You should do several things at the scene of an Orlando motorcycle accident, including:
- Calling 9-1-1, which is required by Florida Statutes § 316.065 for serious accidents
- Document the scene of the accident with photographs and videos
- Obtain insurance information from other motorists involved in your accident
- Obtain contact information from witnesses
- Obtain a copy of any police report or citations completed by law enforcement officers at the scene of your accident
- Accept medical attention
- Accept ambulance transportation to a medical facility if you are injured
- Contact a legal professional
You may also self-report your accident through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ (FLHSMV) portal if neither you nor another party involved in the accident contacted emergency services while you were at the scene.
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Do Not Rush to Contact Your Insurance Company
Though it may be important that you report your accident to your auto insurance provider in a timely manner, you may want to wait and speak with the team for an Orlando motorcycle accident lawyer before doing so. There are several possible risks in rushing to contact your insurance company, including:
- That you will misspeak or misremember events in a way that affects your ability to obtain compensation
- That you will give an on-the-record statement without being aware that you are doing so
- That an insurance company will attempt to assign fault to you without your knowledge of what they are doing
- That you will compromise your right to compensation in one or more ways
You can bet that yours is not the first motorcycle accident that an insurance company has handled. Auto insurance companies claimed $285 billion in revenues in 2019, per Yahoo! Finance, and must deal with many claims in order to reach that revenue figure. They may have several frequently used tactics aimed at reducing their payouts for accidents, and you could be the target for such strategies.
By hiring a lawyer, you may protect yourself from attempts to violate your rights by insurance companies and other parties. Your lawyer can tell you what you should do at the scene of an Orlando motorcycle accident and guide you through the steps necessary to seek compensation.
You may hire a lawyer on a contingency-fee-basis, which means that you will not have to pay any sum upfront or out-of-pocket for their representation. They will only get paid if they win compensation for you.
Your Lawyer Can Calculate Your Losses
Before negotiating an insurance claim or initiating a lawsuit, your lawyer may need to determine the value of your accident-related losses. By determining how your accident has cost you or your loved one, your lawyer will better understand the awards that you should be entitled to.
Some losses that your lawyer may consider include:
- The cost of ambulance transportation from the scene of your accident
- The cost of emergency department care
- Any other costs from your initial visit to a medical facility
- The cost of damage to your motorcycle
- The cost of follow-up medical care in the days and weeks after your accident
- Your total medical costs
- Physical pain caused by your injuries
- Suffering from pain and psychological trauma caused by your accident
- Income you lose while you are injured
- Long-lasting harm to your earning power, which could include a complete inability to work because of disability
- The cost of psychological and physical therapy for your trauma
As a motorcyclist, you or your loved one may face a greater risk of injury than those in cars, SUVs, and trucks, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) explains. Without an enclosure, airbags, seatbelts, or four wheels to provide stability, you may have been thrown from your bike and seriously injured because of another motorist’s negligence.
Seeking Compensation Through Insurance or Civil Courts
Your lawyer can explore the possibility of you receiving compensation through an insurance claim, but this may not be possible for any number of reasons. If you choose to pursue a lawsuit in the absence of an insurance settlement, your lawyer can handle the legal process.
Civil courts generally handle non-criminal cases in which a person is harmed, and your Orlando motorcycle accident lawyer may be familiar with how such courts operate. They will use any experience and knowledge of the legal process that they have towards your goal of obtaining compensation.
Some of the duties that your lawyer may perform are:
- Gathering and organizing evidence
- Calculating your losses
- Interviewing witnesses
- Filing your lawsuit and all other necessary paperwork
- Handling all lawsuit-related communications
- Negotiating a pre-trial settlement
- Completing a trial if it proves necessary
Your lawyer will aim to negotiate a fair pre-trial settlement that compensates you for your losses. They will also represent surviving family members of a loved one who has passed away because of a motorcycle accident caused by negligence.
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Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Today
Do not wait to call the team for a lawyer, as time may be a factor in your ability to obtain any compensation that you deserve. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-407-500-4000 for a free consultation about our services.