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The Steps in a Motorcycle Accident Claim (Part B)

When filing a motorcycle accident claim, following the correct steps can mean the difference between an approval and denial. Learn what you can do to protect your claim and how a Front Royal personal injury lawyer can help. 

Seek Medical Attention

When you are involved in a motorcycle collision, you should immediately seek or accept medical treatment. Keep in mind that some serious injuries, such as head trauma or internal bleeding, can take time to manifest. By going to the emergency room right away, you can begin receiving treatment to avoid more serious problems down the road.

Seeing a doctor helps protect your motorcycle accident claim. If you don’t receive immediate treatment, the insurance company could argue that your injuries weren’t that bad. Don’t let them shortchange your injuries; at the very least, go in for a medical exam.

Even after you receive emergency care, you should follow up with your primary care physician to avoid a gap in treatment. If you don’t have health insurance, don’t let that stop you; a Front Royal personal injury lawyer can help you find a physician or physical therapist.

Collect Documents Regarding Your Accident and Injuries

When the police came to the scene of the accident, they more than likely filed a police report. Because this report contains details regarding who was at fault and describing the collision, you should follow up to get a copy.

You also need to keep records of all of your doctor’s appointments and the amount you have paid for medical expenses. Taking pictures of your injuries is suggested, as well as keeping a journal documenting your pain level on a daily basis. 

Dealing with the Insurance Companies

Even if you were not at fault, you should contact your insurance company immediately to file a motorcycle accident claim. While you may have to pay a deductible to get your bike repaired or replaced, you can get reimbursed later.

When dealing with the responsible party’s insurance company, do not allow the company to record your statements. Adjusters are trained to be sympathetic in order to get you to say things that can later hurt your claim. If you have a personal injury lawyer, he or she can deal with the insurance company on your behalf to protect your claim.

Hiring a Front Royal Personal Injury Lawyer

Protecting a motorcycle accident claim can be difficult, especially if you are not familiar with the process. At Dulaney, Lauer & Thomas, our personal injury lawyer team has the experience necessary to submit your claim and fight for a fair settlement so you can recover damages for your injuries. For a free case analysis, please call our law office at 1-888-534-5346 or complete our online contact form today.

Carl N. Lauer
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Carl has focused on representing injured persons in Virginia.Workers' Compensation Claims.