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3 Common Mistakes after a Motorcycle Accident

Posted on Friday, 27 October 2023 in Motorcycle Accidents

IL injury lawyerMotorcycle accidents are terrifying. In many cases, victims are thrown from their bikes and suffer extremely serious injuries. It is not uncommon for riders to end up with life-changing injuries, including broken bones, serious soft tissue injuries, and even brain or spinal cord injuries. Many Illinois motorcycle accidents are fatal. Thankfully, in many cases, victims or surviving families can often recover compensation by retaining a Lake County motorcycle lawyer.

Recovering compensation after a motorcycle accident can be a complicated matter. Below, we discuss three mistakes to avoid in the aftermath of a crash. For more information, contact us today to speak with a motorcycle accident attorney in Waukegan.

Failing to Seek Medical Attention

One of the biggest mistakes you can make in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident is failing to seek adequate medical attention. Importantly, you should seek additional care even if the emergency medical personnel clear you to go home. Seeing a doctor will ensure that your injuries are identified and that you have an official medical record that you can use as evidence.

Accepting a Settlement Too Soon

Another mistake that you can make is accepting a settlement offer before you are aware of the full extent of your injuries. In many cases, the at-fault driver's insurance company will reach out and make an offer that is far below the actual value of your case. If you take it, it makes it nearly impossible to obtain more compensation for your accident. It is for this reason that it is critical that you discuss your case with a lawyer before taking a settlement offer.

An attorney familiar with motorcycle accident law can evaluate all your losses, such as:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Current and future lost income
  • Property damage
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering

Trying to Handle Your Case Alone

Finally, trying to handle your motorcycle accident claim yourself is almost always a mistake. Insurance companies receive accident claims every day, and they know exactly what to do to get victims like you to settle for less. An attorney can take steps to ensure that your rights are protected, including:

  • Filing your claim with adequate supporting documentation of your losses
  • Attempting to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company
  • If necessary, filing a lawsuit and representing you in court

Importantly, the simple fact that you have an attorney representing you can often get the insurance company to take your claim more seriously and make a fair settlement offer. As a result, it’s in your best interest to retain a lawyer immediately after any accident resulting in injury.

Call Us Today to Speak with a Lake County, IL, Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, it’s in your best interest to contact a Waukegan, IL, personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At Salvi & Maher, LLP we know how seriously motorcycle crashes can affect victims and their families, and we always pursue the maximum compensation available.

To schedule a free case evaluation, contact us online or call our office today at 847-662-3303.

Contact a Lake County Vehicle Accident Attorney Who is Ready to Help You

If you or a member of your family has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact our office. Call 847-662-3303 to set up a free initial consultation at one of our four convenient locations. There is no risk because we only collect fees if you collect compensation. With offices in Libertyville, Waukegan, Richmond, and Chicago, we represent clients in Lake County, Cook County, DuPage County, and McHenry County.

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