3 Things to Avoid After a Motorcycle Accident in West Virginia

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in West Virginia, avoid these things:

  1. Don’t give the insurance company a recorded statement.
  2. Don’t give the insurance company a signed release that allows them to obtain your medical records.
  3. Don’t let the insurance company trick you with your settlement.

Let me tell you what I mean by each of those.

Number one, you don’t want to give a recorded statement to the insurance company because their goal is to pay you as little as possible for your injuries. And what they’ll try to do is trick you into saying something that will be harmful to your case. So don’t fall into their trap.

Number two, they’ll send you a document and say, “We just need to get your medical records and bills so that we can pay you for your motorcycle accident.”

Things to avoid after a motorcycle accident

But if you’re not careful, that form will allow them to get every medical record you’ve ever had in your entire life. That will allow them to peer into your medical history for issues that may not even be related to the injuries you sustained from this motorcycle accident.

So, never sign that kind of document. It’s intrusive and unfair.

And finally, when they make you an offer to settle your case, that’s not going to be what it appears to be. Let me explain: If they offer you $5,000 to settle your case, they may take $4,000 of that to pay your medical bills, leaving you with only $1,000 for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced.

Ensure you know the amount that will be attributed to the medical bills and the amount that will be attributed to your pain and suffering.

I genuinely hope that this information proves valuable to you in navigating the complexities of your motorcycle accident case in West Virginia, including the things to avoid after a motorcycle accident.

Author Bio

Tim Miley is the Founder of Miley Legal Accident Injury Lawyers, a West Virginia personal injury law firm he formed in 2006. With more than 30 years of experience in personal injury law, he is dedicated to representing clients in a wide range of personal injury cases, including car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, brain injuries, wrongful death, and other personal injury matters.

Tim received his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University and is a member of the West Virginia State Bar and the Harrison County Bar Association. He has helped his clients win more than $10 million in personal injury verdicts and settlements and has further served the people of West Virginia by filling legislative roles in the state’s government since 2004.

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