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Motorcycle Accident FAQ

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Motorcycle accidents can be overwhelming, leaving victims feeling confused and uncertain in the aftermath. It is natural to have questions about the legal process and your rights following a motorcycle crash. However, finding accurate answers to these questions can be challenging.

At The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, P.A. in Palm Beach Gardens, Mr. Shomo and his dedicated legal team recognize the importance of providing clients with clarity and understanding regarding their motorcycle accident case. With our extensive experience in navigating motorcycle accidents in the Palm Beach County area, we are well-equipped to address your concerns.

On this page, you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions about motorcycle accidents. However, if you don’t find the information you’re seeking, don’t hesitate to contact our law firm. Our law firm is committed to supporting you every step of the way and providing the guidance and assistance you need during this challenging time.

Should I call the police?

After any motor vehicle accident, you should contact the police. Even if it seems minor, having an official record will be very helpful down the line. This police report will document what happened and all the details which can really come in handy when you go to file a claim with your insurance or if you want to seek compensation for any injuries or damages. Plus, if the other party involved tries to dispute what happened, having the police involved can help set the record straight.

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I feel fine. Should I still see a doctor?

If you feel fine after a motorcycle accident, it’s still a good idea to see a doctor. Even without obvious injuries, there might be underlying issues you’re not aware of. Adrenaline from the accident can mask pain, so it’s safer to get checked. Plus, seeing a doctor can help in legal terms by providing documentation of any injuries to the insurance company and other parties involved.

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Should I speak to the other driver?

Speaking to the other driver is needed to exchange contact information. But when you do, remember to keep your comments and questions clear and straight to the point. Getting into a deep conversation about the details of the accident should be avoided. Anything you say can potentially be sued against you, especially when it comes to determining fault. Simply ask for their full name, current address, phone number, email, and insurance information.

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Should I speak with the other driver’s insurance company?

No, do not speak with them. If the other driver’s insurance company reaches out to you after your motorcycle accident, it’s best not to engage with them. Even if their questions seem harmless, it’s essential to recognize that anything you say could be used against you to undermine your accident claim and complicate matters when establishing fault. Instead, politely instruct them to get in touch with our law firm. We know how to deal with insurance companies. Let us handle communication to ensure your rights are protected.

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How much is my claim worth?

Your motorcycle accident claim’s worth relies on the unique circumstances of your case. You might be entitled to financial compensation for various losses including:

  • Lost wages (present and future) if you can’t work post-accident
  • Medical expenses for treating your injuries
  • Pain and suffering endured due to the accident

Depending on your accident’s specifics, the compensation could range from thousands to potentially millions of dollars. To get a better idea of how much your claim may contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. They can calculate an estimated amount to ensure you are rightfully compensated.

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What happens if I wasn’t wearing a helmet?

While helmets offer some protection, they can’t prevent all injuries. So, if you were in a Florida motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence and weren’t wearing a helmet, you can still seek compensation. Just because you were not wearing a helmet doesn’t excuse the negligent actions of the at-fault driver. However, the insurance company might say your injuries would be less severe with a helmet. It may affect the compensation awarded to you, but a motorcycle accident lawyer can help you deal with this.

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Can I still recover compensation if I was partially at fault?

If you think you were partially at fault for a motorcycle accident, it’s important to remember that liability isn’t always clear without a thorough investigation. All motorists have a responsibility to drive safely, as do vehicle manufacturers and government entities in providing safe equipment and road conditions. Cooperate with the police at the scene but refrain from admitting fault to anyone and be cautious about downplaying property damage or injuries. In Florida, the modified comparative fault rule applies, meaning you could still recover compensation even if partially at fault, but the total amount would be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you.

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Should I hire a motorcycle accident lawyer?

After a motorcycle accident, consulting with an attorney will only benefit you.

When you have the right attorney by your side, you’re not just getting legal representation – you’re getting someone who will be your strongest ally. At The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, P.A., we’re committed to giving your motorcycle accident the attention and support it needs to ensure you receive full compensation for all your accident-related expenses.

Contact us today for a free consultation with a compassionate and dedicated motorcycle accident attorney who’s ready to protect your rights. With Mr. Shomo by your side, you can trust that he will be there for you every step of the way, fighting tirelessly to secure the outcome your case deserves.

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