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.
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.
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:
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 Avvo.