In the aftermath of a serious bike wreck, your costs can add up at a swift pace. From medical bills and repairs to replacement services and lost income, each day can present new financial challenges, plunging you and your family further and further into debt.
With your financial future potentially riding on the outcome of your personal injury claim, you’ll naturally want to do anything you can to give it the best possible chances of success. While the way your case unfolds is—for the most part—out of your hands, there are a few steps you can take that might help prevent disputes, delays, and other issues while your claim is pending.
Let’s take a look at some of these steps in closer detail:
1. Lay Low on Social Media
You won’t just have to be careful about what you say or do in the real world, your actions in the digital space could also come back to haunt you. Whether it’s your pictures taken in the weeks after the wreck, comments you’ve made, or even “check ins” you’ve sent out, claims adjusters may be able to use any of your activity as evidence to undervalue your claim or deny you compensation.
In most situations, it’s best to disable your social media profiles for the duration of proceedings. (You can always re-enable your accounts once your case is resolved.) However, if this isn’t possible for you, sites such as Facebook give you the option to update your privacy configuration to limit who can view what you post.
2. Take Photographs of the Accident Scene
From pictures of the vehicles involved to photographs of your injuries, your snapshots at the accident scene could play a crucial role in proving liability. An accident reconstruction expert may be able to use images of road markings, street signs, and other aspects of the scene to piece together what happened and determine who was responsible for causing the wreck.
For instance, if pictures show damage to the front of the other vehicle involved and scrape marks on the back of your bike, such photographs could help show that you were rear-ended. Make sure to document the entire scene from multiple different angles and distances to give your attorney a complete picture.
3. Seek Medical Treatment
If you were able to stand up after the accident, you might think there’s no reason to book a doctor’s appointment. Afterall, we lead busy lives, and even a quick medical assessment can be difficult to squeeze into our already packed schedules.
However, skipping this important step won’t just put your health at risk—for instance, you might’ve suffered a serious impact injury that hasn’t yet manifested symptoms—but could also give the insurance company leverage to argue that you failed in your duty to take reasonable measures to mitigate further losses. In such situations, you could be held liable for a large portion of your damages.
Speak to a Detroit Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
Were you hurt in a motorcycle wreck? It may be in your best interests to discuss your situation with a skilled personal injury lawyer.
At Seva Law Firm, we’ve got decades of collective experience representing injured bikers, and have the knowledge and resources needed to succeed in even the most complex cases. We can help investigate the wreck, gather the necessary evidence to support your claim, and provide aggressive representation throughout proceedings. Contact us today at (248) 385-5704 or tap through to our contact page HERE to request a free case evaluation with a Detroit motorcycle accident attorney.