Although motorcycles and passenger vehicles share Florida’s roads, drivers and riders are not subject to the same laws and insurance coverage. In fact, Florida motorcycle accident victims face unique challenges after their accidents, which is one reason why it is important to work with a Florida personal injury attorney after this type of accident.
One challenge for motorcycle accident victims is that injuries can be far more severe from a motorcycle accident than from a Florida car accident. Car accident victims are protected by seat belts, windshields, and by the structure of their vehicle. Riders do not have any such protection and are often thrown from their motorcycle in an accident. Accident survivors may face permanent injuries or injuries that require long-term care and recovery. As well, Florida does not currently have motorcycle laws for riders. When riders are in an accident and are not wearing a helmet, the risk of serious brain injury and fatalities is much higher. For this reason, it is important to always wear a helmet when getting on a motorcycle, even if the law does not require it.
Motorcycle accident victims face other challenges as well. Many insurance companies have very low offers for motorcycle accident victims, even though such victims are in fact more likely than car accident victims to have long-term and expensive medical costs. Many accident survivors find that they need to work with an experienced Florida motorcycle accident attorney to recover a fair settlement that covers medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages caused by the accident.
Florida laws do protect motorcycle accident victims. If you have been in a Florida traffic accident while riding your motorcycle, you can seek compensation for any damages caused by the recklessness or negligence of any liable parties. Victims can seek compensation for medical costs, lost wages, suffering, loss of quality of life, and property damage caused by the accident.
The laws surrounding motorcycle accidents are more important than ever before. Thanks to the lower costs of motorcycles and the good mileage these vehicles offer, many Florida residents are turning to motorcycles as an alternative form of transportation for financial reasons. It is important for these new riders to be aware of their rights in an accident. If you have been in a Florida traffic accident on a motorcycle, contact a qualified Florida attorney soon after your accident to be apprised of your rights and legal choices. A good attorney can negotiate on your behalf with insurance providers, can investigate your accident, can represent you if you decide to seek legal redress, and can ensure that you make an informed decision in your case.
For example, you can contact the Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss your case – with no obligation. The Flaxman Law group is conveniently located in Miami, Homestead, and Hollywood, and has already helped thousands of South Florida personal injury victims secure a settlement or a court victory. Call today to arrange your appointment to learn more about our experienced legal team.