FAQ About Motorcycle Accidents
Answers you can trust from an experienced Tampa attorney
After you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, it’s common to have a lot of questions. Finding accurate information can sometimes be a challenge. That’s why it’s important to talk with someone who knows the law, knows the area, and has extensive experience dealing with motorcycle accidents.
Tampa motorcycle accident lawyer Armando Edmiston can answer your questions. That’s because he and the rest of his legal team at Armando Personal Injury Law have years of experience dealing with serious motorcycle accidents in Tampa and throughout Florida’s Gulf Coast. If you have a legal question, we will do our best to provide you with an honest answer.
What is your motorcycle accident question?
If you are wondering what to do after a motorcycle accident, you’ve come to the right place. Below, you’ll find some of the most frequently asked questions about motorcycle accidents we often hear from clients at our Tampa law firm. These questions cover a wide range of legal issues often associated with motorcycle accidents. That’s why we’re happy to help you and the rest of your family after your crash.
- Should I contact the police after my motorcycle crash?
- Should I see a doctor after my motorcycle accident?
- Should I talk to the driver who caused my motorcycle crash?
- Should I talk to the other driver’s insurance company after my motorcycle accident?
- Should I talk to the other driver’s attorney after my motorcycle crash?
- Should I accept a settlement offer for my motorcycle accident?
- How much is my motorcycle accident worth?
- What can I be compensated for after my motorcycle accident?
- Should I file a motorcycle accident lawsuit?
- How long does it normally take to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit?
- Is there a deadline in Florida to take legal action after my motorcycle crash?
- Should I hire a lawyer if another driver caused my motorcycle accident?
- Can I still recover compensation if I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
- Can I file a claim with my own insurance company after a motorcycle accident?
Don’t see your specific question listed above? Don’t worry. Even if you see your question here, it’s always important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. That’s because each crash is different and presents its own unique challenges. That’s why we’re eager to meet with you.
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Should I contact the police after my motorcycle crash?
Yes. If another driver caused your motorcycle accident, make sure you contact the police and ask them to respond to your crash. Having an official police report can often eliminate many questions later about exactly what happened. That way, you will hopefully not have any problems obtaining the financial compensation you deserve for your crash. If the crash was a hit-and-run, it is crucial to call the police because that is a crime.
Should I see a doctor after my motorcycle accident?
Yes. Even if you feel fine, you could have a serious internal injury due to your motorcycle accident. If you don’t have a doctor examine you, your injury could get worse or even turn fatal, in certain circumstances. Having an official medical record of your injuries can also often be very helpful when trying to obtain financial compensation for your accident. Insurance companies often refer to medical records when determining how much to compensate motorcycle crash injury victims.
Should I talk to the driver who caused my motorcycle crash?
If you do, make sure to keep your comments brief. Simply ask for the driver’s name, address, phone number and insurance information. Do not admit any wrongdoing. Do not answer any questions about the accident. Anything you say to the other driver could be used as evidence to reduce or deny your motorcycle accident claim.
Should I talk to the other driver’s insurance company after my motorcycle accident?
No. If the other driver’s insurance company contacts you after your motorcycle crash, do not answer their questions. Even if their questions seem innocent and straightforward, it’s important to understand that anything you say to them could be used to deny your accident claim and make it harder to prove fault. Simply tell them to contact our law firm. We know how to deal with insurance companies and demand the compensation you deserve.
Should I talk to the other driver’s attorney after my motorcycle crash?
No. Anything you say to the other driver’s attorney can be used against you when trying to obtain the financial compensation you need and deserve for your motorcycle crash. Attorneys know this. That’s why they’ll likely ask you trick questions designed to make you say something they can use to blame your accident on you. We know the games they play and know how to deal with other lawyers. Allow us to be your voice for justice.
Should I accept a settlement offer for my motorcycle accident?
Always be skeptical of insurance companies agreeing to settle your motorcycle accident claim, especially soon after your crash. What might seem like a generous offer might not even come close to covering all your accident-related expenses. Since you often forfeit your right to request additional money once you accept a settlement offer, it’s important to carefully consider an offer like this before accepting it. We can help you review your offer and decide if you should agree to accept it.
How much is my motorcycle accident worth?
There’s no set dollar amount or average payout for motorcycle accidents. Each one is different. Some are worth a few thousand dollars. Others may be worth millions. The difference often comes down to the financial impact of your motorcycle and the total cost of all your accident-related expenses. We can help you determine this figure and then demand the money you deserve for crash.
What can I be compensated for after my motorcycle accident?
In general, you should be financially compensated for any expenses related to your motorcycle accident, including:
- Emergency medical care after your accident
- Follow-up medical care
- Surgical procedures associated with your accident
- Physical therapy
- In-home nursing care
- Modifications to your home, if you have a permanent disability due to your accident
- Lost income, if you cannot work during your recovery
- Lost future income, if you cannot return to work after your accident
Should I file a motorcycle accident lawsuit?
Perhaps. Sometimes, the best way to obtain the financial compensation you need and deserve for your motorcycle accident is to file a lawsuit against the driver who caused your crash. We realize some people may be reluctant to take legal action, but if you don’t do so, you might not get the money you need and deserve for accident-related expenses, which can easily add up to thousands or even millions of dollars, depending on the severity of your crash.
How long does it normally take to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit?
In most cases, our law firm can file a motorcycle accident lawsuit within three days of contacting our law firm, if we have all the information we need.
Is there a deadline in Florida to take legal action after my motorcycle crash?
Yes. Under Florida law, you have up to two years, in most cases, to file a lawsuit from the date of your motorcycle crash. This deadline (known as the statute of limitations) might seem like a long time, but the reality is the longer you wait to take legal action, the harder it often becomes to find the facts you need to build a strong, legal case. Evidence disappears. Memories fade. Witnesses move away. Don’t delay. Take action today. Contact our law firm.
Should I hire a lawyer if another driver caused my motorcycle accident?
Yes. There are so many reasons why you should hire a motorcycle accident lawyer after your accident. The main reason why is it’s important that your voice is heard loud and clear after your crash. Often, other attorneys or insurance companies will try to silence you and bully you into accepting a settlement offer that doesn’t even come close to covering your accident-related expenses. Or they may try to blame you for causing your accident, even when you did nothing wrong.
Our law firm can help you set the record straight. We know how to investigate complex motorcycle crashes. We know how to deal with other attorneys and insurance companies. If they refuse to cooperate, we won’t hesitate to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit on your behalf and take them to court. The stakes are high after many motorcycle accidents. Our law firm is ready to rise to the challenge. Count on us when it counts most. Contact our law firm today.
Can I still recover compensation if I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
Helmets can help protect motorcyclists from some injuries, but they only do so much. Remember that adult motorcyclists over the age of 21 are not required to wear a helmet in Florida if they carry an insurance policy with at least $10,000 in medical insurance coverage.
If you are injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, you are still able to recover financial compensation even if you weren’t wearing a helmet. Just because you weren’t wearing a helmet doesn’t absolve the at-fault driver of responsibility. However, the insurance company will try to argue that your injuries would not have been as severe had you been wearing one. This is an attempt to try to limit your compensation under Florida’s comparative negligence system. A motorcycle accident lawyer can help you fight back.
Can I file a claim with my own insurance company after a motorcycle accident?
You may, depending on the type of insurance you have. While motorcycle insurance is technically not required in Florida, you must have proof of financial responsibility if you are involved in an accident. For most motorcyclists, that means an insurance policy with at least $10,000 in bodily injury liability coverage per person and $20,000 per accident, and $10,000 in property damage liability coverage per accident. It is also recommended that motorcyclists carry at least $10,000 in medical insurance coverage, as well as UM/UIM coverage if they are injured in an accident caused by a driver with no insurance or not enough.