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Naples Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Serving Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, Lee County, Naples, Collier County, Port Charlotte, and Charlotte County, FL
When you are involved in a motorcycle accident, the injuries that you suffer are most likely severe and you may be lucky to be alive. It’s hard to deal with such a life-altering injury after the dust settles. Our Naples motorcycle accident lawyers want you to know that you are entitled to receive justice for your damages and injuries. If you are a victim of a careless or negligent person who caused you harm, please get in contact with us as soon as possible. Set up a free consultation with us as soon as you can.
Motorcycle Accident Claim Process
When you have your life turned upside down by a motorcycle accident, you might wonder how the lawsuit works when you file a claim for your damages and injuries. If you are at all familiar with how car accident cases work, motorcycle accidents aren’t that much different, aside from the bias that people feel against motorcyclists. A lot of people tend to believe that motorcyclists are reckless drivers and any harm that befalls them is their own fault. It’s a tough job for our Naples motorcycle accident lawyers to remind everyone that you are still the victim here. We fight for you to get your justice, despite the bias that people might feel.
Through insurance negotiations, your lawyer and the liable party’s insurance company is going to try to find a settlement award that is fair. If you are not able to come up with an agreement together, then the case will go to trial. This is less common, but it still happens regularly. The issue with this bias against motorcyclists is really a problem when you have a jury full of people who have this bias. It’s our job to make sure that it does not affect the way the case goes. When you are selecting the lawyer to represent your case, you want to ensure that they will protect your rights to justice and fight against this silly preconceived notion that you are somehow more dangerous than anybody else on the road. We take these cases seriously so you get the justice you deserve.
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Be very careful who you choose to represent you, as this is your one opportunity to get justice for your case. If someone bungles your case, you do not get to go back and ask for a different outcome. Our Naples motorcycle accident lawyers are going to fight tirelessly to ensure that your end results are fair.
Get Medical Care Immediately
Some of the most severe injuries that we see on highways are because of motorcycle accidents. A lot of the horror stories that ambulance workers have seen involve motorcyclists and those who survive these types of accidents are considered to be very fortunate to be alive. Getting the medical attention that you need is crucial for your well-being and the success of your case.
You need to make sure that your very first priority over anything else is getting the medical attention that you need. If you are well enough to stay on the scene to collect evidence, that’s great, but if you are not, you need to make sure that you get in front of a doctor as soon as you physically can. If that means you get in an ambulance to get to the emergency room, you should absolutely do that. We need you to take care of yourself and we also need your medical records as evidence of all the injuries that the liable party is responsible for.
The reason why we are so adamant about you getting immediate medical care is because the insurance company who represents the liable party is going to be on the lookout for any way that they can reduce the compensation that they give you. If they noticed that you did not receive medical care immediately after your accident, they are going to start questioning the legitimacy of your claim. They might claim that you could not possibly be as injured as you say you were if you were able to wait to seek medical attention. That would allow them to reduce what they will give you in compensation. They might also go as far to say that you might not have gotten these injuries from this accident which would essentially let them throw out your case. Our Naples motorcycle accident lawyers don’t want this to happen to you.
What You Could Recover in Damages
When we are determining what your compensation award is going to be, there are a lot of things that we need to consider. There are several factors that determine your compensation when you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. We have noticed that the injuries people suffer in motorcycle accidents tend to be more severe than car accidents. That might mean that your compensation would be higher. We do take into account the severity of the injuries that you have suffered in your accident when we determine the value of your case. You need to understand the importance of having the right Naples motorcycle accident lawyers handle your case to ensure that the end results accurately reflect everything that you have been through after this accident.
Your compensation breaks down into two types of damages: economic and non-economic.
Economic damages are your financial losses such as lost wages and benefits from having to be away from work or not being able to return to work, as well as the medical bills you’ve incurred because of your injuries. These economic damages will last for as long as you will be financially impacted by this accident, which could be forever for some people.
Non-economic damages are things such as your pain and suffering. If you’ve had Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after your accident, then you would be able to receive compensation for that type of damage.
Sometimes, you will be able to receive punitive damages if there was gross negligence involved or an intent to harm involved in your motorcycle accident. If someone intentionally clipped your motorcycle on the highway because they were experiencing road rage, you might be able to recover punitive damages that are meant to personally punish the person that harmed you.
Issues We May Face
When you file a claim for a motorcycle accident, it won’t be simple and quick. There will be issues. Fortunately, your Naples motorcycle accident lawyers will know how to handle these issues. It is very important for you to be aware of the obstacles that you might be up against, especially considering that the insurance company does not want to give you the money that you deserve because it will cost them. They will try to delay the case to force you to take a low settlement offer. They will offer you much less than you deserve and it is up to us to get the fullest possible amount out of them.
Something that almost every single insurance company is aware of are the fault laws in Florida that allow them to reduce your compensation if they can blame you for a portion of the accident. When they reach out to you shortly after your accident, they are doing so in hopes that you agree to give them a recorded statement. You really should never give them any statement of any kind because you are not legally obligated to do so, for one. They already have all the information that they need from the police report and they don’t need to hear the story from your point of view. They will try to tell you that it helps the case gets solved quicker, but if you give them this statement, they will ask you questions that could potentially end up hurting your case in the long run.
Something that you also need to consider is the time-sensitive nature of these cases. You do need to reach out to our Naples motorcycle accident lawyers right away so that whatever evidence that you didn’t catch they can get for you. You want to get statements from your witnesses sooner rather than later before they forget key moments of the accident that could help you win your case. You were also held to the legal deadline in Florida. The statute of limitations is four years; if you bring your case after this deadline, you do not get to receive compensation for your damages and injuries.
Call Our Naples Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
When there are still people on the road who violate traffic laws and end up causing serious damage and injury to other people, they need to be held accountable for this. If you are a victim of these negligent and careless people and you’ve suffered a motorcycle accident injury that’s changed your life, please call our Naples motorcycle accident lawyers today. You deserve to have full and fair justice after your life’s been flipped upside down. Set up your free, first consultation today.