos you have, the better. So, take pictures of everything, including the accident scene, your injuries, injuries as you progress through recovery, and more.
If you cannot take photos of the accident scene, have a friend or family member return to the scene and get photographs for you.
Get Witness Information
If you can, get the names and contact information of witnesses at the scene of the accident. If you are too injured to do so, you can look at the police report for witness information and give a copy of that report to your attorney.
Start a Journal of the Accident
Accident journals help you keep details in a single place and ensure that your memory does not fade. Start the journal as soon as you can, and write down every aspect of the accident including:
- The date and time of the crash
- What you remember before and after the incident
- Your injuries
- The physical and emotional pain you experience from the crash
- Treatments you have undergone
- Your experience and number of days in the hospital
- How you are coping with the injuries
Get the Police Report
A police report is helpful because it gives your attorney the quick facts, such as the date and time of the accident, parties involved, insurance companies, witnesses and their contact information, road conditions, and weather at the time of the incident. Some reports have photographs attached, which will help in the event you were unable to get photographs yourself.
Also, the police report will show any citations given at the accident scene.
Track Your Medical Expenses
It is vital that you track all medical expenses from the injury, including hospital bills, doctor’s office visits, medical equipment, prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and more. Tracking these expenses will make it easier for your attorney to calculate how much in medical costs you have.
Include any statements from your health insurance if health insurance paid for the treatments while you wait for your settlement.
Document Hours Missed from Work or School
Document the hours you take off work to recover, attend meetings, and go to court for your case. Your employer should write a letter verifying the days missed, your current salary, and any bonus periods you may have missed out on as well.
If you are paying for college tuition, you can document the number of days you have missed from school as well and request that you be compensated for the tuition lost.
Hire an Injury Attorney
One of the best pieces of advice you will ever receive is that you should hire an injury attorney. An attorney understands the laws and requirements for filing a civil lawsuit in a motorcycle accident case. More so, they have experience negotiating with insurance companies and defense attorneys – ensuring you receive the full value of your case.
If you have suffered a severe injury, contact Jeffrey H. Penneys, Esq. You can reach him on his cell directly at 215-771-0430, toll-free at 800-465-8795, or at the office 215-987-3550. You can also request your free consultation online by completing the online contact form.