Moped and Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyers in Hollywood, FL
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The prevalence of motorcycles and moped accidents on the road has increased over the years due to a lack of requiring helmets while riding, as well as the negligence of drivers on the road. Moped & motorcycle accidents can be extremely traumatic, painful, and may force you into emotional distress. The attorneys at Scher and Scher Law Group, P.A. want to support you in getting back to a happy and healthy life while we handle your case.
According to the Florida Traffic Crash Records Database, only 17% of riders were wearing a helmet at the time of their crash. Of the recorded 5,668 crashes, 18% were fatal. Moped and motorcycle accidents are most likely to occur during rush hour, on a Friday or Saturday, and are especially prevalent when the rider is under the influence. Due to Florida’s dense traffic and non-required helmet use, moped and motorcycle accidents have increased greatly over the past 10 years.
How do I file an insurance claim for a motorcycle accident?
Insurance claims following a motorcycle or moped accident can be a nuisance to deal with and can often cause confusion. After being involved in an accident, you may be wondering, what kind of insurance claim should I file for? There are two different claims to be filed after being involved in a motorcycle or a moped accident.
The first is for property damage which refers to the damage caused to your motorcycle or moped, usually by a collision in which another driver was at fault. In this case, you will want to file a property damage claim with the responsible party’s insurance company. If you were at fault in a collision or otherwise, you may file a property damage claim with your own insurance company, assuming you are covered.
The second kind of insurance claim you may want to file for is a personal injury claim. The personal injury claim covers injuries to your body caused by a negligent party. When filing for a personal injury claim, you must build your case enough to support the claim of the other party being at-fault in the accident.
What is the most common motorcycle injury?
Motorcycle and moped riders over the age of 21 are not required by law to wear their helmets. This controversially awarded freedom has resulted in many cases involving severe head trauma after a motorcycle accident. According to the NHTSA, the use of helmets saved 1,850 lives in 2016, while 800 more riders could have been saved if they chose to wear a helmet. However, when choosing a helmet, you must make sure it is DOT (Department of Transportation) approved for safety reasons.
In 2017, 33% of motorcyclists were killed as a result of riding while under the influence. As driving under the influence is known to cause a higher risk of crash resulting in fatality, saying no to drinking before getting into your vehicle is just as preventative of a crash as securing a helmet. In fact, helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69% and reduces the risk of death by 42%. Since motorcyclists, also known as the most vulnerable on the road, are 28 times more frequently involved in a crash than cars, it is significant to take all preventative measures to ensure your safety on the road.
Another common motorcycle/moped injury is referred to as biker’s arm, which is a broad term describing the amount of nerve damage, road rash, numbness, lack of mobility, etc. that occurs after repeated impact. The CDC found that 30% of motorcycle injuries happen to the legs and feet of riders. These injuries may vary from the common road rash to broken bones. Protective gear such as leather or heavy denim should always be worn while riding to avoid injury as best as possible.
As mopeds and e-scooters rise in popularity, so does the repercussions of non-regulated and overlooked risks on the road. South Florida’s fire-rescue records found 74 riders were involved in accidents from December to April (2018-2019). These e-scooters can be rented through a mobile app which then activates the power for riders to cruise anywhere without a second thought. The increase in collisions involving e-scooters has promoted the idea of regulation and safety precautions which should be in place for riders to be fully aware of.
Motorcycle Accident Injury Claims
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be wondering what you are entitled to. In order to make a claim, you must gather your evidence at the scene. There are a number of ways to prove negligence on the other party’s behalf. Some of the many possibilities of negligent driving resulting in a collision with a motorcycle include aggressive driving, improper lane changes, tailgating, texting while driving, driving while intoxicated, driving tired, or driving distracted. To value a motorcycle claim, the lawyers at Scher and Scher Law Group, P.A. will investigate and build your case to reach maximum compensation in accordance with the damages and losses you suffered.
Does health insurance cover motorcycle injuries?
After being involved in a motorcycle or moped accident, it is crucial to receive medical attention. If you are injured and experiencing pain, no matter how minor, you should see a professional in a timely manner before any symptoms worsen. After an accident, you may give little thought to the idea of seeing your primary doctor or receiving hospital care. Assuming your health insurance company agrees to pay your medical bills, keep in mind the other expenses that may come out of your pocket. For example, you will have to pay for deductibles and copays, which can add up to thousands of dollars very quickly. If your doctor recommends physical therapy as a treatment to repair your movements, your health insurance company is unlikely to pay for that. Lastly, your health insurance company is unlikely to pay for any losses you may have suffered relative to the accident. Our lawyers at the Scher and Scher Law Group, P.A. have extensive experience in motorcycle/moped accident cases and are prepared to review your case today. Call us now for a free consultation.
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