Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident? A motorcycle crash can cause life-changing injuries in a matter of seconds, resulting in profound disabilities and a lifetime of pain and suffering in some cases. Sadly, a number of motorcycle crashes are also fatal.
If you or a loved one was injured or died in a motorcycle accident, attorneys with Hogan & Hogan, P.A. are here to assist. Our experienced team of Florida motorcycle accident attorneys are available to represent you and your interests, seeking to help you secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other losses.
Based in Florida, personal injury lawyers with Hogan & Hogan, P.A. have many years of experience handling motorcycle accident claims. We believe in utilizing a “clients first” approach to each and every case, reducing the amount of stress that a client experiences during the legal process. In short, we focus on you, the client, ensuring a more positive experience.
It’s important to act quickly following an accident, as prompt action can dramatically increase your chances of a positive outcome to your case. Contact the Orlando personal injury lawyers of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. to discuss your accident in a confidential consultation session by calling 407-422-2188.
Common Questions Following a Motorcycle Accident
Attorneys with Hogan & Hogan, P.A. receive a steady flow of questions from accident victims and their loved ones when filing a motorcycle accident lawsuit. So our legal team has pulled together an overview of a few of the most common questions that we address.
What Should I Do After a Motorcycle Accident?
Lawyers need as much evidence and information as possible to maximize your chances of a good case resolution, so the moments following a crash should be committed to obtaining this info and evidence.
It’s generally best to call the police department to report your motorcycle accident. Lawsuits can usually benefit from the authorities’ objective third-party reports on the collision, preventing a “he said, she said” sort of situation. The police can also perform an investigation into the collision, while gathering vital evidence. This is especially helpful if you are seriously injured and unable to take photos or get info from the other driver and/or witnesses.
If you are physically able to do so, obtain the other party’s name, contact information, license number, insurance information and vehicle license plate number. If another person witnessed the crash, ask for that person’s name and contact information. You should also take photographs and/or video of the accident scene before any vehicles are moved.
Motorcyclists lack the protection that a vehicle provides, so the chance of serious injury is much higher than those faced by a passenger inside a vehicle like a car, truck or SUV. But there are some cases where a motorcyclist may have mild or moderate injuries. Even in the case of seemingly mild injuries, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention. Problems such as internal injuries will not have any outward symptoms until the condition becomes extremely serious. Seeking medical attention also provides you with a chance to formally document your injuries too.
You should always photograph your injuries and start a medical journal to keep a record your symptoms, pain levels, doctor’s appointments, procedures, medical expenditures and the impact of those injuries on your life (i.e. if you’re in too much pain to work on a particular day, then this should be documented in the medical journal.) A medical journal can serve as vital evidence in your motorcycle accident lawsuit.
We recommend contacting our Orlando lawyers as soon as possible. The sooner we learn about your case, the sooner we can get to work collecting evidence and documenting vital information. This can increase your chances of seeing a positive outcome if you choose to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit.
Will My Insurance Compensate Me for Lost Wages?
Typically, your personal injury protection insurance will compensate you for two-thirds of your lost wages. Notably, though, you must have official documentation of your injuries. This is an example of why it’s so important to seek immediate medical attention following a collision.
Our car accident lawyers can assist if you are experiencing resistance from your insurer who is not compensating you or is compensating you unfairly.
How Do I File a Car Accident Lawsuit?
To begin the process of filing a lawsuit for a car accident, you must contact our law firm as soon as possible. We will guide you through the process of filing a claim.
In some situations, the case may be resolved before going to court via a settlement, whereas other cases are decided by the courts.
If you are offered a settlement, it’s important to speak with a qualified Florida motorcycle accident attorney prior to accepting the offer because it’s not uncommon for an insurance company or a private individual to offer a much lower amount than you’re entitled to receive. Your attorney can also assist with settlement negotiations, if necessary.
Many auto accident lawsuits involve a claim against another motorist. But in cases where an accident was caused by a defective part, your case may also involve a claim against the auto or parts manufacturer.
What’s the Difference Between a Car Accident Lawyer and a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
Accidents involving a car or truck versus a motorcycle typically result in more serious injuries due to the large differential in vehicle sizes. These cases can result in more serious personal injury claims or even a wrongful death claim.
Motorcycle riders also face some social stigma, so there are some unique issues in this regard too. Motorcycle accident lawyers are also experienced in dealing with some more severe injury lawsuits due to the fact that many motorcyclists sustain life-changing injuries or even fatal injuries in a crash. In these personal injury claims, your lawyer will need to address not only past and current losses, but also future expenses stemming from the collision.In cases where a full recovery is not possible, your personal injury attorney will calculate future care and medical costs. This can be challenging, as the recovery process can take many months or even years. Many involved in serious auto accidents — particularly those crashes where a victim has suffered brain injuries or neck and back injuries — will have some permanent degree of disability.
Our personal injury attorneys can assist with all types of accident lawsuits and post-accident legal issues.
What Kind of Compensation Will I Receive?
A motorcycle crash lawsuit can result in compensation for a variety of damages and losses for drivers and passengers alike.
Your personal injury attorney will consider a number of different figures when determining how much to request in your lawsuit. The figures typically include not only past and present damages, but also future expenses and losses, including:
- Hospital expenses and other medical bills;
- Cost of in-home care;
- Lost wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of consortium;
- Cost of vehicle repairs or replacement; and
- Burial and funeral costs.
Trust a Top Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyer to Handle Your Case
If you’ve been in a motorcycle crash, you may be forced to live with devastating effects that last a lifetime. And unfortunately, many motorcyclists do not walk away from the collision at all. But the motorcyclist and his/her family members do have a right to receive compensation for those losses. That’s where our law firm can assist.
In addition to serving as a personal injury lawyer, our attorneys can also offer representation in other case types, including medical malpractice, negligence resulting in wrongful death, premises liability claims, product liability claims, dangerous drug lawsuits and mass tort cases, amongst others.
At Hogan & Hogan, P.A., our motorcycle accident lawyers take a “clients first” approach, as we work to reduce the stress you experience while handling your case. We also offer sound legal advice, while answering your personal injury law questions and helping you to understand what to expect as the process moves forward.
Contact the Orlando motorcycle accident lawyers with Hogan & Hogan, P.A. to get a confidential and free case evaluation.
Call our Central Florida law office at 407-422-2188.