Motorcycle Accidents and Insurance Claims
The insurance companies have lawyers; you should, too
After a bad motorcycle accident, many injured people are still reeling from the shock and pain of the incident days, or even weeks, later. If you’ve been in a motorcycle wreck, you may be missing work, collecting medical debt, and unsure of what to do next. In this unfamiliar territory of insurance claims and accident law, you need help, guidance, and funds.
For decades, Brent Adams & Associates has been going head-to-head with insurance companies and their lawyers to secure accident victims’ rights. We make insurance companies keep the promises their policies make. For years you’ve been paying into and supporting a system designed to protect and help the injured. Now it’s their turn to support you.
But if you accept less money than your claim is worth, that check will be the start of your problems – not the end. Failing to get all the money you will need now, could wind up being expensive later. If your injuries need medical attention in a year or two, a small settlement may not cover it. You could end up paying for treatment to accident injuries out of your own pocket.
If you or a loved one rides a motorcycle or was recently in a bike crash, contact us for a free case review. We can explain how the law applies to your specific situation and help you realize your claim’s true value.
In the meantime, here are some things to watch out for and tips on how to deal with the insurance companies.
Insurance company and motorcycle accident claims
Outlaw biker stereotype
After an accident, motorcycle riders often face an uphill battle when it comes to filing successful claims. Not only do you have to go through the normal steps of proving your injuries, investigating the case, and negotiating for a substantial settlement, you also must overcome anti-biker stigma.
It’s unfortunate, but there are people – including some insurance agents – who have bought into the “outlaw” biker stereotype you see on TV and the movies. They may assume a “dangerous” motorcycle enthusiast must be at least somewhat to blame for an accident.
Like all stereotypes, this one is ridiculous and unfair. In fact, bikers have a long track record of organizing charity runs to support their communities. Defusing this stigma is something that Brent Adams & Associates has had to do time and again. We are well-practiced at getting insurance adjusters to see past their own pre-held beliefs and get to the truth.
Insurance adjusters are taught to be friendly and kind when addressing accident victims.
This isn’t for your benefit.
They’re trying to establish trust between themselves and you. When people trust one another, they let their guard down and share information more readily. Adjusters are working this angle and listening for anything they can use to minimize or reject your claim. Don’t provide any more details about the accident, your health, or your personal life than beyond the obvious. Your lawyer can talk to the insurance companies and handle these questions for you.
Insurance adjusters often ask the same question phrased in diverse ways to trip you up. They are hoping that by hammering away at you, you will contradict yourself. For example, you might tell an adjuster the car hit you around 2 p.m. then, later in the conversation, say it occurred in late afternoon. A savvy insurance adjuster will notice the slight difference and use it to make you seem unreliable. A real accident claim can be ruined with just a few words.
Every time a claim is filed, an insurance adjuster, or their designee, investigates the accident.
When they come to you with questions, they may point out that the policy requires you to participate in their investigation. If you don’t, they may be able to deny your claim.
While this is usually true, it doesn’t mean that the insurance company is running the show. There is nothing wrong with telling an adjuster, “I am unavailable to answer that now, but I will get back to you soon.” Then, have your lawyer get back in touch with them for you.
A popular tactic among insurance companies trying to press you into accepting a lowball offer is to slow the process down to a crawl. Suddenly, it’s harder to contact the adjuster, documents need to be resent, responses are delayed for flimsy reasons. They are hoping that if they can drag out your claim long enough, you will give up and take their terrible offer.
“Lawyers are expensive”
Most motorcycle accident lawyers, including the lawyers at our firm, represent injured people on contingency. Some insurance agents like to twist this beneficial arrangement around to make it sound like you’re losing money. They may say that your attorney will “take” part of your settlement or verdict.
Here's the truth: When our lawyers work on contingency, there is no retainer or hourly rate for you to pay for our services. Our fee is calculated into the final settlement or verdict and is paid for by the insurance companies – not you. So, yes, we do take our fee out of the final determination, but it does not come out of funds you were awarded to take care of your injuries and lost property. Our fee is in addition to your compensation, but they are lumped together into one payout. If we don’t win, we don’t get paid.
Fighting for your rights since 1973
Having a Brent Adams & Associates lawyer handle your insurance claim greatly improves your opportunity to get the maximum payout for your injuries. Studies have shown that people who hire lawyers often receive compensation that is 3.5 times more than people who don’t.
Brent Adams & Associates offers free case consultations to people injured in motorcycle accidents. We can help you understand the value of your claim and what you really need to make a full recovery and maintain your health for years to come.
Contact our firm now and take a strong step toward getting your life back on track today.