According to the U.S. Government Accounting Office, motorcycle crashes lead to more than $16 billion each year in direct costs. It is not difficult to understand why. There are more than 85,000 motorcycle accidents in an average year, and those involved face expenses for emergency services, medical costs, property damage, lost wages, insurance costs and attorneys’ fees.
The priority after an accident is to make sure that, to the extent possible, victims recuperate fully. But there are other important considerations as well. Many find that, following a crash, they are unable to obtain compensation to repair or replace their motorcycle.
To this end, I can help. For more than 25 years, I have assisted individuals in Easton and throughout Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley in their efforts to maximize their insurance compensation following motor vehicle accidents. As an attorney, it is my mission to see that my client’s are able to pay not only for their own recovery, but also for any property damage they suffer.
How To Receive Payment For Repairs After A Crash
The surest means to obtain compensation for costs of repair or replacement is to immediately document the damage to your motorcycle. It is crucial to take photographs of any scrapes, dents and broken parts (shocks, pegs, wheels, mirrors, etc.). Such evidence is key to obtaining a favorable settlement or, when necessary, winning at trial.
Getting An Estimate
Insurers often have repair shops that they work with. But you shouldn’t feel constrained to use them. Indeed, insurers often work with repair shops that get the job done cheaply, but don’t necessarily do quality work. By law, you are entitled to choose your own mechanic. What’s most important is that you use a repair shop that you trust.
If you own a vintage motorcycle, or have had custom work done on your motorcycle, it is advisable to consult with a specialist who can perform an accurate appraisal.
If your motorcycle is deemed unsalvageable — or if the cost of repairs exceeds the vehicle’s appraised value — your insurer may be compelled to pay to replace your motorcycle. In such cases, an insurance appraiser will try to determine the value of your vehicle. It is common for them to undervalue your motorcycle. This is where a lawyer can be important. Namely, an attorney knows how to negotiate with insurers, and will work hard to ensure that you are adequately compensated for your loss.
Protecting Your Interests
If you would like help assessing how much your motorcycle accident claim is worth, reach out to my firm. You can call the Law Offices of Edward P. Shaughnessy at 610-936-6345 or 877-245-0251. You can also arrange an appointment online.
Initial consultations are free. I don’t collect payment until a case is won, and I am up front about any and all costs associated with my clients’ matters.