Motorcycle Accident FAQ
Answers you can use from attorneys you can trust
Motorcycle accident victims often have a lot of questions. But knowing where to find reliable information can be extremely challenging. That's why our knowledgeable, Woodland Hills motorcycle accident lawyers at Ardalan & Associates compiled this list of some of the most frequently asked questions about motorcycle accidents.
Remember, these questions and answers are intended for general informational purposes. Even if you do see your specific question listed below, contact our law firm immediately. Every accident is different. And so is our approach to each case. That's why we want to meet with you as soon as possible. We're eager to learn more about your accident and figure out how we can help you.
- Should I call the police after my motorcycle accident?
- What information should I get from the other driver?
- Should I take photos of my motorcycle accident?
- Should I see a doctor if I feel fine after my motorcycle crash?
- Should I contact my insurance company after my motorcycle crash?
- What should I do if an insurance company contacts me after my motorcycle accident?
- Should I accept a settlement offer for my motorcycle accident?
- How much is my motorcycle accident worth?
- Can I negotiate for more money after my motorcycle crash?
- Should I file a lawsuit after my motorcycle accident?
- Should I hire a lawyer after my motorcycle crash?
Yes. Don't let the other driver talk you out of contacting the police after your accident. A police officer will investigate your accident and create an official accident report. This report can be a critical piece of evidence when trying to obtain financial compensation after your crash. Without an accident report, insurance companies might reduce or deny your accident claim due to lack of evidence.
Make sure you obtain the following information from the other driver:
- License plate number
- Driver's full name
- Home address
- Home phone number
- Driver's license number
- Insurance policy number
Yes. If you are healthy enough to do so and you can safely take photos, we strongly encourage you to do so. Photographs of the accident scene can be critical pieces of evidence supporting your accident claim. Make sure to take photos of the damage to your motorcycle and the other vehicle as well as any visible injuries. If possible, take photos before you and other driver move your vehicles.
Yes. You could have a serious, life-threatening internal injury and not even realize it. That's why it's important to have a medical professional diagnose you as soon as possible. If it is a night or weekend and you cannot make an appointment with your primary physician, we strongly encourage you to consider going to a hospital emergency room, especially if something doesn't feel right. You know your body best. Don't take chances with your health.
Yes. However, keep your comments to a minimum. Even though your insurance company represents you, anything you say or put in writing could be used to reduce or deny your claim. This is especially true if you are accused of causing your collision. Always be cautious about what you say after an accident. And talk to an attorney from our firm as soon as possible.
Do not answer their questions. Insurance investigators often ask seemingly innocent questions after accidents. Such questions are often designed to trick people into saying something insurance companies can use to deny or reduce accident claims. Simply tell the insurance investigator that you have hired an attorney and direct all their questions to Ardalan & Associates. We know how to answer such questions and what not to say in order to build a strong legal case.
Always be suspicious of insurance companies that want to settle accident claims quickly. What might seem like a generous offer might not even come close to covering the true cost of your accident. That's why we want to meet with you. We can review your settlement offer, free of charge. We can also offer you advice on what course of legal action you should take after your accident.
There is no set dollar amount when it comes to motorcycle accidents. Depending on the severity of the accident and many other factors, your motorcycle accident claim could be worth a few thousand or several million dollars. That's why it's important to discuss the details of your case with a lawyer as soon as possible. That's why we want to meet with you. We want to learn more about your accident and how we can help you and your family.
Yes. The secret most insurance companies don't want you to know is that you have the right to ask for more money after your motorcycle accident. You don't have to accept their initial offer. In fact, insurance companies routinely make low-ball offers to accident victims soon after an accident. They do this because they know many accident victims simply want to move on with their lives. Unfortunately, when accident victims do this, they often miss out on getting additional money they will likely need in the future to cover all the costs associated with their accident. And since most settlement agreements include language which prohibits injury victims from seeking additional money in the future, you could end up having to pay for all those additional expenses out of your own pocket.
Perhaps. Sometimes, filing a lawsuit is the best way to obtain the money you rightfully deserve after your motorcycle accident. But there are often many other things you can do to get the compensation you need after your accident besides filing a motorcycle accident lawsuit. That's why it's important to talk to a lawyer at our law firm as soon as possible. We can explain all the legal options available to you after your crash.
Yes. Never underestimate the complexity of your motorcycle accident. It's also important to realize that you often only have one opportunity to get all the money you will need to cover all the expenses associated with your accident. That's why we want to meet with you as soon as possible. We have a strong track record of success in Southern California. That's because we know how the legal system works and know how to get results. Find out how we can help you. Contact Ardalan & Associates - your advocate for justice.