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When you are involved in a motorcycle accident we understand that getting your bike back after an accident is of utmost importance. But how can you get your bike back quickly? Luckily, a Colorado motorcycle accident attorney can help.
In most cases, getting a damage estimate on a motorcycle can be done through any mechanic rather than using a mechanic referred by the insurance company. If the motorcyclist is planning to do the repairs, some insurance companies will even allow them to prepare the estimate. If a mechanic is hired to provide the estimate, get a copy of the estimate and make arrangements to bring the motorcycle home as quickly as possible. This can save on motorcycle storage fees and provide negotiation leverage with the insurance adjuster.
Documentation is very important in the process of repairing motorcycle damage and getting your bike back. Receipts for the purchase of the motorcycle and any accessories, along with NADA and KBB estimates of the bike’s current value or a letter from a motorcycle dealer can prove helpful in establishing the value for insurance companies.
Although most automobile damage cases are usually settled quickly, insurance companies have a difficult time making quick settlements on motorcycles. Unfortunately, most insurance companies have very little knowledge about the value of motorcycles. While your documentation can help you in explaining the costs, it is not uncommon for motorcycle claims to take 90 days or more to be settled.
If the cost to repair the motorcycle is more than 50% of its current value or the damage to the motorcycle puts the safety of its operation at risk, the insurance company may choose to “total” the vehicle. Unfortunately, even a minimum amount of damage (such as scratched engine casings or bent forks) can lead to a motorcycle being totaled.
If you’re filing a claim against an at-fault party’s insurance be prepared to present all of the documentation to prove the value of the motorcycle. However, if the insurance company insists that it must be totaled, an experienced Colorado motorcycle accident attorney should be consulted. Never sign any settlements or agreements without first consulting a motorcycle accident attorney.
Fighting for Your Rights as a Motorcyclist
As a lawyer dedicated to protecting the rights of injured victims, Attorney John R. Fuller argues persuasively on any motorcycle accident question. He will battle the insurance company counsel every step of the way, fighting them in their efforts to pay you as little as possible for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced. You can be assured that he won’t be satisfied until you are. This client commitment is a major reason why he has successfully handled so many cases just like yours.
He works hard to build a strong case. His understanding of negligence, mastery of legal strategy and knowledge of motorcycle accidents on the roads and highways of Colorado works in your favor. He is always ready to go to trial to obtain the compensation you need and deserve for your motorcycle accident.
Contact a Colorado Motorcycle Lawyer
Serving injured people throughout the state, we are known for our dedication to clients’ needs. Contact us for a free initial consultation and honest assessment of your legal situation. We’re available 24/7 by phone, fax and e-mail. We return after-hours calls promptly and provide interpreters for our Spanish-speaking clients. Servicios del intérprete disponibles.