Insurance Claims for Motorcycle Accidents
Involve a San Bernardino Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Handling an insurance claim after a motorcycle accident can present various complexities. You will need to contact your insurance company and exchange insurance information with the other driver (if you were involved in a multi-vehicle accident), but what happens if the claims adjuster offers an unfair settlement? What can you do if your claim is delayed or denied? What options do you have if the blame of the accident is being wrongfully placed on your shoulders? How can you ensure the full protection of your legal rights to seek a fair settlement or award?
A San Bernardino motorcycle accident lawyer at Pacific Attorney Group can offer the help you need. We have more than three-and-a-half decades of combined legal experience and are committed to protecting riders' rights. If you are dealing with an insurance claim, we can handle all aspects of this important matter on your behalf. We can handle all communication with any involved parties and can negotiate for a timely and fair settlement. We can even take your case to court if you are being treated unfairly by the insurance provider.
Instead of worrying about how you will recover the compensation you need to rebuild your bike and move on with your life, involve a lawyer who can seek just monetary damages. While you focus on healing, our legal team can pursue the financial compensation you deserve – in whatever way is best for your unique case.
Insurance Claim Do's and Don'ts
We can offer the following tips to handle an insurance claim after a motorcycle collision:
Remain at the scene to exchange information with the other driver. It is illegal to leave the scene of a traffic accident without rendering aid (as possible) and exchanging contact and insurance information. The only exception may be if you are seriously
injured and are taken from the scene in an ambulance.
- Do not apologize to the other driver or make other statements that may make it seem as though you believe you were to blame for the accident. Statements of this kind could be used against you at a later date when the cause of the accident is being determined.
- Try to gather as much information as possible immediately after the accident. Get contact information from any witnesses who saw what occurred, take photos of the scene, make notes of what you remember and take pictures of the damage to your bike. Photographs of your injuries can also prove helpful.
- Contact your insurance provider to report the accident.
- Do not try to bypass the insurance claims process. It may be tempting to try to settle with the other driver without involving insurance companies, but this can open the door to a number of problems. The other driver may not pay, you may be unable to come to a fair agreement, and you may be left without money for damage to your bike. It can even impact your ability to file a claim later on.
- Be careful of what you say to the other driver's insurance company and to law enforcement that may arrive on the scene. The insurance company may try to contact you for a statement or to ask you questions. If you already have an attorney, refer them to your attorney. If you do not, be wary of saying anything that could be misconstrued as an admission of fault. The same applies when dealing with law enforcement. Cooperate, but do not admit you were to blame.
- Ask an attorney. Never hesitate to contact an attorney to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. It is better to be safe and ask a legal professional than to forgo legal counsel and find yourself in a situation where your claim is underpaid or you are blamed for an accident you did not cause. If you are offered a settlement, you may wish to have a skilled motorcycle accident attorney review this before you accept it or sign anything. You need to be certain that all expenses and losses are covered before you accept a settlement offer.
Not every motorcycle insurance claim requires the attention of an attorney. To find out whether you may benefit from legal counsel, call for a free and confidential case review. We will offer straightforward guidance to help you make the right choice about your case. Contact Pacific Attorney Group today.