Being in a motorcycle can really turn your life upside down if you are seriously injured. Not only that, you may be out a vehicle if it’s damaged in the collision. All of your injuries and damages will be covered by the liable party in your accident. We understand if you are feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by all of this. We will take over this for you and deal with all of the legal aspects so that you can put your energy into your recovery. After you read more about your motorcycle accident case, please give our Jacksonville motorcycle accident lawyers a call to set up a free consultation.
Florida Statutes of Limitation
It is important that you hire an attorney right away after your accident so that they can get to work on your case to make sure it is as strong as it can be. We urge you to do this despite the four year time frame in which you are allowed to bring your case. Florida statute of limitations allows four years to do this, but we do not encourage you to wait to do so. Working quickly after the motorcycle accident to get the ball rolling is only going to benefit you. If you were to wait years to call an attorney, you may not have the same evidence or witness statements. Always be aware of how much time you have to file your motorcycle accident claim. If you were to wait four years, we will not be able to help you seek compensation any longer. For the best results, ack quickly after your accident.
How Pure Comparative Negligence Rules Work
Pure comparative negligence has to do with shared fault in relation to your compensation for your injuries. The insurance company for the liable party will work with us to determine who is responsible for the accident. We work diligently to prevent you from getting blamed for your accident. In Florida, you get to collect a compensation award even if you are 99% at fault. If you are 100% at fault, you will not receive compensation. When you are deemed 1-99% at fault, your compensation will be reduced to account for your role in the accident. For example, if you are deemed to be 30% at fault for the accident, and have been awarded $100,000 for your injuries, then you are going to be allowed to collect $70,000.
Important Steps to Take After Your Accident
Number one most important thing you can do is get medical attention. If the ambulance shows up, get on it and head to the emergency room. You can worry about everything else later once you know you are stabilized and on the way to recovery. If you are not in critical condition and are able to stay on the scene and collect evidence, then make sure you get to an urgent care, emergency room, or primary physician as soon as you can. You do not want to wait to seek medical attention because the liable party’s insurance company will try to claim you were not seriously injured if you waited to see a doctor. Or they will say that your injuries came from something else that happened after your motorcycle accident with their insured.
After you have taken care of your medical needs, you can worry about collecting evidence. That would include taking photos of all of the vehicles involved, the scene around it, debris, your injuries, tire marks on the read, and anything you think may be significant to your accident. You will also want to get contact information from any and all witnesses as well as insurance information from the other driver(s). On the scene, be sure you do not say this accident was your fault. You do not want to tell anyone that it was your fault. You may think it was, and then later find out more details that show that you were not responsible.
Do Not Talk to the Other Party’s Insurance Company
The worst thing you can do for your case is give the other party’s insurance company a recorded statement. They will be reaching out to you shortly after the accident and will want to ask you a few questions about the accident. You have no legal obligation to give them anything. What you should do is have your attorney take over all communication.
Contact Our Jacksonville Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
When you are seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, the best thing you can do for the success of your case is to hire an attorney right away to make sure you are on the right path. We are eager to take your call to set up a free case evaluation. While you focus on getting healthy again, we will focus on fighting for your right to full and fair compensation. Contact our Jacksonville motorcycle accident lawyers at Edwards & Ragatz, PA for help.