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Debunking Myths About Motorcycle Accident Injury Claims


Motorcycle accidents can result in severe injuries and financial hardships for victims. If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it's crucial to understand your rights and debunk any myths that may hinder your ability to seek compensation for your injuries.

Below, we'll shed light on some common misconceptions surrounding motorcycle accident injury claims and provide valuable tips to help you navigate the process effectively.

Myth 1: Motorcycle Accident Injury Claims Are Always Straightforward

The unpleasant reality of motorcycle accident injury claims is that they’re not always straightforward. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pursue one when you’re injured, however. Recovering compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages can prevent you from tumbling into financial hardship.

While some cases may seem straightforward, motorcycle accident injury claims can quickly become complex. From determining fault to negotiating with insurance companies, there are several factors to consider. Don’t worry, though – by hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer, you can have someone who understands this process and how to fight for you in your corner.

Myth 2: You Can Only Seek Compensation If You Were Wearing a Helmet

Contrary to popular belief, not wearing a helmet does not automatically disqualify you from seeking compensation for your injuries. However, it may affect the amount of compensation you receive.

This is because of comparative negligence, which weighs how much at fault each party was for causing someone’s injuries. If you weren’t wearing a helmet when the accident occurred, you may not receive full compensation for any head or neck-related injuries. A jury might find that you contributed some fault to those injuries occurring by not wearing a helmet.

Myth 3: Insurance Companies Will Always Offer Fair Settlements

Insurance companies are profit-driven entities that often aim to settle claims for the lowest possible amount. This inherent fact about their business means that it would be exceedingly rare for an insurance company to offer you exactly what you could otherwise pursue with legal action.

Seeking legal representation can level the playing field and ensure you receive a fair settlement. Even if an offer to settle looks good, never accept it without discussing your options with a qualified lawyer. You might be surprised to learn about how much money you could really fight for.

Myth 4: Pre-Existing Injuries Prevent You from Filing a Claim

If you had pre-existing injuries prior to a motorcycle accident, they do not automatically disqualify you from seeking compensation.

In fact, motorcycle accidents can exacerbate pre-existing conditions, so you may be able to seek compensation for the aggravation of an existing injury along with compensation for new injuries.

Myth 5: Filing a Lawsuit Is the Only Option for Recovering Compensation

Many accident injury victims aren’t eager to file a lawsuit. This process can be long and frustrating, especially with complicated claims.

Fortunately, an experienced personal injury lawyer can represent you in alternative dispute resolution forums, such as mediation, negotiation, or arbitration. Pursuing any of these options can help you reach a favorable outcome without having to go to court.


It's important to remember that every motorcycle accident injury claim is unique, and seeking personalized legal advice is crucial.

At Smolich and Smolich, our experienced attorneys are experienced in handling motorcycle accident injury claims and can guide you through the process. We understand the complexities involved and can fight for your rights to ensure you receive the compensation you need.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Smolich and Smolich today for a free consultation.