If you were the rider or passenger on a motorcycle and were involved in a motorcycle accident in East Los Angeles and you’re claim isn’t getting paid, you’re probably feeling frustrated. Between the lost wages from time off work, medical bills, and numerous other expenses, dealing with a motorcycle accident claim isn’t easy. Here’s what you should do if your motorcycle accident claim isn’t getting paid in California.
Pull a Copy of the Police Report
Make sure that you have a copy of the police report. It’s important that you are aware of what it says, that it is accurate, and that the involved insurance companies have a copy of it. Often, your insurance company will ask you to provide a copy of the report instead of requesting it on their own. If you decide to file a legal claim, than a licensed East Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer will need a copy. If you already have a copy that you can provide, the lawyer can assess your claim faster and help you determine if you have a case.
To pull a copy of the police report, you should contact the police precinct that responded to the scene of the accident. It’s easiest to pull a copy of the report if you bring the report number with you. That should have been provided to you by the responding officer. If you don’t have it, the file clerk should be able to find it using other information.
Make Sure the Insurance Company Has All Necessary Documentation
Your insurance company and the insurance company of any involved party should have copies of any documentation relevant to the motorcycle accident. This does not mean that the insurance companies of the involved parties should receive every medical record on you that exists. It means that they should receive treatment records for any facility or doctor that saw you as a result of the accident. If your motorcycle can be repaired, you should also send over copies of estimates for repairing the damage. However, before sending any documents to the insurance company, it is important to speak with an experienced accident attorney first.
Have Documents Sent from the Insurance Company Reviewed by an Attorney
Do not sign anything provided to you by an insurance company. If you do, you could lose your right to get help with future medical expenses related to your injuries from the motorcycle accident. You could even lose your right to sue. The insurance company may tell you that your claim isn’t worth what you’ve asked for even if you only asked for the money you need to pay your bills. Before you sign anything, have the document reviewed by a successful motorcycle accident attorney. This is the only way that you can know with certainty that you’re not signing away your rights. An attorney that you hire has the job of looking out for your best interest and can help you get the money that you’re entitled to for your injuries and property damage.
For more information on next steps after being injured in a motorcycle accident, or what to do if your insurance company isn’t paying your accident claim, contact the aggressive accident attorneys at Ghozland Law Firm today.