When a motorcycle has an accident with a car or truck it is the motorcyclist who can suffer a severe injury. Injuries may include broken bones, head injuries, or even death.
Unfortunately, some car and truck drivers just don’t pay attention or don’t see a motorcycle. This could be because of distracted driving or a motorcycle may be in their blind spot and they didn’t make a good check in the mirror.
Who will pay for my damaged motorcycle, my medical bills and lost wages?
Ultimately, the at fault driver will be responsible for damages to the motorcycle, medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering and this settlement can come from the at fault driver’s bodily injury/property damage liability policy.
However, riders who are injured in a crash may have a tough time recovering compensation for their injury. Florida is a “No-Fault” state where every vehicle owner is supposed to carry PIP insurance for themselves and members of their household. But PIP only is required for “motor vehicles” and a motor vehicle is defined in Florida as a vehicle with 4 wheels. Motorcyclists are not required to carry PIP and even if the motorcyclist is the owner of another vehicle and has PIP on that vehicle, the coverage doesn’t extend to accidents on the motorcycle. With no insurance, it may be difficult for the rider to cover the costly doctor and hospital bills that result from a motorcycle accident. An experienced motorcycle attorney can assist in determining coverage issues and determine options for recovering medical bills and lost wages.
Motorcycle Accidents are Increasing
Motorcycle accidents are increasing as more riders get on a bike. Motorcycle accidents were the leading non-combat cause of death for US service members. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need the legal expertise from the lawyers at Passman Law.
What should I do if I am in a Motorcycle Accident with a Car or Truck?
If you are in a motorcycle accident there is a good chance that you are not going to be able to collect driver information at the scene, take photographs, etc. because you are likely the one who will have a serious injury and be taken from the scene by ambulance. But if you hire an experienced attorney right away, your attorney can start the process of gathering evidence for your claim. This would include obtaining the police and investigative reports, gathering witness statements, making photos, reconstructing the accident and gathering your medical records and lost wage evidence. Your attorney will also contact the insurance companies.
Tips to Prevent Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Riding a motorcycle is inherently risky. The best steps are those that riders take to avoid a motorcycle accident in the first place. It is important to remember to use lane choice and lane positioning to stay visible to drivers and to always scan the road for escape paths to avoid a collision. Stay out of car and truck blind spots and avoid poor choices such as consuming alcohol before riding.
For occasions where the accident is unavoidable, it is always best to wear all the protective gear all the time including a full face helmet, a motorcycle jacket with armor, gloves, and boots.
Todd C. Passman, P.A. handles motorcycle accident cases in Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, Stuart, and Okeechobee, Florida, and surrounding areas.
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Being injured in a motorcycle accident can completely derail a person’s life. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a motorcycle accident in Florida, contact Todd C. Passman today, at (772) 465-9806.