A disproportionately high number of motorcycle accidents result in death. According to the most recent numbers reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 4,976 motorcyclists killed, and another estimated 88,000 motorcyclists were injured. The fatality rate for motorcyclists was six times the fatality rate for passenger car occupants.
Without the basic safety features of an automobile, and the more dramatic effect of factors like bad weather, and road conditions like potholes, road debris, and uneven pavement, a motorcyclist may lose control of the vehicle more easily and in a split-second. Adding to riders’ risk is their decreased visibility to automobile drivers, and that motorists are not oriented to watching for them.
Catastrophic injuries are frequent in motorcycle accidents for these obvious reasons.
Florida law treats a motorcycle crash injury the same way it treats any automobile accident. Under our state’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) laws, anyone injured in any type of motor vehicle accident may be able to recover medical costs from their own insurance carrier. Under PIP rules – regardless of who caused the accident — the injured can recover reasonable and necessary medical costs. That means your own insurer may be able to cover a limited amount of your medical costs, even if you were at fault in your motorcycle accident.
Personal injury attorneys, like the team at Hicks & Motto, can advise you on the best strategy for recovering compensation for your injuries, even if your claim is just against your own PIP insurance. Regardless, you need a professional to represent you in negotiating with insurers, who are well-known for denying coverage for small, clerical, or other reasons you don’t know about – they count upon it. Hicks & Motto’s experienced negotiators, some of whom have worked inside the insurance companies and know their strategies, will fight for the compensation you deserve under the law.
Please contact us for a free personal injury consultation – it is our passion for helping the injured that results in fair and just outcomes.