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A Closer Look At Florida Motorcycle Accidents And What To Do Afterwards

A Closer Look At Florida Motorcycle Accidents And What To Do AfterwardsFlorida roads can take you through some of the most beautiful and entertaining parts of the country imaginable. That fact, combined with the great weather, make the state a favorite among motorcyclists. But the thrill of the open road isn’t without its risks, and an average of just under 8,500 accidents involving motorcycles occur in the state every year. Of these, 396 deaths occur on average and more than 7,200 injuries happen. Even more troubling, 91 percent of all motorcycle riders who are killed in an accident in the state are also residents of Florida.

The risks are obvious. With a motorcycle, you’re more exposed in the event of an accident, and protective things like reinforced walls or roofs and airbags aren’t present. That’s why it’s so important to be as vigilant as possible when enjoying a ride through any of Florida’s beautiful areas. With a little caution, it’s possible to stay reasonably safe and enjoy some of the best motorcycling the US has to offer.

However, if you are involved in an accident on your bike, you’ll need to take the right steps in order to ensure that you’re protected in terms of physical well-being as well as your financial situation.

To begin with, you’ll need to protect your health. If you’re injured, be sure that your first priority is to get medical attention as soon as you can. If you’re not, it’s in your best interests to take some photos of the accident scene and try to get any witnesses’ names and contact info for later.

Under PIP law, you’ll only have 14 days to get medical attention for your injuries, and there are only certain medical professionals you can seek health from. As such, be sure that you consider visiting a doctor even if you don’t think you need it. It’s well worth doing.

The big problem is that PIP coverage will only pay for a small percentage of most medical bills. Additionally, it won’t cover damages done to your vehicle, lost wages from time missed at work, and other similar expenses. That’s a big part of why it’s so important to consider seeking financial compensation if the accident wasn’t your fault.

Fault is the big question there, and in an accident the person at fault will often be held liable for the injuries and expenses of others, with some exceptions. The first step is figuring out who is at fault, and whether or not you have the grounds to seek compensation. The best way to do this is to seek the help of a professional motorcycle accident lawyer. They can review your case for you and tell you what your rights are and what kind of steps you can take – if any.

It’s important that you don’t make the mistake of accepting a settlement until you speak to a legal professional, either. Insurance companies and their legal teams regularly offer lower sums than they should usually pay in the hopes of convincing you to accept their offer – saving themselves money in the process. A good accident lawyer will be able to identify which offers are worth taking and which ones are too low, and will help you get the kind of compensation that you’re really owed.

If you’re injured in a motorcycle accident, it’s vital that you take the proper steps to recover. That means protecting your financial situation as well. Along with the doctors who treat you, your injury attorney will be one of the best allies you have. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

A Closer Look At Florida Motorcycle Accidents And What To Do Afterwards

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