In Brevard County Florida, car accidents are a daily commodity. This disappointing fact also unfortunately includes motorcycles. Often, these can be particularly deadly accidents due to the nature of a motorcycle being inherently less safe than a car. However, those fortunate enough to get away injured rather than something worse may be at a loss as to what steps to take next. Motorcycle accidents are slightly different from standard vehicle accidents in that the insurance is a bit different. However, they do both fall under the jurisdiction of a personal injury attorney. If the accident was not your fault, you will likely want to get a lawyer in order to find compensation for your troubles.
Pursuing a Settlement
You do have legal options should you or someone you care for get into a motorcycle accident and are injured. There are a few steps to take in order to prepare for this moment. For the most part, you have to take care of yourself insurance-wise. Make sure that you have every kind of necessary insurance, such as liability and collision insurance. Be sure that you also have either underinsured or uninsured driver insurance too, just in case whoever hits you does not have insurance. That kind of accident can leave you drowning in medical bills that the responsible party simply cannot pay. However, if you are fully covered, you have just about everything you need to pursue a settlement!
Step by Step Process
First and foremost, if you are in an accident or know someone who was, don’t move! Wait for emergency personnel as movement can make any injuries you have sustained exponentially worse, particularly those suffered in the back, neck, or head. If you have minor injuries, call 911 and in the meantime, take pictures. Move as minimally as possible, just to be safe. You may not notice some injuries you have sustained because of adrenaline and other factors. The pictures you take can be used as evidence against the responsible party.
Once you are being taken care of by medical professionals, or once you are home and out of their care, start looking into a personal injury attorney, preferably one who specializes specifically in motorcycle accidents. They will likely be more familiar with the insurance territory and the law surrounding motorcycles in specific better than a regular lawyer might. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Your lawyer will be able to keep you informed on your case and work on getting your settlement so you can focus on healing.
They will also be able to give you recommendations and guidance on where to go, what to do, what doctors to see, etc. in order to best help your case. More than likely, they won’t demand a penny from you until they win your settlement, so you can focus on one thing at a time. In many ways, it is very similar to if you were in a car accident, but details can vary between the two, particularly in the case of insurance. Be sure to answer any questions your lawyer has but try not to worry too much.