Motorcyclists result in 1% of the traffic and make up to 20% of the deaths and serious accidents.
It is estimated that motorcyclists are almost 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to be severely injured in the event of a crash. It is not like the roads have become any safer. Car manufacturers are dialing up their safety protocols, making their cars more robust and capable of keeping the occupants harm-free. The same cannot be said of a motorcycle- if you are so much as grazed by something; the first thing that is on the asphalt is you and the motorcycle.
Just as dangerous as the roads are, the courtroom drama can get you in just as much of a tangle if you are not careful.
If you or someone you know has been in a motorcycle related road accident, then in the confusion, there are several mistakes made- mistakes that could cost you your claim and compensation. Below shared are two important things that you should know about motorcycle accident claims.
Not Keeping Track Of Your Accident Related Expenses
When you file a motorcycle accident claim, then an integral part of the lawsuit is to show the exact amount of financial loss that you had to incur.
This is why you need to have, every single piece of receipt and bill related to your treatment with the expense written across it. These include prescription drugs, physical therapy and medical equipment as well.
Signing A Settlement Offer Put Across By Your Insurance Company
An insurance company is a business, which wants to reduce the amount they end up spending- the same way how any business would minimize expense, the insurance company wants to reduce business expenses…at your expense.
A few weeks after the accident, the insurance company will have a settlement offer sent to you. It will be instructed to read, sign and return the offer. Picking up a pen and signing would be similar to you taking a wad of whatever remaining cash you have on you, and setting it ablaze to heat your room.
You should not do this until it is reviewed by your motorcycle accident attorney or your personal injury lawyer. Most of the time, the settlement is only enough to cover up the vehicular damage and the medical bills that you received right after the accident. If you are undergoing treatment, then the settlement offer will be nowhere enough to meet the costs.