Personal Injury Lawyer
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you should get medical attention immediately. You can be more seriously injured than if you were in a car that offers protection against abrasions and impacts. While you’re healing, you’ll want to follow through with some things to help you file your insurance claim and get a settlement that matches your needs.
File an Insurance Claim
You should always work with your own insurance company first. The other driver’s insurance company may not want to offer a fair settlement at first, but you want to prevent the other driver from claiming you were at fault for the accident.
You are going to be dealing with a lot following the accident. Start a file with all the medical bills and reports. Make sure to get pictures of the accident scene and your injuries. Save those pictures to the cloud or send them to yourself in an email. Your phone could crash, leaving you without the evidence. Get witness information. Make sure to get a copy of the police report. Make notes for yourself about who you talk to, when, and about what. If you do need to file a lawsuit, you’ll want this information. Track your mileage to and from medical appointments, especially if you’re driving a long distance.
Don’t Talk About Your Claim
Keep your personal life off social media after an accident. The other driver’s insurance company could use pictures of you on social media as proof that you aren’t in pain and the accident didn’t limit your life. At the very least, be cautious about what you do post. Ask friends to not tag you in pictures. Don’t speak to the other driver’s insurance company without exploring your options.
Keep a Journal
A daily journal can validate your pain and suffering by tracking your day to day activity level and pain level. You may never need your journal in court, but you can also use your journal to remember that you’re getting better every day. It doesn’t need to be very formal — maybe just a few lines each day about the difficulties you have faced, whether you could work or not, and your pain levels.
Speak to a Lawyer
You may be entitled to more compensation than you realize or you may not have a claim at all. Speaking to a lawyer about your accident before you settle gives you peace of mind with your settlement. Make an appointment today to talk to a lawyer, like a motorcycle accident lawyer from Barry P. Goldberg, auto accident attorney.