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When you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, your life can change in an instant. Suddenly you are injured and in need of medical treatment. You don’t know when or even if you’ll be able to return to work. Many people aren’t sure what to do next. The motorcycle accident attorneys at Farrow & Pulice, P.A. can help.
Recovering financial compensation after a motorcycle accident can be complicated. Insurance companies and their attorneys often fight to keep payments as low as possible. That’s why it’s important to get an experienced attorney in your corner as soon as you can. We stand up for the rights of motorcyclists and fight to help them recover the financial compensation they need and deserve.
Our firm has been helping injured motorcyclists for decades. We know the concerns people have after being hurt, and we build strong cases so they can get the help they need. It’s normal to have a lot of questions. Some of the questions people have after they’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident include:
- Should I call the police if I’ve been in a motorcycle accident?
- Do I need to seek medical attention if I feel OK?
- Should I talk to the insurance company after a motorcycle crash?
- The insurance company offered me a settlement. Should I take it?
- What if I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
- What is my motorcycle accident case worth?
- How can an attorney help me after a motorcycle crash?
- How long will it take to resolve my case?
At Farrow & Pulice, our motorcycle accident attorneys can help you find the answers to these and any other questions you have. Call us at 866-408-1220 to schedule a free case evaluation. We’ll review the details of your case and explain your options. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.
Yes. One reason for calling the police is that state law requires it after any accident involving injury, death, a hit-and-run or intoxicated driver or property damage estimated at more than $500. There are also safety reasons for calling the police. Police officers can secure the scene and direct traffic around the accident to avoid any further damage.
But another very important reason for calling the police is that a responding officer will fill out an accident report. This report will provide valuable documentation that can help your case to recover financial compensation for the injuries you suffered. It will include details about the people and vehicles involved in the crash, as well as the officer’s account of what happened.
You can get a copy of the report from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. One of our attorneys can review the report and explain how it affects your case for compensation.
You may feel fine after being involved in a motorcycle accident and think that there’s no need to see a doctor. But you should get checked out anyway. There are a couple of different reasons why it’s important to get medical attention soon after your crash.
One reason is to make sure you really are OK. Many internal injuries don’t have any outward symptoms but can still be life-threatening. You could also have other injuries that you don’t notice immediately. A medical professional can give you a complete medical exam and begin treatment for any injuries you have suffered.
Another reason is to document your injuries. Insurance companies often question how badly people were hurt in an accident. A medical exam will provide proof of your injuries and will be valuable evidence in a claim for financial compensation.
Following your motorcycle accident, you have an obligation to report the crash to your own insurance company. Stick to the facts. Simply report that you were involved in an accident and don’t answer any questions. Any comments you make – even to your own insurance company – may be used against you when making a claim.
You should definitely not speak to the other driver’s insurance company. They may contact you soon after your accident, hoping to answer some questions. What they really want to do is try to get you to say something they can use to try to blame you for what happened. If you are contacted, tell them you need to speak to your attorney before answering any questions.
Then contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. We offer a free case evaluation and can review the details of your crash. Then we can go over your options to help you decide the best way to proceed.
Things can get very confusing very fast after you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident. You want to get treated for the injuries you suffered. You’re wondering if you will be able to return to work. And if you can’t, you wonder how you’ll make ends meet. During this confusing time, the insurance company may make you a settlement offer.
It can be tempting to accept. You are being offered what appears to be a significant amount of money, and it may seem to be more than enough to get you through until you’ve recovered. But the offer is unlikely to cover the full amount of damages you’ve suffered. There’s a lot to consider. For example, your injuries may require medical treatment in the future.
That’s why it’s important to talk to an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer before accepting any offer from the insurance company. A lawyer can determine the true amount of damages you have suffered as a result of your accident and explain your legal options.
Adult motorcyclists with the proper insurance are not required to wear helmets in Florida. And a negligent driver can be held responsible in an accident whether you were wearing a helmet or not. But if you suffered a head injury in the accident, the other driver’s insurance company may try to use your choice not to wear a helmet against you.
Florida uses the principle of comparative negligence in accident cases. This means that if you are found partially at fault for your injuries, the financial compensation you recover can be reduced. An insurance company and their attorney may try to argue that by choosing not to wear a helmet, you are partially at fault for an injury.
That’s why it’s important to consult an experienced motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. We focus on building a strong case that proves you were the victim of another driver’s negligence. One of our attorneys can go over your options during a free case evaluation.
That depends on the facts of your accident. The amount of compensation that can be recovered following a motorcycle crash can range from thousands of dollars to millions. Each case is different, and the value of your claim is determined by many different factors. These factors include:
- Medical expenses for treating your injury – both now and in the future.
- Lost wages you suffered while your injuries left you unable to work.
- Any lost future earnings if you were left with a permanent disability.
- Cost of any needed home or vehicle modifications to accommodate your disability.
- Property damage to your motorcycle or other property.
- Non-economic losses such as pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Following a motorcycle accident, the driver who caused the crash may deny responsibility, and insurance companies will try to pay you as little as possible. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced motorcycle accident attorney fighting for you to help you recover the financial compensation you need and deserve.
Motorcycle accident claims can be complicated. The driver who caused your crash may deny doing anything wrong. And insurance companies still think that motorcyclists are generally reckless and irresponsible. The way they look at it, you must have done something to cause the accident. So they’ll try to pay you as little as possible.
Our attorneys have been handling motorcycle accident cases for decades. We know that most motorcyclists are very responsible on the road. And we know that many drivers treat motorcycles as little more than a nuisance. Many times, drivers don’t even notice motorcycles and cause a crash that leaves people hurt.
We investigate your accident to build a strong case that proves you were the victim of another driver’s negligence. We determine the total amount of damages you suffered and aggressively pursue financial compensation. Many times, we can negotiate a settlement that meets your needs. But we are always ready to fight for you in court.
There is no easy way to answer that question, as it depends on many different factors. In general, cases that are more straightforward may be resolved within months. But more complicated cases can take years to resolve. An insurance company may make a settlement offer soon after your crash, but their offer will likely not come close to covering all your damages.
Insurance companies and their lawyers are more likely to fight your claim if there is a lot of money at stake. They may resist attempts to negotiate a fair settlement and let the case go to trial, hoping that you will give up. They may even try to blame the accident on you to try to intimidate you to settle for less money.
That’s why it’s so important to have an experienced motorcycle accident attorney fighting for you. We can build a strong case that proves the negligence of another driver caused your accident. We know the games that insurance companies play and we don’t put up with them. We keep fighting until we get the best possible outcome for your case.