Motorcycle crashes often produce catastrophic injuries. If you’ve been injured and aren’t sure where to turn, reach out to an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Hillsborough County.
Motorbike wrecks are known for producing some of the most traumatic injuries of all motor vehicle accidents. Traumatic brain damage, spinal injuries, severe burns, post-traumatic stress disorder, amputations, and even death are all too frequent. Injuries this severe could permanently affect your life, and as such, the person or persons who are to blame for causing your collision should be brought to justice.
At Anderson & Anderson, we are dedicated to fighting for the civil rights of individuals who have been injured due to the negligent actions of another. Your Hillsborough motorcycle accident lawyer will stop at nothing to seek a fair and reasonable settlement while you focus your energy on recuperating and getting back to your life after the accident.
As part of the claims process in Hillsborough, you should expect to have to file a claim with the insurance company first. Now, it is important that you be prepared to be stigmatized and stereotyped by the insurance adjuster for the simple fact that you ride a motorcycle.
While this is certainly unfair, the insurance company often thinks that by making it seem as though you are a reckless motorist, the stereotypical biker everyone sees in the movies, that they can get away with settling your claim for less than you might be entitled to.
By making use of Florida’s comparative negligence laws, in some cases they can legally refuse to settle your claim altogether or make a lower-than-reasonable offer if you don’t have legal representation to defend your Hillsborough case.
At this point, you may be wondering what comparative negligence is and why the auto insurance company is trying to use it against you. First, some insurers do this so that they can avoid losing money by paying out on your motorcycle crash claim.
Comparative fault is the law that allows injury victims who are partially to blame for causing their own injuries to still seek compensation from the party that is primarily responsible. The catch is that injury victims will then have any amount they are awarded reduced by their portion of fault.
Let’s say you were entitled to an award of $200,000 but the insurance company says you are 20 percent at fault for causing the motorcycle accident. Your $200,000 settlement will then drop to $160,000.
As you can see, this works out well for the insurance company, because it saves them a significant amount of money, especially in cases of high compensation awards, common in motorcycle crashes, semi-truck accidents, and other severe collisions.
You don’t have to deal with the aftermath of your bike crash alone. A highly trained Hillsborough motorcycle accident lawyer at Anderson & Anderson may be able to help you hold the person or persons who are responsible for causing your crash to justice.
We provide free claim reviews to injury victims across the Hillsborough County area and the state of Florida. To take advantage of this opportunity, you can call our office at 813-251-0072 or complete the convenient submission form below.