Christopher Barnet, 43, died in Brevard County when he lost control of his Harley Davidson while attempting to turn a bend at high speed. His motorbike overturned several times, and he suffered fatal injuries. Florida Highway Patrol revealed that Mr. Barnet had not been wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Statistics published by the University of Southern Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research indicate that since the requirement to wear a helmet was abolished in 2000 for motorcyclists aged 21 or over with at least $10,000 of personal injury protection coverage, the number of fatalities from motorcycle accidents has risen by 21%. If you manage to survive an accident, you need to focus on staying safe in the future, and dealing with the fallout from your accident.
Dealing with insurance
Aside from the physical pain you may endure after your accident, one of the most painful aspects of a motorcycle crash can be dealing with insurance companies. Under Florida law, motorcyclists are not subject to the no-fault personal injury protection coverage. As a result, if you have collision coverage or bodily injury coverage, you can expect a fight with your insurer before you receive a payout. If the negligence of another driver caused the accident, you may need to submit a claim through the other driver’s PIP coverage.
In cases of permanent injury or scarring caused by another driver, you may be able to sue the driver for the pain, anguish, suffering and inconvenience resulting from your injuries.
Get specialized representation
However the circumstances of the accident transpired, you need to make sure you have an experienced Sarasota motorcycle accident attorney on board to help you collect the evidence you need for an insurance claim or a lawsuit.