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Motorcycle Accident Attorney Orlando
Motorcycle accidents can happen in a fraction of a second and may result in serious injuries. If you are in a motorcycle accident, be sure to immediately seek medical attention and contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. It is imperative to have an attorney who can properly evaluate the insurance coverage available, the potential damages, and the long-term care required to rehabilitate the injuries. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your motorcycle accident case, do not hesitate to contact us for a free case evaluation.
What to do after a motorcycle accident?
After a motorcycle accident, you should seek immediate medical attention. Additionally, be sure to document the injuries you sustained and the damage to your motorcycle. It is typically a good idea to take pictures of your injuries and include a date stamp in the photo, so that you can document the healing process. It may take months or even years for your case to go to trial. You want to make sure that you document and preserve all evidence related to your motorcycle accident.
PIP Insurance for motorcycles
Personal Injury Protections Insurance (commonly referred to as PIP) is not required for motorcycles in Florida. PIP is only required for vehicles that have 4 or more wheels. While PIP insurance is not required, PIP coverage may be available deepening on your insurance policy. You must seek medical treatment within 14 days or you will waive any potential PIP coverage available.
Uninsured Motorist Cover for Motorcycles
If you ride a motorcycle, it is good idea to carry uninsured motorist coverage. Uninsured Motorist coverage provides insurance coverage if you are in an accident and the individual at-fault is uninsured or underinsured. In Florida, bodily injury coverage is not required. If you are in an accident and the at-fault driver lacks insurance coverage, you could be liable for massive medical bills. Uninsured motorist coverage helps provide compensation in the event that the at-fault driver does not have sufficient coverage to cover the medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages that may occur.
Common Motorcycle Injuries
Head Injuries: Head and neck injuries are common with motorcycle accidents. If there is any contact between your skull and any object, including the pavement, you must immediately seek medical treatment. Concussions can have severe consequences, even including death. Additionally, the sudden impact of a car accident can cause severe neck injuries.
Road Rash: Road rash is caused when the body drags against the pavement scraping away clothing and skin, which may result is significant injuries that need medical attention. Road rash should always be treated by a medical professional as infections are common. Additionally, depending on the severity, skin grafts could be necessary.
Muscle Damage: Depending on the severity of the motorcycle accident, muscle damage may result. The trauma of a motorcycle accident may stretch of tear muscles throughout the body, which may require extensive physical therapy and even surgery.
Biker’s Arm: When a motorcycle is involved in an accident, the rider’s natural instinct is to place their arms out in front to brace the fall. This often leads to a condition commonly referred to as “biker’s arm”. Biker’s arm may result in broken bones, nerve and muscle, damage, and road rash on the hands and arms. Just like any other injury, biker’s arm should immediately be treated by a medical professional.
Leg Injuries: Given the motorcycle’s design, injuries to the legs, knees, and feet are common after an accident. Fractured and broken bones often occur when the motorcycle lands on top of the rider. Additionally, riders may experience road rash, cuts, and bruises to the lower extremities.
Statute of limitations for Motorcycle Accidents
In Florida, the statute of limitations for a motorcycle accident is 4 years from the date of the accident. However, a wrongful death claim must be filed within 2 years of the decedent passing away.
Motorcycle accidents present a unique set of circumstances, as the injuries are typically significantly different than the injuries that would occur from a car accident. It is important to retain an attorney that will be able to properly calculate your damages based upon the unique injuries that are incurred from a motorcycle accident. If you are in a motorcycle accident, contact our office for a free case evaluation.