A few years ago, I was in a pretty serious car accident. During the aftermath, I became really familiar with a lot of different types of lawyers. I worked with personal injury lawyers, insurance lawyers, and many others. Perhaps the most important, though, was the estate planning lawyer. I was really young, and neither my wife or I had thought about starting a will. But the accident kind of scared us into it. What would happen if one of us were to die? Even when still in the hospital, I was working with the lawyer to draw up a will. Now, I have some peace and security about what the future will be like if something should happen to me. And I have a lot of experience working with various types of lawyers! The accident was kind of a blessing in disguise in that way.
Nothing is more dreadful for a motorcyclist than being involved in a road accident. It's especially horrifying when it's through no fault of your own but because of another motorcyclist's or motorist's negligence. Due to the design of your ride, an accident exposes you to serious injuries, and your motorcycle will likely sustain significant damage. If the accident is gruesome, you might not even be able to leave the scene of the accident without a third party's intervention.
It's quite normal to feel enraged at that moment and feel tempted to take the law into your hands. After all, the culprit should pay for the pain and suffering they caused you. However, you should resist the urge to act in the heat of the moment and contact a motorist instead. Here is why.
Gather Enough Evidence to Prove Your Case
Your memory of the accident isn't enough to go by when filing a personal injury case. You've got to gather enough evidence to prove to a jury that you actually sustained injuries because of the accident. Your lawyer will refer you to a reliable medical facility and proceed to compile a comprehensive medical report corroborating your personal injury claim. Within the report, the lawyer will include laboratory results, receipts, medical bills, diagnoses, and any other useful information that will shed light on how much pain and suffering the accident caused you.
Prove That the Plaintiff is Responsible for Sustained Damages
Aside from gathering enough evidence to support your personal injury claim, you also have to prove that the plaintiff is the one responsible for the accident. Your lawyer will ensure the jury sees that the accident happened because of the other party's negligence.
The legal representative will begin by rounding up reliable witnesses who can testify against the plaintiff. They'll also explain how the plaintiff's breaking of traffic rules resulted in the accident. Proving beyond reasonable doubt that the other party caused the accident strengthens your case and increases your odds of winning.
Negotiating with the Plaintiff's Insurance Company
Unfortunately, most motorists who file personal injury cases lose the battle after negotiating with the at-fault party's insurer. In a bid to avoid covering for compensation, most insurance companies use loopholes in the defendant's statements to nullify their claim. To ensure this doesn't happen to you, you should hand over the negotiations to a seasoned lawyer who will see to it that the insurance company settles the agreed-upon compensation.
If you're filing a personal injury case, this is your cue to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer.Share
29 June 2022