The Dos & Don’ts of Building a Motorcycle Accident Claim

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The outcome of your motorcycle accident claim is going to depend on a number of factors. From the caliber of the counsel you retain to the strength of the evidence you present, there are more than a dozen variables that can ultimately influence the trajectory of your case. 

While it’s natural to feel powerless when putting together your case, there are actually quite a few things you can do personally—and a few things you can make sure not to do—to bolster your claim. Let’s take a look at what they are:

Do Prioritize Your Health 

Visiting a doctor as soon as possible after the crash will ensure the prompt treatment of any and all injuries, including those that might not manifest symptoms for some time. This will make it harder for the insurance adjuster to accuse you of failing to mitigate damages. It will also ensure a legitimate paper trail linking the incident in question to the damages for which you’re seeking compensation.

Don’t Give a Recorded Statement

As soon as they learn of your claim, the insurer will probably reach out and ask for an official statement. Unfortunately, saying anything on record opens the door for disputes. If you were to say something that turns out to be untrue, the insurance adjuster may be inclined to challenge your credibility in general. 

Generally speaking, it’s best to refrain from corresponding with the opposing party at all. If you’re planning on hiring a personal injury attorney, do so sooner rather than later, so you can refer the carrier to them from day one.  

Do Lay Low on Social Media 

Before you turn to your friends and followers on social media for support, consider the potential ramifications of doing so. Insurance adjusters will often take to monitoring online activity in pursuit of anything that allows them to deny or at least devalue the claims they review. 

If you cannot disable your accounts temporarily, at least make sure to use the strictest privacy settings, so it will be harder for the insurer to scrutinize your content. As an added layer of protection, you should also avoid posting anything about the accident, your injuries, or your pending claim. 

Don’t Accept Blame 

Even if you think you played a role in the wreck, you should not state as much to the opposing party. Instead, discuss the situation with your legal team, and let them complete their investigation. They will gather the evidence needed to assign blame. If it turns out you were partially responsible, they will help you devise a strategy for pursuing the maximum payout possible given the circumstances. 

Discuss Your Case with a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Jackson 

Were you seriously hurt while riding your motorcycle because someone else failed to exercise reasonable care? For helping holding the negligent party accountable, turn to Brown Bass & Jeter, PLLC. 

By letting our tenacious team handle every aspect of your claim, you can focus on recovering from your injuries. To schedule a free case review with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Jackson, fill out our Contact Form or call 601-487-8448.

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