Hey, I’m Sally Morin and I’m a California personal injury attorney here to talk about a common problem with bicycle, motorcycle, pedestrian and sometimes auto accident cases.

A lot of times clients will come to me, I’ll ask them, “Hey, is there an issue with liability? Is the other party disputing it? Are they trying to blame you for the accident?” The clients absolutely sure that that’s not the case because, “Oh, the police took a report and then they put liability on the other

Then they’ll get contacted by the other party’s insurance company, who will then not take responsibility and deny liability for the accident. How can they do this?

A lot of times, simply, a business move. Insurance companies want to save money, they don’t want to pay claims. It could be one out of ten times if they deny a case it might just go away. If your claim has been denied, you want to have a qualified personal injury attorney check it.

There’s another reason that they could deny liability later even though the police were in your favor, it’s because their client changed their story.

At the scene of the accident, the other party might be very apologetic and say, “I’m so sorry, I wasn’t paying attention. It was my fault.” Then later, when they realize that their insurance coverage might be pulled or their rates are going to increase, they tell their insurance carrier a different story. “Oh, it wasn’t my fault. The other guy caused the accident.” Whatever they can do to try and save money or avoid having their insurance policy.

This is epidemic bike and motorcycle and pedestrian cases specifically. I even have cases where my clients have lost consciousness and assumed everything was good. The client has serious injuries which he or she needs to focus on, so they assume the police will get all the information but then later find out that there was witnesses that didn’t get interviewed and the statements that were made at the scene have been changed later.

You also can’t rely on the police to get all the information. They can’t interview every witness that was there and take down all the information, especially if there are serious

If you have a situation where liability was clear and now it is being denied by the insurance company, you definitely want to speak to with a qualified California personal injury attorney and have them evaluate it and get their experts on board to support your bicycle, pedestrian or motorcycle accident case.

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"Last March, my partner was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. During this difficult time of healing, we knew that bills were going to pile up and his was going to be a long process. After looking at multiple law firms, we knew that Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers was going to be the best place to work with. Lauren and her team were patient, supportive and caring during his difficult time. His schedule was always busy with work and doctor appointments that his main source of communication was through email. Lauren and her team made it to where he didn't have to worry about anything but just sending over the paper work he got from the hospital, and other bill collectors involving his incident and they worried about the rest.

Because of all their help my partner Aaron, was able to heal with less worries on his shoulders. By end of December, everything was settled and we were pleased with the results. I'd like to give a huge thank you to Lauren & the Sally Morin team. If you're looking for a law firm for your incident, I'd definitely look at this law firm."

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