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here's a story.

man riding his bike down hwy. 59 where he sees road constuction. there is concrete barriers on either side for a few miles. he's traveling along when his bike starts losing speed,knowing he's in trouble, he immediately looks in rear view mirror where he see's an 18 wheeler barreling down on him. he starts looking for a place to pull over, get out of the way.

oh, that's right, concrete barriers and no where to go. well, the truck slams into him from rear, knocking him into other lane where a car hits him again in the rear.

here's the good part the truck driver gets ticketed for following to close to the bike. but truck drivers insurance blames bike rider and offers the bike rider 2000 dollars to take care of all of his medical bills and his 1994 aspencade that was totaled.

beware of death traps, please.



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I wouldn't settle for that. He was ticketed for following too close. He has a responsibility to be able to stop for road hazards. Even though your bike was loosing power, he still had an obligation to slow down and stop to avoid hitting you. His insurance company is working for him, not you and wants to limit their liability. It may be time for a personal injury attorney to get the medical bills paid and he owes you a bike in good running order. If you take that offer, it relieves the trucker's insurance of further liability.

Just to add to this, if further injury is discovered later or medical treatment is needed later that was a result of the accident, by taking the offer, his insurance is off the hook for it.
 

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pwhoever is totally correct. That is why the m/c rider must turn everything over to a lawyer, then he is not in any of the discussions at all. Everything must, and does, go thru the lawyer who watches out for the victim's best interest.

Down side of hiring a lawyer? Depends on your current financial state. The settlement can take years, depending on how severe the injuries are to the rider.

skin abrasions won't take that long to make a decision on. Internal injuries? That needs time for the wounds to heal and the possibility of future issues ruled out.
 

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Yep everyone is right. My son was rear ended. Man's insurance company won't pay the medical bills. Son was getting dunged by collection agencies. Turned it over to an attorney. Insurance company actually has the gall to call and ask why he hired an attorney. Cocky as all get out. I guess they will do something when their insured gets sued
 

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Mark, do what the have recommended & find the meanest, nastiest most lowdown "Shark" you can find. Turn it over to him & let him hunt! It's especially good if the "Shark" is also a rider. Go get them & don't let up or sign anything without your lawyers OK!
 

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Mark, do what the have recommended & find the meanest, nastiest most lowdown "Shark" you can find. Turn it over to him & let him hunt! It's especially good if the "Shark" is also a rider. Go get them & don't let up or sign anything without your lawyers OK!
Yup. This is no time to screw around. It's business to the insurance company, it should be business on the receiving end of the situation as well. Hire a pro.
 

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It's not only Texas that practices this. Many states have the same situation, depending on which section of road they are working on, and the availability of usable space. Sometimes, there are no options.

In any event, you need to be aware.
 

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If I could say, I would NOT handle this yourself. I was married to an insurance adjuster for 13 years, and brother, let me tell you, insurance companies thrive on screwing you as deep into your pockets as possible. And they hoot and holler with joy when a victem signs a settlement without proper representation. Just bite the bullet, kiss your wing goodby for now, and let a GOOD lawyer handle it for you. Best of luck to you during this mess. Glad you are still here. Listen to John(AZ1500), he was within microseconds from death, so he knows of what he speaks!!! jim
 

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this is all good, sound advice, but i dont like lawyers either:cheeky1::cheeky1:

like this insurance company less tho:cheeky1::cheeky1:

lesser, of the 2 evils............getting 1, just hope he'll do right



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That is just not right. i would be pissed!

What does your insurance company say. Will they cover the costs? If they will I'm sure they will go after the Trucker's insurance and get it.

You may want to look for a lawyer that specializes in motorcycle cases.
 

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Or loves to tangle with truckers.

In my case, I went for a trucker's delight specialist.
 

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Down side of hiring a lawyer? Depends on your current financial state.
When you run out of money, the lawyer leaves you. That's why they drag it out for so long to get paid more. :shock:
 

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Not MC related, but our youngest son was hit by a semi that ran a red light. He was extremely lucky not to have been killed or even have serious injuries, but it totaled his Toyota truck. The idiot truck driver didn't have insurance, nor did the bum he was contracted to. Thesorry lawyer we had didn't do a thing to help us. Research and find a lawyer with a record for nailing them to the wall. It really burns me how a few can get away with no insurance, but if it had been me, I'd probably have gone to the clink.
 

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Proud to hear you aredoing ok Mark. Try this lawyer out of Calif: Richard M. Lester, 1800-on-a-bike. 1 800 531 2424. Get an accident report from police asap. Call sometime,Fred
 

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thank you fred. glad your still around. hope all is well with you.



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I am keeping a schedule that would knock most people flatdown that is running from 4am til 10pm most week days.Sleep hard on the weekends,but putting back for retirement has got to be done now.

Proud to see you are able to get up still. Fred
 
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