Because motorcycles are so much smaller than even the most compact passenger vehicles, they’re easy to miss in traffic. What’s more, they lack a crumple zone, so riders who do end up in wrecks tend to sustain life-altering injuries.
If you were recently involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be struggling to cope with the physical, emotional, and financial impact of the injuries you suffered. Fortunately, as long as you were not wholly to blame for the collision, you may seek compensation from the liable party or their insurance company.
Just because you have grounds for a claim, however, doesn’t mean you’re automatically entitled to a payout. In order to recover funds for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages, you will have to build a strong case against all responsible parties.
While a resourceful personal injury attorney can handle the logistics of your claim, there are steps you can take to put yourself in a more favorable position to obtain a settlement. Examples include:
1. Keep a Personal Injury Journal
Personal injury attorneys encourage accident victims to write detailed journal entries, ideally starting on the day on which they were hurt. For the first entry, record everything you can remember about the crash, right down to the weather conditions.
For all subsequent entries, record the ways in which the injuries inhibit your everyday life. You should also keep a running log of all doctor’s appointments and the frequency and severity of your symptoms. These entries will help contextualize your medical records.
2. Stay off Social Media
The insurance adjuster will likely monitor your online presence for posts that can be used to dispute your claim. As such, it’s advisable to disable your social media accounts until your case has been resolved.
If you must maintain one or more active accounts, make sure to update your privacy settings so only approved connections can see your posts. Additionally, do not publish anything about the accident, your injuries, or your expenditures.
3. Preserve All Evidence of Damages
Proving liability isn’t enough to build a winning claim. To recover a settlement, you must also prove that you incurred actual damages. You can do so using diagnostic images, medical records, and hospital bills. You should also preserve relevant invoices and receipts for objectively verifiable losses like domestic help, alternative transportation, and child care.
As for proving non-economic damages like mental anguish, loss of enjoyment in life, and pain and suffering, your attorney can use journal entries; statements from mental health professionals; and deposition from friends, loved ones, and colleagues who knew you well prior to the accident.
Speak with a New York Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own, turn to Brian Knauth at LoTempio P.C. Law Group. Brian has secured millions of dollars in compensation for injured parties and their loved ones. Call 716-855-3761 or use our Online Contact Form to set up a free consultation with a motorcycle accident attorney in New York.