If you or a loved one was hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver in Florida, we can help. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents can leave riders with devastating injuries, making the claim process complex. Therefore, it is essential to understand your legal options and how to avoid mistakes that could harm your settlement.
With almost 30 years of experience, our Jacksonville motorcycle accident lawyers take care of everything you need for your compensation claim. We always work in your best interest by protecting your rights, building a solid case, and dealing with insurance companies while you focus on your recovery. Our initial consultation is free, and we provide our legal services on a contingency payment agreement, meaning you pay nothing until we obtain a favorable outcome.
How Much Compensation Can I Claim After A Motorcycle Accident in Florida?
The compensation you recover will depend on the unique circumstances of your case. However, as a general guide, you can claim the following in a motorcycle injury lawsuit:
- Medical bills, treatment, and rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity if the accident affects your ability to work
- Physical impairment and disfigurement
- Impaired quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Lost or damaged property
In fatal motorcycle accidents caused by another driver’s negligence, surviving family members can file a wrongful death action to recover damages related to funeral and burial costs, medical expenses, emotional pain and suffering, and loss of consortium, inheritance, and income.
What Are The Benefits of Hiring A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
The main benefit of hiring a motorcycle accident attorney is that you can access legal advice if your claim is complex or if problems arise. Serious or catastrophic injury claims are more complicated as they require coordination with experts to determine medical and economic needs. In addition, problems can occur if the at-fault party’s insurers dispute fault or refuse to settle for a fair amount.
During the legal process, we quickly answer your questions and provide guidance, so you always understand what is happening with your claim. In practical terms, we support you by managing the administration and communication related to your case.
This way, you do not have to worry about building your claim, gathering evidence, proving liability, evaluating your financial damages, dealing with insurance companies, or negotiating a fair settlement.
Personal Injury Attorneys Make the Claims Process Easier
Other benefits of choosing us to manage your motorcycle accident claim include the following:
- Our lawyers have prior experience managing motorcycle injury claims.
- You benefit from a free consultation to learn about your legal options so you are well-informed before starting your claim.
- Our no-win, no-fee representation means you do not pay any legal costs until your lawyer recovers compensation for you.
- If your injuries prevent you from traveling, we will come to you.
- We work hard to make claiming compensation easy for you so that you can focus on your recovery.
Serious injuries such as traumatic brain or spinal injuries can profoundly affect a person’s everyday life and ability to work. As such, our priority is our clients’ long-term physical and mental well-being, helping them recover the compensation needed to access the medical treatment, rehabilitation, and support services required to lead a full life.
How Long Do I Have To File A Motorcycle Injury Claim in Florida?
Per Florida statutes §95.11(3)(a), injured motorcyclists who are eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent party typically have two years to do so. Similar rules apply in wrongful death cases; however, personal representatives have two years per Florida’s wrongful death statutes.
How Do I Recover Compensation As A Motorcyclist in Jacksonville?
Recovering compensation as an injured motorcyclist in Florida is slightly different from other auto accident cases. There are several reasons for this. First, motorcyclists are not covered by personal injury protection (PIP) benefits, even if you have this coverage for another 4-wheeled vehicle. Additionally, Florida’s ‘no-fault’ system only applies to accidents involving vehicles with four or more wheels.
While Florida riders often take additional coverage on their auto insurance policies, such as uninsured or underinsured insurance, they must also carry a minimum of $10,000 in medical benefits through health insurance or other dedicated policies. However, due to the severity of the injuries caused by motorcycle accidents, $10,000 does not go very far. Overall, claiming compensation will depend on the severity of your injuries, the circumstances of the accident, and the insurance coverage available.
You could seek financial recovery from UM/UIM coverage, health insurance policies, or by filing an injury lawsuit against the other driver, provided they are at fault for causing the accident. As you can imagine, the claim process can get complicated. However, we help you cut through the legal jargon and confusing policy terms and provide a clear and practical path to obtaining the compensation you deserve.
Discuss Your Legal Options in a Free Consultation with Our Team Today
The team at GED Lawyers understands the frustrations and challenges our clients face when pursuing compensation, especially as a motorcyclist. It is not just the physical pain you have to deal with. It is navigating the legal process, dealing with difficult insurance companies, and fighting for the compensation you deserve to recover.
Our goal is to support our clients from the moment we get involved, making the process as hassle-free as possible. With three decades of experience, our accident attorneys are committed to going the extra mile for our clients and maintaining our reputation for hard work that gets results. To learn more about your legal options in your motorcycle accident claim, contact us for a free consultation today.