If you are involved in a motorcycle accident in Henderson, you could suffer catastrophic injuries that require expensive medical treatments and require you to be off work for months or longer. While you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries from the negligent driver, it will not be easy. You may face difficult hurdles due to the large value of your claim if you suffered serious injuries and the prejudice people have—including insurance adjusters—against motorcycle riders. To ensure that you receive what you deserve in your settlement, you should try to avoid these common mistakes:
Mistake #1: Not Contacting the Police
Even if you do not believe you will file an insurance claim, you need to contact the police at the crash scene. The police report will contain vital information that can help you prove the other motorist’s negligence if you later decide you need to file a claim. This includes:
- Contact information for the other driver
- At-fault driver’s statement
- Contact information for any eyewitnesses
- A narration of how the collision occurred
- Officer’s conclusions as to who caused the crash
- Any citations that were issued
Mistake #2: Delaying Medical Treatment
Even if you do not think you are seriously injured, it is important to be examined by a doctor as soon as possible after the crash. The symptoms of some injuries may not develop for many days after your crash, and you will jeopardize your health if you do not see a physician. You will also give the insurance company ammunition to argue that your injuries were caused by another incident or are not that serious.
Mistake #3: Not Taking Photographs
You could lose vital evidence that can help you win your case if you do not take photos of the damage to the car that caused the crash and your motorcycle, the accident scene, your injuries, and anything else you believe could show the other driver’s negligence. If you are too hurt to do this yourself, ask a bystander to take photos with your cellphone camera.
Mistake #4: Not Preserving Your Motorcycle
It is important to store your motorcycle in the condition that it was in after the accident. Your attorney or an accident reconstruction expert may need to inspect the bike to help prove how your crash occurred before it is repaired.
Mistake #5: Talking With the Insurance Adjuster on Your Own
If you talk to the insurance adjuster on your own, you may make statements that you do not realize can weaken your claim. Do not agree to the insurance adjuster’s request to sign a blanket medical release or to give a recorded statement. He may also try to convince you that you do not need legal representation and to accept a quick settlement of your claim. This can result in you getting far less than you are entitled to in your settlement.
Mistake #6: Not Hiring a Lawyer Immediately
One of the biggest mistakes would be to not retain an experienced motorcycle accident attorney in Henderson as soon as possible after your crash. Your lawyer can conduct a thorough investigation of your wreck and collect the evidence you need to prove the other driver’s negligence. In addition, he can help you avoid other mistakes, file your claim, and negotiate your settlement.
Have You Been Injured In A Henderson Or Las Vegas Area Motorcycle Accident?
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