You can sue for an Orlando motorcycle rear-end collision. Speaking with a personal injury team may also help you determine whether pursuing a lawsuit is worthwhile.
In certain cases, an at-fault motorist’s insurance policy may cover the victim’s losses, and a lawyer can negotiate an insurance settlement on behalf of the victim. In other cases, the at-fault motorist’s insurance does not provide adequate coverage for the victim’s losses, in which case the victim may pursue a lawsuit.
You May Pursue an Insurance Claim to Receive Coverage
Your first option for seeking compensation after a motorcycle accident may be to file an insurance claim. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), all motorists in Florida are required to have:
- A minimum of $10,000 in Property Damage Liability (PDL) coverage
- A minimum of $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage
These mandatory minimum coverage limits coincide with Florida being a no-fault state, meaning that you must appeal to your own insurance company for compensation first, even if another driver was at fault for your accident. If your accident-related losses exceed your coverage limits, the at-fault party’s insurance may cover the remainder of your costs.
A lawyer may handle the entire insurance claims process on your behalf, though you may be required to make at least one statement about your accident. Your lawyer can counsel you about the pitfalls of making an inaccurate statement, as doing so might negatively impact your ability to seek compensation.
Insurance may not necessarily cover your losses. Insurance companies might give you a hard time about your claim, or the policies themselves might not be sufficient to cover your losses. If you were struck by an uninsured motorist, you might need to pursue alternative options to receive compensation. If you are unable to get compensation through an insurance claim, you may choose to bring a lawsuit against the parties responsible for your losses.
When to Bring a Personal Injury Lawsuit
You may choose to bring a personal injury lawsuit after exhausting the possibility of an insurance settlement, or you may skip insurance and initiate a lawsuit right away. Your lawyer can counsel you on this decision.
The American Bar Association (ABA) lists some questions and concerns that could be relevant as you consider bringing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. They include:
- Was the party you are considering suing liable under the legal principles of negligence, strict liability, or intentional wrongdoing? (Your lawyer can answer this.)
- Did one or more parties cause harm to you or a loved one?
- Are the losses you or your loved one suffered significant enough to warrant bringing a lawsuit?
You may consider bringing a lawsuit if your loved one passed away because of a motorcycle accident, or if you or a loved one suffered serious injuries because of an accident.
You may be a good fit to sue for an Orlando motorcycle rear-end collision. You can call a law firm for a lawyer today to find out how they will get the legal process started as soon as possible.
A Lawyer Can Seek Awards on Your Behalf
Whether you or a loved one was injured because of a motorcycle accident, you may be facing significant hardship. You may be:
- Grieving the loss of a loved one
- Helping take care of a seriously injured loved one
- Recovering from physical injuries
- Dealing with cognitive problems
- Coping with the realities of being permanently disabled
You do not have to take on the additional responsibility of bringing an insurance claim or lawsuit, as a lawyer can handle your case for compensation from start to finish.
If you seek an insurance settlement, your lawyer may handle communications with insurance companies, speak with witnesses, and attempt to negotiate a fair settlement. If insurance does not prove viable, your lawyer may assist you in bringing a lawsuit by:
- Collecting and organizing evidence related to your accident
- Making a written case for why your accident-related losses are the fault of one or more parties
- Drafting and filing your lawsuit
- Hiring experts to testify on your behalf
- Handling communications with a defendant’s attorneys
- Attempting to negotiate a pre-trial settlement
- Completing a trial if necessary
You may be able to obtain compensation without going to court if your lawyer negotiates a settlement that you both agree is fair. Your lawyer may also serve as your advisor throughout the legal process and defend your rights from any potential violations.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Today
You might be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses that stem from your rear-end motorcycle collision in Orlando. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-407-500-4000 for more details about how we may assist you with responsive legal care.