Insurance companies are experts at convincing accident victims to accept settlements. They know that you have been hurt in your accident. The last thing most people feel like doing is arguing with their insurer, especially after an accident. Unfortunately, that often leads to victims getting too small of a motorcycle accident settlement.
Our Utah personal injury firm is passionate about helping motorcycle accident victims. We believe you deserve the maximum settlement you can get from your insurer. Here are some tips on how to help you negotiate with your insurance company – or the other driver’s insurance company.
Tips for Maximizing Your Motorcycle Accident Settlement
Here are a few things you can do to get the money you deserve after your accident:
1. Document everything.
When arguing for a higher payout, you need documentation to back you up. We encourage you to keep track of all of your medical expenses, costs of travel to appointments, lost wages, and anything else you can think of.
One thing many people forget to document is their own experience following the accident. Keep a record of your pain level, your struggles, and any other negative impacts on your life caused by the accident.
2. Stay off of social media.
This can be a hard one for many people, but it’s important. Any updates you put on social media can be used by the insurer against you. For example, you might make some innocent comments about how you woke up feeling better today. But tomorrow, you are in even more pain than before. The insurer can and will use any evidence available to prove you are doing better than you are.
3. Always get medical care.
Medical records are some of the most important documents used to decide insurance settlements. The doctor is an expert and you can use their records to prove your circumstances. Even if you feel ok at first, go get medical care. Beyond the settlement, proper medical care can identify complications you may not be aware of.
4. Never accept the first offer.
The insurance company is in business to make money, not spend it. If they can get away with paying you less they will. Assume that the first offer is a low offer and act accordingly.
5. Talk to an attorney.
A good attorney can almost certainly help with your motorcycle accident settlement. They can advise you on what amount is fair and they can argue on your behalf for more. And if the insurance company doesn’t treat you right, the attorney can pursue legal action for you.
Contact Us to Discuss Your Motorcycle Accident Settlement
The best way to understand your legal options is to speak to our Utah personal injury attorney. You can give us a call at (801) 845-4577 or complete our online contact form now to learn more. Please contact us as soon as possible and speak to our attorney for free.
Let us help you get the settlement you deserve.