Life as you’ve known it can change in a split second, as anyone who has been in a serious motorcycle accident can attest.
It’s true that drivers need to increase their awareness of motorcycles on the road by paying attention and looking twice. Sadly, this doesn’t always happen, and when an accident occurs between vehicle and motorcycle, it’s most often the motorcyclist who is most at risk.
“Many of the motorcycle accidents we handle result from drivers pulling out in front of a motorcycle,” notes Jarrod G. King, senior partner at King Law Firm in Ocala. “If the driver had only taken the time to be certain that no one was coming, the accident would have been avoided.”
Unfortunately, in addition to the potential for great physical injury—or worse—motorcyclists are often underinsured
“Motorcyclists are not covered by their automobile PIP insurance. PIP insurance is required for motor vehicles, but not for motorcycles,” explains King. “If one is injured on their motorcycle and they have not purchased PIP coverage for their motorcycle, they will not be afforded the $10,000 coverage that is typically used to cover one’s own medical expenses.”
In addition to ensuring you have adequate insurance coverage, a motorcyclist should do everything possible to increase their visibility on the road.
“Operate a motorcycle as if others are not paying attention and cannot see you,” says King, who recommends upgrading to a brighter and/or flashing headlight, as well as always wearing bright and/or reflective clothing whenever you ride.
Obviously, a motorcycle accident can be terrifying, whether you’re on the bike or in a motor vehicle. Immediately after an accident, you should:
· Take pictures of the accident scene, if possible
· Obtain immediate medical attention
“It is always a good idea to speak with an experienced attorney prior to speaking with anyone from the at-fault party or their insurance company,” advises King.
He points out that there is often a tendency to assume the motorcyclist committed a traffic violation, even when this isn’t the case. Overcoming this bias against riders is one reason why you want a personal injury attorney who is well-versed in motorcycle accidents.
Because catastrophic injuries can result from a motorcycle accident, you need an attorney who will advocate zealously on your behalf and find all available sources of compensation to cover medical bills, therapy, rehabilitation, pain and suffering.
This is exactly what happened in the case of one King Law Firm client who was injured in a motorcycle accident as the result of the negligence of a driver who pulled out in front of him. King relates that the firm was able to obtain a $2 million settlement for this severely injured client.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, don’t delay in seeking experienced representation. It can make all the difference in your recovery.
King Law Firm
2156 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
Ocala, FL 34470