If you suffered injuries in a Florida motorcycle accident and now face mounting medical bills and other accident-related expenses, the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine can help you recover compensation for your losses.
We have years of experience in handling motorcycle accident cases and we aggressively work for the best outcome for each of our clients. Contact us at 800-747-3733 for a free, no-obligation case review. We built our firm on giving personal attention to each of our clients and providing the best service possible. Call us today to speak to a motorcycle accident lawyer in West Palm Beach.
Can I Seek Compensation if Another Driver Caused the Accident?
Motorcycle owners can seek compensation from the insurance company of the at-fault driver. We can help you pursue compensation for:
- Medical bills;
- Ambulance transport to the hospital;
- Physical therapy;
- Home medical equipment;
- In-home medical care;
- Lost wages;
- Lost earning capacity, if you cannot return to work;
- Motorcycle repair or replacement costs;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental anguish; and
- Emotional distress.
We can collect proof of your losses through your medical bills, repair receipts, employment records, and other documentation that shows your damages.
In order to seek these damages, we need to prove the other driver in your crash acted recklessly and that this behavior caused your crash. Then, we can file a personal injury claim with their insurer.
How Can You Prove the Other Driver Caused My Crash?
All drivers must exercise a duty of care to keep others on the road reasonably safe from harm. If the other driver in your motorcycle crash was behaving recklessly and failed to maintain that duty of care, we can hold them financially responsible for their negligence. They become liable for any bodily injuries, property damage, and potentially other personal losses you suffered because of their actions.
To prove negligence, we must determine how the accident happened. We can turn to police reports, photos of the accident scene, eyewitness testimony, surveillance video, or testimony from accident reconstruction experts to determine who caused your crash.
During the course of our investigation, we may find the other driver engaged in negligent behaviors, such as:
- Distracted driving, including texting, talking on phone, or paying attention to passengers while behind the wheel;
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Failing to see your motorcycle while changing lanes;
- Ignoring traffic signals or signs; or
We may also find a third party shares some of the blame for your motorcycle accident. A motorcycle manufacturer’s defect or a faulty motorcycle part, for example, may also have contributed to your accident. Our firm uses its various resources to investigate all responsible parties while you recover from your injuries.
How Do Florida’s Auto Insurance Laws Apply to Motorcycles?
If you own a vehicle with four or more wheels, Florida law requires you to have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance to cover your injuries and your passengers’ injuries. After a car accident, each driver turns to their own PIP policy for compensation. PIP policies provide a maximum of $10,000 in medical and disability benefits, as long as the injured party seeks medical treatment within 14 days after the accident.
However, PIP insurance does not cover motorcycle accident injuries, nor does Florida require you to purchase motorcycle insurance.
If you do not have any form of motorcycle liability insurance coverage and you caused your accident, the other driver may hold you responsible for their bodily injuries and property damage. Not only that, you may have to pay for your own medical bills and personal losses. This is why it is a good idea to maintain insurance coverage for your motorcycle.
If you do not have motorcycle liability insurance but you were not at fault for the crash, we can file a claim for your damages with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. In a car accident, each driver must meet the state’s serious injury threshold in order to file a claim outside of their own PIP policy. As a motorcyclist, you do not have to meet this threshold.
What Is the Insurance Claims Process Like?
Filing an insurance claim can be a daunting task, especially if you are trying to recuperate from your crash injuries. Our firm has skilled and knowledgeable attorneys who take the guesswork out of this process for you.
We will contact the other party’s auto insurer to alert them about your claim and begin negotiations, on your behalf, with the company. Auto insurers typically want to underpay and offer low settlements. They may also claim you played a part in causing the accident or contributed to your injuries. This is especially true if you were not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
While state law allows insured riders age 21 and older to ride without a helmet, many insurance companies have successfully argued that these riders share some of the blame for their injuries.
We know how to defend against these tactics to get you the compensation you deserve. We fight to make sure you get the highest settlement offer possible. If the insurance company is unwilling to offer a fair amount, we can file suit and take your case to court.
How Soon Should I Contact a Lawyer?
In Florida, the statute of limitations only gives you four years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If a family member died in a motorcycle accident, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death suit—but you will only have two years to do so.
It is essential we act before this time expires. Sometimes the threat of a lawsuit is the only way to convince a stubborn insurer to settle through an insurance claim.
The sooner you contact us, the more time we have to build a strong case for your compensation.
Contact the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine at 800-747-3733 Today.
Let the attorneys at the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine help you get the compensation you deserve. Our motorcycle accident lawyers in West Palm Beach work on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay no legal fees unless we win compensation in your case. Call us today at 800-747-3733 to get started.