Motorcyclists are entitled to the safe use of our roads and highways and all other motorists are responsible for keeping a lookout to safely share the road and avoid accidents with Motorcyclists. In 2013, 4,668 people died in Motorcycle crashes and 88,000 motorcyclists were injured. Motorcyclists are about 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled and five times more likely to be injured. In 2013 that the most harmful event for 51% motorcycles involved in fatal crashes was a collision with a motor vehicle in transport.
A person only needs to speak with an experienced motorcycle rider to understand the risks faced by a motorcyclist involved in an auto accident. If you wish to discuss your claim with an experienced attorney handling motorcycle accidents without any charge or obligation please call 813-434-0649.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents regularly occur because automobile drivers are not careful to maintain a lookout for motorcycles. Despite the many safety precautions taken by motorcyclists when driving, they often find themselves in dangerous situations. In an accident between a motorcycle and automobile, the motorcycle generally loses the battle. Unfortunately, motorcycle collisions are all too common on our roads and highways today. The investigation of these accidents is made more complicated by the inherent bias that often exists with members of law enforcement and the public against motorcycles.
The injuries that arise from motorcycle accidents result in significant financial losses to the victims and their families. However, the law provides an injured person with the right to recover his or her damages from the responsible party. Such damages include, but may not be limited to, medical expenses, lost wages, funeral expenses and other economic losses. Individuals are also entitled to recover for the pain and suffering caused by their injuries and treatment. The spouse of the injured person may be entitled to recover for the loss of the services of his or her spouse. Although a financial payment can never repair the damage that is done to a accident victim, it can at least ease the financial burdens created by the car accident.
Even after corrective surgery, the victim’s injuries may leave them permanently disabled. Therefore, a physician must examine victim to assess the extent of the injuries. The State of Florida provides in most, but not all cases, a four-year period of time in which to file a lawsuit on a personal injury claim. Accordingly, there is no need to rush to a settlement with the insurance company for the other driver.
Insurance companies have vast experience in evaluating personal injury claims from motorcycle accidents and will try to obtain the lowest settlement possible. It is important to have an attorney with considerable experience dealing with insurance companies on clients’ behalf. Your attorney must be prepared to institute litigation on your behalf if the insurance company is unwilling to settle your claim for a fair value.