Motorcycle Accident FAQ
After being involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be unsure where to turn. You likely have bills coming in from health insurance companies or the providers themselves. You’re also likely getting letters from your motorcycle insurance company and from the company who hit you, whether they are a truck, car, or even another motorcycle. These questions and answers are the most commons ones The Jackman Law Firm receives, but they are not meant to be complete. Feel free to call us for a free consultation.
Question: How much is my motorcycle accident case worth?
Answer: Without knowing the particular details and facts of your case, this is hard to know. Feel free to call us for a free consultation to discuss your case and we can give you a range of the case’s value.
Question: How long do I have to file a claim?
Answer: You have three years from the date of your injury to file the case in court.
Question: Should I talk to the insurance company without a lawyer?
Answer: It is not a good idea to do this. After a motorcycle accident, they are likely looking to settle your case as quickly as possible for an amount that is not fair to you.
Question: I wasn’t wearing a helmet when I got hit. Will that hurt my case?
Answer: While it’s the law in most states to wear a helmet, it is not going to end your case. While it won’t necessarily help it, the fact is that you, presumably, did not cause the accident, so you are still the victim. This may go to what is called “mitigation of damages,” meaning that you had a duty to try to lessen the extent of your damages and not wearing a helmet might have worsened your damages.
Question: The insurance company for the driver who hit me is offering me a lot of money to settle. Can I get more?
Answer: Possibly, yes. It’s pretty rare that the insurance company is going to offer you a fair amount of money for your injuries right after your accident. Call us for a free consultation to see if it makes sense to settle or litigate your claim.
Question: I didn’t have PIP or health insurance. How can my bills get paid for my motorcycle case?
Answer: This can be difficult. It is always best to have some form of insurance pay for your damages. However, if there is truly no insurance, including no Medicare/Medicaid/Apple Health, then the only option is to have your providers put a hold on your bills. Sometimes if your lawyer sends what is called a “letter of guarantee” they will hold your bills until the outcome of your case. This means that your lawyer guarantees to pay the healthcare provider the bills from the settlement proceeds of your case.
If these answers have not fully answered your question, feel free to call us for a free consultation to discuss your case and provide a greater explanation of how we can help you.