No matter how comfortable you might feel with understanding your motorcycle insurance policy there is nothing more nerve racking than being involved in an accident and needing to file an insurance claim on your motorcycle policy. If you are ever involved in an accident and need to file a motorcycle insurance claim on your policy I recommend that you take these following steps at the scene of the accident.

  1. Stop immediately but do not obstruct traffic.
  2. Assist anyone who might be injured and have someone call the police.
  3. Get the other driver’s name, address, phone number, insurance carrier, insurance policy number & insurance carrier phone number. Also get the name’s and phone numbers of any witnesses as well.
  4. Make a rough drawing of the accident scene, showing the position of the motorcycle or cars involved and any other pertinent details. If you have a digital camera take pictures of the damage or if your cell phone has a camera use it to take photos of the scene.
  5. Contact our office, 503-296-0077, as soon as possible so we can assist you with filing your motorcycle insurance claim. When you contact us remain calm and consistent with your version of how the accident occurred and provide us with the information that you gathered from the other drivers.
  1. When you file a claim against your auto policy you can expect that within 24 hours after filing the claim you will receive a call from a claims adjuster.
  2. I recommend that you don’t have the motorcycle repaired before the insurance company claims adjuster has evaluated the cycle’s damage. But do protect the vehicle from further damage.
  3. The claims adjuster will schedule a time with you to review the damage from the accident that has taken place.
  4. Don’t find yourself pressured into accepting an estimate of repair until you have at least 2 comparisons on the estimates of work.
  1. It is advisable that before you sign an agreement accepting the insurance company’s estimate to complete repairs on your motorcycle you make certain that the agreement is fair.
  2. If the cost to repair your motorcycle exceeds its actual cash value, the bike will probably be considered a “total loss.” Insurance companies will determine the value of a motorcycle by looking for nearly identical cars being sold through local dealers and private owners in the area. They will then adjust the numbers based on information about your motorcycle, such as its condition before the accident and any special equipment on the bike. Insurer’s frequently come up with a value that is 10-20% less than retail values listed by Kelley or NADA.
In Oregon you must file an accident report with the police in conjunction with your motorcycle claim if the following occurs:

 Damage to the vehicle you were driving is over $1,500.

 Damage to any vehicle is over $1,500 and any vehicle is towed from the scene as a result of damage from the accident.

 Injury or death resulted from the accident.

 Damages to any one person’s property other than a vehicle involved in this accident is over $1,500.

 You are the owner of the vehicle involved in a re-portable accident and the driver fails to report the accident.

 For a copy of an Oregon Traffic Accident & Insurance Report click here.