What causes most motorcycle accidents?
The majority of motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle, most frequently a passenger car. Some causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Failure to see the motorcycle
- Excessive speed
- Damaged roadways
- Collision avoidance
- Defective parts
The most common accident scenario occurs when a passenger car turns left in front of an oncoming motorcyclist.
What compensation am I entitled to in a motorcycle accident?
In most cases, your medical expenses will be compensated in a successful motorcycle accident claim. Damages may include:
- Physical therapy
- Reconstructive surgery
- Psychological counseling
- Other medical services rendered because of the motorcycle accident
Other compensation may cover:
- Vehicle replacement or repair
- Lost wages
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
To ensure you get all the compensation that is your due, you should consult with an experienced attorney as soon after the accident as possible.
Does it make a difference what lawyer I hire?
A lawyer with little or no experience may make assumptions about the case in relation to other auto accidents that he or she has tried. Conversely, an experienced motorcycle attorney knows how motorcycles and automobiles interact and is able to impart important information to the jury.
The facts of the case need to be accurately presented especially when arguing cases where comparative negligence rules apply that may end up reducing your awarded compensation. At Colling Gilbert Wright, we work with motorcycle accident reconstruction experts to help you win your case and get the compensation you deserve.
How long does it take to reach a settlement?
Most courts are extremely busy and some cases could take a year before they are brought to trial. Seek medical attention as soon after the accident as possible, take pictures of any injuries, and keep a logbook of how your life has changed after the accident. If it takes a long time for your case to be heard, having a record to look back on will help strengthen your case.
What happens if the vehicle at fault is not insured?
In most states, motorcycles are not eligible for personal injury protection or no-fault coverage. In Florida, however, motorcycles are not eligible for personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. If the other vehicle is uninsured or under insured, you may have to file a lawsuit to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and vehicle repair.
What happens if there is a dispute about who is at fault?
In just about every type of accident, there is a dispute about who is at fault. The important thing to remember is never admit fault yourself, to anyone. Even if it is years later, admitting that the accident was your fault, even saying that you are sorry could be used against you at trial.
If the other party admits any sort of fault, it is in your best interest to write down what they said so that it can be recalled should the case go to court.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, please don’t hesitate to contact Colling Gilbert Wright with any questions you may have specific to your circumstances. Our attorneys would be pleased to listen to your case and provide guidance during a free consultation. Call (407) 712-7300 to begin building your claim today.