If you have suffered a motorcycle accident, it is crucial that you act fast. No one wants to lose a lawsuit, especially since you’ve been injured, your property is damaged, and your life’s been thrown off track after what happened. Sadly, legal professionals often see claimants make costly mistakes when filing for a motorcycle accident personal injury lawsuit. If you have just suffered a motorcycle accident in the state of California, follow this guide to ensure you hit every mark when filing your lawsuit, increasing the likelihood of a successful case.
Don’t Wait, Seek Medical Help Immediately
Immediate medical treatment may be necessary following your motorcycle accident, especially if you are suffering from traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury. Generally, the more severe your injury is, the more compensation you are likely to receive.
There is nothing more important than your health. Unfortunately, many accident victims fail to seek medical help immediately after getting into an accident. This is a severe problem for a variety of reasons.
First, even minor injuries can be debilitating. What may appear to be minor scrapes, bruises and cuts could lead to serious medical problems down the line. Untreated wounds can lead to infections, and only a medical professional can properly assess the severity of your condition. Even if you feel fine, going to a doctor ensures your health and wellbeing have been properly assessed, mitigating the risk of long-term issues.
Secondly, documenting the state of your health after an accident is the most important way to keep an organized record of exactly what happened to you after the accident. For example, if you’ve suffered a motorcycle crash, have no symptoms of any injury, and don’t go to the emergency room or doctor’s office, there is no record of the impact of the crash on your health. If a few days later you start to feel complications of the impact, there is very little evidence that ties that injury back to the crash. The best way to build a strong case is to document your health as thoroughly and proactively as possible. Your lawsuit’s success – and your health – depend on it.
Keep Records Of Your Time Spent Away From Work
Most motorcycle accident victims are, unfortunately, injured in such a way that they can’t go to work and must take time off to heal. Luckily, a personal injury lawsuit may be able to recover lost compensation due to time spent off of work. However, if you fail to properly document your situation, you run the risk of not being able to prove this situation in court.
If necessary to determine the extent of disability and the length of compensation for lost income, you as the victim may need to provide a statement from a licensed physician or psychologist, indicating you are or were unable to work due to injuries sustained as a result of the accident. This is why it is imperative that you seek medical assistance and keep detailed and accurate reports of your condition.
Save any emails or conversations with your employer denoting that you won’t be able to work. The more information you have on file to prove the state of your condition, the stronger the results of your case. The legal aides at the Accident Network Law Group will be happy to help you complete this step successfully.
Don’t Forget To Report The Crash To Your Insurance Company
Many motorcycle accident victims fail to report the crash information to their insurance company. While you are not necessarily required to file a motorcycle accident claim with your insurance company, you should certainly report the crash to them. Under all insurance policies, this is the obligation and duty of the insured driver.
If you fail to report the crash, you may not be able to receive the compensation from your coverage that you deserve. Additionally, when negligent individuals cause car accidents, they often try to hide what happened from the police or their insurance company because they know they will be stuck paying for the damage and may face a lawsuit. Therefore, one of the best ways to demonstrate that you are not the negligent or liable party is to comply with what you know you need to do. By creating a clean paper trail of your willingness to do the right thing, it can be used as evidence to demonstrate that you are not the party at fault.
The Most Costly Mistake Is Not Hiring The Right Lawyer
One of the biggest mistakes you can make after suffering a motorcycle accident is to not retain an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer immediately following the accident. Working with a qualified lawyer is the only way to ensure you are properly represented in court, and only a lawyer understands exactly what you have been through.
There are many ways in which motorcycle accident lawyers help victims. They can help you collect evidence regarding the crash, anywhere from physical debris to documentation of your medical injuries, insurance material, etc. This can be hard to stay on top of by yourself, and a lawyer can point you in the right direction regarding what documentation to collect and how. Additionally, the right lawyer will tenaciously defend you in court. This is why it is important that you choose a motorcycle accident lawyer with plenty of experience in this practice area of personal injury law. Remember, not all personal injury lawyers in California are motorcycle accident experts.
Call The Accident Network Law Group As Soon As You Suffer a Motorcycle Accident
The most proactive approach you can take to filing a motorcycle accident injury claim is to speak with a qualified attorney as soon as you possibly can. At the Accident Network Law Group, our skilled legal aides and lawyers are highly trained and time-tested in the field of personal injury law, specifically within the practice area of motorcycle accidents.
We offer a free, in-depth consultation at no obligation to you. We promise to hear every detail of your motorcycle accident situation, and will work alongside you to create the strongest case possible. Together, we can work to earn you the compensation you rightfully deserve. Remember, you pay no fees unless we win.