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The Wide, Wide World of Personal Injury Attorneys


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The Wide, Wide World of Personal Injury Attorneys

When you think of personal injury cases, you probably picture two parties standing in front of a judge who decides how much one party has to pay the other. Indeed, this is how some personal injury cases end up being concluded. But many are actually settled out of court. Your attorney files a suit against the defendant, and then the defendant's lawyer presents you with an offer for a certain amount of money if you agree not to go to court. You and your personal injury attorney decide whether or not to accept that offer, which is called a settlement. As you can see, personal injury lawyers do a lot more than just go to court. You can learn more about the many nuances of their jobs on this blog.

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Don't Make These Mistakes If You Want To Win Your Motorcycle Accident Case

Motorcycle accidents can obviously be quite scary and could leave you with serious injuries. If you are lucky enough to survive and it's clear the accident was not your fault, it's possible that you could be entitled to financial compensation from the person that hit you. Motorcyclists sometimes have a bad reputation, though, and this could cause your legal case to start out at a disadvantage, even if you know you are in the right. If you want to maximize your chances of success, you need to make sure you are smart about how you proceed. Here are some tips for what you should and should not do following a motorcycle accident if you want to improve your chances of legal success.

Stay Off of Social Media

Motorcyclists love showing off their bikes, and perhaps you've done this through one social media platform or another in the past. But the aftermath of a motorcycle accident is not the time to start talking about what happened or even your road to recovery online. If any of your profiles are public, they could be monitored by the person or company you are suing. The last thing you want to do is show that it was easy to repair your bike or demonstrate that you are moving around easily in the days following the accident. You may very well still have an injury, but the opposing side could use your social media to paint a picture that says otherwise.

Get Medical Treatment, But Don't Fix Your Bike

If you were injured in the accident, you obviously need to get medical treatment. It's important that you complete the entire treatment plan as prescribed by your doctor even after you start to feel OK again. If the side you are suing finds out you decided to stop treatment too soon, they could try and say that this means that you aren't actually as injured as you are claiming. 

While it's important to get medical treatment for your body, one thing you don't want to repair at all, at least in the early going, is your bike. You need to take photos of the bike itself for your court case. It might even be a good idea to keep your wrecked bike just as it is until you actually go to court. Allowing a jury or judge to actually see the giant scrap of metal your bike has been turned into within the courtroom could be compelling visual evidence that is more effective than a photograph alone.

Don't Do Anything Without a Lawyer

For best results, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The opposing side will likely retain one, and between them and even their insurance company, there could be a large number of people looking to trip up your case. Contact a motorcycle accident attorney today to get started.