As one of the most dangerous states for motorcyclists, Florida sees more than its share of personal injury cases involving motorcycle riders. Learn about the elements that make up a motorcycle accident injury case in our interview with personal injury Attorney T. Shane Rowe.
How do motorcycle accidents differ from other personal injury cases?
Motorcycle cases have some differences from normal automobile accident cases. For example, the insurance that applies to an injured person on a motorcycle in Florida is different than car accident insurance. For car owners, there is coverage that we all know as personal injury protection (PIP) or no-fault coverage. In the state of Florida, it is not required to carry that insurance coverage if you are the owner or registrant of a motorcycle. In many motorcycle accident cases we handle, victims don’t have the upfront benefits that drivers with no-fault insurance or PIP have, such as wage loss reimbursement, medical payments coverage, or reimbursement for mileage.
Many times, in motorcycle cases, there is not as much immediate reimbursement to our clients, and we have to look a little more carefully at the coverage in order to make our clients feel whole.
What should I do if I am involved in a motorcycle accident in Florida?
If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, I would always advise you to call a motorcycle accident lawyer in Florida who will do a free consultation just to make sure you’re talking to the right people.
Second, get medical treatment for your injuries. Motorcycle cases, in particular, involve more head injuries, and sometimes victims may not know how severe they are until later down the road. It’s important to go in for a CT scan, to your emergency room, or to your primary care physician.
Why do I need a motorcycle accident attorney?
It’s important in a motorcycle case to consult with an injury attorney. You don’t always have to have a lawyer for your case, but we would advise that you always talk to one about your case. Factors such as your injuries, the type of accident that occurred, your insurance, the other party’s insurance, and more may influence your decision to hire an attorney, but it never hurts to schedule a free consultation about any case. Call us today at 850-444-4878 for more information!