Motorcycle accidents often cause riders to suffer catastrophic injuries and considerable financial setbacks. A St. Cloud motorcycle accident lawyer from Bogin, Munns & Munns can help you recover compensation for your injuries and losses.
What Are Recoverable Damages?
Recoverable damages are related to injuries and financial losses. A personal injury attorney can help calculate economic damages, such as medical bills, as well as subjective damages, such as loss of quality of life. In general, these damages may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Property damage
- Reimbursement for medical costs (e.g., ambulance transportation, hospitalization, surgeries, medications, physical therapy)
- Lost income or wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Funeral and burial expenses for wrongful death cases
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What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
The following steps can help you protect your rights in the event of a motorcycle accident and prepare you to make a solid case for your right to receive compensation:
Seek Medical Care Immediately
Assess yourself and others for injuries – if you or another person has been hurt, call 911 to request emergency medical services. Even if you believe your accident-related injuries are relatively minor, it’s essential to have your health condition assessed by a medical professional. Failure to seek treatment for injuries sustained after an accident can result in significant complications down the road.
Contact Law Enforcement
If you call 911, the police will probably show up at the accident scene. If you do not, it’s crucial to contact law enforcement to report the event to ensure a formal police report is created, including essential details about the accident scene and the information of other involved motorists or eyewitnesses. This can serve as supporting evidence for your claim and add to its credibility.
Collect Information and Take Photos of the Scene
If you are able, after contacting first responders, you can begin gathering names, phone numbers, insurance policy information, and license plate numbers of others involved in the accident and any eyewitnesses.
It’s also in your best interest to make a mental note of whatever details you can about the accident scene and your recollection of the moments leading up to it.
If you have a cell phone or camera, take photos of the following:
- Accident scene
- Skid marks, tire tracks
- Vehicles involved and their positions
- Property damage
You should record the time of the accident, any outstanding details about weather conditions, traffic signs, or suspicious driving activity, particularly that of a potentially liable party.
Consider Working With a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Before you contact any insurance company, you can consult with a motorcycle accident attorney. A lawyer can help you prepare an appropriate statement for the liable party’s insurer that can’t be held against you later in the claims process.
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How a St. Cloud Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help
A lawyer from our firm can help you handle all aspects of your motorcycle accident claim.
They Can Help You Navigate the Complex Legal System
Personal injury attorneys know how to determine negligence and liability, file legal documents, and what evidence you’ll need to secure a settlement or present your case in court. They will also ensure all legal deadlines are met, such as the statutes of limitations for personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits, which are four years and two years, according to Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a) and Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(d).
They Will Deal With Insurers
A motorcycle accident attorney can help you by fostering confidence as you deal with insurance companies that may fight your claim. Insurance companies may encourage you to accept a low-ball offer. However, your personal injury attorney can fight back through negotiations and let them know that you are willing to file a civil suit if necessary.
They Will Help Determine if a Settlement or Lawsuit is in Your Best Interests
Personal injury attorneys also assist clients in identifying and selecting the best avenues for pursuing compensation. For example, if an insurer offers an agreeable settlement, you may be better off settling and avoiding further legal action. Other times, a strong case can win in court, and additional compensation may be awarded that would be previously unavailable through insurance.
It’s understandable to try to avoid filing a lawsuit and going to court. It can take considerable time, money, and patience to go up against an insurance carrier or negligent party unwilling to admit they are at fault. Lawyers know how to up the ante with negotiations—but will also take your case to trial if necessary.
They Will Identify All Liable Parties
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “the majority of multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes generally are caused when other drivers simply didn’t see the motorcyclist.” Although most of these accidents result from another motorist’s negligence, liability is often challenged, in part because motorcycles are widely perceived to be dangerous.
For these reasons and others, a prompt investigation to preserve all evidence and uncover all legal and financial responsibility sources is essential in a motorcycle accident. Our motorcycle accident attorneys at Bogin, Munns & Munns will thoroughly analyze case facts and protect your legal interests. Examples of negligence include the following:
- Inattentive or distracted driving
- Failing to obey traffic signals
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Driving while intoxicated
Liability for motorcycle accidents can be related to factors involving less obvious parties. Examples include construction companies where road design or traffic maintenance may have contributed to a wreck. Auto and motorcycle manufacturers can also be held accountable under other legal approaches, such as a product liability claim.
In these situations, you might be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the car or motorcycle manufacturer for a product liability claim or against the manufacturer of the part that failed.
Our St. Cloud motorcycle accident attorneys will conduct a comprehensive investigation to determine the best course of legal action if we are retained to represent you. In addition, we have access to qualified investigative experts in accident reconstruction and the medical field to help support our client’s claims.
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Motorcycle Accident Claims Can Be Challenging: We Can Help
Our motorcycle accident attorneys with Bogin, Munns & Munns can help. We know how to effectively navigate the legal system, when to fight and when to settle, and we will work to secure the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.