Motorcycle Mishap: 4 Keys for Picking up the Pieces after Your Crash

All auto accidents are traumatic, but motorcycle accidents are especially so. Motorcyclists tend to sustain more severe injuries, have more damage to their vehicle, and even to have more emotional distress over the accident. However, there are ways that you can help yourself to begin the recovery process.

Document All Injury

Many people do not get adequately compensated for their injuries because they failed to document all expenses. These include medical bills, medications, tests, special devices like neck braces, transportation and parking for appointments, and missed work. In addition, you need to document the impact on your life. Do you have pain? Nightmares? PTSD-like symptoms? Emotional distress? Fear of riding? Buy a notebook and write down whenever you are in pain, upset, or cannot handle daily activities as a result of the accident.

Get a Lawyer Immediately

Insurance companies deal with accidents on an hourly basis and are skilled at finding ways to not pay settlements. You do not have the experience needed to go up against them. However, motorcycle accident lawyers and similar firms deal with these companies every day and know how to advocate for you. Get a lawyer while it is early enough to collect evidence and document your case.

Follow Doctor’s Orders

Many people initially feel fine and are eager to resume their daily activities. However, many of the injuries incurred in a motorcycle accident can become chronic or life-threatening if you do not follow your doctor’s orders regarding rest, work restrictions, and other parts of recovery. It is important to follow your doctor’s orders even if you think you can handle doing more.

Do Not Discuss the Case without Your Lawyer’s Approval

Anything you say can be used against you. Insurance companies will take things out of context or misrepresent your words to make it look like you were at fault or like you aren’t as injured as you claim. They may even try to interview your friends, coworkers, and neighbors. Do not discuss your accident unless your lawyer says you may, and even then be sure they have approved your statement.

Motorcyclists are often blamed for accidents that were not their fault and denied the insurance settlements to which they are entitled. These four tips will give you a better chance at getting the medical care and payment that you need to pick up the pieces and move on with your life.

Anica Oaks

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