A motorcycle accident can cause devastating injuries or death, financially crippling medical bills, and other serious damages. Often, insurance companies fail to offer adequate compensation after a crash. In those cases, accident victims can pursue a higher settlement through negotiations or a lawsuit.
Instead of managing your or your loved one’s motorcycle accident case on your own, leave it to a Florida motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm. One of our attorneys could help you better understand your case, decide which legal action to file, and evaluate and pursue damages for you.
By enlisting our help, you’ll be able to focus on your recovery and your family.
What Is My Florida Motorcycle Accident Case Worth?
One of the first things you or a lawyer must do is evaluate your unique situation and damages. This means understanding the extent of your injuries and calculating your economic and non-economic losses.
An attorney can assign value to non-economic losses like pain and suffering, even though these losses don’t have bills attached to them. Your damages may include the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical treatment costs
- Repair or replacement of your bike
- Lost income and future earning potential
- Permanent disability management costs
- Household services you are unable to perform
- Wrongful death costs, like loss of companionship, if you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident
Once your attorney has evaluated and listed your damages, you will better understand what your case may be worth.
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Insurance May Not Cover All Your Damages
Florida has “no-fault” laws to help settle personal injury and property damage claims. This means that, regardless of who is at fault for an accident, you must file those claims through your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance and your property damage liability (PDL) insurance.
Filing a Claim Against the At-Fault Motorist
PIP is the part of your motor vehicle insurance policy that covers your medical damages, while PDL covers your property damages. However, PIP and PDL may not cover all of your damages. For instance, PIP won’t cover non-economic losses like pain and suffering.
Additionally, both kinds of insurance limit the recovery amounts you can get for your medical and vehicle-related losses. Filing a claim against the at-fault motorist can help you get compensated for those non-economic losses.
Filing a Lawsuit if We Cannot Achieve a Favorable Settlement
Suppose you have serious non-economic damages, like severe physical pain or any losses that exceed the amounts insurance covers. In that case, you and your lawyer may file a lawsuit. Doing so could help you get more money from the insurance company than they are willing to offer you.
Please note that PIP and PDL insurance wouldn’t be applicable if the motorcycle owner doesn’t carry insurance, which isn’t required for motorcycle riders per Florida insurance requirements.
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How Can a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help With my Compensation Claim?
There is a lot an experienced motorcycle accident attorney from our firm can do for you and your case. Our attorney will manage your entire case for you, including details, like:
- Valuating and listing your damages, including your non-economic damages
- Presenting your damages and their valuations to insurers
- Finding evidence to support your insurance claims, such as witness testimony, photos, or video footage of the accident or accident scene
- Working with experts to corroborate your evidence, for example, by reconstructing the accident
- Showing how the other party was negligent in your case and is liable for your damages
- Negotiating and settling your case with insurance companies or at-fault parties
- Fighting for you in court if we cannot achieve an appropriate settlement through negotiations
Filing a Lawsuit On Time
An additional detail your attorney will manage is the timeline of your case. Your attorney will ensure your case progresses quickly enough to meet the filing deadline for a lawsuit. Your lawyer can keep that option open even if you’re not considering a suit.
Per Florida Statutes §95.11, the filing deadline for a personal injury suit in Florida is four years from the date of the accident, and the deadline for a wrongful death suit is two years after the date of the deceased person’s death.
This window may seem like a lot of time. However, there is often much to be done in these cases. Also, the sooner you take legal action, the sooner you can receive compensation and move forward with your life.
Why Should I File a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
Motorcycle accident injuries can often be dangerous to your physical well-being and costly. You will likely need medical treatment and motorcycle repairs, and you may lose wages due to a long recovery, depending on the severity of your injury.
These factors can add up quickly, making it difficult to determine how much money you are owed. Some of your medical expenses may take weeks or months to arrive, so the accident might be more expensive than it appears to be.
The most common reason to file a claim is to recover financial losses such as medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents can cause a lot more than painful road rash. If you were badly injured, you might have a long recovery ahead.
You definitely want to file a claim if you suffered a catastrophic injury that caused permanent disability. For example, if you sustained a traumatic brain injury, you would probably need compensation for long-term medical care and rehabilitation.
Holding Negligent Parties Responsible
Finally, you may pursue a claim anytime you think the responsible party acted negligently. Negligence occurs when a person fails to act reasonably under the circumstances and causes harm to another. Motorcycle riders are vulnerable to injuries, and other motorists owe them a duty of care.
Negligence is the foundation of a successful personal injury claim or lawsuit, and you shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s wrongdoing. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can help you get justice by receiving the maximum compensation for your injuries and property damage.
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Why You Need a Lawyer After a Motorcycle Crash
If someone else caused your injuries, you shouldn’t try to negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance adjuster or representative alone. They can twist anything you say and try to use it against you.
Also, insurance companies want to settle cases quickly and don’t like paying out large settlements. While you might think their initial settlement offer sounds good, you’ll give up your right to take further legal action by signing that check.
If you hire us, our lawyers will help pinpoint what happened and why you were injured. We will also work hard to build a case that ensures you receive full payment for your injuries.
About Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Florida
Our firm proudly serves Floridians, providing them with invaluable legal representation. Many of our cases have been motorcycle cases like yours, and we handle all types of personal injury and wrongful death cases. We’re active in other areas of law as well.
Our Expert Witnesses
We work with numerous experts in Florida, including scientists and accident reconstruction specialists. These well-respected professionals often provide testimony in personal injury cases we handle, which helps us establish vital details, leading to better outcomes for our clients.
Our law firm has prevailed in numerous catastrophic injury cases where other lawyers had refused to touch the case. Even in tough situations, we work hard to build a solid case and ensure our client’s legal interests aren’t overlooked.
We know what it takes to win, and we’ll do everything possible to help you recover financial compensation for your losses.
Our Diverse Team
We’ve also hired personal injury attorneys with diverse backgrounds and native languages, so your attorney may be able to assist you in:
We’re confident we can accommodate your needs and handle your case, especially since we’ve helped many accident victims and achieved outstanding results in personal injury cases like yours.
Work with a Lawyer On a Contingency Basis
Our personal injury attorneys provide their services on a contingency basis. Under the terms of this agreement, you won’t have to pay anything unless your lawyer successfully obtains fair compensation for you. If you receive a settlement or award, the fee will be deducted from that money.
This convenient payment method allows us to provide motorcycle accident victims with legal assistance regardless of their current financial situation. If we don’t win your case, you owe us nothing, so there’s no risk in allowing us to help you.
If you prefer a different payment arrangement for whatever reason, we can work with you to create one. During a no-cost consultation with one of our team members, we will be happy to discuss this matter with you.
Connect with a Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
No matter how complex your motorcycle accident case may be, a Florida motorcycle accident lawyer from GED Lawyers can manage it. Your attorney will determine the value of your claim and pursue that value, even if that means fighting for you in court.
Our law firm is in business to win, so we are prepared to bring in medical experts, accident reconstruction specialists, and others for their testimonies if needed. To learn what our legal team can do in your specific case, contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation.