Hialeah, Florida, Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Victims of motorcycle accidents often need medical treatment and months – or even years – of recovery time. During this time, you could be left facing severe pain and suffering, the inability to support your family and a new reliance on home care or hospitalization. You likely need the help of an experienced Hialeah motorcycle accident lawyer to handle your case and get you compensation for your injuries.
Hiring an attorney to help you get compensation can give you peace of mind so that you can focus on your recovery. An attorney can negotiate with insurance companies to get you the payments you need. If negotiations fail, a Hialeah motorcycle injury lawyer can take your case before a judge and jury to fight for compensation.
For a free legal consultation on your injury case, call me, attorney Jared Newman, at 954-329-5955 today. At my firm, Jared Newman, Esq., I help victims and their families in their times of need. Contact me to discuss your case and start on the road to financial recovery.
Types Of Injuries In Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accident victims tend to face more serious injuries than victims of other vehicle accidents. Because motorcycle riders do not have the protection of a vehicle around them, these victims are often more vulnerable to injuries caused by other drivers. Depending on how your accident happened, you may need help recovering from injuries such as those listed below.
Sliding across the street in an accident can damage your skin and the tissue underneath. Many riders face serious abrasions and road rash injuries despite protective clothing and gloves.
Back, Neck And Spine Injuries
Whether you fell on your side, back or front, back and spine injuries are likely in a motorcycle crash. Many motorcycle accident victims find themselves facing ongoing back, neck and spinal injuries that keep them from work and make it hard to get back on the bike.
Motorcycle accident victims often try to brace during an accident, potentially breaking bones in the process. Riders are also vulnerable to side impacts that could break a leg, hip, collarbone or other bone. Broken ribs are also quite common, making recovery more painful.
Although many motorcycle riders wear helmets, some riders are not required to wear helmets in Florida. These riders often face severe head injuries in crashes. Even with a helmet, concussions and traumatic brain injuries are still common as are facial injuries and fractures to the nose, orbit, jaw or other bones in the head and face.
An unfortunate number of motorcycle accident victims face amputation from serious crashes. Motorcyclists ride with one leg on either side of their bikes, and side-impact crashes can often severely injure their legs. If you are struck by another vehicle or slammed against an object, you could face traumatic amputation or require surgical amputation later.
Damages For Motorcycle Accidents And Injuries In Florida
If you have faced serious injuries like the ones listed above, you could be entitled to sue the driver who hit you. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by negligent drivers in cars and trucks. These drivers may not take proper precautions to watch out for motorcycle riders around them, causing crashes they should have taken steps to avoid. Many accidents that would not cause injury to the occupant of another car could result in serious, life-altering injuries for motorcycle riders. These drivers can often be held accountable and ordered to pay the victims for their injuries.
Victims of Hialeah motorcycle accidents typically pursue damages in one of two tracks:
Florida’s no-fault insurance rules demand that accident victims file through insurance in most cases. Every driver is required to carry insurance so that their insurance can pay claims without proof of who caused the crash. However, these policies tend to include deductibles and may limit payments for pain and suffering.
If your injuries are worth more than $10,000 or involve permanent injuries, you could be entitled to file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance. However, you will need to prove they were at fault to get paid. Their insurance companies may be more reluctant to pay damages and could deny your claim entirely.
If you meet the requirements to file a claim with the other driver’s insurance, you can usually file a lawsuit instead. With over $10,000 worth of injuries, permanent injuries or the death of a loved one, you can sue instead of relying on insurance.
In a lawsuit, you will need to prove to a judge and jury that the other driver was responsible for the crash. Then, the court can award whatever damages you can prove at their full value. This can potentially include greater compensation for pain and suffering, all without paying deductibles. Talk to me about whether you qualify for a lawsuit.
Settlements For Hialeah Motorcycle Accidents
The majority of lawsuits and insurance claims filed in Florida do not go to trial. Instead, lawyers negotiate with insurance companies, and the victim is offered a settlement.
Never accept a settlement before reviewing it with a lawyer. While settlement is ultimately the best choice in most cases, you should not settle for a lower amount than your injuries are worth. In many cases, a lawsuit would be more expensive than a settlement, and insurance companies often give in to settlement demands and pay fair values. Talk to an attorney about any settlement offers you receive.
Call Jared Newman, Esq.
Call my firm if you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle crash. I help victims get the damages they need to support themselves and their families after an accident. For your free case consultation, call me at 954-329-5955.