Driving a motorcycle around Gainesville is supposed to be a fun pastime. Unfortunately, motorcycles often don’t get due respect on the road from car and truck drivers. Problems such as inclement weather, driver distractibility, poor road maintenance, faulty parts, and just plain bad luck can often conspire to cause serious injury to bikers.
Seeking Compensation: The Basics
In the wake of your motorcycle accident, you should get medical attention immediately if you need it and contact the police if there is property damage above and beyond $500 and/or injury to anyone involved. Collect as much information about the accident as possible – or deputize someone to collect information for you. Get names and contact info of everyone involved. Take photos of the accident and injuries you suffered. And don’t talk about issues of fault – particularly with the other driver’s insurance company. Speak with a Gainesville motorcycle accident attorney to get advice about how to proceed, legally, to get compensation.
Depending on the nature of the motorcycle accident, you can seek monetary compensation from a surprisingly diverse number of parties, including the driver who hit you and that driver’s insurance company, the driver’s company, the Gainesville city agency responsible for keeping the roads clear and safe, your bike’s designer, manufacturer, or mechanic, and any other third party who even indirectly contributed to the circumstances of the accident.
Motorcycle accidents can be particularly injury-inducing for at least 2 reasons:
- Less protection from the elements
When a car plows into a brick wall at 30 miles per hour, the driver and passengers get shielded from the full impact by a variety of mechanisms, including airbags and seatbelts. Motorcyclists have much less protection. As a result, even relatively slow speed accidents – occurring at 25 miles per hour, e.g. – can result in terrific forces working against the motorcyclist.
- Mass differential
When you slap a mosquito out of the air, the mosquito usually gets hurt and you don’t. This is because you are far more massive than the mosquito. In fact, mass differential is an incredibly important factor in accidents. This explains why truckers (who drive the most massive vehicles on the road) often escape accidents relatively unscathed while drivers of cars and motorcycles often suffer the brunt of the damage. Since motorcycles or mopeds are the lightest vehicles out there, they tend to suffer the most damage.
Getting Sound Legal Guidance from our Gainesville Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
The Gainesville personal injury lawyers of Farah & Farah can speak to you about your potential case right now. Call for a consultation at (352) 505-8093, or email a representative to learn more about your rights and responsibilities under the law.