Motorcycle Accidents

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When should I seek legal representation to recover costs from a motorcycle accident?

With Florida’s tropical climate and pristine coastlines, motorcycle riding has been a long-standing pastime for many residents of the Sunshine State. Sadly, motorcycle injuries and fatalities have been on the rise over the last several years. As a motorcyclist, you may take extra precautions to ensure your safety on the road, but there is little you can do when sharing the road with the driver of a car who is reckless and inattentive.

As with an auto accident, the impact of a motorcycle accident can extend far beyond the damages to your bike. Unfortunately, there are often long-lasting emotional effects, physical injuries and financial burdens that accompany a motorcycle accident. In addition to the costs to repair your motorcycle, there are also medical bills and lost wages because of your time out of work.

Which circumstances influence the recovery of costs from a motorcycle accident?

Motorcycle accidents are usually caused by drivers of cars who are recklessly driving, speeding, illegally passing or turning, or tailgating. In addition, they are not looking out for motorcyclists. All of these factors can be avoided, and your accident could have been avoided through safe, legal driving.

Compensation is often awarded to motorcyclists who have been injured because of the negligence of another driver. Depending upon the severity of the accident, recovery costs may be available for medical bills, disfigurement, pain and suffering, or lost wages.

What should I do if I’m in a motorcycle accident?

After calling 911 and the police come to the scene of the accident, it is important to exchange insurance information with the driver of the other vehicle. It is helpful to take pictures of the damage to your motorcycle, the scene of the accident, and your injuries. Seek needed medical attention immediately.

After seeking treatment for your injuries, keep copies of all of your medical bills, including those that are covered by insurance, and your work absence slips. You may choose to write down your concerns about the medical treatment you received or the pain that was caused by your injuries. Keep all evidence from the scene of the accident.

Insurance companies may contact you for information about the accident or to persuade you to prematurely accept a financial settlement. Before you speak with an insurance company, contact me. I will make sure that you are not bullied or rushed into making a decision that isn’t right for you.

Please see the following areas of my web site for related information:
• Auto accidents
• Truck and trailer accidents

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