It is common to have questions after a motorcycle accident, but we want you to know you have somewhere to turn for answers. Our Erie motorcycle accident law firm handles all types of motorcycle crashes. We have the knowledge and experience required to fight insurance companies who are attempting to deny or underpay a valid injury claim.
Below are answers to some of the frequent questions our office receives about motorcycle accident claims. We encourage you to take advantage of our free consultation to get answers to all your questions and learn about how we can help you file an insurance claim for your motorcycle accident.
Are motorcycle accidents different from car accidents?
In some ways, yes, they are different. All traffic accidents can result in traumatic injuries. However, because a rider does not have the safety equipment and steel frame of a car to protect him, even minor motorcycle crashes can cause traumatic injuries. Therefore, damages in a motorcycle accident claim can be substantial because of the medical cost, lost wages, and pain & suffering damages associated with traumatic and catastrophic injuries.
Can I file a claim if I was not wearing a motorcycle helmet?
Yes, you can still file an injury claim even though you were not wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of the crash. However, the insurance company could argue that you are partially at fault for the severity of your injuries and should not receive full compensation because you did not wear a helmet. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney understands how to fight these arguments.
How can I afford an attorney?
Our law firm accepts most injury cases on a contingency fee basis. We will not ask you for any money up front to handle your claim. Our attorney fees are an agreed-upon percentage of the money we recover for your claim. Therefore, you do not need to worry about paying attorney fees unless we recover money in your case.
How long do I have to file a claim?
In most cases, you have two years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, there are some exceptions to that general rule. It is always best to consult with an attorney as soon as possible. The quicker an attorney can begin working on your case, the sooner you might receive money for your claim. Also, your attorney can protect you from making costly mistakes that could hurt your chance of recovery.
How much can I receive for my motorcycle accident claim?
It is impossible to put a dollar figure on a claim until a thorough investigation is complete. If an attorney values a claim too early, it could mean a lower recovery for the accident victim. We investigate every aspect of the case to ensure we include all amounts to arrive at maximum compensation for a client.
Some of the factors that will impact the value of your claim include:
- The cost to repair or replace your motorcycle;
- Medical bills, including physical therapy, surgery, prescription drugs, medical supply, personal care, over-the-counter medications, etc.;
- Loss of income while you are unable to work because of the injury;
- The amount of any future damages (e. ongoing medical care, future lost wages, etc.);
- Whether there are any permanent disabilities, scarring, or disfigurement; and,
- Pain and suffering damages.