As a seasoned motorcyclist, you’ve been all around the Kansas City area looking for good spots to take your bike out on the road. Some of your favorites include Blue River Road and the I-435 loop around town.

You are known among your riding friends as being extremely careful, which has prevented you from becoming injured on many occasions. Despite your best efforts, however, you were not able to stop that car from running through a red light and crashing into you.

What Will Likely Occur During Your Settlement Negotiation

You’re laid up the hospital with a myriad of broken bones and a head injury. The last thing you want to think about right now is settling, as you want the negligent driver to pay for what he has done. Understanding the process of negotiations, however, may help you feel better about your journey that is still ahead. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Conflicting arguments and evidence. The insurance company wants to pay you as little as possible, therefore, you likely won’t agree on many of the points of the lawsuit. For instance, you will probably think that you are owed much more than what they want to pay. The insurance company will often try to pin the blame on you, instead of taking responsibility for the negligent driver’s actions.
  • Low-balling. An insurance adjuster’s main job is to pay out as little as possible, so you can expect to hear a low offer. Fortunately, you aren’t obliged to take the first offer, and can begin to negotiate to a higher number.
  • A lengthy process. Just as Rome wasn’t built in one day, your settlement probably won’t go away all that soon. It takes time to reach a number that everyone agrees on.

Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?

If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident you need to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.