Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale

Any type of road accident can have traumatic results. However, motorcycle accidents in particular are some of the most dangerous, often causing fatal or catastrophic or fatal injuries. For those who have been involved in a motorcycle crash, life may never be the same again.

If another driver was responsible for your accident, a Fort Lauderdale motorcycle accident lawyer at Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L can help you recover damages: 954-524-2820.

Why are motorcyclists at such a high risk for accidents and injuries?

Motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in serious injury and death than other types of accidents on the roadway. This is because motorcyclists deal with problems that other motorists do not contend with:

  • Small size: Motorcycles are smaller and harder to see than other vehicles. This lack of visibility is a major cause of motorcycle accidents. 
  • Hazards on the road: Debris, uneven roadways, and other hazards may have no affect on a passenger vehicle or truck. These hazards can be a major problem for motorcycles.
  • No protective covering: Other motorists have a heavy, metallic shell and airbags protecting them if they are involved in an accident. Motorcyclists likely do not have any protection other than their helmets.
  • Harder to maneuver: Riding a motorcycle can require a lot of skill and it can be difficult to keep the bike stable.

Does PIP cover motorcyclists?

No. Florida law does not require motorcycles to carry personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. It is important to note that PIP does not cover you even if you have PIP coverage for your car.

Some companies do offer separate motorcycle PIP, but motorcycle PIP not state-regulated.

What are my options if I have been involved in a motorcycle accident?

While you likely cannot recover from your own insurance, if another driver caused your accident, you can recover compensation by filing a claim with that driver’s insurance.

Note: Make sure you file your claim within four years from the date of the accident. Once this deadline has passed, you will be unable to recover any compensation in court.

Filing a successful claim will require you to prove that the other motorist in your accident was at-fault. To do so, you must establish the following:

Duty of care

You will have to show that the defendant owed you a duty to operate his vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner. All drivers generally owe this duty to others on the road.

Breach of duty

You will next need to prove that the defendant breached that duty. For example, you might be able to prove that the driver did not look twice before making a left turn at an intersection or that he did not look before switching lanes.

Causation

You will need to prove that the accident would not have occurred but for the defendant’s negligence and that the harm was a reasonably foreseeable result of the defendant’s negligence.

Damages

Proving damages will be the final step to establishing your case. You can provide medical records, pay stubs, expert testimony, and other evidence to show that you suffered financial, physical and emotional injury.

Proving all four of these elements will help the insurer find in your favor.

Establishing fault will require you to present various types of evidence in court including:

  • Medical records
  • Police reports
  • Witness testimony
  • Photographs from the scene of the crash
  • Expert testimony

Gathering evidence and determining the best way to use it for your case takes years of experience and an in-depth knowledge of insurance and injury law. Our attorneys have over 150 years of combined experience. We focus entirely on personal injury law so we are always up-to-date on any changes to the laws and will ensure we win you the compensation you deserve.

If the insurer refuses to offer you an adequate settlement, we can file a lawsuit against the driver.

Recover Damages After Your Motorcycle Accident

If you are able to prove that the other driver was at fault for your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation for any of the following:

  • Medical bills (e.g., ambulance transport costs, hospital stays, transportation to and from appointments, medication costs, etc.)
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning opportunities
  • Costs for in-home or long-term care
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Pain and suffering

Motorcyclists face a great deal of danger every time they get on their bikes. You should not have to pay for another driver’s negligence. If you have been involved in a motorcycle crash, the attorneys at Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. will help you recover compensation for your injuries.

Call us to schedule a free initial consultation today: 954-524-2820.

Remember that we work on a contingency basis. That means you do not pay us a dime until we win your case for you.