After getting involved in a motorcycle accident, you should primarily focus on getting your compensation for your injuries and damages sustained. Since most of these injuries can be severe and prevent you from enjoying everyday life or going to work, you have the right to seek fair compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
Here are 7 tips that will get you a fair compensation after a motorcycle accident.
Seek Medical Attention
After an accident, you should always call the police. If specified that injuries have occurred, the police will arrive with the ambulance; the police will write a report, and the ambulance will take you in for a treatment. Later, your attorney can use both the police report and the doctor’s report as evidence that you sustained injuries from that particular event, and to prove liability.
Always Take Pictures
If you are able to after an accident, always take pictures. These may be the evidence your attorney needs to close the case in your favor and get you the compensation that you seek. Simply take out your phone and snap a few pictures of:
- Your motorcycle
- Your injuries
- Another vehicle involved
- The location
- The eyewitnesses
Do Not Settle Immediately
If you get approached by the insurance adjusters, do not accept their initial offer, no matter how good it may sound. Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Pittsburgh advise you to seek legal counsel before accepting anything from insurance adjusters and to always have an attorney nearby when speaking with them. This is to protect you from signing anything that may hurt your case or saying something that may diminish your claim.
Do Not Sign Anything
You will be “forced” to sign documents following an accident. Do not do it. No matter what the insurance adjusters and representatives say, you have the right to get an attorney and the right not to sign anything. Whoever tells you otherwise is trying to trick you into signing something that will affect your claim, and not in a good way.
Keep All Accident-Related Documents in a File
Save every piece of paperwork, from medical bills, copies of reports, to doctor’s notes and insurance forms. It will be easier for both you and your attorney to access them and get what you need without spending extra time going through the documents looking for specific information.
Be Extremely Honest
Your attorney has your best interest in mind. If you are not honest when speaking with your attorney, you will jeopardize your claim and your case. Do not hide anything related to the accident or anything else that may impact your claim.
Always Hire An Expert
To get what you want, you will have to surround yourself with experts. Do not have an expert in mind? Consult with Pittsburgh Motorcycle Accident Attorneys and receive much-needed counsel and legal guidance. The attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman have settled thousands of these cases in the past, and will gladly assist you in recovering your compensation. On top of that, the first consultation is free so you have nothing to lose.