What Is the Average Motorcycle Accident Settlement in Florida?

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Erik Abrahamson, J.D. February 05, 2020

Did you or a loved one sustain injuries in a Florida motorcycle accident? If so, you might be curious about the potential value of your claim.

If someone else’s negligence or recklessness caused your accident and injuries, you have the right to pursue compensation for your damages. You may be eligible to recover the cost of your medical treatment, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.

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Because the value of your claim will depend on the details of your case, a Florida motorcycle injury attorney can help you determine what your potential settlement value might be.

How Is a Potential Motorcycle Accident Settlement Calculated?

The value of your potential settlement depends on the types of injuries you sustained and how they will affect your life in the future. If you suffered significant injuries that potentially affect your ability to work, these factors would typically increase your claim’s likely value.

If you sustained a disabling injury or if you need long-term treatment and care, you might also expect a more substantial award.

On the other hand, if you suffered minor injuries and can go back to work quickly, your claim’s value might be smaller.

Personal injury attorneys calculate the value of motorcycle accident claims based on actual damages sustained by the victim. Your damages might include:

  • Medical care and treatment costs,
  • Lost wages and benefits,
  • Costs to repair or replace your bike,
  • Pain and suffering, and
  • Emotional damages.

In addition to the amount of your actual damages, the at-fault party’s level of negligence could affect the value of your claim. For example, in the case of gross negligence, juries often award punitive damages to send a stronger message. Finally, your settlement amount could vary depending on whether you settle out of court or go to trial.

Most injury accident victims have the right to pursue financial, physical, and emotional damages from the at-fault party. A Florida motorcycle accident lawyer can calculate the value of your claim based on the facts of your case and help you recover compensation.

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Is There an Average Florida Motorcycle Accident Settlement Amount?

In Florida, motorcycle injury victims can pursue compensation for all actual damages they sustained. However, because of the many variables involved, settlement amounts range from modest to substantial.

You might find sites online that offer free motorcycle accident settlement calculators. Approach these generic calculators with caution. No one can accurately estimate the value of your potential settlement without understanding the nuances and details of your case.

Automatic injury settlement calculators can provide misleading answers. Talking to a Florida motorcycle accident attorney is the only way to determine what your case value may be.

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What Evidence Is Used to Build a Motorcycle Accident Case?

As we have established, the details of your accident and injuries determine motorcycle accident compensation amounts.

Your lawyer will investigate your case and gather evidence to substantiate your damages. Using this information, the legal team can calculate your claim’s value.

Evidence that may apply to your case includes:

  • Police reports,
  • Witness statements,
  • Photographs and videos,
  • Expert opinions, and
  • Accident scene reconstructions.

To substantiate your damages, your lawyer will assemble information that may include:

  • Medical bills,
  • Wage and income statements,
  • Tax returns, and
  • Vehicle repair bills.

Establishing the value of future damages you may suffer often requires the opinions or testimony of subject matter experts.

Medical experts can provide opinions about your prognosis and future treatment requirements.

Vocational experts provide opinions on your ability to return to work. These experts also address whether you will be able to resume your prior job duties or require accommodations.

Economic experts shed light on the future value of lost income and benefits, should you have diminished earning capacity.

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Why Do I Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer to Help Me?

Florida does not require injury accident victims to have a lawyer. However, having an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer from Abrahamson & Uiterwyk on your side provides several advantages.

We Investigate and Document Your Case.

We have extensive resources at our disposal, and we put those resources to work for you. We investigate every aspect of your claim and assemble as much evidence as possible to build your case.

We Establish Fault and Demonstrate Liability.

In any personal injury case, you must prove that the defendant owed the victim a duty of care.

You must demonstrate that, by failing to uphold the duty of care, the defendant’s actions caused your accident and subsequent damages. Our team uncovers the evidence we need to prove the defendant’s negligence.

We Handle Every Aspect of your Case.

When you trust us to handle your motorcycle accident case, you can relax and focus on getting well. We handle everything on your behalf and keep you updated on the progress of your case.

We Deal with All Parties, Including the Insurance Company.

With us on our side, you won’t have to deal with other lawyers, the insurance company, or any other parties in your case. We handle all communication and negotiate on your behalf to obtain the best possible settlement.

We Help Protect Your Legal Rights.

We take great pride in protecting the legal rights of our clients. The insurance companies want to minimize their liability and pay you the smallest settlement possible.

We compel the at-fault party to negotiate in good faith. If the defendant’s insurance company will not engage in good faith negotiations, we may recommend filing a lawsuit in Florida civil court.

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Examples of Motorcycle Accident Settlements Achieved by Abrahamson & Uiterwyk

$1,330,000/ Motor Vehicle Accident/ Pinellas County, Florida

Some of the most significant injury cases that we handle are the result of motorcycle accidents. This case is one such example. Our client was traveling on his motorcycle when the defendant pulled out of a drive causing our client to hit the vehicle broadside. The defendant was cited by the police for violation of right of way.

Our client suffered extensive injuries, including a severe pelvic fracture. He was taken to the hospital after the accident where he underwent an open reduction surgery with internal fixation. He also suffered fractures to the vertebra in his back and lower spine. After approximately 12 days in the hospital, he required outpatient therapy and significant follow up treatment.

Approximately ten days after the accident, our client hired Abrahamson & Uiterwyk after reading about our firm’s high rating on the internet. We immediately went to work by investigating the insurance available to compensate our client.

Our investigation revealed that the at fault party had $1.3 million in liability insurance. Once we were convinced that we had a complete understanding of all our client’s injuries, medical bills and lost wages as well as a full understanding of the effects this long-term injury would have on our client, we submitted a case summary to the insurance company.

Not surprisingly, the insurance company hoped to resolve this case by providing our client compensation in an amount much less than their policy limits. They began by offering only approximately one-half that amount. We were convinced that our client’s claim was worth the entire insurance policy limits, and we negotiated very aggressively with them, reminding them continuously of their duty of good faith in handling claims on behalf of their insured.

In an effort to convince the insurance company that it was in their best interest to resolve the case by providing us all of their insurance proceeds, we also provided the insurer with a sample jury verdict form which laid out the likely liability their insured would face if the case went to trial.

We continued to press the insurance company to resolve the case for the entire policy limits or we would take the case to a jury trial. We gave the insurance company one final opportunity to pay all their insurance proceeds or we would withdraw the offer. After the final demand package was sent to them, they finally agreed to pay their limit of insurance coverage.

Even though we got all of the insurance proceeds from the other driver, our in-depth investigation led us to believe that there was additional insurance coverage that could be utilized for this accident.

Fortunately, we were able to convince our client’s uninsured motorist insurer that they had insurance coverage that would apply on top of the other driver’s insurance and that they also should pay their entire policy limits.

Although limited by the available insurance, we were pleased and satisfied that we were able to get our motorcycle client significant compensation for his extremely tragic injuries.

In our more than thirty years in practice, we have represented thousands of Florida motorcycle injury accident victims. Although we cannot disclose the details of past cases, these are just a few of our achievements for our clients:

  • $11,000,000 jury verdict for motorcycle accident injuries in Brevard County, FL;
  • $5,050,000 settlement for motorcycle accident wrongful death in Hillsborough, FL;
  • $5,000,000 settlement for motorcycle accident wrongful death in Pasco County, FL;
  • $4,899,000 settlement for motorcycle accident injuries in Pinellas County, FL;
  • $1,330,000 settlement for motorcycle accident injuries in Pinellas County, FL; and
  • $799,000 settlement for motorcycle accident wrongful death in Pinellas County, FL.

These case results are not typical and do not represent what you are likely to recover for your injuries. They do, however, demonstrate our proud history of fighting for injury accident victims.

You can read more about our past motorcycle accident settlements and other achievements on our website.

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Talk to a Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

You do not have to face this difficult situation on your own. With offices throughout Florida, Abrahamson & Uiterwyk provides compassionate yet aggressive representation for our clients. We can answer your questions and help you make the best decision for your future.

We offer a no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation for motorcycle accident victims in Florida. Contact us now to learn more or to discuss what your average motorcycle accident settlement value might be.

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