In 2018, 4,985 motorcyclists were killed in crashes, and an additional 88,000 were injured. However, many victims and riders don’t know what to do in the incident’s aftermath. Everyone should learn more about motorcycle accident claims so that they can make a sound judgment afterward. We have listed 10 of the most FAQs about motorcycle accidents that will help you immensely.
What to do immediately after the accident?
The first thing you should do is get to a safe place, if possible. If you can’t move, don’t try to. Wait for medical help to arrive. Once you’re in a safe place, exchange insurance information with the other driver and take pictures of the damage to both vehicles. It’s also a good idea to get the contact information of any witnesses.
How long do I have to file a claim?
This depends on your state’s laws, but in general, it’s best to file as soon as possible. Some states have a “statute of limitations,” which gives you a limited amount of time to file a claim after an accident.
Do I need an attorney?
You might be able to settle your claim without an attorney, but if the other driver was at fault and their insurance company wasn’t cooperating, you might need legal help.
How much will I get in compensation?
This depends on many factors unique to your situation, but some financial compensations include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage.
Should I accept the insurance company’s first offer?
No! Insurance companies are interested in one thing: making money. They will make lowball offers to save money. It’s best to consult with an attorney before accepting settlement offers.
How Long will it take for my case to settle?
Once again, this depends on many factors specific to your case. In general, straightforward cases can sometimes be resolved within a few months, while more complex cases can take years to resolve.
What if the other driver doesn’t have insurance?
You can file an uninsured/underinsured motorist claim with your own insurance company (assuming you have this coverage). These claims are complex, so it’s essential to consult with an experienced attorney.
What if I was partially at fault for the accident?
Depending on your state’s laws, being partially at fault for an accident might not preclude you from receiving compensation for your injuries—but it will likely reduce the financial compensation your percentage of fault awards you.
How much does it cost to hire an attorney?
Most attorneys only get paid if they win your case and receive a percentage of the total amount awarded.
Can I represent myself in a motorcycle accident case?
However, handling insurance companies and the legal system without legal training and experience is challenging; therefore, an experienced attorney is recommended.
Motorcycle accidents can be devastating, both physically and financially. Knowing your rights and what steps to take after being involved in an accident is essential. Consulting with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help ensure that you receive fair compensation.