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Motor Vehicle Accidents

Car Accidents

Car accidents are life-altering events. The crash alone is only the start of what can be an extremely long, arduous journey of dealing with complicated insurance issues like filing an insurance claim, determining fault, and most importantly, finalizing the conclusion one needs to move on with their life. Having to take on both the insurance companies and the law to obtain what you deserve from your accident can be extremely intimidating.  You do not need to experience this event alone.

 

FAQs 

How are we different? 

At Nation Lawyers, we have been fighting for over 30 years for our clients who are victims of car accidents to get them the compensation and justice they are owed. After all, insurance companies tend to seek to minimize compensation. What can seem like a fair sum might fail to cover long-term medical costs, lost wages from missed work due to an accident, or delayed injuries or damages that weren’t accounted for in the original settlement amount, we’re experts at navigating the often confusing legal and insurance process. 

Is hiring a lawyer necessary? 

In a car accident, the accident is just the beginning of your problems. Navigating an insurance claim alone can be tricky, especially if the fault of the accident is disputed. In addition, insurance companies may try to settle your claim for less than it is actually worth. Hiring an attorney after an accident puts someone in your corner who knows your state’s laws and the tricks insurance companies may try to play. 

How much do we charge? 

Nation Lawyers operates on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us only if and when we win your case. Our fee would come in the form of a percentage of the settlement or verdict amount we obtain. 

How long will this take? 

In Person 

An attorney from Nation Lawyers will meet with you at our office to gather the information and fully understand your case. A client will be assigned an attorney, legal assistant, and a paralegal immediately upon completion of your consultation and case review. 

  

By Form 

An attorney from Nation Lawyers will call you within 24 hours after your form submission through our website. Our trained staff will review and understand your case. A client will be assigned an attorney, legal assistant, and a paralegal immediately upon completion of your case review. 

  

By Telephone 

Our attorneys would be happy to speak with you on the telephone to listen to your case and you know our thoughts.  Typically, Nation Lawyers will assign an attorney, legal assistant, and a paralegal within a week after your case review. Our lawyers work as efficiently as possible to ensure the case doesn't take longer than it needs to. 

Should I talk to a car accident lawyer? 

Absolutely.  It’s free. Our firm offers a free consultation to discuss your case.  Nation Lawyers’ legal team will focus on your case by gathering evidence, consulting with experts, and fighting for your rights with the insurance company on your behalf so you can focus on your life. If necessary, an attorney would even take your case all the way to trial to get the compensation you truly deserve. 

How are car accident verdicts and settlements calculated? 

The amount of a settlement can vary substantially from each county and even with each jury, depending on the jurisdiction in which the accident occurred, in combination with the facts of the case. Variables like hospital bills, automobile repair bills, and expert witnesses, such as doctors, are used to determine the cost of an accident and what in most cases insurance companies will pay. 

 

Determining Financial Compensation Following an Accident 

Depending on the type of accident, compensation varies. Damages can fall under two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages. Examples of economic damages include: 

  

Present Medical Costs: Any cost related to immediate needs of the injured including hospital visits, long or short term care, medical devices, and visits with medical professionals. 

  

Expected Medical Costs: Expected costs include those that are expected to occur in the future or consist long term 

  

Lost Wages or Income: Compensation for wages or income lost between the time of injury and the conclusion of the lawsuit. If the victim demonstrates that their ability to earn income has been impacted negatively by the accident, they may be able to gain compensation. The awarding party will settle on an amount the victim could have earned if the accident had not taken place. 

  

Non-economic damages will compensate the victim and/or their family for non-monetary, intangible losses, including: 

  

Physical Pain:  Compensation for any physical pain sustained from injuries received in the crash. The nature of the injury and the amount of pain and time the victim will suffer as a result of the injury are included as factors in the award. 

Mental Anguish: Compensation for emotional distress originating from a motor vehicle accident, including grief, fright, embarrassment, worry, or anxiety caused by the accident. 

Loss of Consortium: Compensation awarded to the spouse, parents, or minor children for loss of services, aid, society, and companionship of a loved one lost in an accident. 

In addition to economic and non-economic damages, there may be punitive damages, which serve to punish the defendant and discourage repeat incidents. These may be pertinent if the defendant’s actions were intentional, malicious, reckless, or fraudulent. 

 

Motorcycle Accidents  

The number of new motorcyclists on roads and highways in Florida increases each year. Unfortunately, new motorcyclists are more likely to be involved in motorcycle accidents due to their inexperience on the road. Navigating the aftermath of a motorcycle accident is complex. The results of a motorcycle accident can be horrific.  Florida insurance regulations and dishonest insurance carriers may complicate the process of recovering compensation for injured motorcyclists. In turn, it is important for injured riders, or loved ones acting on their behalf, to retain an attorney who has experience handling these types of claims. 

 

FAQs

When and Why Should I Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer? 

The process for injured riders to recover compensation after a crash can be difficult, especially if they do not have any legal assistance. In some states, including Florida, Personal Injury Insurance Protection (PIP) is only required for vehicles with four or more wheels, and motorcyclists are not able be covered under PIP. If the motorcyclist has an additional vehicle that is covered under PIP insurance, it does not extend to incidents on the motorcycle. As a motorcyclist, if you are uninsured, it may be more difficult to pay for expensive medical bills, especially if the injury prevents you from working. 

At Nations Lawyers, one of our attorneys can assist you in the battle for compensation and losses. When you contact Nations Lawyers, we will immediately begin to collect information to support your claim for compensation. To help structure your claim, our attorneys may: 

  • Gather police and scene reports
  • Record witness statements
  • Collect photographs
  • Research driving history of other involved motorists
  • Reconstruct the scene of the accident
  • Discuss logistics with experts
  • Be in direct contact with the insurance companies on your behalf

Why Nation Lawyers?

At Nation Lawyers, our motorcycle accident attorneys are knowledgeable about the specific laws regarding motorcycles. These laws differ significantly from laws pertaining to car accidents. Our business can contact field experts, including professionals who can recreate the scene of an accident and medical experts. Over the years, Nation Lawyers has successfully taken on dozens of motorcycle-related cases.

Motorcycle Accident Injury Claims

If an accident occurs and the motorcyclist was not at-fault, compensation may be available Although motorcyclists cannot be covered under PIP insurance, restrictions related to PIP do not apply to them. When seeking compensation, there are no limits in the damages you may seek. In an accident involving a motor vehicle, PIP insurance requires the injured party to pass an “injury threshold” to be eligible to pursue compensation. Motorcyclists do not have to abide by PIP limitations and do not have to pass the injury threshold in-order to seek compensation for losses or damages.

Insurance Negotiations 

In the days following an accident, our lawyers may contact the negligent party’s insurance company and negotiate a settlement for costs incurred as a result of the accident. Our lawyers will utilize the information collected to recover compensation for your expenses. You may have the opportunity to file a lawsuit if negotiations with insurance companies are unsuccessful.

Negligence 

Motorcycle accident lawsuits related to personal injury fall under the subject of negligence. Our attorneys will try to prove that the other driver was at fault because they failed to exercise the “reasonable standard of care”. An investigation will be completed by our team and determine what violations, if any, were done by the other driver. These include driving under the influence, not paying attention, or whether or not they followed the traffic laws.

Product Liability

In some cases, a defect in your or the other party’s vehicle could have contributed to the accident. If so, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the vehicle’s manufacturer to gain compensation for your stresses and injuries. Under these circumstances, our attorneys will work to investigate your vehicle and determine whether or not any defects existed prior to the accident.  Working alongside forensic experts, Nation Lawyers will assist to conclude whether:

  • The motorcycle or part was defective and “unreasonably dangerous”
  • The motorcycle was being operated responsibly
  • The performance of the motorcycle had not changed since its purchase

Examples of defects for which you have the option to file a product liability case are defective brakes, tires, accelerators and defective fuel systems.

Wrongful Death

If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to receive compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. One of our attorneys can aid the deceased’s family to prove that the other driver’s negligence was the cause of the victim’s death.

What Compensation Can You Recover? 

Our attorneys may be able to help you recover compensation for the following: 

Medical Expenses: Victims can file to receive compensation for past, present, and future hospital care, surgeries, emergency visits, etc. for injuries directly related to the accident. 

Lost Wages: Motorcycle accident victims can claim compensation for any wages lost due to the accident. 

Pain and Suffering: As some motorcyclists may not be offered PIP insurance, they may file a lawsuit to claim compensation for their pain and suffering related to the accident. Factors such as the nature of the injury, the duration and extent of pain, etc. will be evaluated in determining whether the victim requires compensation. 

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents 

Negligence is a major factor in causing motorcycle accidents. Examples of negligence includes: 

Mental Anguish: Victims and their families may be compensated for any emotional pain resulting from the accident. Emotional pain includes feelings of embarrassment, nervousness, fright, grief, and worry. 

Loss of Consortium: The spouse of the victim may be awarded compensation for the loss of services, assistance, and companionship he or she has suffered in the case of a motorcycle accident resulting in a wrongful death. Parents of victims may be awarded compensation for the loss of affection, love, and companionship of their children as a result of the minor’s wrongful death. In addition, minor children may be awarded compensation for the loss of services, assistance, and companionship of their parents resulting from their wrongful death. 

  • Improper control of the vehicle
  • Failing to abide by the lawful speed limit
  • Neglecting to yield at proper
  • Not leaving room for other vehicles to safely operate on the road
  • Failure to pay attention to a motorcyclist safely change lanes
  • Driving while under the influence

Failing to yield and misjudging when it is appropriate for a left-hand turn are also major factors for accidents to occur. Some of these include:

  • Incorrectly judging speed or distance
  • Failure to determine where a motorcyclist is 
  • Random or inconsistent stoppage 

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries 

Given the limited protection for motorcyclists, it is common for serious or life-threatening injuries to occur. Serious injuries include: neck injuries, the loss of limbs, head trauma, spinal cord fractures, bone fractures, and more. 

You may be entitled to compensation if you were injured in a motorcycle accident. To find more about what services we offer, please contact Nation Lawyers. 

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Motor Vehicle Accidents

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Schedule your free one-on-one evaluation with one of our experienced attorneys specializing in your legal needs to develop a customized plan of action based on your case details. 

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Gather Documentation

Our legal team will work with you to collect and organize all necessary information related to your claim in order to aid your attorney in building a strong case. 

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Oversee Investigation

Your legal team will oversee an investigation into your case, gathering all evidence, including police records and any necessary footage to strengthen your case.

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Conduct Negotiation

Your attorney will handle all settlement negotiations with the defense, to provide you with a smooth and effective outcome.

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