Unfortunately, an all-too-common adage in the motorcycle community generally holds true: There are those who have gone down and those who eventually will. While we hope this never happens to any of our clients, we also strive to serve as an ally in the event that tragedy strikes. According to the Insurance Information Institute, motorcyclists are more likely than automobile drivers to suffer injuries in accidents, due in part to their increased vulnerabilities.
And since Florida has the second largest number of registered motorcycles in the United States, it gets its share of injured motorcycle riders. Florida also has the highest number of fatal motorcycle accidents in the country. Because Florida does not require cyclists to wear helmets, otherwise minor accidents can cause life-altering injuries in the Sunshine State.
If you were in an accident, find an attorney with the experience to help you navigate what to do; if you lost a loved one due to a motorcycle accident, we can help you understand what actions to take. Helping you understand your rights, navigating Florida’s complex insurance laws, and letting you know what you can do to receive the compensation to which Florida law may entitle you are just a few of the services we offer to clients who were involved in motorcycle accidents.
Understanding Florida’s No-Fault Insurance Laws
Florida drivers of vehicles with four or more wheels are required to carry personal injury protection insurance, also known as PIP. Unfortunately, motorcycles are excluded from the medical insurance a PIP policy provides. Even if the driver has an automobile under the policy, it will not apply to a motorcycle accident. Because motorcycle riders are at greater risk for physical trauma during an accident, they are substantially more vulnerable to financial damages, not just physical ones, due to crash-related injuries. However, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation to which Florida law entitles you after an accident.
Due to the severity of most motorcycle accidents and the vulnerability of the riders, we always recommend hiring an attorney skilled in handling motorcycle accident claims. The many potential causes of an accident include poorly maintained roads, another driver’s negligence (such as distracted drivers and drivers under the influence), or defective equipment. An experienced attorney should have the resources to gather the proper information about your accident, which can help you obtain the maximum amount to which the law entitles you if your case goes to trial.
Some of the compensation that Florida motorcycle accident victims recover include:
- Medical expenses: If another driver is at fault, accident victims may recover expenses related to medical care as the result of an accident. These expenses could include current costs, as well as future costs of medical care, in the event of an injury with lasting symptoms.
- Lost wages: While recovering from injuries after an accident, many riders cannot work. You may be entitled to compensation in the amount of your lost wages while you are healing from the accident or surgeries related to it.
- Property damage: Often, motorcycles are severely damaged in an accident. Depending on the cause of the accident, an accident victim may recover compensation for the damaged motorcycle and equipment.
- Intangible harms: Any damage not economic in nature is considered an intangible harm. These include things such as pain and suffering caused by the accident, or lost quality of life. For example, if you enjoyed playing the guitar and lose the ability to do so due to injuries caused by the accident, you may recover compensation.
- Wrongful death: Unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents in Florida are fatal. If your loved one suffered an accident resulting in the loss of life, an experienced attorney may represent you or your loved one’s estate if litigation becomes necessary.
Common Injuries Part of Motorcycle Injury Claims
Motorcycle accidents are well known to cause especially severe injuries to those involved. The exposed nature of motorcycles, as well as their tendency to be ridden at high speed, can lead to powerful physical trauma that is very damaging to the human body. While motorcycle accidents have the potential to cause all kinds of severe injuries, the following are the most common people seek compensation for with a motorcycle accident claim.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Road Rash or Road Burn
- Broken or Fractured Bones
- Severe Lacerations
- Nerve Damage
- Internal Injuries
Avoid Delays After a Motorcycle Accident
Time is of the essence when dealing with insurance claims. If your injuries permit, gather statements from witnesses. Due to the nature of motorcycle accidents, however, this is not always easy or possible—you may have suffered severe injuries that prevent such activity. Therefore, find a trusted advocate who can hold those responsible for your accident accountable while you recover. Working with an experienced attorney can help you avoid delays that may hurt your case, allowing you to focus on recovery and rehabilitation.
Negotiating With Insurance Companies
We urge our clients not to try to negotiate compensation with insurance companies without the help of an attorney; insurance companies are skilled at negotiation, and people routinely underestimate the true cost of an accident or the compensation they deserve. Experienced attorneys will calculate your total damages and know how to effectively negotiate with insurance companies for an amount that adequately compensates you.
Contact a Ft. Lauderdale Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
For more information about Sibley Dolman’s experience in handling motorcycle accident claims, visit our blog or contact us. We pride ourselves on proactively and aggressively defending our clients in the Ft. Lauderdale area, and believe every client should have a strong relationship with the attorney representing them. Unlike many firms, Sibley Dolman fosters close relationships with our clients: We provide our clients with email and cell phone numbers for their attorney, so they can always remain connected.
At our Ft. Lauderdale office, we strive to represent the best interests of our clients to protect them from unfair treatment at the hands of insurance companies. Regardless of whether you are a motorcycle rider or a motorist, we aspire to always represent your best interests, and are prepared to litigate on your behalf if the insurance company refuses to act in a fair and just manner. If you were in an accident that involved a motorcycle, please contact us at (754) 208-1130.
100 SE 3rd Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394
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