Jupiter Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle riders face unique dangers on the road, as well as unfair negative stereotypes. When an accident happens, let a Jupiter motorcycle accident lawyer help you get the compensation you need to recover.
Riding a motorcycle is a unique, thrilling experience. You may enjoy the increased gas mileage or the camaraderie with other riders. You may simply love the feeling of traveling the open road with no barriers between you and nature.
But traveling on two wheels carries some risks. Due to motorcycles’ small size, motorcyclists work to be vigilant, defensive drivers at all times. However, the dated stereotype of the “reckless motorcycle rider” persists. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, this stereotype will likely be deployed against you with one goal: reducing the amount of your settlement.
After an accident, a Jupiter motorcycle accident lawyer with the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo will know the best way to fight against this stereotype and work to get you the full settlement you’re owed.
When you contact a Jupiter motorcycle accident lawyer, you and your attorney will work to determine who is at fault. This may involve going over photos from the scene, traffic camera videos, police reports, and eyewitness accounts.
Unfortunately, no matter who was at fault, the insurance company is likely to point the finger at you in an effort to reduce the compensation you receive for your damages. However, the other driver or a third party might have engaged in negligent behaviors that could have contributed to your crash, including the following:
- Improper Lane Changes and Turns – Many motorcycle accidents occur when other vehicles change lanes or turn left and fail to see the motorcycle driver.
- Following Too Closely – Because motorcycles lack the exterior protection of cars, another driver following a motorcycle too closely can cause an accident that leads to serious injuries.
- Road Hazards – State and local agencies are responsible for maintaining safe roads. Motorcycles are more vulnerable than other vehicles to road hazards like potholes, debris, and construction materials.
- Drunk or Distracted Driving – Any drunk or distracted driver is a hazard to everyone on the road. Motorcycle drivers are especially vulnerable to injuries caused by collisions with drunk or distracted drivers.
Getting a Fair Settlement
Florida follows the doctrine of comparative negligence. That means your settlement amount will decrease if you are found to be partially at fault for your accident.
For example, if you are hit by a distracted driver while riding your motorcycle, and it is determined that you could reasonably have seen the distracted driver coming and avoided the accident, you could be deemed partially at fault. If you’re found to be 30 percent at fault, you would receive only 70 percent of your settlement value.
Your lawyer will help build the case for why you were not at fault.
Dealing with the Insurance Company
The insurance company will likely try to paint you as solely responsible for your motorcycle accident. Insurance companies are businesses with the primary goal of protecting their bottom line. They often deploy the “reckless motorcyclist” stereotype after an accident in an effort to reduce your settlement amount or make it hard for you to receive a settlement at all.
A Jupiter motorcycle accident lawyer with the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo knows how to stand up to the insurance company. Your attorney will work to get you a settlement that accounts for the problems you may face after your accident, including the following:
- Motorcycle repairs
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Decreased quality of life
Get in Touch with a Qualified Attorney
After a motorcycle accident, the insurance company may try to stack the deck against you, but there is hope.