Passenger Rights in a Motorcycle Crash

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Fort Lauderdale Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Discuss Passenger Rights in a Motorcycle Crash

Fighting for justice on behalf of Floridians injured in motorcycle accidents

Feeling the freedom of riding on the open road on the back of a motorcycle can sometimes have a high price–especially if you should become injured when you are a passenger. You might feel cautious about pursuing compensation because you think you might have to take legal action against the rider, who might be a friend. But there is no need to worry because your pursuing a claim for your injuries does not diminish compensation for the driver’s injuries or other losses.

At Yeboah Law Group, we understand that if you have been injured as a passenger on a motorcycle that was involved in a crash, you might to be hesitant about filing a claim, but it does not have to be an adversarial process. Our Fort Lauderdale motorcycle accident attorneys protect your right to recover compensation when you have been injured due to no fault of your own, and we can show you how doing so does not have to damage your relationship with the motorcycle rider even if  he or she was at fault in the crash.

Can motorcycle passengers pursue compensation when they have been injured in an accident?

Yes. Depending on who is at fault in causing the accident, you may be able to recover more compensation than the motorcycle rider. If the rider is at fault, or shares a portion of the fault in the accident, you may be able to recover compensation from his or her insurance company and the insurance company of the driver of the other vehicle responsible for causing the crash. When you work with an experienced Fort Lauderdale motorcycle accident lawyer from Yeboah Law Group, you enjoy the benefit of our more than 20 years of experience working with clients like you who have been injured in motorcycle crashes and who need representation when filing a claim for compensation. We understand all of the complexities and we know how to pursue the maximum amount of compensation on your behalf.

Establishing fault in a motorcycle crash

Most car crashes are the result of driver or rider error. Whether the driver or rider’s error takes the form of being distracted by a cell phone, changing tracks on a music player, drunk driving, speeding, or exhaustion, one or several of these factors causes a lapse in attention, which can lead to a collision. Many Florida motorcycle crashes are a result of the negligence of motorists. Drivers in cars and other motorists often fail to look out for motorcyclists who are vulnerable because of their small size. However, both those who drive cars and those who operate motorcycles owe a duty of care to the other drivers with whom they share the road to drive in a safe manner. Negligent conduct while driving breaches that duty of care, and the negligent driver can be held liable for the resulting injuries and property damage when a crash occurs.

If the motorcycle rider and his or her passenger are injured in a crash that was caused by the negligence of another driver, they may be able to hold the responsible driver liable for their injuries. If the motorcycle rider caused the crash, the bike’s passenger may be able to recover compensation from the rider’s insurance company for their injuries sustained in the crash.

How do I recover compensation after an injury in a motorcycle accident?

If you were a passenger on a motorcycle that was involved in an accident where you suffered injuries, you may want to consider the advantages available to you when you work with a skilled motorcycle accident attorney. You stand a greater chance of recovering more compensation when you work with a lawyer.  Your legal team will deal with the insurance companies on your behalf; they will make sure that the compensation you receive is sufficient to cover all the costs related to your injury and recovery.

If you think you can’t afford to hire a lawyer, you need not worry. At Yeboah Law Group, we do not charge injured clients up front when we take their case. We accept Florida motorcycle crash injury cases on contingency, so you do not pay attorney fees until we recover compensation for you.

What types of compensation might I recover as an injured motorcycle passenger after a crash?

As an injured passenger, you are entitled to recover compensation for the following:

  • Medical expenses related to the accident (past and future bills)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Other expenses and damages

There are legal restrictions on when you can file a personal injury claim, so the sooner you get started the easier it is to exercise your rights. Florida’s statute of limitations for motor vehicle accidents is generally four years, which is the time limit within which you may file a personal injury lawsuit. (FL Statutes Annotated section 95.11). The statute of limitations is less in the unfortunate circumstances where a death occurs. A dependable motorcycle accident lawyer from Yeboah Law Group will protect your rights and will aggressively pursue justice on your behalf.

Schedule a free consultation with a Fort Lauderdale motorcycle accident lawyer who will fight for justice on your behalf

At Yeboah Law Group we encourage you to contact us today to discover how we can help when you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle crash because of another person’s negligence. You are welcome to call 1-800-TELL-SAM or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We are proud to serve our clients throughout South Florida.

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