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What type(s) of compensation am I entitled to after a motorcycle accident?
Each case is unique. The amount and type of compensation you are eligible for will depend upon the circumstances surrounding your motorcycle accident, including factors such as:
- Your injuries and their severity
- Whether or not you are employed
- What type of job you have
- Whether or not you are married
Generally, victims of personal injury are entitled to receive damages for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, property damage, and more.
Is my compensation automatic?
Not every type of compensation listed above is automatically awarded. You must make a case for certain damages (such as medical bills and lost income) by proving the expenses you have incurred and will incur in the future.
I wasn’t wearing a helmet when my motorcycle accident occurred. Will this affect my case?
You can bring forward a claim even if you were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident; however, your failure to wear a helmet can influence the total amount of damages you receive. If wearing a helmet would not have made a difference in your injuries (for example, if your legs or spinal cord were injured), then it likely will not make a difference in your case.
Should I accept the amount the other driver’s insurance company has offered to pay me?
No. If you accept compensation from the other driver’s insurance, you may potentially release the other driver from his or her liability for your accident. The problem with any type of quick settlement is that it can take weeks – and in some cases, months – before the full extent of your injuries is clear. Additionally, many people are not certain when they will be able to return to work after their accident.
There are too many unknowns in the immediate aftermath of an accident to make an initial settlement worth taking. It is in your best interest to consult with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney before you sign anything or accept any compensation.
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in Florida, please contact our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter today for a free case evaluation.