How to Protect Yourself after a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle Accidents in GA or TN will often result in injury due to the lack of protection a bike rider has while driving.
Because of this, unfortunately, even what would be considered a "minor" accident, can still result in excessive damages and injuries to the motorcycle rider.
For this reason, it's important to take the necessary steps after the accident occurs to protect your legal rights.
When you are involved in a motorcycle wreck that was caused by another driver's negligence, you can be compensated for the damages and injuries that you suffered.
However, it is the job of the other driver's insurance company to try and get you to accept the lowest offer possible for your losses. If you do not take the necessary steps to protect your rights, you may miss out on receiving the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve.
Let's discuss this in more detail.
When you are involved in a Motorcycle Accident, following the 4 steps below to protect your interests:
1. See a Medical Professional Immediately
In the majority of motorcycle accidents, the driver will sustain injuries. Usually, the injuries are serious enough to require immediate medical attention.
However, it is worth mentioning that even if you think your injury is minor and not worth seeking treatment over, you still need to see a medical professional just to make sure.
This is important to step to follow regardless of how you feel immediately following the accident. If you are trying to protect your legal rights, this step is crucial to the process.
For example, if you are injured and wait to seek medical treatment, the other driver's insurance company will use this against you when you go to file a claim and ask for reimbursement for your medical bills. They could offer you less, or in some situations, they may deny your claim altogether.
When you see a doctor the same day the accident occurs, and have your injuries properly documented by a medical expert who states your injuries were the result of a motorcycle wreck, you have a much better chance at receiving the maximum amount of compensation that you ask for.
2. Do not Quit Treatment Until you are Healed
Many motorcycle accident injuries will be severe enough to require physical therapy, multiple chiropractic visits, and/or rehabilitative services to make a full recovery.
Depending on the injury, it could take months or years of treatment for the victim to become fully healed.
Even an injury such as road rash may require multiple skin grafts to ensure the skin is reconstructed properly. Regardless of the injury, the doctor may prescribe months of treatment for you to recover.
If you start to skip prescribed appointments or quit treatment altogether, the insurance company may try to say that you were not hurt badly enough because you did not complete the medical treatment that was prescribed by the doctor.
Skipping appointments or quitting treatment before you are released could even result in the insurance company denying your claim for medical reimbursement leading up to your missed appointments.
You have to remember, that insurance companies are in the business to pay nothing or as little as possible, so they will use whatever reason they can to deny your claim.
Do not give them a reason.
Go to the doctor, go to every appointment you are supposed to, and continue treatment until you receive documentation from the doctor stating your release.
You can read more about insurance company tactics here.
3. Do Not Sign Paperwork Without an Attorney Present
The number one goal of the insurance company is going to be be settling your claim for as little money as possible, and as quickly as possible.
They want to gather information that is going to help them, not you. They will try to get you to accept the lowest offer they give you up front, and they may tell you that if you don't accept the offer, you won't get anything.
It is their hope that you will not hire an attorney, and that you will not argue with them when they offer you a low settlement.
They will try to get you to sign paperwork accepting the offer, and if you do, it will be too late to go back and try to get more or to hire an attorney to help.
This why it is very important not to give a statement or sign any documentation that they provide regardless of what they tell you.
4. Hire an Experience Motorcycle Accident Attorney
When you become injured in a Motorcycle Crash in Georgia or Tennessee that was caused by someone else's negligence, the most important step you can take to protect your legal rights is to hire an experienced Personal Injury Attorney.
When you hire an attorney to help with your case, it's their job to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation that you deserve.
They will obtain all the paperwork and documentation needed when filing your lawsuit. They can also provide you with a referral to an experienced doctor to help with your recovery.
Your attorney will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, so you will not have to speak with them at all.
When you hire a Motorcycle Accident Attorney from The Roth Firm, you will not have to pay any out-of-pocket fee for our services.
Your lawyer will only receive payment when you obtain an agreeable settlement from the insurance company.
This means, if we are unable to win your case, we do not get paid, which is why your lawyer will dedicate the time and resources that your case needs to be a success.
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