Both motorcycle accidents and car accidents can result in injuries and financial losses for the parties involved. The process of seeking compensation for your damages is generally the same. However, when motorcycles and cars collide, it is often the motorcycle rider who sustains the most severe injuries.
Motorcyclists are More Vulnerable in the Event of a Crash
Motorcycles are less stable than passenger cars, and their smaller size can make them less visible to other motorists. These factors may increase the likelihood of an accident. Motorcycles also offer less protection for their drivers when an accident occurs. Because they are larger and heavier, passenger vehicles may cause more damage to motorcycles during a collision.
All of these factors can result in injuries that may be more severe for the motorcycle rider than those sustained by passenger car occupants. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), per mile traveled, motorcyclists are nearly 30 times more likely to suffer a fatal injury.
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You Can Seek the Same Compensation, no Matter the Vehicle Type
If you were injured in a car accident or motorcycle accident, you can seek compensation for your medical bills and other expenses. In general, available awards fall into two categories:
These damages cover your out-of-pocket, accident-related expenses. They include your past and future medical bills, vehicle damages, lost wages, and loss of future earning potential if you can no longer work because of your injuries.
These damages award you for your physical pain and emotional suffering. They may include awards for scarring, loss of a body part or bodily function, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and a reduction in your quality of life.
Wrongful Death Damages
If your family member passed away from injuries suffered in a car or motorcycle accident, you can seek compensation for their death, according to Florida Statutes § 768.19.
You may be eligible to pursue damages on their behalf, including for your pain and suffering caused by their loss. Damages you can recover may include funeral and burial costs or lost support and services. Our team will help you determine the damages you can recover and the value of your case.
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Seeking Compensation for Your Injuries
To receive compensation, you must prove that the other driver’s negligent actions led to your accident. Negligent driving behaviors include but are not limited to:
- Driving distracted
- Drinking and driving
- Failure to obey traffic signs, traffic lights, and the “rules of the road”
- Aggressive driving or “road rage”
- Making an improper turn
- Failure to survey the area for motorcycles
You may also be able to seek awards from a vehicle manufacturer or roadway owner if car or motorcycle defects or negligent road conditions led to your accident.
Pursuing a Civil Lawsuit
You may have the right to seek compensation through legal action. Keep in mind you have a limited amount of time to pursue a lawsuit. According to Florida Statutes § 95.11, you have four years to file a personal injury case and two years to file a wrongful death action. If the statute of limitations runs out, you most likely cannot take your case to court.
Do You Need a Lawyer to Handle Your Car or Motorcycle Accident Case?
If your accident involved severe injuries, medical treatment, a lengthy recovery time, and/or expensive vehicle damages, you might want to consider reaching out to our firm. Working with a car accident lawyer on our team can take the stress out of seeking compensation for you and your family. Our personal injury lawyers will:
- Search for and organize all forms of evidence
- Answer all of your insurance and legal questions
- Establish the value for your case
- File your insurance claim(s)
- Communicate with the insurance companies
- Prove another party is liable for your damages
- Negotiate for a fair settlement for your case
- Take your case to trial, if necessary
We handle cases on a contingency-fee basis, which means you pay us nothing up front. We offer free consultations and only recover our attorney’s fees if you obtain compensation for your injuries. There is no risk when you enlist our help with your motorcycle or car accident case.
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine is Here to Assist with Your Case
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine has helped accident victims in Florida seek justice since 2006. Our only objective is to get you the money you need to get back on your feet.
We go the extra mile for each and every one of our clients, and we are here to serve you through every step of your case. To learn more, call our team at 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation. Don’t pay a dime unless we secure compensation for you.
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