5 Ways Big Insurance Try To Wreck Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
This is Hugh Howerton. I have been a motorcycle accident lawyer for 30 years.
Car insurance companies sometimes try to blame the motorcycle rider or try to not pay them a fair settlements. Here are the ways they do it and the best way to protect yourself.
Feed On Prejudice That All Motorcycle Riders Are Gangs of Criminals
Some insurance lawyers want to conjure the idea in the minds of the jury that all motorcycle riders are gang members, speeding on dangerous bikes, high on drugs, looking to beat up innocent men and pillage innocent women. OK, that’s a little over the top but you’d be surprised at the really negative opinions I get from people about motorcycle riders when I’m picking a jury.
Insurance companies know there a certain segment of the population is prejudiced against motorcycle riders. The trick is to find these people, expose their beliefs and make sure they never end up on one of my client’s jury. You are not going to change their minds. You just need to make sure they never make it on the jury.
Blame The Motorcycle Rider
Sometimes insurance companies and their lawyers sometime try to blame the motorcycle rider. They do that in hopes of having to pay less money by getting the jury to find the rider partially negligent for the crash. Here are some of their tricks:
The rider was inexperienced in riding a motorcycle
The rider wasn’t wearing bright clothes
The rider wasn’t wearing a helmet
The rider didn’t keep their hands on the brakes
The rider didn’t make eye contact with the driver of the other car
(Here’s my favorite) The rider didn’t watch the tires of the car turn RIGHT before the driver turned in front of my client
(My other favorite) The rider did not watch the hood of the car dip which indicated it was slowing to make a turn
The Rider Isn’t That Hurt
Insurance lawyers try to say you are not that hurt. They do that to convince the jury not to award a lot of money. It’s all about the money to them. Here are the arguments I see time and time again.
The rider didn’t go the ER by ambulance from the scene so they are not hurt
The rider didn’t seek medical treatment the day of the accident so they are not hurt.
The rider had a previous injury to the same body part injured in the crash.
The rider is faking his complaints of pain
The rider picked a hospital who charged too much for medical care
The Insurance Company May Hire a PI To Videotape You
This does happen. In a serious case the insurance company will hire a private investigator to follow you and take video. Hopefully, catching you doing something you say you can’t physically do. BEWARE
The Insurance Company May Stalk You On Social Media
This does happen. It has happened to my clients. They will stalk your social media accounts hoping to find pictures or post you put up both before and after the accident that make you look bad. BEWARE
DO NOT POST ANYTHING ABOUT YOUR ACCIDENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Best Way To Beat The Insurance Company From Blaming You For The Accident?
Get a dash cam system for your motorcycle. I can’t tell you how persuasive an actual video of the crash makes to a jury. If a picture is worth a thousand words then a video should make it open and shut. No more “He said She said”
You want a system that records both in front and behind you. The one I like is MotoPro Cam. No, I get nothing for promoting that product. I think they are about $200, but if you ride a lot it’s a great investment.
Here is a link I found to buy one. Search out for yourself though.
I’m not a fan of Go-Pros for this task because the battery may die or the SD card may fill up right before you need it. Also, mounting one to your helmet might cause you neck problems.
Anyway, there you have it. I hope you learned something. Stay safe out there.
If you have any questions call me at 713.984.9848 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org