Winning a personal injury case after you’ve been injured on a motorcycle can be more challenging than winning a similar case when you’ve been injured in a car. This is due to the simple fact that motorcycles are perceived as being dangerous — and people (sadly, including some judges and insurance adjusters) are inclined to think that your injuries are at least partially your fault because you dared climb on that dangerous machine. But, winning your motorcycle injury case is not impossible. Hire an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer and follow the tips below; you’ll have a better chance of winning your case.
Have friends who can vouch for your safe driving ready to speak as witnesses, if needed.
One of the most common arguments for the other driver’s lawyer to make is that you, as the motorcycle rider, were driving unsafely and that your unsafe driving contributed to the accident. Ideally, you would have witnesses who were actually at the scene who can verify that you were driving appropriately. However, this is not always possible. Sometimes, you have to go with the next best thing: friends who can verify that you are known to drive safely. If you ever took a motorcycle safety course, see if the instructor is willing to speak as a witness and verify that you’re a safe driver. Fellow motorcycle riders who have regularly ridden with you can also make good witnesses.
Follow your doctor’s orders very closely.
Another argument the defense could make is that you would not be as injured if you were to have followed your doctor’s orders more closely or adhered to the advised treatment. Don’t leave them any room to make this argument, since it is a hard one to fight against. Follow your doctor’s orders exactly. If he or she tells you to take a certain medication, take it. If your doctor refers you to a specialist, make that appointment, and do so promptly.
Be very careful of what you post on social media.
You can bet that the other driver’s lawyer will be combing through your social media pages, looking for any evidence that you’re not as injured as you claim to be or that you’re a negligent driver. Thus, you need to be very, very careful about what you post on social media following your accident. It’s probably best to avoid posting anything about the accident at all, since you never know how someone might misconstrue your words. Also, stay away from posting photos. What seems like a simple picture of you hugging your child might be taken by the defense to be proof that your back is not as hurt as you’re insisting. If you can manage, it might be best to stay off of social media entirely — and set all of your accounts to private — until your case is settled. This advice holds true in any personal injury case, but is especially important in motorcycle cases since they tend to be so heavily scrutinized.
Keep the motorcycle, without fixing it, until your case is over.
You may find that you need evidence that your injuries were, in fact, caused by your motorcycle accident. The damage done to the bike can help prove that you landed in a way that is consistent with your injuries. But, it would be hard to prove this if your bike has been fixed and looks like new. Pictures don’t always show damage clearly. For this reason, it’s best to hold off on having the bike fixed until your case is closed.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, get in touch with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. They’ll help guide you through the claim process so you don’t make any mistakes that could sabotage your chances of collecting the funds you deserve.
If you still want more information, you can check it out on the sites of local injury lawyers.