Insurance companies and courts often have a bias toward motorcyclists that they don’t have against other types of drivers. Some insurers, jurors, and witnesses believe all motorcyclists are reckless and take unnecessary risks. Even if you are a cautious rider, bias can hurt your motorcycle accident recovery unless you address and eliminate it in your case.
You Can Overcome Motorcyclist Stereotypes
Evidence can help you overcome bias in your case. Insurance adjusters, potential witnesses, and jurors need to consider the evidence presented by you and your motorcycle accident lawyer rather than stereotypes about motorcyclists. Some of the evidence that could change preconceived notions that you were speeding or otherwise reckless include:
- Photographs or video footage from the accident scene that indicates how the crash occurred and what may have happened right before the collision
- Witness testimony from anyone who saw the crash happen
- Skid mark analysis that can show how fast the vehicles were traveling and how soon each vehicle braked
- Personal statements from doctors, friends, relatives, and others who know you as a rider and a person
- Your motorcycle accident helmet and the clothes you were wearing at the time of the crash, which could provide evidence that you take safety seriously
How you present the evidence also matters. Insurance adjusters, jurors, witnesses, and others may make unfair judgments about you based on the way that you dress or talk. Your Florida motorcycle accident lawyer can advise you on how to present yourself, so you are treated fairly during settlement negotiations and in court.
Don’t Let Bias Keep You From a Fair Recovery
You deserve to recover fair damages for your past and future medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, physical pain, emotional suffering, and other accident-related losses.
Attorney Coy H. Browning was a Florida State Trooper before he became an attorney. He knows how to thoroughly investigate accident claims and overcome bias, so each of his clients is treated fairly. Contact the Browning Law Firm today to find out more about protecting your rights.