I always assumed that personal injury cases where pretty straight forward. After being in an accident, any financial losses that you suffered would be reimbursed by the liable party's insurance company. Unfortunately, things only work this way in a perfect world. In the real world, personal injury cases are extremely complex and getting the insurance company to pay a fair settlement requires the expertise of an experienced injury lawyer. Unfortunately, it took me several months to finally seek out the legal assistance I needed. As a result, I waited much longer than necessary to get the compensation I so desperately needed. During this time, I learned more about personal injury law than I ever thought I would. It is my hope that this blog will allow me to share that knowledge with you so that you can avoid making some of the same mistakes that I did.
A motorcycle accident can leave you with painful injuries, not to mention lost wages due to missed work. Often, a personal injury lawsuit is necessary to recoup medical bills, lost wages, and payment for pain and suffering. The following three tips not only improve your safety on the road, which can help you avoid an accident, following them can also increase your chances of winning your personal injury claim.
Tip #1: Put a Lid On It
Wearing a helmet is the number one way that you can avoid a potentially deadly head injury. It can also be vital to winning a personal injury lawsuit after the accident. There are 19 states that currently have helmet laws in effect. In these states, it is vital that you were following the law and wearing a helmet if you need to make a claim for a head or neck injury. Although not legally required by law, wearing a helmet can also help you win your case in the remaining 31 states since it shows that you are a safety-minded rider. This can make you look more responsible to the court.
Tip #2: Dress Up
Wearing the proper clothing can further help prevent major injuries in the event of a crash. Riding jackets, and even pants, made of abrasion-resistant materials can save you a lot of pain and road rash if you are thrown from your bike. You may also want to opt for bright colors or reflective materials, which will help other motorists see you. Avoid loose clothing, since this can become tangled in the bike's components or block your vision as it flies up in the wind. Once again, wearing the proper gear shows the court that you have safety in mind, which can make it more likely for you to win your case.
Tip #3: Stay Mindful
Road conditions that are a nuisance for a car can become deadly on a bike. When riding, be mindful of wet roads, along with other hazards that cause slick conditions, like wet leaves, oil spills, or painted surfaces. Bumpy roads or those with a lot of gravel on their surface are also dangerous. Don't expect those in cars to realize the hazard that these conditions can pose for a bike – if you must slow down due to road conditions, get over to the right and keep an eye out for vehicles that may be coming up behind you. If you are in an accident, you will need to make a note of the road conditions for your motorcycle accident lawyer, so they can make sure this is mentioned during your court proceedings.Share