FAQ About Washington, DC Motorcycle Accidents
Answers you can trust from a Washington, DC motorcycle accident lawyer
Our Washington, DC motorcycle accident lawyers know how complicated and confusing crashes involving motorcycles and other vehicles in the DC area can be. That's why we want to help you if you sustained a serious injury in a motorcycle accident in Washington, DC caused by another driver. The attorneys at the Mike Slocumb Law Firm can answer your questions and help create a strategy that addresses your specific legal issues. Simply contact our law firm and schedule your free case evaluation in our Washington, DC office today.
What is your question about your Washington, DC motorcycle accident?
- Should I contact the police after my Washington, DC motorcycle crash?
- What should I do if the other driver doesn't want to call the police after our Washington, DC motorcycle accident?
- Should I seek medical treatment if I feel fine after my Washington, DC motorcycle accident?
- Are the laws different in Washington, DC for motorcycle accidents compared to other states?
- How long do I have to take legal action after my Washington, DC motorcycle accident?
- Should I talk to the other driver's insurance company if they contact me after my Washington, DC motorcycle accident?
- Should I accept a settlement offer for my Washington, DC motorcycle accident?
- How much is my Washington, DC motorcycle accident worth?
- What can I be compensated for after my Washington, DC motorcycle accident?
- What should I do if an insurance company denies my Washington, DC motorcycle accident claim?
- Can I appeal my denied Washington, DC motorcycle accident claim?
- Who will rule on my denied Washington, DC motorcycle accident claim?
- Why should I hire a Washington, DC motorcycle accident lawyer?
Yes. Having a police officer at your motorcycle crash is important for many reasons. One, the driver who caused your crash might try to later deny doing anything wrong. Two, if someone sustains a serious injury in a crash, you should always call the police. And three, having an official, Washington, DC accident report often serves as an important piece of evidence when trying to obtain financial compensation for your motorcycle crash. Without an official accident report, your claim could be denied.
Call the police anyway. It's the law, especially if you or someone else sustained a serious injury in your crash. Often, drivers who don't want to call the police after a collision have something to hide - whether it's because they don't have insurance, they know they're at fault or they're trying to get out of having to pay for your accident-related expenses.
Yes. Even if you believe you don't have an injury from your motorcycle crash, you could be seriously hurt. Also, if you don't seek medical treatment soon after your crash, you could have a hard time later trying to obtain financial compensation for your accident-related expenses. That's because many insurance companies deny claims if there's no proof that someone sustained a serious injury. That proof often comes in the form of medical records documenting a serious injury.
Yes. Each state has its own laws when it comes to motorcycle crashes. The same is true for the District of Columbia, which is not a state but has its own, unique laws when it comes to motorcycle accidents. That's why it's critical that you have an experienced, Washington, DC motorcycle accident lawyer on your side, handling your claim. They know the law, know the legal system, and know how to get the job done right.
In general, if you are injured in a motorcycle accident in Washington, DC, you have either two or three years to file a lawsuit or take other legal action. The two-year deadline (known as the statute of limitations) applies to wrongful death cases, in which someone died in a motorcycle crash. The three-year deadline applies to taking legal action for motorcycle crashes that result in an injury or property damage. The sooner you take legal action, the better. That's because you need evidence to build a strong legal claim. The longer you wait to take legal action, the harder it often becomes to find the facts you need to win your case. Accident debris gets thrown out and witnesses move away or forget what happened. That's why our motorcycle crash lawyers want to meet with you as soon as possible.
No. You are under no legal obligation to talk to the other driver's insurance company after your motorcycle crash. In fact, it's always better to say nothing to them since anything you do say could be used by the insurance company to deny your claim.
We strongly advise you to carefully review any settlement offer before you agree to accept it. Often, what might seem like a generous offer at first may turn out to be far less than the actual financial impact of your motorcycle crash. Insurance companies know this. That's why they often want to settle cases quickly. That way, they don't have to pay you the full amount that you deserve. Because once you accept a settlement offer, you often forfeit the right to request any additional money in the future.
There's no set dollar amount when it comes to motorcycle accident claims in Washington, DC. Some may end up being worth a few thousand dollars. Others may add up to millions of dollars. That's why it's always important to talk to a motorcycle crash lawyer as soon as possible.
There are a wide range of accident-related expenses you can be compensated for as a result of your motorcycle crash. In general, you should receive financial compensation for any expense or bill associated with your collision. This may include money for:
- Emergency medical care
- Surgical procedures
- Follow-up medical care
- Physical therapy
- Prosthetic limbs
- Lost income
- Home modifications (especially if you sustained a permanent disability in your accident)
- Lost future income
Insurance companies often deny motorcycle accident claims. Why? Partly because they're trying to avoid having to pay you for your accident-related expenses, which can often be staggering after a serious motorcycle accident. They also often try to get away with denying motorcycle accident claims because they know there's a bias against motorcyclists. Sadly, some people think all motorcyclists are dangerous risk-takers who cause serious crashes. Insurance companies are often happy to use these inaccurate stereotypes to deny an expensive motorcycle crash claim. That's why our Washington, DC motorcycle accident lawyers proudly handle such cases. For us, it's about more than just the money. It's about setting the record straight. We know that most motorcyclists follow the rules of the road. If you didn't do anything wrong, you deserve to be compensated for your damages.
Yes. You can and should appeal your denied motorcycle accident claim. You didn't cause your crash. You deserve to get the money owed to you for your accident-related expenses.
You can take the insurance company to court if they denied your motorcycle crash claim. In general, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals rules on these legal matters. Our experienced, Washington DC motorcycle accident lawyers know the law and know how the legal system works in the nation's capital. You can count on our attorneys to get the job done right.
Often, you only have one opportunity to obtain all the financial compensation you deserve for your motorcycle crash. The other driver's insurance company knows this. That's why they often hire several seasoned attorneys to fight your claim and do everything they can to pay you as little as possible. That's not right. That's why the motorcycle lawyers from our Washington, DC law firm would be honored to represent you. When we secure a settlement or verdict for you after your accident, we're not just fighting for your rights. We're taking a stand for every motorcyclist in Washington, DC - for everyone who follows the law and deserves to be treated with respect. Put the power of an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to work for you. Contact our Washington, DC law firm right away. We have the knowledge, skills, and the drive to succeed.