If you suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle crash, you need a skilled motorcycle accident attorney on your side. At the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, we can investigate your crash and identify any and all liable parties. If we find the careless or reckless actions of another motorist directly led to your injuries, we can file an insurance claim to collect the compensation due to you based on the at-fault driver’s auto liability policy.
We handle all aspects of the claims process for you, recovering the maximum compensation possible in your case. We leave you free to focus on overcoming your injuries and caring for your family. We offer free case evaluations. Call us today at 800-747-3733 to discuss your claim with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Boca Raton.
Did another motorist cause my motorcycle accident?
Before we can pursue compensation for the damages you suffered in your accident, we must show another party acted negligently and caused the accident. To prove this negligence, we must understand how motorcycle accidents commonly occur and the details about your crash.
In most cases, the at-fault party in any motor vehicle accident breaks a traffic law. Lawmakers design traffic laws to keep everyone on the road safe. Breaking one of these laws endangers others and sometimes leads to a collision. The bad behaviors that often lead to motorcycle accidents include:
- Pulling out in front of traffic;
- Cutting off other motorists;
- Failure to use turn signals; and
- Distractedor drunk driving.
Often, the police report will tell us enough about your accident to clearly identify the liable party or parties. While we still need to collect other evidence to support your case, this is a good start to filing a claim and recovering the money you need to pay for your medical treatment, lost wages, and the emotional toll of living with serious injuries.
What can I expect out of the motorcycle accident claims process?
To win a South Florida motorcycle accident claim, you will need a number of resources and know-how to navigate the claims process without falling for any of the tricks the insurance companies like to pull. While you could try to do this on your own, it is much easier—and usually much more profitable—to let a qualified motorcycle accident attorney handle the process for you.
The difference having an attorney on your side makes is evident almost immediately in these claims. After our initial consultation, we go to work quickly building a strong case to support the maximum payout available to you. This includes collecting evidence that would be difficult or impossible to get your hands on without an attorney.
We schedule interviews with any available eyewitnesses to the accident, request any images or video of the crash from nearby businesses, and even enlist the help of accident reconstruction experts to show us exactly how your crash occurred and why.
After we build a case to bolster your claim, we send a demand letter to the other driver’s auto insurance provider. This letter outlines the evidence we hold as well as the damages you suffered and gives them a price for fair compensation. Usually, they respond with a much lower settlement than we request. This begins a negotiation process that can last a few days or a few months. It continues until one party refuses to negotiate any further or we reach a fair settlement.
Usually, we can reach a fair settlement at this point in the process. Sometimes, though, the insurance company refuses to budge from their lowball offers. We continue to aggressively pursue the maximum amount of compensation available based on the details of your accident and injuries. If this means we need to litigate your case, we will not back down. We can file a personal injury suit in civil court and let a judge determine your award.
What if I am partially at fault for my motorcycle crash?
Florida has a comparative fault law that restricts the amount of compensation you can collect if you contributed to causing the accident or your injuries. This law reduces your payout depending on the percentage of the fault you share. For example, if your damages reach $100,000 but the court determines you are 30 percent responsible for the accident, you could only collect $70,000.
Bikers have a bad reputation for reckless driving, which is oftentimes unwarranted. However, you can expect the insurance company and their legal team to look into your behavior just before the crash, as well. They will look for any evidence of:
- Reckless driving;
- Lane splitting;
- Swerving or weaving;
- Failure to use lights or turn signals; or
- Violating other traffic laws.
If there is proof you engaged in any of these careless actions just before or during the crash, the responding officer will likely note it in the official report. This makes it easy for the insurance company to learn about it and more difficult for us to defend against. Still, we understand how insurance adjusters work. We can often limit the impact of your contribution and still reach a fair settlement that covers your expenses.
It is important to note that one of the most common reasons the insurance company will accuse you of contributing to your own injuries is if you were not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. While riding without a helmet is legal for those over 21 years old, insurance adjusters will still claim you failed to take all possible action to prevent your injuries. This could reduce your payout significantly. If you were not wearing a helmet when you suffered serious injuries, you need to let us know as early as possible in your case.
How can I talk to a motorcycle accident lawyer today?
At the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, we have a team of skilled motorcycle accident lawyers ready to go to work for you. We understand how hard it is to focus on your recovery while you face so much financial stress. Let us handle the claims process and collect the compensation you need to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Call us today at 800-747-3733 for a free case review. Remember, you pay nothing until the insurance company sends us a check.