Being involved in a motorcycle accident could be a terrifying experience. Healing from the incident could take time – physically, mentally, and emotionally. A big part of that healing could be to cover your expenses until you are back on your feet. An Indian River motorcycle accident lawyer could help you with that. A team of experienced attorneys could help you understand how the laws work and what you are entitled to collect based on the circumstances of your case.
They could potentially minimize the burden of the case, investigate all the facts of your case, deal with the insurance companies on your behalf, and represent you in court if your case goes to litigation. A caring injury attorney could advocate for you each step of the way so that you could focus on what is important.
Florida Statutes § 316.208(1) provides that motorcyclists are given all the rights of regular automobile drivers and have the same duties as automobile drivers, except for the special regulations in Section 316 that pertain specifically to motorcycles. This includes that motorcyclists are not permitted to drive more than two abreast in a single lane of traffic. According to Section 316.209(3), motorcyclists are not permitted to drive between lanes or rows of traffic.
Motorcyclists over 21 years of age are permitted to drive without helmets, but only if they are covered by an insurance policy of at least $10,000 in medical benefits.
Understanding the laws that pertain specifically to motorcycles is important when it comes to assessing liability in a motorcycle accident. According to Section § 768.81, in assessing liability for accidents, Florida uses what is called comparative fault.
This means that if another driver caused an accident, but the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet, the motorcyclist may be considered partially liable for their injuries. The amount they could recover may be reduced as a result of their failure to wear a helmet.
It is also important to understand how insurance works in Indian River. The laws that apply to automobile drivers, requiring them to purchase $10,000 of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance under Section § 627.736, do not apply to motorcyclists. This makes recovery for victims of motorcycle accidents more difficult than recovery for victims of regular automobile accidents.
Motorcycle accident cases could be quite complex, and the laws in Florida treat them quite differently from regular automobile accidents. It is important that you understand your rights and what you are entitled to receive. Victims of motorcycle accidents may be eligible to recover a variety of different expenses, including medical expenses, lost wages during recovery, costs of medication, and even pain and suffering, depending upon the circumstances of your case.
Our Florida motorcycle accident lawyers could help determine what you are eligible to receive, help you navigate the insurance process, and walk you through the litigation process to seek relief from the court if what is available through insurance is not enough. Let a team of compassionate attorneys help. Get your free consultation today.