Motorcycle Accident FAQ
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Fort Lauderdale, there are certainly a lot of questions that you will be asking yourself in the followup. We have compiled a list of some common questions, and will go into further detail about your situation during an initial consultation.
Contact us today to schedule your consultation and get started with the legal aspects of your accident, and take a look at the questions and answers below for a general overview.
What Should I Do After a Motorcycle Accident?
- If you are physically able to, get out of the road and to a safe area.
- Contact the police, and if necessary, seek immediate medical attention
- Establish contact with your doctor regarding your accident
- Contact your insurance company
- Consult with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.
Should I Accept the Offer From The Other Driver’s Insurance Company?
In absolutely no circumstance should you accept the first offer that an insurance company will make to you. This offer will cover the absolute minimum that you are entitled to, and will make no mention of non-economic damages such as pain and suffering or a long-term diminished capacity to enjoy your life. In addition, they will require that you sign an agreement that you can never follow up with any additional litigation against their client.
How Much Is a Motorcycle Accident Personal Injury Case Worth?
There is no simple answer to this question, as all accidents are different, and every victim’s situation varies. However, we will work with you to determine a fair amount to seek for you, including your medical bills, lost wages, and intangibles like your pain and suffering following the accident.
If I Was Not Wearing a Helmet, Can I Still Get Compensation?
Florida does not require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets, after a decision in 2000 overturned a universal helmet law that had been in place since 1967. While not required by law, there is an argument to be made in defense of the other driver that a decision to forgo a helmet is negligent, and therefore reduces, if not relieves, the other driver of responsibility.
Who Is At Fault In My Motorcycle Accident?
There is any number of factors that go into determining who is at fault in a motorcycle accident, which is why it is extremely important that you document as many details as possible, file a police and accident report, gather eyewitness accounts, and consult an attorney who is experienced with motorcycle accidents in Fort Lauderdale. We will work to analyze every detail of your accident, and make sure that we present a clear picture of who is responsible.
How Long Do I Have To File A Personal Injury Case After My Motorcycle Accident?
Florida has a 4 year statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits, as indicated in Florida Statutes Chapter 95.11(3). However, we strongly recommend that you take action sooner than that, for a variety of reasons. For starters, an insurance company will (reasonably) argue that there is no way to prove your injuries were a result of your accident as time goes by.
Should I Wait To File My Case If I Think My Symptoms Will Worsen?
If you are concerned that your symptoms will progress, there is no reason to delay beginning the process of a personal injury case. We will take every aspect of your situation into account, and be sure that it is clearly communicated as we build a comprehensive argument for the damages you are owed.
Contact Friedland & Associates Today
If you need a motorcycle accident lawyer in Fort Lauderdale, contact us as soon as possible to schedule an initial consultation. We will use the opportunity to discuss your injuries, the details of your accident, and answer questions you may have about how we can work to fight for your rights.