Tuesday, January 23, 2018

4 Ways a Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help You

Not everyone who gets into a motorcycle accident is quick to pick up the phone and call an attorney. Some are skeptical about the profession, others may be afraid they can’t afford a lawyer and still, others may not wish to sue someone for what was truly an accident. There is so much more, however, to hiring a Florida personal injury attorney. Despite what you may think, or may have even experienced in the past, your lawyer works for you. Whether you simply wish to file an insurance claim, have questions about your insurance coverage, or need to litigate in order to recover compensation for your serious motorcycle accident injuries, the Dolman Law Group can help. Here are four ways how.

1. Analyze Case Liability

If you’ve been involved in a Florida motorcycle accident, it’s statistically likely that you suffered personal injuries as a result. If you’ve lost wages or incurred substantial medical bills as the result of your motorcycle accident and believe, but are not sure, another driver may be liable for your injuries, a Florida personal injury attorney can help analyze the facts of your accident in order to determine whether you have a case under Florida law. The legal cause of action in accident cases is generally something called “negligence.” In order to prove that another driver’s negligent behavior caused your injuries, you need to be able to present evidence of the following:

  • Duty: The driver had a duty to you to operate his or her motor vehicle in a safe manner and in accordance with Florida law;
  • Breach: The driver failed to take measures to operate the vehicle in a safe, reasonable, or legal manner;
  • Causation: As a result of the driver’s breach, you were involved in a motorcycle accident, and
  • Damages: As a result of the accident, you sustained injuries or other compensable damages.

Your personal injury attorney will analyze the facts and evidence presented to her, including the police report, your account of the accident, and pictures of the scene in order to determine whether there was negligence on the part of another.

2. Filing an Insurance Claim

Although Florida motorcyclists are not required to carry no-fault insurance if they are over 21 and wear a helmet, many riders chose to do so. In this case, it does not matter who is liable for the accident, i.e., “no fault,” because you can still file a claim with your no-fault insurance company to recover some compensation for your lost wages and medical bills. Even without no-fault insurance, if your attorney determines that there may have been liability on the part of the other driver, you can make a claim with the other driver’s liability insurance company to recover compensation for the following:

  • Medical bills;
  • Lost wages;
  • Medical equipment and pharmaceuticals;
  • Rehabilitation; and
  • Pain and suffering.
The insurance company will likely analyze the documentation submitted by your attorney and it may make you an offer to settle the case for a certain sum of money within the policy limits.

3. Litigating in Florida Courts

If the insurance company either refuses to settle the case or is not offering a sufficient amount of money to compensate you for your injuries, your motorcycle accident attorney can take your case before a Florida court. He will file a complaint against the negligent driver, and more often than not, the driver’s insurance company’s attorney will defend the action. Your attorney will conduct “discovery” with the insurance company, which is when evidence is exchanged between the parties and will eventually ask the court to rule in your favor. The case may even go to trial before a jury, and your attorney may be able to get a verdict in your favor. Litigation may result in a higher payout to you in the end, but it also tends to take longer to receive the compensation you deserve. It may be worthwhile to take a smaller settlement amount in order to get paid more quickly, but it is your decision as the client. Accordingly, you should discuss with your attorney what the best option for you is after a motorcycle accident.

4. Enforcing the Judgment and Settling Debts

Even after a case settles or you have a verdict in your favor after a trial, there is still a lot of paperwork to deal with. For example, certain public assistance programs are entitled to reimbursement for assistance provided to you in the past, and your doctors may have a lien on the litigation for unpaid medical bills. Some parties who lost wages or the ability to work as the result of the accident will also turn to legal lending companies to keep them afloat while the litigation is pending. As a result, there may be liens that need to be negotiated and settled before you are entitled to payment of the proceeds of litigation. Having an attorney on your team to ensure that the insurance company pays you the money you’re entitled to and all liens get settled in a timely manner is invaluable in motorcycle accident cases.
Contact a Clearwater, Florida Personal Injury and Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Riding is a lifestyle, one that not every attorney understands. If you are suffering from personal injuries, including emotional or psychological injuries, as the result of a Florida motorcycle accident, it is important to contact a Florida personal injury attorney to discuss your case. You are entitled to compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering if another driver was negligent, and you should not be afraid to contact a personal injury attorney and explain to him what you are looking for. Most personal injury attorneys do not charge you anything out-of-pocket. Take advantage of your no-risk, free consultation with the Dolman Law Group, your premier personal injury and motorcycle lawyers in the greater Tampa Bay area. They are here to fight for your right to compensation, and they can advise you as to whether you have a claim for personal injuries under Florida law. Contact them today online or at (727) 451-6900.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765

(727) 451-6900