Motorcycle riding is a favorite in Florida, however, it does not come without risks. If you are a motorcyclist, you should read on and reach out to our experienced Florida motorcycle accident attorneys to learn more about how to prevent motorcycle accidents, what to do if you were in one, and how our firm can help those who have been injured in them. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How can I prevent a motorcycle accident from happening?
Though riding a motorcycle can be a dangerous hobby, there are several things you can do to protect yourself from potential accidents. They are as follows:
- Wear safety gear at all times, and ensure your passenger does as well. Though the state of Florida, under certain circumstances, does not require all individuals to wear helmets under the law, the truth is, this is always the safer option, for obvious reasons. This may not prevent an accident, but it may save your life one day.
- Ensure your motorcycle is properly maintained and passes its yearly inspection. Working tires and brakes can go a long way when you need them most, and may make all the difference between an accident and a close call.
- Always be aware of your surroundings. This may seem obvious, but in today’s world, drivers are more distracted then they’ve ever been. Keep an eye out for motorists who drive under the influence, text while driving, or otherwise recklessly disobey the rules and regulations of the road.
- Don’t speed. Speeding is unlawful because it is dangerous. When you speed, you drastically increase your chances of being involved in an accident. This is a simple rule to follow, and doing so may save you serious hardships down the road.
What should I do if I have been involved in a motorcycle accident?
Unfortunately, sometimes being a responsible driver is not enough to prevent an accident. If you were injured in an accident due to a careless or negligent motorist, you must call the police immediately. The police will write up an accident report, as well as send an ambulance to take you to receive medical treatment. While you wait for the ambulance to arrive, if you can, ask any witnesses of the accident for their contact information so they may corroborate your story if need be. Lastly, retain the services of an experienced attorney who will work to gather and present evidence on your behalf to prove that you were injured as a direct result of another motorist’s negligence so you can win the compensation you need.
How long will I have to take legal action against a negligent motorist in Florida?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is four years, so you will have to file your lawsuit within four years of the date of your accident. Failure to do so will generally result in your being denied the right to sue. Our firm is ready to get the claims process started as soon as possible so you can solely focus on recuperating from your injury.
Contact our experienced Florida firm
Ansbacher Law is composed of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. We understand the urgency of your personal injury claim and additional legal matters, which is why we provide each of our clients with compassionate and efficient legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.