FAQ about Billings Motorcycle Accidents
A personal injury lawyer answers your questions
Have a question about your Montana motorcycle accident? Not sure where to find accurate information about your crash or your rights? Fortunately, you have come to the right place. Montana motorcycle accident attorney Matthew Braukmann and his talented legal team at Braukmann Law, PLLC have years of experience handling complex motorcycle accidents. We know the law. We understand how the system works and we’re prepared to do the work that needs to be done to resolve your case.
Put your trust in a Montana motorcycle accident attorney you can count on in a crisis. Contact our law firm and schedule your free case evaluation today. We can answer your questions and explain all the legal options available to you. That way, you can make an informed decision about what to do next.
What is your question about your Montana motorcycle accident?
- Do I need to call the police after my Montana motorcycle accident?
- Should I see a doctor after my Montana motorcycle accident if I feel fine?
- How much is my Montana motorcycle accident worth?
- How much does it cost to hire a Montana motorcycle accident lawyer?
- What can I be compensated for after my Montana motorcycle accident?
- Do I need to contact my insurance company after my motorcycle accident?
- Should I talk to the other driver’s insurance company if they call me after my motorcycle accident?
- Should I accept a settlement offer for my motorcycle accident?
- How long do I have to take legal action after my motorcycle accident?
- Why do I need a motorcycle accident lawyer after my accident?
Yes. If you have been in a serious motorcycle accident caused by another driver, you should call the police if you or anyone else was seriously injured in your crash. Doing so also serves another important purpose – it creates a formal record of exactly what happened to you and everyone else involved. Insurance companies carefully read these reports when trying to determine how much to compensate someone for their crash. That’s why it’s critical that you have an accident report and that it’s accurate.
Yes. Even if you feel fine, you could have a serious injury and not even realize it. Life-threatening internal injuries sometimes occur as a result of a motorcycle accident. If you do not receive the proper medical care and treatment, your health and wellbeing could be in danger. Having a doctor or another medical professional examine you serves another purpose. Your medical record can serve as proof of your injury to insurance companies, who often give motorcyclists a hard time after an accident.
There is no set dollar amount when it comes to motorcycle accidents. Each one is different. Sometimes, accident-related expenses add up to a few thousand dollars. Other times, your accident expenses could be worth millions of dollars. So many different factors can come into play, including the severity of your injuries and the length of your recovery. That’s why it’s important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. That way, you can have a better understanding of the true financial impact of your motorcycle crash.
There’s no set amount for hiring a lawyer to handle your motorcycle accident case. You should be suspicious of attorneys who say up front exactly how much your case will cost. Our law firm offers a free case evaluation and works on a contingency fee basis. That means you only have to pay us if we recover a financial settlement or verdict for you. Otherwise, you don’t owe us anything. We work this way because we realize you have enough on your mind already. The last thing you need to worry about it is whether or not you can afford to hire an attorney to help you after your Montana motorcycle accident.
In general, you should be eligible to receive financial compensation for any expenses associated with your motorcycle accident. These expenses can include:
- Emergency medical care
- Follow-up medical procedures
- Surgical operations
- Physical therapy
- Repair or replacement cost of your motorcycle
- Replacement income
- Lost income if you cannot return to work for weeks, months or perhaps ever again
- Modifications to your home if you sustain a permanent disability.
Yes. You need to contact your insurance company and tell them you have been in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver. Keep the rest of your comments brief, however, or don’t say anything else at all. Anything you say could potentially be used by insurance companies to reduce or deny your accident claim – even if the other driver clearly caused your crash.
No. Even if their questions sound simple or innocent, don’t talk to anyone who works for the insurance company for the driver who caused your motorcycle accident. They’re only fishing for information they can use to reduce or deny your accident claim. Simply tell them to contact our law firm. We know the games they play and we can talk to them on your behalf.
Always be suspicious of insurance companies that want to settle motorcycle accident claims right away. We realize it’s tempting to accept a settlement offer soon after your crash. The reality is most settlement offers don’t even come close to covering all the accident-related expenses. That’s why it’s important to carefully review any settlement offer with an experienced attorney before agreeing to accept anything. Once you accept a settlement offer, you often forfeit the right to request any additional money in the future for your motorcycle accident.
In most cases in Montana, you have three years from the date of your motorcycle accident to file a lawsuit or take other legal action. This deadline (known as the statute of limitations) might seem like a long time. The reality is the longer you wait, the harder it often becomes to find the evidence you need to support your accident claim. Without evidence, you will likely have a very hard time getting the financial compensation you need and deserve for your Montana motorcycle accident.
Often, you only have one opportunity to obtain all the financial compensation you need after your motorcycle accident. Insurance companies know this. That’s why they often do everything they can to prevent you from getting the money you deserve for your motorcycle crash. We know how to deal with insurance companies and negotiate effectively with them. That often starts with conducting a thorough, independent investigation of your accident. Our staff – which includes a full-time, in-house nurse – knows what to look for when reviewing medical records and accident reports. Most insurance companies agree to negotiate with us once they realize we have the facts to back up your case. When they don’t cooperate, we’re prepared to take them to court on your behalf.