Florida boasts long smooth roads perfect for motorcyclists who want to make a quick trip to Melbourne, but wherever there is traffic, there are motorcycle accidents. Victims of motorcycle accidents need a trusted lawyer on their side to help them back up after a crash.
If you live in Melbourne or anywhere else in Florida, the team to call is the Schiller Kessler Group. We’re committed to getting riders the results they want after a motorcycle accident. Learn why we’re the team for you by calling our personal injury lawyers for a free consultation with a Melbourne personal injury attorney.
Common Causes for Motorcycle Accidents in Florida
Florida has a high number of motorcycle accidents every year. To win a case, we must determine the cause of the accident to help establish liability and to calculate how much your case is worth.
SKG has represented hundreds of motorcycle accident victims in cases. Our results speak for themselves. Some of these motorcycle crashes were caused by:
- Impaired driving (drunk, drowsy, or distracted)
- Improper lane changes
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Pedestrian-motorcycle accidents
- Poor and unsafe roadways
When you hire our team, we will send investigators to photograph the scene for evidence and get witness statements if there were bystanders. If you could take photos or get witness contact information at the scene, bring this with you during your consultation.
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What Can I Get Paid for in a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
Valid motorcycle claims can get compensatory damages through an insurance claim or lawsuit. These awards pay cash to help victims pay for medical care, fix their bike, and get them back to how they were before their accident.
You can also get damages for intangible losses like pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and more. These damages require the help of our Melbourne motorcycle accident attorneys to do the negotiations so you can get the most from your claim.
Depending on your case, you may be eligible for additional damages. To learn how much your case is really worth and what you can get paid for, contact our Melbourne motorcycle accident lawyers. If you’ve already received a settlement offer, call now! You’re probably getting offered much less than you should get.
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How Soon Must I File My Claim?
Most accident victims want to get paid as soon as possible, so they start claims quickly. But some injuries can take months to heal. As long as you file your lawsuit within two years of the accident, you can still claim damages. Wait longer than that and the court will throw your case out due to the statute of limitations!
The best way to ensure you comply with this law is to contact SKG as soon as possible. Starting early gives us the opportunity to investigate your claim completely before we approach the court. This will maximize your chance of success.
There are some situations where the statute of limitations deadline will change. These include:
- The defendant left the state
- You’re a minor
- You’re incapacitated because of catastrophic injury
- The defendant is a government entity
In the last instance, you have a tiny window to start your case. If you believe the roadway or a government vehicle caused your accident, call us right now.
Doesn’t Personal Injury Protection Cover My Accident Bills?
PIP coverage is required for any driver of a vehicle with four or more wheels, but insurance isn’t required at all for motorcyclists in Florida! Furthermore, your automobile PIP coverage does not cover motorcycle accidents.
However, riders can get MedPay coverage to cover some of the costs of a motorcycle accident upfront. Without it, you may need to lean on your health insurance to pay for necessary medical care until your case completes, or pay out of pocket.
We encourage all riders in Florida to get MedPay coverage just in case they get in an accident. It gives riders a buffer on their finances while their case gets processed. It also gives them a shield against liability. If the rider ends up at-fault and they don’t have insurance, they’ll have to pay for the driver’s damages out of their own assets!
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Helmet Laws in Florida
Florida Statute 316.211 is the helmet law for Florida. If you’re over 21 and possess at least $10,000 in medical benefits, you’re not required to wear a helmet. Everyone else must wear a helmet with eye protection.
Even if you’re allowed to ride without one though, it’s better to wear one. It’s not just for reasons of safety, either. An insurer may try to claim that you share fault for your injuries because you weren’t wearing adequate safety gear during your crash.
If a jury agrees, you could lose a percentage of your compensation based on your level of fault. Florida recently changed to a modified comparative fault standard, so you could end up with nothing at all if you’re found to be more negligent than the other driver.
Do You Require Payment Upfront?
Our lawyers only get paid if you win your claim, and not before. That’s our guarantee to you. This system is called a contingency fee. It offers clients several advantages:
- You can get legal representation regardless of your financial situation
- We only get paid through what you get in your settlement or award
- It incentives us to get you the most possible from your claim. The more you win, the more we get paid.
If we are successful, our lawyers will take a percentage of the final amount as our fee. We will discuss this fee with you during your consultation. It can vary depending on how difficult your case is and how far we need to push it to get the insurance companies to pay up.
Get a Free Consultation from a Melbourne Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle riders often suffer greater injuries in crashes than people in cars. You need aggressive representation to get what you deserve from your injury claim. SKG has represented hundreds of motorcycle accident victims. Now it’s your turn.
Call or email us to get a free initial case consultation. We understand the unique challenges of motorcycle accident cases and will fight against claims that try to pin the blame on you. Start your case now and stop worrying about how you will pay for your damages after your crash.