As a motorist, you must share the roadway with a variety of other vehicle types. With each type of vehicle comes special precautions, like looking closely for motorcyclists. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you can suffer severe injuries, contact our experienced lawyers today.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Motorcycle accidents often result from the same issues that cause car accidents, like drunk and distracted driving. When a driver engages in an unsafe behavior like this, he or she may be deemed negligent.
Motorcycle accidents can also result from poor visibility. Motorcyclists can be difficult to see at night, especially when they are in a car’s blind spot. Motorcycles are also more sensitive to hazards in their environment, like potholes, sharp turns, and debris in the roadway because of their lower level of stability compared to four-wheeled vehicles. All of these sensitivities can lead to motorcycle accidents.
How Can I Be Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
There are many ways you can be injured in a motorcycle accident. These injuries include:
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Bone fractures;
- Traumatic brain injury; and
- Spinal cord injuries.
Your injury could be fairly minor, or you could require extensive medical treatment to make a recovery. In some cases, motorcycle accident injuries permanently disable a victim or lead to new conditions, like depression or an anxiety disorder. In some cases, a motorcycle accident results in a victim’s death.
Pursuing Compensation for your Motorcycle Accident Damages
As a Florida motorist, you are required to carry personal injury protection (PIP) coverage.In most cases, you must pursue compensation for your motorcycle accident damages from your own provider through this coverage, rather than filing a personal injury claim with the negligent party’s insurance provider. With a PIP claim, you do not have to prove another party’s negligence.
When you suffer a severe injury, such as one that results in permanent disability or disfigurement, you may file a personal injury claim with the negligent party’s insurance provider. Through this type of claim, you may seek compensation for:
- Your medical bills;
- Your lost wages; and
- Your pain and suffering damages.
In order to recover compensation, you must demonstrate that another party’s negligence directly caused your injury, which caused you to suffer specific financial losses. You can do this with evidence, such as:
- A copy of the official police report;
- Photographs of the accident scene;
- Copies of your medical bills and other expenses;
- Documentation of your lost wages; and
- Eyewitness testimonies of the accident.
Work with an Experienced Stuart Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
As a motorcycle accident victim, you may pursue monetary compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. To learn more about this process and determine realistic expectations for your case, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. To get started with a member of Eighmie Law Firm, P.A., contact our office to set up your initial legal consultation with our team.