Santa Monica Motorcycle Loss of Use Attorney
If your motorcycle is repairable after an accident: Get loss of use compensation for the dates it is in the shop
After a motorcycle accident, if your motorcycle is deemed repairable, you are entitled to compensation for "loss of use" damages, i.e., money to compensate you for the days your motorcycle is in the shop being repaired.
If your motorcycle is totaled: Get loss of use compensation from the date of the accident until the date you receive the total loss check
If your motorcycle is totaled in an accident, you are entitled to loss of use compensation from the date of the accident until the date you receive the total loss check.
Get motorcycle loss of use compensation even if you do not rent a replacement motorcycle
Even if you don't rent a replacement motorcycle, the insurance company must pay you the reasonable rental cost of a comparable motorcycle. If you are making the claim against your insurance company, you are limited by the policy limit of your rental coverage. If your rental coverage is $20 per day, for a maximum of 30 days, then your insurance company is only on the hook for up to $600. But if you make the claim against the other driver's insurance company, it is on the hook for the full amount of your loss of use claim, assuming the other driver has a sufficient property damage policy limit.
The insurance adjuster won't tell you that you are entitled to loss of use compensation
You will not get motorcycle loss of use compensation unless you demand it. Your insurance company and the other driver's insurance company won't tell you that you are entitled to be paid for this loss. In fact, many personal injury attorneys do not demand loss of use compensation for their clients.
At McGee, Lerer & Associates, our Santa Monica personal injury lawyers demand loss of use compensation for our motorcycle accident clients.
How much are you entitled to collect when claiming loss of use?
California law requires that the insurance company pay you the reasonable rental cost of a replacement motorcycle, even if you do not actually rent a motorcycle. With a typical rental motorcycle costing $100 to $150 per day, motorcycle loss of use damages can add up quickly. If your motorcycle is in the shop being repaired for 83 days, we will demand that the insurance company pay you loss of use for 83 days. And we will collect it.
Don't let the insurance company shortchange you. Do not sign a property damage release until you have received compensation for your loss of use.
Contact a Santa Monica motorcycle accident lawyer and learn about your right to compensation for the loss of use of your motorcycle.