Tampa is second only to Miami among Florida cities with the highest rates
of serious and
fatal motorcycle accidents. The state of Florida is home to the third highest average annual motorcycle
fatality rate in the entire country. Naturally, a higher rate of motorcycle
accidents equates to a higher frequency of motorcycle injury claims. Since
motorcycles offer no protection to riders and most collisions cause the
rider to be thrown the ground, a much higher proportion of these accidents
result in catastrophic injuries with permanent effects.
Any time a motorcyclist is injured in an accident as a result of another
driver’s inattention or negligence, he/she is strongly encouraged
to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. The other motorist
is likely to have an insurance company’s adjusters behind them who
are all-too quick to refute or marginalize your injury claim. Retaining
the services of a competent personal injury attorney can help to protect
your rights to legitimate compensation and may keep the opposing party
from intimidating you or using unfair stall tactics in response to your claim.
How Exactly Does a Personal Injury Attorney Help with My Motorcycle Accident Claim?
Following a motorcycle accident, you may face months’ worth of acute
care in the hospital and physical rehabilitation. Even in case of less
severe motorcycle accidents, an injured rider might still face follow
up surgeries, consultations, outpatient physical therapy, and missed time
at work. Quantifying these costs and recovering the damages from an at-fault
party can require a tactical legal approach.
Simply retaining a personal injury attorney early in the process may send
the message that your claim is serious. Injured riders who delay in hiring
a lawyer might be seen as an opportunity for a quick settlement by the
insurance company. The insurance company might act quickly to offer a
low-ball settlement that seems fair to the injured person at the time,
but is extremely low in comparison to the long-term losses caused by the
injury. In other cases, they might attempt to shift the blame to the motorcyclist
and deny the claim altogether.
Insurance adjusters and their attorneys know that an injury victim acting
alone may not understand his/her legal leverage or the true monetary value
(due to unforeseen costs) of his/her injury. An experienced personal injury
attorney can be the rider’s key to successfully recovering the costs
of medical treatment, lost wages, property damage, and mental anguish.
Can a Lawyer Help with My Injuries?
Most injuries that result from a motorcycle accident qualify for compensation.
If you required any medical care whatsoever or if you missed any work
due to your injury – an experienced lawyer is the best equipped
person to help you recover every dollar of those expenses – in addition
to future costs or lost income earning opportunities. If your injuries
required hospitalization, surgery, and/or rehabilitation, there’s
a high probability you have a strong claim. A motorcycle accident attorney
can help you to recover the costs of:
- Emergency Room Visits
- Acute Care / Hospitalization
- Missed Time at Work
- Follow Up Doctor’s Visits and Therapy
How do I Choose the Right Personal Injury Attorney
It’s in your best interest to speak with and consider at least a
few different attorneys before choosing one to handle your case. Ask your
friends and family for a referral to start out. Be sure that your attorney
has significant case experience with motorcycle accident claims. Your
attorney should have a balanced record of positive client outcomes consisting
of settlements as well as a few wins by trial. You may also wish to only
consider lawyers who are highly rated among their peers and are recognized
by independent entities such as
Ride Smart Florida