Motorcycle accidents can be devastating, leaving riders with severe injuries. When you are wondering what to do after an accident and how you are going to move forward, ask a Pensacola motorcycle accident lawyer first.
We at Phil Hall, P.A., in Pensacola, understand the emotions and concerns that arise after a motorcycle accident. With years of experience handling all types of motor vehicle accidents, we have the insight needed to thoroughly pursue your personal injury claim. We want to get you back to your life and back on your bike whenever possible.
After a motorcycle accident, the insurers often want to place blame back on the motorcyclists, insinuating that they took risks when riding. This position is unfortunate, and we aggressively work to change this way of thinking. Motorcyclists are not at fault for the accident by simply riding their bikes.
It is our job to make the insurance companies understand just how the crash changed your life. At Phil Hall, P.A., we show how you have had to change the way you do things, accommodations that have been made in your daily life, the effect your injuries have had on your family and more. Your story is not simply medical bills and visible injuries. To obtain maximum compensation, we give a full picture of your life after the accident so that insurers understand what you are facing in the future.
A motorcycle provides much less protection for the rider than other vehicles do for drivers. Many riders suffer injuries from both the initial collision and from being thrown to the road. This places the motorcyclist at an increased risk of suffering very serious injuries if an accident were to occur. We represent clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries such as:
After a motorcycle accident, your priority is to obtain medical care as soon as you can. These injuries can be catastrophic, and medical care is essential for your well-being.
Motorcycle accidents often result in fatal injuries. We also provide guidance and advocacy to family members who have unfortunately lost loved ones in fatal motorcycle accidents. These wrongful death cases take experience and compassion, which we pride ourselves on.
Every accident is unique, and one or multiple parties involved in an accident can act negligently, resulting in an accident.
However, it is more common that drivers are at fault for an accident between a passenger car and a motorcycle. Often, drivers do not take appropriate levels of care around motorcyclists, and their reckless actions, such as tailgating or changing lanes, can cause an accident. Drivers also often fail to see motorcycles, especially in low-visibility weather conditions. A driver’s failure to drive more safely for the conditions can cause an accident and make them at fault.
Additionally, motorcyclists typically suffer extensive injuries in an accident due to fewer safety features and the fact that the rider is often thrown from the vehicle during a collision. Drivers and passengers in cars suffer comparatively fewer injuries, and they are sometimes not injured at all. Even if a motorcyclist is at fault, a driver can file with their insurance to cover their damages, but these damages usually do not exceed this claim.
Motorcyclists often suffer catastrophic and potentially fatal injuries in accidents with larger vehicles. Filing a claim with their insurance provider will likely not recover their losses, and a personal injury claim is necessary to recover the rest. Fault is not important when filing an insurance claim, but it is very important for a successful personal injury claim.
Every motorcycle accident settlement is unique to the injuries and losses that you suffered, so there is no way to know for sure unless you discuss your case with a Florida motorcycle accident lawyer. When another party is determined to be at fault for your accident and injuries, that party is legally responsible for all the damages that you suffered from the incident. These damages include both economic and noneconomic damages.
Economic damages are losses from the accident with clear financial values. These include:
You can also claim noneconomic damages, which are losses from an accident that do not have tangible financial values. These include:
These damages can be hard to calculate without an experienced attorney. An attorney can use their resources and experience with noneconomic damages to maximize the compensation that you receive in a claim while ensuring that it is proportionate to the harm you endured.
Talk to an attorney during a free consultation about your motorcycle accident injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call our office at 850-760-2156 or contact our firm online.