You may get a lawyer for an Orlando motorcycle accident as soon as possible once you have reached a safe location. There are several ways that a lawyer and their team could help you just after your accident. The days following a collision could be among the most important that you face. One of a lawyer’s duties is generally to protect your rights. You could face numerous attempts to violate your rights in the minutes, hours, and days following your accident.
A Lawyer Can Advise You After an Accident
You may want to take several steps just after your accident. Speaking with a lawyer or their team may ensure that no important task goes uncompleted. Some ways that a lawyer will help protect your rights and maintain your options for compensation include:
- Obtaining insurance and contact information from motorists involved in your accident
- Speaking with witnesses to your accident and recording their accounts
- Ensuring that you do not make any self-harming statements to insurance companies
- Helping you receive the medical attention that you need
- Ensuring that your accident is reported to appropriate authorities
Insurance companies may be of particular concern in the wake of your accident. Yahoo! Finance notes that auto insurance companies took in $285 billion in revenues in 2019. The insurance companies you interact with may be savvy at getting crash victims to accept settlements of less value than they deserve.
A lawyer may help you avoid being taken advantage of, as they will handle as much of the claims process as they can. If the insurance companies are not able or willing to provide you a settlement that is fair, then your lawyer can proceed with a lawsuit.
Your Losses Could Determine What Fair Compensation Is
Every motorcycle accident must be evaluated on an individual basis, as each of them is unique. A lawyer must evaluate your losses specifically, in order to determine what a fair financial outcome in your insurance claim or lawsuit would be.
Some types of losses that may come from a serious injury to you or a loved one are:
- Temporary loss of income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Loss of physical movement
- Loss of cognitive abilities
- Changes in your personality and mood
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent loss of income
- Substantial medical costs
- Rehabilitation costs
- The cost of psychological therapy
- Damage to your motorcycle
The total cost of economic and non-economic losses from a motorcycle accident can be substantial. Motorcyclists may also be at risk of fatal injury, as they could be thrown from their bike and suffer catastrophic injuries if they are struck. If your loved one passed away because of a motorcycle accident, then covered losses may include:
- Funeral expenses
- Your loved one’s lost future income
- Loss of consortium, which the Legal Information Institute (LII) explains
- Loss of guidance and comfort for children of your loved one
When you get a lawyer for an Orlando motorcycle accident, they will document all of your losses and assign individual and total values to them. Based on this calculation, your lawyer will know what to demand through settlement negotiations or at a trial.
Identifying the Cause of Your Losses
Central to your lawsuit or insurance claim will be the question of who is at fault for your accident and accident-related losses. A motorist may generally be the most obvious candidate for liability. Your lawyer will review your case to determine whether a motorist acted in a negligent manner.
Some ways that a motorist could be at fault for an accident are by:
- Failing to ensure their vehicle is safe before driving
- Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Engaging in one or more forms of distracted driving
- Making dangerous or illegal turns
- Disobeying traffic signals such as red lights and stop signs
- Failing to check for oncoming motorists before turning right at an intersection
- Failing to adequately check blind spots before changing lanes
Motorcyclists may be generally more difficult to spot than larger vehicles, which could make them susceptible to being in accidents. When accidents do occur, motorcyclists do not have the protection afforded by an enclosed vehicle—such as a car, SUV, or truck. Motorists must understand these realities and take special care to avoid causing an accident with a motorcyclist or be held liable.
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