There is no way to say for certain how long it will take to settle your Orlando motorcycle accident claim, as every settlement process is unique and independent. Some factors that may affect how long your claim takes to settle are:
- The amount of compensation that is being negotiated
- Whether there is dispute regarding certain facts of your accident, which may also affect the assignment of liability
- How long it takes you to obtain diagnoses and complete assessments that may be required for you to complete an insurance claim or lawsuit
- Whether you choose to accept an initial offer or fight for a greater amount of compensation
The timetable for settling a claim may ultimately come down to what you are willing to accept. If you do not want to settle for compensation that is less than what you deserve, then you may consider filing a lawsuit in pursuit of fair awards.
The Facts of Your Accident May Be in Dispute
One issue that could extend your timetable for settling a claim or lawsuit is whether the facts of your accident are in dispute. If the party who caused your accident refutes one or more facts of your accident, then your lawyer may take steps to prove that your account is accurate. Some ways in which your lawyer may support your account of the accident include:
- Contacting and recording statements from witnesses who saw the accident occur
- Consulting and hiring experts whose testimony supports your account of the accident
- Obtaining and producing any statements made by the target of your claim or lawsuit that indicate they have liability for your accident
- Obtaining any evidence, such as traffic camera footage, that shows how the accident occurred
Establishing fault for your accident could be vital to your winning the compensation that you deserve. A lawyer may take all steps possible to show that an insurer, lawyer, or the customer or client they represent is not being truthful about the cause of your accident.
Potential Causes of Your Accident
A motorist who does not operate their vehicle with the utmost caution may violate their duty of care. The Legal Information Institute (LII) notes that a duty of care requires a driver to “act in the same manner as a reasonably prudent person in their position would.”
A motorist can violate their duty of care in several ways, and may take on liability for your losses when they breach their duty. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lists some forms of risky driving, which include:
- Driving while drunk
- Driving while on drugs
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
Additional forms of dangerous driving include:
- Changing lanes without signaling
- Making unsafe turns
- Running a red light, stop sign, or yield sign
- Driving at night without headlights engaged
- Driving without functional mirrors
- Weaving in and out of traffic
In certain cases, parties in addition to a motorist could be responsible for your losses. Such a party may be responsible instead of the driver. Those parties may include:
- A vehicle manufacturer whose product malfunctioned and caused your accident
- A mechanic whose work caused a vehicle to malfunction
- A vehicle parts manufacturer whose product malfunctioned
- An at-fault motorist’s employer if your accident occurred while they were driving the vehicle in a professional capacity
Your lawyer may handle the process of identifying fault for your accident and forming a strategy for seeking compensation. They may stick by you regardless of how long it takes to settle your Orlando motorcycle accident claim.
A Lawyer May Be Your Advocate After an Accident
The Insurance Information Institute (III) notes that you may hire a lawyer to help you with a tricky insurance claim. You may choose to hire a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident to handle problems as they arise and handle your general pursuit of compensation.
Your lawyer may be able to handle an insurance claim or lawsuit, and may pursue an insurance settlement and initiate a lawsuit if the claim does not produce the compensation that you deserve. A lawyer can stand between you and those who may attempt to violate your rights.
Additionally, your lawyer may:
- Gather evidence
- Monitor your injuries
- Create an ongoing account of your losses
- File your claim or lawsuit
- Hire experts
- Interview witnesses
- Negotiate a settlement
- Complete a trial
Your lawyer’s role will adapt to the specific circumstances of your insurance claim or lawsuit. They will take the steps necessary to pursue compensation for you or your loved one.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Today
We offer responsive legal care and will be your advocates after a motorcycle accident affecting you or a loved one. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-407-500-4000 for a free consultation.
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