Orlando Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Orlando, and Florida in general, is a motorcycle rider’s paradise year round, but riders are exposed to the possibility of great injury if a motorcycle accident occurs. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- a car or truck driver’s failure to yield to a motorcyclist;
- obstruction in the road;
- bad weather or another driver’s inability to see a motorcyclist.
According to the National Traffic Safety Administration over 80,000 accidents involving motorcycles occur each year.
Motorcycle accidents can be life changing. Who will pay hospital bills, medical bills and lost wages? How do I get compensated for pain and suffering? These are the some of the questions that the Orlando motorcycle accident attorneys at NeJame Law often hear.
Motorcycle Accidents: Insurance Considerations
Motorcycle requirements for insurance are different than that of an Automobile.
The biggest difference is that a car MUST carry at a minimum Personal Injury Protection Insurance, better known as No Fault Insurance. Under Florida Law, a motorcycle does not require this type of insurance.
Florida Motorcycle Insurance Requirements
Florida’s No-Fault, or PIP law does not apply to motorcycles. However, Florida motorcycles do fall under the Financial Responsibility (FR) law, which applies to all motor vehicles in Florida, including motorcycles, in the event of injury.
Unlike most automobile crashes involving cars, where the injured party must prove a permanent injury in order to recover pain and suffering, Florida Motorcycle riders do not require a person injured on a motorcycle to prove permanent injury in order to be compensated for pain and suffering.
Although we always encourage motorcycle owners and riders to obtain insurance, they can insure themselves by getting a Self-Insurance Certificate from the Bureau of Financial Responsibility based on their net worth.
Nevertheless, we encourage a motorcycle owner to seek a licensed insurance agent who can provide information about insurance options available, which might include at a minimum:
- $10,000 for one person for bodily injury liability;
- $20,000 for two or more people for bodily injury liability; and
- $10,000 per crash for property damage liability.
Additionally, purchasing uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage is highly recommended, as many driving cars on Florida roads are often driving without insurance, which would leave the motorcycle driver without compensation for damages as the result of injury caused by someone who is not insured.
Please keep in mind that we recognize and have experience representing countless motorcycle owners and operators who were not at fault in causing a crash, but that the failure of a motorcycle owner to carry property damage and bodily injury liability insurance in case of causing a crash, or convicted of DUI, or other occurrences outlined in Florida’s Financial Responsibility law (which can be read at Florida Stat. § 324), may result in suspension of driver’s licenses, motorcycle registration, and motorcycle license plates, as well as fees to regain driving privileges.
What Should You Do If You Are Involved In A Motorcycle Accident?
Being involved in a motorcycle accident is frequently a traumatic, life altering event. What you do, and what you do not do immediately after the accident and later on can significantly influence how the accident will impact you. Below are some measures we encourage you to take:
- Remain calm and do not leave the scene of the motorcycle accident.
- Get away from any danger including incoming traffic, gasoline spills and damaged poles.
- Check for any injured person, including yourself and other people involved in the accident. Call 911 immediately if someone is hurt.
- Call the police and file a police report. It is imperative that the police report is accurate and that it reflects your recollection of the events.
- Collect as much information as you can, including contact and insurance information from everyone involved.
- Take pictures and draw a diagram of the accident. Try to photograph the scene prior to moving the vehicles (only if safe to do so).
- Try to obtain contact information from any witness of the accident. If possible, someone should interview all witnesses and record their comments. Such interviews should be completed as soon as possible as witnesses' memories tend to fade with time.
- Keep track of your damages (medical bills, loss of wages, etc.)
- Do not admit fault to anyone.
- Contact a personal injury attorney who is experienced on motorcycle accidents in Florida and who can provide high quality legal representation and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Your attorney may hire a professional investigator to sift through the paperwork and determine insurance information and other mundane facts.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible to check on your injuries. If treatment is delayed, the other party may argue that it was not his negligent driving that caused your injury, but rather something that occurred between the time of the motorcycle accident and your visit to the doctor.
Motorcycle Accidents - Types of Injuries
Motorcycle collisions can occur between two motorcycles, a motorcycle and another vehicle or a motorcycle and a pedestrian, animal or the motorcyclist alone. Since motorcyclists do not enjoy the extra protection that cars provide, an accident can result it many types of injuries, including:
- TBI or traumatic brain injury
- Neck Injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal Injuries
- Severe injuries to limbs
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney help?
Treatment of sustained injuries may be costly, painful and may take months, or even years. In this case our experienced Orlando motorcycle accident attorney can aggressively seek the financial compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering and for covering the expenses of your medical treatment and needed care. We will thoroughly analyze your case and will explain the options you have for pursuing fair compensation.
You want an experienced Florida motorcycle accident attorney who not only understands the laws, but who also rides on the roads and understands firsthand what causes most accidents. We understand the need to retain a Florida motorcycle accident reconstruction expert who can do an in-depth collision analysis and help us identify exactly what caused the motorcycle accident.
We know the prejudice that many non-riders have and we are acutely aware of the need to overcome a jury’s potential prejudice against a motorcyclist. Whether you need a motorcycle accident attorney in Orlando, Daytona Beach, Melbourne, throughout Central Florida or anywhere else in Florida, the motorcycle accident and injury team at NeJame Law is here to help and assist. Whether the injury is small or serious, or in the event you have lost a friend or loved one due to a motorcycle accident, contact us for an immediate no cost consultation and evaluation.
Contact an Experienced Orlando Motorcycle Accident Attorney from NeJame Law
You can reach our Orlando motorcycle accident lawyer 7 days a week. We handle motorcycle accident cases in Orlando and across Central Florida including the cities of Winter Park, Kissimmee, Windermere and Melbourne. Call us at (407) 500-0000 or fill out our online form located on this page. You may also e-mail us at PersonalInjury@NeJameLaw.com. At NeJame Law, Help is here!