Motorcycle Accident

What to Do If You’re in a Motorcycle Accident

Florida motorcycle insurance coverage does not include medical payments coverage known as Personal Injury Protection (PIP) – a requirement for those driving four-wheel vehicles in the state of Florida. Additionally, PIP coverage is not available to motorcyclists even if they did want to purchase it. This means that you are immediately responsible for paying your own medical bills for injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash. Therefore, it is important for motorcyclists injured in an accident in Florida, no matter what the extent of their injuries, to seek the counsel of an experienced motorcycle accident attorney in order to recover damages from the at-fault party.

Injured motorcyclists and their passengers can run into numerous complications when trying to obtain compensation for their injuries or other damages arising from an accident. Due to the fact that motorcyclists are not permitted or required to carry Florida’s PIP insurance, an accident resulting in injury or loss of work can result in financial hardship. Fortunately, the experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at the Eltringham Law Group can help you get the compensation you deserve if you have been injured in an accident through no fault of your own.

Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits in Boca Raton

Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits in Boca Raton

Reasons that warrant a motorcycle accident lawsuit include:

  • Driver negligence, including a failure to recognize motorcyclists or to yield, cutting off motorcyclists, driving too close or swerving in front of them
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence (DUI) / Drunk driving
  • Reckless conduct
  • Vehicle defects
  • Roadway hazards

Motorcycle Accidents Often Result in Injury or Death

Motorcycle accidents result in a high percentage of critical injuries and even death. Injuries may include:

  • Organ damage
  • Burns
  • Lacerations
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Permanent disability
  • Wrongful Death

As part of your motorcycle accident lawsuit, you may be entitled to compensation for initial medical expenses associated with the injury in addition to future medical expenses. You may also be eligible for recovery of lost wages or loss of earning capacity, as well as compensatory damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish and other available legal damages.

What to Expect if You Are Involved in a Motorcycle Accident

When you choose the Eltringham Law Group to represent you following a motorcycle accident that results in personal injury, here is what you can expect to happen:

  • We offer free consultations so you can get all your questions answered and can spend time talking directly with an experienced attorney about your rights and expected outcomes.
  • Leave all the work to us. We will be in contact with doctors, hospitals, witnesses, insurance providers, police, attorneys and anyone else necessary to settle your claim. We will thoroughly investigate your accident and will build a solid case so that you are more likely to be awarded additional compensation from insurance companies or other parties.
  • You focus on you. Whether you are still recovering from injuries or are simply dealing with the stress and anxiety that is common following motorcycle accidents, now is the time to focus on your own needs while you leave the details of your case in the hands of experienced attorneys that will get the job done right.
  • We work on a contingent fee basis. This means that you don’t need to lay out any money up front in order to have our injury attorneys work on your case. We don’t get paid unless we recover a financial settlement or jury award for you.

To schedule your free consultation or for more information about personal injury accidents involving a motorcycle, contact the Eltringham Law Group at 561-338-0420.

Common Questions about Motorcycle Accidents

It’s understandable that you have many questions related to your motorcycle accident.

When you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, there are a few crucial actions you must take.

  1. Assess your injuries – are you seriously injured? Bleeding? Make sure that the other person is OK.
  2. Call the police to document the incident.
  3. Take photos of the scene including damages to both vehicles, license plate numbers and the surrounding environment.
  4. Do not speak to the other parties involved about the details of the accident – only to the police.
  5. Seek medical treatment within 14 days of your accident so you will retain your PIP benefits.
  6. Call us at 561-338-0420 for a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys

Florida laws allow you up to four years to pursue a motorcycle injury case following your accident.  However, we recommend that you seek legal assistance and medical treatment as soon as possible. The longer you wait to pursue your claim, the less likely you will be able to fairly be compensated for your loss/injuries.

Although many injuries and/or ailments that result from a motorcycle accident may not be noticeable immediately, it is highly recommended that you seek medical attention immediately and continue communication as other issues may arise. Even the most minor accidents can cause medical issues, days or even weeks after the motorcycle accident.

Motorcycle owners must purchase an insurance policy that will cover their medical expenses if they are involved in an accident. Your personal health insurance could also be involved for helping to pay these expenses.  There are some instances where the expenses may be paid by a negligent party involved in an accident, but it’s imperative that you have legal representation such as the Eltringham Law Group to help you through the process.

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If you were injured in a motorcycle accident due to another driver’s negligence, you may recover compensation for your injuries even if you weren’t wearing a helmet. However, the insurance company will most likely offer less compensation if your failure to wear a helmet contributed to your injuries. Additionally, to ride a motorcycle in Florida without a helmet, the rider must be 21 years of age and be covered by an insurance policy providing at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries incurred while riding a motorcycle.  It is important to have Eltringham Law Group on your side to ensure you are fairly compensated.