Motorcycle Accident Settlement Timeline

Wondering how long your injury case will take to settle? Watch this video about the motorcycle accident settlement timeline in Texas to find out.

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Question:

How long will my motorcycle accident case take?

Answer:

The other day, I got a call from an individual who had just been in a motorcycle accident, and he asked me how long it’s going to take for his claim to be resolved. Unfortunately, early on, there isn’t a crystal clear answer. The first thing that needs to happen is you need to complete your medical treatment, or get to a stage in your medical treatment where you are sure of what your diagnoses are and what treatment you need in the future. Only at that time can we submit a claim to the insurance company asking for fair and just compensation. If we submit a claim before you’re done treating or before we know the extent of your injuries, we can’t be asking for fair and just compensation, and it puts you in a position where you’ll be receiving a lot less than you should, and you might not have the money later to do medical treatments that you need.Motorcycle Accident Settlement Timeline
After you’re done with your medical treatment, we submit a demand to the insurance company outlining what happened, the extent of your injuries, and ask for fair compensation. They normally have a few weeks to respond. After they respond, if it’s something that we can work with, we negotiate with them. If it’s not, then we file the lawsuit. Unfortunately, normally, we have to file a lawsuit.
When we file that lawsuit, we have to first serve the defendants. Normally, that’s not a problem, but occasionally people will try to avoid service, and pretend that it never happened, and try to run away. Once they’re served, they have 30 days to respond. In their response they are almost always represented by an attorney. Once there’s a response with an attorney on file, we contact that attorney and try to get a trial date as soon as possible. Then we have an end in sight. Hopefully, we can resolve your case fairly without going to trial, but we’re also ready to go to trial.


Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a motorcycle crash and have questions about how long a motorcycle accident case will take?
Contact our experienced Austin motorcycle accident attorney at The Law Office of Daniel R. Smith today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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