After a motorcycle accident, your motorcycle will be towed to an impound yard, autobody shop, or motorcycle shop.
Don’t have collision coverage on your motorcycle? You’ll need to cough up hundreds of dollars to get your motorcycle back even if it’s totaled!
- 1 Do You Have To Get Your Motorcycle Out Of The Shop?
- 2 How To Get Money To Get Your Motorcycle Out Of The Shop
- 3 If Storage Charges Become Excessive
- 4 If The Impound Yard Sells Your Motorcycle
- 5 How Much Can A Shop Charge You For Towing And Storing Your Motorcycle?
- 6 If Your Motorcycle Is Towed To A Repair Shop After A Motorcycle Accident
Do You Have To Get Your Motorcycle Out Of The Shop?
Yes. Because the towing company will charge you every day for storage charges if you don’t pay to get your motorcycle out of the impound yard.
Eventually, the tow yard will sell your motorcycle and sue you for the difference between what they get for your motorcycle and the amount you owe for towing and storage.
How To Get Money To Get Your Motorcycle Out Of The Shop
You could sue the owner and driver of the car that caused your motorcycle accident. But we will do that for you and we will not charge you a legal fee to collect the money to repair or replace your motorcycle if you were injured in the motorcycle accident.
However you do it, you must pay the money as quickly as possible to get your damaged motorcycle out of the shop or impound yard.
If Storage Charges Become Excessive
If the storage charges become excessive because you did not pay to remove your motorcycle from the impound yard and your motorcycle has not yet been sold, you may not be able to get back 100% of the cost.
This is because you have an obligation to “mitigate” (make less severe) the damages which the defendant is responsible to reimburse you.
If The Impound Yard Sells Your Motorcycle
You may not be able to sue for damage to your motorcycle or towing and storage charges if you do not pay to get your motorcycle out of the impound yard and your motorcycle gets sold!
A property damage lawsuit in Brooklyn, for damage to a truck, towing, and storage fees was thrown out of court because the owner didn’t pay the storage fees. The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court threw out the lawsuit when the towing and impound yard “seized and disposed” of the truck “to cover the storage costs.”
The Appellate Division said that the plaintiff failed to preserve the vehicle when the defendant had a right to inspect it, Delmur, Inc. v School Constr. Auth. 174 A.D.3d 784 (2d Dep’t 2019).
How Much Can A Shop Charge You For Towing And Storing Your Motorcycle?
If Your Motorcycle Is Towed To A Repair Shop After A Motorcycle Accident
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Robert Plevy, Esq. is a motorcycle accident lawyer and one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York. Robert began his legal career in 1993 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel defending The City of New York against personal injury lawsuits.