It can be frustrating to receive a low settlement offer from an insurance company after a motorcycle accident. After years of paying your insurance premiums, you expect to be reimbursed for your medical expenses and pain and suffering if you are hurt in a crash that was not your fault. Sadly, many injured bikers find out that they have to fight for every penny.
How Can I Get a Bigger Settlement For My Motorcycle Crash?
There are a number of steps you can take to maximize the settlement you receive from the insurance company. First and foremost, contact a motorcycle accident attorney like one of the experienced lawyers at the Law Firm of Kass & Moses.
Remember, your initial consultation with an attorney at our firm is free of charge. In fact, you won’t pay a penny unless and until we resolve your case and you receive your settlement. When you call us, you will speak with a motorcycle accident lawyer with decades of experience handling cases like yours. We take pride in the attorney client relationship and will put your needs first. It pays to have an experienced law firm on your side, even if you feel like you have a relatively minor case.
We have decades of experience representing injured bikers, and we understand the tactics that insurance company will use to try to manipulate the system. We put the power in your hands and help get you a fair settlement for your motorcycle accident claim, often far exceeding the initial settlement offered by the insurance company.
Whether or not you hire a personal injury lawyer, there are a number of steps you can take to maximize your potential compensation. First, keep detailed records of everything. From witnesses at the scene, photographs, police reports, and medical records, everything is important.
Your medical records and bills document all of the treatment that you received for your injuries. This is especially important as many settlement offers are based on your injuries and cost of medical treatment. It is also important to continue to receive treatment until you are released by your doctor. Many times, motorcycle accident victims require a course of physical therapy to help recover from their injuries. By adhering to the doctor’s recommendations, you are validating the seriousness of your injuries. You are showing the insurance company that you are committed to recovering fully.
Another important tip: never, ever accept the initial settlement amount from the insurance adjuster. Far too many people accept this, and then their case is closed. This offer is made because the insurer knows a lot of people will agree to it, which will save them money. But remember, you are entitled to a reasonable compensation for your injuries. Do not settle for less!
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What is the Average Motorcycle Accident Settlement?
The average settlement varies significantly depending on a number of factors. Obviously, motorcycle accident claims involving major injuries and even fatalities result in larger settlements. Insurance coverage is an important consideration when estimating an injury settlement. Another consideration is future medical treatment and future medical bills. Often, motorcycle injuries require ongoing care, and surgeries and additional therapy at a later date may be projected. Insurance adjusters tend to overlook these factors, which is why it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side.
Different states have different laws with regards to personal injury cases. If only minor injuries were incurred in the motorcycle crash, your damage claims may be limited. But it is important to remember that you should be compensated for such factors as pain and suffering, property damages, medical bills, future and ongoing medical care, and lost wages.
Consider all of the factors associated with your case. Even if you were partly at fault, you may be entitled to a settlement. This is where an experienced motorcycle attorney really pays off. They can go toe to toe with the insurer, demonstrating the cost of your injuries and associated pain and suffering. They know the right things to say and do to greatly increase your potential settlement. As professionals in the field, an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can conduct jury verdict research and bring in an accident reconstruction expert, when necessary. All of these steps help support your claim.
If you have suffered from severe injuries, brain injuries, or have future medical expenses, you need a personal injury lawyer on your side. Motorcycle accident settlements are complicated, and insurance companies often take advantage of the injured biker if they are not represented by an attorney. Do not go your motorcycle injury claim alone.
Few of us have the legal expertise to present a case in court. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try to negotiate, a case must proceed to the courtroom. As someone without legal know-how, it is near impossible to go forward with a case if it needs to go to court. Again, having an attorney on your side is invaluable.
How Do I Begin My Motorcycle Accident Claim?
In most cases, you will be contacted by your motorcycle accident insurance company in the days following your crash. In most cases, they will offer you a lump sum payment in order to close your case as quickly as possible, and with as little money out of their pocket. The average settlement offer made at this initial stage may not even be enough to cover your medical expenses, and likely does not take into account your pain and suffering, lost wages, and future medical care.
We recommend that you contact us and speak with one of our personal injury lawyers as soon as possible to begin your motorcycle accident claim. We will sit down with you and allow you to tell us about your motorcycle accident case. We will ask you important questions and will provide legal advice every step of the way. We will analyze your medical bills, the facts of the crash, the police report, and your personal injuries. We will consider your case, applying the knowledge and understanding that comes from having represented hundreds of motorcycle accident cases before yours. During this free consultation, you will be given the opportunity to ask as many questions as you would like. Our job is to put you at ease will we work to get you a fair and just settlement.
Although there are plenty of steps you can take to increase your settlement, the most important step is to consult with an attorney. At the Law Firm of Kass & Moses, we pride ourselves in helping injured bikers. Although we cannot accept every case, we always try to give tips during your consultation that will help you receive greater compensation. We are only a phone call away, so contact us today!