Property Damage from Motorcycle Accidents
Get Help from Our Skilled Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in St. Louis
Motorcycle accidents are often deadly, but some motorcycle riders are lucky to escape an accident relatively unscathed. The problem is, the bike may not have been as fortunate. It is important to understand that property damage can be compensated just like injuries. At The Dixon Injury Firm, we are here to help you get the assistance you deserve.
Contact our firm today to schedule your free case review. Our St. Louis motorcycle accident attorneys have the skill and experience you need.
A Damaged Motorcycle Can Be Heartbreaking
A motorcycle is a major investment. GQ recently tried to break down the true cost of owning one, and it can really add up. For starters, the cost of the bike can vary widely. A basic beginner’s bike will typically cost between $5,000 and $10,000. A new Harley Davidson touring motorcycle can easily exceed $25,000. Movie stars like Keanu Reeves that like custom motorcycles can cost $75,000 or more.
That is just the beginning, though. Insurance will cost around $500 per year, and motorcycles need a lot more maintenance than cars do. Tires need to be replaced more frequently, as do various chains and drive belts. A motorcycle can easily cost around $1,000 per year in maintenance. Plus, you cannot just hop onto a bike the way you can hop into a car. A motorcycle rider needs a helmet for sure, as it is required by Missouri law. To be safer, most riders will want a jacket, pants, and gloves that will hold together if the rider winds up skidding across some concrete. Many riders also wear special boots to protect their lower legs from being crushed in an accident. All this gear will typically cost $800 to $1,200. Missouri also requires a test before you can get a motorcycle license, and passing that test is usually easier after taking a class that costs around $350.
In short, even if you walk away from a motorcycle accident you could have just lost tens of thousands of dollars that you invested in your bike. If someone else wrongfully caused that property damage you should be reimbursed for your losses.
Don’t Do This After An Accident!
If you are a motorcycle rider that was hit by another vehicle, you are most likely going to be dealing with a large insurance company that represents the driver that hit you. The insurance conglomerates that you deal with today are built to deny as many claims as they can so that they can maximize their profit.
If your property has been damaged, follow these rules until you talk to a lawyer:
You have the right to remain silent: Keeping your mouth shut is not only for criminals. Claim adjusters or other insurance company officials love to pressure crash victims into making statements that can be used in a misleading way later. You do not have to talk to them without a lawyer and you usually should not.
Do not sign anything: Insurance companies also like to swoop in and offer crash victims a quick payment that initially seems like a lot of money. When you have to rent a car and miss work because you are getting your motorcycle fixed, you may come to regret accepting the initial settlement without first consulting with a lawyer.
Do not delay treatment: Just because you feel okay does not mean you should skip the doctor’s visit. If you have been through a motorcycle accident you should get checked out just to be on the safe side. In addition to protecting your health, this will help document any of your injuries in case you want to seek compensation later.
Don’t Delay – Call The Dixon Injury Firm Today
Our St. Louis motorcycle accident attorneys focus on helping injured people in the St. Louis, Missouri area to get back on their feet after an accident. We usually focus on getting compensation for injuries to people, but property damage can be just as traumatizing.
If you suffered property damage to your motorcycle or anything else in an accident caused by someone else, do not hesitate to call us at (314) 208-2808 today.