Motorcycle Accident Attorney In Winter Park
Unfortunately, Florida is the most dangerous state in the country for motorcycle accidents according to an NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) study. In fact, there are more than 10,000 motorcycle accidents in the State of Florida each year. This equates to more than 500 rider fatalities and roughly 30 motorcycle passenger deaths each year. However, riding a motorcycle can be a great experience, especially in the great Florida weather and on the long stretches of highway that can be found around Winter Park and beyond.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, or if you have lost a loved one from a motorcycle crash, contact us today. We are experienced with seeking damages for injuries or death following motorcycle accidents, and we will be happy to work with you through this hard time in order to take some stress off of you. While we are focusing on recovering the compensation that you are rightfully owed for your suffering, you can work on healing from the damage. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss immediate steps, and read more below about how working with a motorcycle accident attorney will help you during this time.
Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident, and another driver caused it? Oftentimes, accidents involving motorcycles are the result of the other driver not seeing the motorcycle in their blind spot, or simply not noticing the smaller vehicle on the road while making a turn or changing a lane. If this is the case for your accident, you may be entitled to collecting damages that go beyond the repair or replacement cost of your personal property, and simple compensation for your medical bills.
When you are working with a personal injury attorney from Abercombie, P.A., you can be confident that every type of damage you are owed will be sought, whether through negotiations with insurance company attorneys or through a full court case if we are unable to reach an agreement.
What Types of Damages Can I Seek After a Motorcycle Accident?
Personal injury cases vary greatly from accident to accident, but there are some common factors that you can consider to get an idea of what you may be able to seek with the help of an attorney. Learn about the difference between economic and non-economic damages below, and understand when and how punitive damages are involved in personal injury cases as well.
Economic damages are just like they sound: they are purely economic and have receipts, income histories, and invoices that are used to total the amounts. These include lost wages, medical bills, and other financial matters such as changes to your future earning power, future possible medical costs, and additional lost or diminished income. If you have medical insurance, your insurance company is entitled to any and all damages until they are repaid, at which point, any additional damages will go to repay your expenses and debts.
Non-economic damages include things like your pain and suffering, loss or reduction of mobility and enjoyment of leisure activities, and other things that do not necessarily have an assigned dollar value. Just because there no assigned dollar value does not mean that they are not important, and we will pursue them to the maximum amount that is reasonable. It is likely that these factors will be the most contentious when negotiating with insurance company lawyers, but you can be confident that we are representing your best interests.
In some cases, punitive damages are also awarded in personal injury cases. These damages are included when your injuries are egregious and a result of extreme, criminal negligence. They are not very common and must be determined to be valid by the court. If punitive damages are reasonable, we will have to do additional work to determine what a fair amount to seek will be.
FAQ About Motorcycle Accidents
Just like any type of accident, motorcycle accidents can be disorienting. It is perfectly normal to not know exactly what to do or what to expect after one has occurred. However, it is important to take the necessary steps to ensure that you meet all legal obligations and are protected. Learn more about some of the most frequently asked questions about motorcycle accidents below.
What should I do After a Motorcycle Accident?
After an accident has occurred, it is recommended that you take the following steps.
- Seek immediate medical attention
- Contact the police
- Take pictures and video of the scene. Collect and/or notate other pertinent evidence
- Exchange information with the other parties involved
- Contact your insurance company
- Contact a personal injury attorney
Should I See a Doctor If I Don’t Think I’m Injured?
Yes. Directly after an accident, your adrenaline is at its highest. This can mask the effects of sustained injuries for a few hours or a few days. It is important to seek immediate medical attention no matter what. In the case that you are injured, you will have it documented. Without documented injuries and subsequent medical treatment, your case can be difficult (if not impossible) to prove. Take every precaution necessary to ensure that you are protected.
What If the Accident Was My Fault?
You may feel like the accident was your fault. However, you should not admit fault under any circumstances. When you speak with the police, only speak in facts. Not your personal opinion of the matter. In many cases, there are outside forces that may have contributed to the accident. However, if you admit fault to the police, witnesses, or another party involved in the accident, it could harm your case in the long run. Wait until you speak with your attorney so they have a chance to fully investigate the matter.
Do I Need to Hire an Attorney?
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you can certainly pursue an insurance claim on your own. However, it may not be in your best interest. Personal injury law is complex and can difficult to understand for those that are not trained in personal injury litigation. Furthermore, Insurance companies work with experienced lawyers whose primary objective is to save the company as much money as possible. Representing yourself can lead to accepting a “lowball” offer or not present enough evidence to win your claim. If you have been injured in an accident, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Abercrombie P.A. for your free consultation today.
Contact us Today
The time to act is now to begin working towards recovering the money you are rightfully owed following your motorcycle accident. There is no reason that you should be financially burdened because of the actions of another, and when you are working with Abercrombie, P.A., you can rest easy and focus on recovery knowing that you have an experienced and trustworthy team of professionals working to get you compensated for what you deserve.
Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation, where you will have the opportunity to discuss your situation, the consequences of your accident, and get a professional opinion on the proper next steps to take.