Bressman Law represents motorcyclists who suffered severe injuries in accidents caused by other drivers in Worthington. We understand the feelings of frustration, uncertainty, and loss after a crash. And we know the challenges that motorcyclists face proving fault, dealing with insurance companies, and recovering fair compensation for their damages.
Let a motorcycle accident lawyer in Worthington, OH from our firm help you pursue fair compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Call Bressman Law now for your free consultation: 877-538-1116.
How Is the Claims Process Different After a Motorcycle Wreck?
The process of filing a claim is much the same after a motorcycle accident as it is after other types of accidents. But motorcyclists may face different challenges.
A Bias Against Motorcyclists
First, many people believe motorcycle riders to be reckless and might automatically assume they are at fault for the accident. From our years of experience representing motorcyclists in accident claims, Bressman Law knows all too well the bias that motorcyclists face.
We gather evidence and retrieve documentation like police reports to help us establish fault for the wreck and fight back against this bias. We may also contact eyewitnesses and, when necessary, we may work with accident reconstruction experts who can help prove how the accident occurred.
Motorcyclists at Greater Risk of Severe Injuries
Second, given the relative lack of protection that a motorcycle provides operators compared to a passenger vehicle, motorcycle accidents often involve serious injuries.
So, injured motorcyclists may be looking at significant and long-lasting injuries that require extensive treatment, hospitalization, and bills, not to mention time missed from work.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers retrieve medical records, gather proof of lost wages, and work diligently to collect all evidence and documentation that establishes the value of your damages, so we can pursue fair compensation.
How Insurers Might Try to Blame You for the Wreck
The insurer may do everything in its power to deny or devalue your claim. Here are a few tactics the insurer might use:
Tricking You Into Admitting Fault
Soon after the accident, the insurer may call you for a recorded statement. While the insurance adjuster on the other line might seem helpful, he or she may attempt to get you to say something to jeopardize your claim.
While you might think you would never admit fault for an accident you did not cause, merely saying, “I’m sorry,” might be construed as an admission of fault.
Before speaking with the insurance adjuster, talk to us first. Call 877-538-1116.
Lowering Your Settlement
If the insurer is unable to deny your claim entirely, it may try to lower your settlement. To do so, the adjuster may accuse you of contributing to the accident. Per Ohio’s comparative negligence law, your percentage of fault will proportionally reduce your settlement.
For example, say the driver turned in front of your motorcycle while you were proceeding through the intersection. But the insurer says you are 15 percent at fault for speeding. That 15 percent fault would reduce your settlement by 15 percent. So, if you had $100,000 in damages, you would only get $85,000.
That is why it is vital to build a case that establishes how the accident happened and who is at fault.
Offering You a Quick Settlement
The insurer might try to offer you a quick settlement that will likely be much lower than you deserve. We recommend you do not accept any settlement offers or sign anything from the insurer before discussing it with a motorcycle accident attorney at our firm.
Liability in Single-Vehicle Motorcycle Accidents
A motorcyclist involved in a single-vehicle accident is not automatically at fault for the wreck. Many factors could cause a single-vehicle accident that a motorcyclist has no control over.
Some things to consider in single-vehicle accidents are:
- Road defects like potholes or standing water that the city or another municipality should have addressed;
- Obstructed views of street signs that prevented you from knowing there was a blind turn or stop sign ahead; or
- Other drivers who caused the motorcyclist to lose control, but who did not stay at the scene of the accident.
These scenarios may indicate another party is liable for the single-vehicle accident. We encourage injured motorcyclists to speak with a lawyer at our firm to review the circumstances of their accident and legal options. Call us at 877-538-1116.
Call Bressman Law After a Motorcycle Accident in Worthington
Do not let the insurance company bully you into accepting a low settlement, admitting fault, or dropping your case.
You deserve fair compensation for your injuries and property damage, just like any other party on the road. With the added scrutiny and bias that motorcyclists may face after a wreck, we recommend injured motorcyclists contact us as soon as possible so we can start building a case.
We will navigate Ohio laws, gather the necessary evidence to prove your case, and deal with the insurer for you. Call Bressman Law at 877-538-1116 for help with your Worthington motorcycle accident case.