At Lawyer Friend, we are dedicated to helping victims of motorcycle accidents hold the negligent party responsible and get the compensation they need for their injuries and damages from the accident. If you, or a loved one, were injured in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to contact us at (386) 951-5438 so we can begin helping you recover the compensation you deserve.
To make an informed decision about handling your motorcycle accident, it’s important to be fully aware of your rights and options, including what you should and should not do immediately after the accident. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions our legal experts receive about motorcycle accidents.
Absolutely. Do not let the other driver talk you out of calling the police. The responding officer(s) will create an official accident report which may become a critical piece of evidence if you decide to file a personal injury claim against the other driver.
As soon as you are able to, contact a personal injury lawyer and schedule a consultation with them. Before the consultation, you may want to research some questions to ask a personal injury lawyer so you know more about the person who may be representing your claim. During the consultation, you’ll discuss your case with the lawyer so they can determine if they will represent you for your injury claim.
Regardless of when you meet with the personal injury lawyer, remember: do not admit fault for the accident and do not sign any documents pertaining to the accident, such as forms from an insurance company.
Anytime you are injured in an accident that is not your fault, you deserve to be fairly compensated by the responsible parties. However, motorcycle accidents can be very complex and there may be several parties—including your insurance company—working against your goal of getting all the money you need to cover the expenses associated with your accident.
A motorcycle accident lawyer can discover relevant and guarded information such as driving, criminal, and medical records, witness statements, and expert testimony that will help you fairly recover for your damages after an accident.
Try to obtain all of the following information from the other driver:
We recommend getting the full names, addresses, and phone numbers of anyone who witnessed the accident as well. Their testimony could be helpful for your injury claim.
If you are physically able and it is safe to do so, we recommend taking photos of the accident—even if you called the police and obtained all of the above information from the other driver. The photos you take of the accident can become essential evidence for your injury claim. If possible, you’ll want to take photos before your motorcycle and the other vehicle are moved. Be sure to photograph any visible injuries you’ve sustained as well as the damage to your motorcycle and the other vehicle.
Yes. As long as you can prove the other driver was at fault, you can sue for a no-contact motorcycle accident in the state of Florida and hold the other driver liable for your injuries and property damage.
This type of personal injury claim is based on negligence. If, in a similar situation, a reasonable person exercising reasonable care would not have caused the accident, you have evidence of negligence. Drivers who are not paying attention, driving recklessly, or failing to obey traffic laws would likely be found negligent.
After a motorcycle accident, you have up to four years to file your injury claim. However, it’s best to file a motorcycle injury claim as soon as possible after an accident. Filing earlier has a higher likelihood of success and allows your lawyer a better chance of recovering valuable evidence and witness testimonies that can help your claim.
The losses you will be able to recover after your accident will depend on the extent of your injuries and expenses they have caused. You may be able to recover compensation for:
These losses are referred to as compensatory damages, which can include both tangible and intangible losses depending on your case.