Riding a motorcycle is an excellent way to let loose during the summertime. With the wind in your hair and face and the open road in front of you, riding your bike is a great way to relieve some stress. Unfortunately, if you find yourself involved in an accident, either as a passenger or as a rider, you need to know how successful your motorcycle accident claim will be and how much you will be able to claim in damages.
Each claim is unique, which means its value is unique. There are many different factors that will play a role in determining the worth of a motorcycle accident claim, but bias is likely the one that will factor in the most. Read on to learn more.
What Is Motorcycle Accident Claim Bias?
Bias can play a role in any kind of personal injury claim, but it seems to have a much more prevalent role in motorcycle accident claims. The reason for this is because there are many individuals around the world who have a certain bias against those who make the decision to ride motorcycles. In the event that an accident does occur, regardless of whether the other party is to blame, a lot of people will place the blame on the motorcyclist. This type of bias can result in issues with a successful claim.
Police Statements and Bias
For instance, the police statements from the accident are possibly not written down accurately. Due to your involvement in the accident, you'll likely be unable to give your version of the events at the scene of the accident. As a result, the police are left with eyewitnesses who have bias against bikers and may provide an inaccurate account of what transpired, placing a significant amount of the blame on you.
Jurors and Bias
If your motorcycle accident case goes to trial, you may have a jury of biased individuals. Before your case is heard, both attorneys will have a chance to "weed through" the potential jurors. It is during this time that your attorney will attempt to eliminate any biased jurors, but there is always the chance that some may slip through the cracks.
Insurance Settlements and Bias
Insurance companies are always out to give you the lowest possible amount of money that they can. Because they are well aware of the bias against motorcyclists, you may wind up with a reduced settlement offer because they can and likely will use it as leverage to get you to accept a lower settlement offer than what you're entitled to.
If you would like to learn more about how bias can impact your personal injury claim after being involved in a motorcycle accident, contact a local motorcycle accident lawyer.