Never take the first settlement immediately after your accident. If you accept that offer, your case is closed. The release you sign says you can’t come back for more money again from the party that caused the accident.
The issue with accepting offers right away if you still have not been able to understand the full extent of your injuries. After an accident, your number one priority should be getting to the doctor and healing your mind and body.
We do not settle cases until our clients have recovered, finished with their treatment, and returned to what life was like before the accident. If you chose to settle a case early, before you properly healed, the payout is significantly smaller than if you waited to discover if there were any long term effects of the accident.
What Are My Rights And Responsibilities As A Motorcycle Driver In California?
The rights and responsibilities are the same as if you were driving a car. The laws are the same as if you were on a motorcycle, a bicycle or a motor vehicle.
What Is Lane Splitting? Is This Legal In California?
Lane splitting is when you are riding your motorcycle between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane, including on both divided and undivided streets, roads, or highways.
Lane splitting is legal in California. Intentionally blocking or impeding the motorcycle in a way that could cause harm to the rider, pulling in front of them and hitting the brakes to prevent them from passing you, and opening vehicle doors to impede motorcyclists is illegal.
If I Was Partially At Fault For My Motorcycle Accident Will It Impact My Personal Injury Claim?
It can reduce the amount of damages you receive by the percentage of fault that is placed on you. If you are 25% at fault, the value of your case would be reduced by that percentage.
Will All Of My Future Medical Bills Be Taken Into Account When Determining A Settlement Amount?
Future costs are taken into account in settlement negotiations. However, the injured person must be able to prove that the future medical costs are reasonable and necessary.
In most cases, you will need a doctor to corroborate your need for future medical treatment. Insurance companies are unlikely to commit to the full amount requested for future medical bills, which means your case will go to trial for the full amount.
For more information on Settling A Motorcycle Accident Injury Claim, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (562) 600-0807 today.