For the most part, the keys to success in a motorcycle accident injury claim are the same factors you would take into account for any standard auto accident case. You need to be able to prove that carelessness or recklessness on the part of the defendant directly caused your injuries.
First, before you ever even get into an accident, make sure you have the correct insurance policy for your situation and your vehicle. Motorcycle insurance is a very specific type of insurance. A rider without the appropriate coverage will have significantly fewer legal options after a crash, especially if it occurred in a state with no-fault insurance rules.
Even if you were not at fault in the accident, you could be on the hook for your medical bills and repairs if you do not have a policy that fully covers you in the event of an underinsured or uninsured motorist.
Take action following an accident
Immediately following your accident, you should gather as much information and evidence as you can. Get all the contact information of the other driver, along with any witnesses that may have seen the accident. Take pictures of the accident scene, including damage done to each vehicle. Do not hesitate to call the police — they can assist in creating an accident report.
You should also seek medical attention as quickly as you can. Even if you feel fine, you should get checked out by a doctor, as symptoms for some conditions do not set in for some time afterward. There is a decent chance you could be in shock, which prevents you from feeling the physical damage that has been done to your body. If you hesitate to get checked up by a doctor, an opposing attorney could question the legitimacy of your injury.
Finally, make sure you notify your insurance company immediately if you plan on making a claim. The longer you wait, the more likely it is your claim will be rejected.
If you have been injured in a Florida car wreck, contact a skilled Bradenton personal injury lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh right away.