If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident in South Dakota, odds are you have a lot of questions. But finding reliable information can be a challenge. That's why the motorcycle accident attorneys at Northern Plains Justice, LLP compiled this list of frequently asked questions. We realize you want answers now, and we want to help.
We also strongly encourage you to contact our law firm right away. Every accident is unique. So are our solutions. And the sooner we can get started on your case, the sooner we can begin gathering the evidence you need to build a strong legal case. Put your trust in us.
Whether you're dealing with an intersection accident in Sioux Falls or a serious rear-end motorcycle accident in Sturgis, schedule your free case evaluation with us right now.
Frequently Asked Questions About Motorcycle Accidents
- Should I call the police if my motorcycle accident seems minor?
- Should I seek medical attention if I feel fine after my motorcycle accident?
- Who investigates South Dakota motorcycle accidents?
- What should I do if another driver claims I caused my motorcycle accident?
- Should I call my insurance company after my motorcycle accident?
- Should I talk to the other driver's insurance company after my motorcycle crash?
- Should I accept a settlement offer for my motorcycle accident?
- Can I negotiate for more money after my motorcycle accident?
- How much is my motorcycle accident worth?
- Should I file a motorcycle accident lawsuit?
- Should I hire a South Dakota motorcycle accident lawyer if I'm hurt in Sturgis?
- Why should I hire Northern Plains Justice, LLP for my motorcycle accident?
Should I call the police if my motorcycle accident seems minor?
Yes. This is especially important if your motorcycle accident was caused by another driver. In many cases, drivers deny doing anything wrong. As a result, many law-abiding motorcyclists end up getting blamed for accidents caused by someone else's reckless behavior. Having a police officer investigate your accident often cuts down on confusion. The investigating officer will create an official accident report, which is an important piece of evidence insurance companies will use when determining if they should compensate accident victims and how much to offer.
Should I seek medical attention if I feel fine after my motorcycle accident?
Yes. If you don't seek medical attention, two things could happen:
- Your health could be at risk due to a severe, life-threatening injury.
- Your accident claim could be denied due to lack of evidence.
Insurance companies often look for any excuse to deny motorcycle accident claims. And if you don't have a medical record of your injuries, many insurance companies will argue that you were not seriously injured in your crash. That's why it's important to have an EMT, emergency room doctor, or your own physician evaluate you as soon as possible after your accident.
Who investigates South Dakota motorcycle accidents?
Depending on where your accident took place, a local police officer or a state trooper for the South Dakota Highway Patrol will likely investigate your accident. State troopers investigate accidents on interstate highways such as I-90 and I-29. But it's important to remember that police officers do not work for you. Their primary focus is on determining why your accident took place, not whether you're fairly compensated for your crash. That's why it's important to have an experienced attorney working for you and conducting an independent investigation into your accident. That way, your best interests will not be overlooked.
What should I do if another driver claims I caused my motorcycle accident?
If the other driver claims you’re at fault for the crash, contact the police, then contact us. You want the police at your motorcycle accident. They can investigate your crash and create an accident report. But there's no guarantee the police will get everything right. That's why it's critical that you contact our law firm as well. We can conduct an independent investigation into your accident. We know what questions to ask and what evidence to look for to build a strong legal case. That's because we have decades of experience handling such complicated crashes.
Should I call my insurance company after my motorcycle accident?
Yes. However, we recommend keeping your comments to a minimum. Anything you say to an insurance company—even your own insurance company—could potentially be used to reduce or deny your accident claim depending on the circumstances of your accident. That's why it always pays to be cautious. Contact our law firm as soon as possible as well. We can deal directly with the insurance company, so you can focus on what really matters—your recovery.
Should I talk to the other driver's insurance company after my motorcycle crash?
No. You should absolutely not talk to the other driver's insurance company. Anything you say can be used by them to deny your accident claim. And that's often why they contact you or other accident victims. They're looking for any piece of information they can use to avoid having to pay for your accident-related expenses.
Should I accept a settlement offer for my motorcycle accident?
Always carefully consider any settlement offer before you agree to accept it for your motorcycle accident. Often, insurance companies will make a settlement offer soon after an accident. But such offers rarely cover all accident-related expenses. And once you agree to accept such an offer, you forfeit your right to ask for additional compensation in the future. As a result, you could end up paying thousands of dollars of your own money to cover future expenses for an accident caused by another driver.
Can I negotiate for more compensation after my motorcycle accident?
Yes. In most cases you can—and should—ask for additional compensation after your motorcycle crash. You do not have to accept an insurance company’s first settlement offer, no matter what the insurance company tells you. Motorcycle accidents can be very costly. But the bottom line is you should not have to pay for other people’s mistakes. That’s why we want to meet with you. We can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. We understand how the system works, and we’re not afraid to take on insurance companies.
How much is my motorcycle accident worth?
Every motorcycle accident is unique. That's why the value of each crash can vary significantly from one accident to another. Some motorcycle crashes are worth thousands of dollars. Others may be worth millions. That's because you need to factor in every accident-related expense, not just the expenses immediately after your crash. Such expenses can include:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Lost future income
- Repair or replacement of your motorcycle
- Home health care
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Should I file a motorcycle accident lawsuit?
Perhaps. Sometimes, the best way to get the money you deserve for your motorcycle accident is to file a lawsuit against the other driver's insurance company or whoever caused your crash. But taking legal action after your motorcycle accident isn't the only way to get the money you rightfully deserve. That's why it's critical that you contact our law firm. We can discuss all the legal options available to you and help you decide the best course of action.
Should I hire a motorcycle accident lawyer in South Dakota if I'm hurt in Sturgis?
Yes. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Sturgis, it’s always smart to hire an attorney in South Dakota to handle your crash. Even if you’re from another state, it’s important that you have an attorney who understands how the legal system works in this state. Our law firm has decades of experience handling complex cases throughout the state, including accidents involving Sturgis Motorcycle Rally injuries.
Why should I hire Northern Plains Justice, LLP for my motorcycle accident?
Experience matters. So does reputation. That's why motorcycle accident victims throughout South Dakota regularly rely on us to make sure they receive the money they rightfully deserve for their crash. Our motorcycle accident attorneys have decades of experience handling some of the most serious motorcycle accidents in the state, and we have the case results to prove it. One of the reasons we have been so successful over the years is because we limit the number of cases we handle at one time. We’re selective about the clients we choose to represent. That way, we can devote our attention to a small number of cases. Find out what we can do for you. Contact our Sioux Falls law firm right now to schedule your free case evaluation.