A countless number of motorcycles rolling over the roadways are a common scenario in the United States. Unfortunately, the number of motorcycle accidents is increasing every year. Unlike most other road accidents, bike accidents often result in catastrophic injuries because of the lack of safety measures like seat belt and exposure. Anyhow, you can always claim for your damages with the help of a well-versed motorcycle accident attorney. However, some people still don’t know how to deal with bike accidents claims and often ends up with some expensive mistakes. Some of those crucial mistakes that you must avoid at any cost are listed below.
Not seeking medical assistance right after the collision
Some bike accident victims often avoid seeking medical attention after the collision if the injuries are trivial. Even if you are not severely injured, it is highly recommended to call an ambulance and directly go to a hospital from the crash site to be checked out. Note that some injuries that may look silly at the beginning can turn complicated and worse over time if left untreated. Plus, some injuries will be internal and may not necessarily show any symptoms for weeks. On a related note, internal injuries are dangerous than the external ones. If you are concerned about the medical expenses, you can get yourself covered by filing a lawsuit against the person whose negligence lead to the accident. A good motorcycle injury lawyer will be able to obtain compensation for your medical bills, other treatment expenses, loss of wages, pain, emotional stress, suffering, property damages, etc.
Speaking to the insurance representatives of the opposite party
Most insurance companies will not be concerned about your injuries or your losses. Their main objective will be their profit. Hence, they will leave no stone unturned to trap and settle you with the least compensation amounts for your damages. Usually, a common person is likely to fall into their trap easily. Note that the insurance company of the defendant may ask you the details about your accident or may ask you to sign in different documents in the name of formal procedures. Obviously, you will regret very badly if you give them any recorded statement regarding accident since they may use the same against you in court. Plus, never sign on any document without consulting your motorcycle accident attorney.
Not riding a ‘street legal’ motorcycle
The maximum financial coverage that a motorbike accident victim can obtain is calculated on the basis of the number and severity of damages as well as their share of fault. If there is no mistake on your side in causing the accident, you are likely to get maximum compensation. Otherwise, the compensation amount will be reduced depending on your share of fault. Of course, not riding a ‘street legal’ motorcycle can cost you big. Note that a street legal bike should fulfill the following minimal requirements.
- A functional headlight, backlight, and a tail light
- Two mirrors
- Turn signals
- Front and rear brakes
So, make sure you never make any mistakes if you are a bike rider and always be careful on the road.