In 2019, there were nearly 600,000 motorcycle registrations in Florida, the second most such registrations in the United States. The great weather here provides motorcyclists with year-round opportunities to feel the freedom of the road. But just because there are more of you doesn’t mean motorists in cars and trucks are any better at watching out for you. There is still a high chance that you’ll be involved in a motorcycle accident, and if you are, handling the claim yourself, while possibly tempting, is a very bad idea.
Severity of Accident
While many car and truck drivers walk away without a scratch when they’re involved in an accident with a motorcycle, the cyclist is usually not so lucky. The severity of your injuries means that you’re going to need as much compensation as you can possibly get.
Do you know how to get the police report for your accident and the camera footage in the area where it happened? Will you be able to track down witnesses and get statements that will be admissible in court? Can you recreate the accident to determine exactly what happened? If you’re like most people, you probably answered no to these questions. You probably have never had to worry about these critical aspects of a motor vehicle accident. Attorneys have access to investigators who we will employ on your behalf to get all the evidence you need to prove your case. Don’t let a missing piece of evidence derail your case.
Many motor vehicle accident victims settle with the insurance company or at-fault party and never see the inside of a courtroom. However, you should always expect that possibility, particularly if it’s not clear who’s at fault. If you file your own claim and it’s denied, are you going to be able to file a lawsuit and argue your case in front of a judge and jury? There is always a chance that you’ll have to go through a trial and you don’t want to face that situation unprepared.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you are facing a mountain of medical bills, but that’s not all your case could be worth. It’s possible that you’ll also have lost wages, lost potential earnings, loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and other charges.
You may think you’re saving money by filing a motorcycle accident claim on your own instead of hiring a lawyer. However, you could be leaving a significant amount of money on the table or you could be jeopardizing your case altogether. At the very least, seek the advice of an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to make sure you’re doing everything possible to get what you deserve.