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Gainesville Motorcycle accidents can be far more risky to riders compared to the occupants of an enclosed vehicle because motorcycles lack visibility and offer less physical protection. There are also different laws and insurance coverages for motorcyclists, so these cases are handled a bit differently than traditional auto accidents. At Whittel & Melton, our Gainesville Motorcycle Accident Attorneys are here to help injured riders and their families understand their legal options and how to proceed after a devastating motorcycle accident.
While the coronavirus global pandemic brought about record high rates of unemployment and put us all in lockdown, motorcycle sales actually saw a steady uptick in 2020. This pandemic paradox shocked many as auto sales have been down, but motorcycle sales have prevailed and done far better this year than in the past three years. Most experts agree that people are looking for an escape from these trying times and find some excitement and joy during these unprecedented times. Motorcycling is also already a socially distanced activity, complete with protective gear and the additional government stimulus money also played a part in many people, even in Gainesville, FL deciding to purchase a motorcycle.
Jason M. Melton, Esq. – Your Gainesville Biker Lawyer
Founding Member, NAMIL(National Academy of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers)
2020 & 2021 Top 20 Biker Injury Lawyer, Biker Justice USA
Life Member, ABATE and Road Guardians
Steps to Take After a Gainesville Motorcycle Accident
With an increase in motorcycle sales, this usually means there will be more riders on the road and that could lead to more motorcycle accidents and injuries in Gainesville. If you are involved in a Gainesville motorcycle accident, your first priority is to take care of yourself. Common injuries after a motorcycle are traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), amputation, spinal cords injuries, road rash, broken bones, fractures, ligament tears, and lower extremity injuries. Sometimes injuries may not present themselves right away, which is why it is very important to get medical care right away. You will want to get a full assessment by your doctor so that the full scope of your injuries is properly documented.
You will also want to get a police report from the Gainesville Police Department, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, FHP(Florida Highway Patrol) for the accident and obtain the other driver’s information. Once police arrive at the scene, they can help gather all of this pertinent information.
The next step is to contact your insurance provider to let them know about your accident. While you are responsible for getting in touch with your insurance agent to notify them of your accident, our Gainesville Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton strongly recommend that you get your injuries assessed and your motorcycle assessed for damage before you make contact with your insurance company. We can help walk you through this process and make sure the insurance companies involved do not underappreciated the value of your claim. We urge you to contact us first before making any headway with the insurance companies involved so that you do not say anything that could result in complications with your claim or an outright denial.
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, we want to emphasize that your first priority is to make sure you get medical attention. If your motorcycle accident is severe, you will need to be transported to the hospital via ambulance. Law enforcement should arrive at the scene and gather crucial information related to the accident, including the other driver’s insurance and contact information.
After you have been fully assessed for your injuries after a motorcycle accident, you should strongly consider speaking with our Alachua County Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton for a free consultation to learn more about recovering financial compensation. If you have lost a family member in a motorcycle crash, we also can help you determine if you have a valid wrongful death claim. We offer completely free and confidential case evaluations in Gainesville so that you can fully understand what to expect from your motorcycle accident claim. We do not accept or require any up front fees, and we only collect legal fees once we obtain a financial settlement or award on your behalf.
You can reach us 24/7 online or by calling 352-264-7800.
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