Even minor motorcycle accidents can become a nightmare for motorcyclists. Those wearing the proper gear are likely to survive, though they may still suffer injuries as a result of their accident.
If you or someone you love is involved in a motorcycle accident, there are a few things that you should be aware of. Here is a quick guide to help you know what to do after a motorcycle accident.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
It is never helpful to exchange stories with the other driver(s) or admit to any fault. Your focus should instead be about getting treated for your injuries and following Florida traffic laws.
1. Seek Medical Attention
If you can, call 911 and request an ambulance. Ask for assistance from someone nearby if you are unable to call an ambulance yourself. According to Florida law, all drivers involved in the accident should stop to see if anyone needs medical attention.
If you are able to walk away from the accident, make sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident. Many injuries–small and large–can surface hours or days after your accident. Your doctor can help you determine if you’ve suffered injuries of any kind and begin treating them right away.
2. Contact the Police
Make sure you remain at the scene until the police arrive.
3. Record Details of the Accident
Note the extent of the damage to your bike, the other vehicle, and any other property damage around you. It is a good idea to take pictures of the scene, including any damage to property.
If possible, get pictures of your injuries. You will need to submit these pictures to the other driver’s insurance company when you are able. These pictures will also be helpful in the discovery stage of a personal injury lawsuit.
4. Exchange Information with the Other Driver(s)
By Florida law, you should exchange contact and registration information with the other driver, and vice versa. If any witnesses remained to assist, be sure to also get their contact information as well.
5. Speak with a Personal Injury Attorney
Depending on the severity of your injuries, insurance payout caps may not fully cover your medical bills, along with any lost wages during the time it takes for you to recover. Board certified personal injury attorneys at Balkan and Patterson will be able to discuss with you the details of your case at no charge.
Additionally, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you if the insurance company is uncooperative.
Florida No-Fault Law Does Not Apply
Concerning vehicle accidents, Florida law stipulates that each person’s insurance covers their property damage and injuries. However, if the accident involves a motorcycle, this law does not apply.
Motorcyclists are required to carry $10,000/$20,000 in bodily injury liability, as well as $10,000 in property liability. They are not required to carry personal injury protection (PIP) as is required for 4-wheeled (or more) vehicles. The state recommends (but doesn’t require) that motorcyclists also carry uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
In the case of a motorcycle accident, the at-fault driver’s insurance must cover the cost of damage and injury for the not-at-fault driver. In most motorcycle accident cases, the car driver is held responsible.
Why It is Vital to Work with an Experienced Vehicle Accident Attorney
If you’ve suffered serious injuries after a motorcycle crash involving another vehicle, you need an experienced attorney to help you navigate insurance payments. Most importantly, you will likely qualify to receive damages in a personal injury claim.
After major injuries in a motorcycle accident, it is unlikely that insurance payments will be able to fully cover all your expenses. There are medical bills, rehab costs, and even lost wages if you are unable to go to work for a time.
Board certified personal injury attorneys at Balkan and Patterson can help you receive full compensation for your injuries so you can focus on getting healthy.
A Car Driver’s Responsibility to Share the Road with Motorcycles
Those driving cars are expected by Florida law to exercise greater care for the safety of motorcyclists. While in some motorcycle accidents, the rider can be named at fault, chances are that the car driver will be deemed the negligent party.
As such, there is a good chance that you will qualify for compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. An experienced attorney can help you know whether or not you have a strong case. Additionally, he can help you properly identify the total amount of damages that you should receive in a personal injury claim.
For more information about how a South Florida personal injury attorney can help you with your motorcycle accident case, contact Balkan and Patterson at 561-750-9191 or visit our website.