It takes months, sometimes years, to settle a motorcycle accident settlement. When you pursue compensation from a party, many variables predict the overall timeline of the case, but it greatly depends on the duration each process involved takes. Connect with a lawyer when the accident occurs to help you negotiate various offers and counteroffers before receiving the payment you deserve.
A lawyer can help prove through file documents and other evidence that you are either not liable or only partially liable for an accident. A legal professional can ensure that the insurance company offers a fair settlement. If the insurer refuses, your lawyer can litigate your case and continue fighting for you in court.
Factors That Determine the Progression of Your Case
Numerous factors could delay your case. However, if you or your loved one have sustained severe injuries and the fault is apparent, then the settlement process might go faster for your case.
Your Insurance Company
When your insurer gets involved, you’re likely to receive a settlement negotiated at the initial stages without going for a trial. However, the timeline will also go according to the insurance company’s policy, which states the duration you can file a claim with an at-fault driver’s provider.
When you have extensive injuries, the liable insurance company may want to settle the case with minimal amounts or take too long to respond to your claim. Thus, any delay could subsequently lead you to accept a lowball settlement. A lawyer can prevent that from happening, though.
When it is clear who is at fault, you will be better positioned for negotiations, and a case may settle faster. If you are partially at fault, the settlement offers might be lower, and it could take longer to figure out your settlement.
Furthermore, any damages or injuries you claim will be significantly reduced by the percentage of fault you caused. In both South Carolina and Georgia, if you’re determined to be more than 50% at fault, you will not recover anything in the case.
Extent of Damages and Injuries
You need to assess if you will return to work after the injuries. In case of long-term complications, your attorney will evaluate the financial costs of the damages and the injuries sustained. When a wrongful death of a loved one occurs, the funeral and burial expenses will be compensated.
When the injuries prevent you from continuing with your profession, you will claim higher wage losses for now and the future.
What a Motorcycle Claim Entails
Key aspects in a motorcycle accident are proving the value of your damages and attesting that the other driver or motorist caused the accident, thus, resulting in your injuries and damages.
Physical evidence is essential in your settlement, including pictures of the accident scene, receipts of the expenses, medical reports, witnesses from the accident scene, and other physical proof.
Most claims are often resolved between 30-90 days after the accident, especially if there is clear proof that the other driver was at fault. Your attorney will provide guidance on every step of the case.
Damages You May Recover in a Motorcycle Accident Claim
You may recover various damages from your injuries or the wrongful death of a family member in a motorcycle accident. Depending on the type and costs of the damages, motorcycle accident attorneys are prepared to carry out a comprehensive investigation to determine who is liable for the crash. The damages you may recover include:
- Current and future medical expenses
- The total cost for repairing and replacing damaged property
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of current and future wages
How Long It Might Take to Secure a Settlement
Motorists and passengers are bound to suffer serious injuries compared to other road users because of their minimal protection when riding. When an accident occurs, it’s inevitable to be curious about exactly how long it would take to settle your motorcycle accident claim. As an accident victim, you must get compensation for the losses incurred during and even after the entire process.
No two motorcycle cases are alike, so each one will take a different amount of time to settle. At our firm, it’s our duty to fully represent you and use the shortest time possible to get your desired case outcome. Our lawyers with over forty years of experience will take care of the legal aspects and communicate to the relevant parties on your behalf.
Our Attorneys Will Fight for Your Rights
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers offers free case reviews to help clients learn their options and best course of action. Our lawyers have helped thousands of injured and disabled victims get compensation for every loss they incurred in an accident.
If you have a motorcycle accident claim, contact us today for a free consultation with a team member. Our attorneys are standing by to seek justice and adequate compensation for you.