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What to Expect When Filing Claim for Motorcycle Accident?

Motorcyclists know that even minor accidents can cause devastating injuries. Although wearing a helmet, which is required by law in 20 U.S. states, can reduce a motorcyclist’s potential for life-threatening traumatic brain injury, there are many other injuries that cannot be prevented when a motorcyclist is thrown from his bike in a collision. Motorcyclists who are ejected from their seat may make violent contact with the road, signs and poles, other vehicles, and buildings, or their own bike may land on top of them. More than 80% of motorcycle crashes result in injury or death to the cyclists, according to the NHTSA.

Typical motorcycle accident injuries range from road rash (You think a carpet burn hurts? Imagine skidding across rough pavement at a high rate of speed.) to spinal cord injuries. Depending on the location of the injury to the spine, these injuries can lead to paralysis. Crushed, broken, or severed limbs, particularly arms and legs, are also common in motorcycle accidents. Traumatic brain injuries also occur, although a recent study indicated that helmets are 69% effective in preventing brain injuries.

We are advocates of wearing a motorcycle helmet at all times when riding, but here in Florida, helmets are not required for motorcyclists who are 21 or older, if they hold a medical insurance policy with a minimum of $10,000 coverage. Many motorcyclists mistakenly believe that their car insurance will cover them in the case of an accident while riding their motorcycle, but this is false! Additionally, motorcyclists are not required to have PIP coverage because it is not regulated as part of Florida Statute unless the vehicle has 4-wheels.  Some policies may PIP if the motorcyclist elects to and there may also be Medical Payments coverage (a different add-on to your auto insurance policy).

However, if you are injured while riding your motorcycle, you are still entitled to compensation for your medical bills, damage to your bike, lost wages, and even pain and suffering, just as other motorists. If your accident was caused by negligence on the part of another driver, it is important to file a personal injury claim against the other driver’s insurance company immediately.

An attorney with experience handling motorcycle injury claims will be able to maximize the amount of your compensation through thorough investigation and negotiation. In addition to attorneys who have been highly successful negotiating with insurance companies in motorcycle accident claims, the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA also has trained experts who are able to read and interpret police reports; solicit statements from witnesses; analyze medical records; research accident scenes; and complete a thorough investigation into the other driver’s driving record and history. They have the resources to litigate personally on behalf of motorcycle accident victims and the zeal to proceed to trial if necessary to assure that their client is treated fairly by an insurance company.

Contact Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident and want to pursue a claim against an insurance company for your injuries, call the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA at 727-451-6900 for a case evaluation. We have built a strong reputation for our tenacious and personal handling of motorcycle injury claims, and each of our clients is provided with the cell phone number of their handling attorney. You can rest assured that we will be committed to handling your claim in a personal and prudent manner.

Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765