Most vehicle-motorcycle accidents are caused by the person driving the vehicle. In many cases, accidents are a result of negligence, recklessness, or inattention to detail. If you were involved in a recent accident, contact our office to speak with a Miami motorcycle accident attorney. You’re entitled to damages to cover medical bills, the cost of your motorcycle, and compensation for lost wages. We’ll explain why it’s within your best interest to work with an attorney instead of representing yourself.
Statutes of Limitation
Are you aware that there is a statute of limitations to pursue legal action for a motorcycle accident? In Florida, the statute is four years. Not everyone knows this, so they put off hiring a Miami motorcycle accident attorney as they focus on recovery. While recovery is the most important thing, it’s also important to act quickly after your accident. Without an attorney to inform and advise you, you can make costly mistakes, such as missing your window of opportunity to act. On other the hand, even if you don’t miss the statute of limitations, the insurer may use any delay as a reason to lower the value of your injury claim.
You may not know the laws surrounding motorcycle accidents, but an attorney does. They also know how to establish liability, the importance of gathering evidence, and how to interview/summon eyewitnesses to build a solid case. They know how to review and present medical records, police reports, and other crucial documents to prove the defendant was at fault. Furthermore, they know the local court procedures and how to negotiate with insurers to get the highest compensation. If you choose to negotiate your motorcycle accident without a Miami biker accident lawyer, you may underestimate your damages and reduce your settlement.
The Defendant Wasn’t at Fault
Cases aren’t always black and white. Sometimes, the defendant isn’t entirely at fault, or it’s difficult to prove their negligence. If this is the case, then it’s not advised to represent yourself, as it may be challenging to convince the judge to see your point of view. If the defendant has hired legal representation, you can guarantee that his/her lawyer will make it look like you were the negligent party. When you work with an attorney at A to Z Injury Law, s/he will properly present the evidence and argue the facts, even if you don’t have pictures of the crash scene or eyewitness testimony. It is our job to defend you and ensure you receive a high settlement, no matter how challenging the case.
Properly Estimate Damages
We briefly mentioned the necessity of estimating damages correctly, but it’s so important, it needs to be elaborated. For example, there are two types of damages:
- Damages with exact calculations (i.e., medical bills)
- Damages that have no exact calculation (i.e., pain and suffering)
Let’s review the damages with exact calculations that must be accurately added up.
- Damage to your motorcycle
- Lost earnings and earning capacity
- Medical bills
- All other financial losses related to the accident
Even though these damages have exact calculations, they are not easy to do on your own, particularly while you’re focusing on recovery. When you hire a Miami motorcycle accident attorney, s/he will most likely hire an economist as an expert witness in your case.
Pain and suffering are difficult to prove because there is no concrete value associated with them. As a result, you may not know how to calculate it correctly. If you hire an attorney, this mitigates mistakes. S/he will know exactly how to move forward so you receive the settlement you deserve.
One part of your negotiations is sending out a demand letter. It may seem easy to do, but it takes skill and expertise to state your financial, physical, and emotional losses, while also detailing the defendant’s liability in a clear and succinct way. It’s important to note that even after you have sent your demand letter, the insurer may not agree to your settlement. This isn’t entirely uncommon, but our team at A to Z Injury knows exactly how to handle this eventuality. For all these reasons, we would advise contacting us to work with a Miami motorcycle accident attorney.