Motorcycle Accidents Are No Joke
With more than 19.5 million people living within its borders, it makes sense that Florida has its fair share of vehicle accidents. In fact, more than 280,000 accidents happen each year on Florida roads according to recent data. Among these, about 9,000 are motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists are at very high risks due to the nature of their vehicle, and every year about 425 motorcyclists are killed. Add to this the fact that many accidents lead to serious injuries like broken bones, paralyzation, and traumatic brain injury, and it becomes clear just why motorcycle accidents are among the most serious types of traffic incidents that happen today.
If you're involved in a motorcycle accident and have been injured, it's important that you take all of the steps needed to protect yourself and get the kind of compensation that you may be owed. Under Florida law, PIP coverage will only do so much and injured motorcyclists are often left struggling to pay for their medical bills and make up their lost wages. That's why finding an injury lawyer that specializes in motorcycle accident law is so important – they can help you through every step of the process.
There are a few different steps that any personal injury lawyer will take when dealing with a motorcycle related injury. The key steps that will be taken include the following.
• Determining Fault – This is the first thing that any lawyer will need to do. If it's determined that you're at fault for the accident and your injuries, there will be little that they can do. Instead, they'll look to determine whether or not the accident was due to the negligence or recklessness of another party. If it was, there may be grounds for seeking compensation.
• Liable Party – This is really just an offshoot of determining fault, but it deserves its own section on this breakdown because many people assume that only another motorist can be a liable party. In reality, everything from a property owner to a government agency to the engineer who designed a road may be held liable for damages – provided that a reason for their fault exists and can be proven.
• Damages – Once that fault and a liable party have been determined, your damages will need to be considered. This is where an injury attorney will usually contact a professional – usually an expert consultant. They'll work to determine the extent of your injuries, what kind of compensation you really deserve, and then present that to the insurance company or legal representation of the other party.
• Settlements – Usually, an out of court settlement will be reached – as long as you have a case and good representation. Plenty of insurance companies will love to take a case to court if they feel they can win, but once they see that you have a professional attorney on your side they'll likely settle out of court to avoid even larger sums. Your attorney will be able to determine what a fair settlement amount is.
This is basically the same type of process that is used in nearly any personal injury case. But due to the serious nature of many motorcycle injuries, it becomes far more important in those types of cases. In fact, a couple from Sarasota County were awarded almost 4 million dollars in April, 2014 as a result of a motorcycle accident. That sum is one of the biggest injury settlements in the county that is related to a motorcycle injury. It's just one example of why getting a personal injury lawyer for your motorcycle related injury is so important to your financial stability.
We can help with any type of motorcycle injury case. With offices throughout Florida including Bradenton, St. Petersburg, and Venice, we're ready to answer your questions and give you the kind of representation that you deserve. Contact us today to get a free consultation and find out what kind of rights you have.