Many people around the country love motorcycles whether they are operating them or riding on them. In order to protect riders and operators, Florida is one of several states that has mandatory helmet laws.
Many of our clients have medical insurance to pay their medical bills after a accident. When our clients recover money for their injuries, those insurance companies that paid medical bills often try to collect back from our clients the money those insurance companies paid for medical bills. Can they legally recover from our client's settlement? If so, how much can they recover from our client's settlement?
Florida motorcyclists should be aware of important statistics regarding crashes involving their mode of transportation. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,976 people died around the country as a result of motorcycle crashes in 2015. The figure represents an 8.3 percent increase from the 2014 count of 4,594.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, two people were killed in an early morning crash on May 6. One of the deceased individuals was identified as a 20-year-old. Three others, ages 18, 19 and 19, also reportedly suffered serious injuries in the accident.
Distracted driving accidents are becoming worryingly common in Florida and around the country, and a great many of these crashes are blamed on cellphone use. Police have breath testing equipment that can reliably determine whether or not a motorist has been drinking, but establishing that a driver was distracted at the time of an accident can be challenging. However, a road safety advocacy group and an Israeli mobile data company have developed a tool that would allow police officers to find out how a cellphone was being used prior to a collision.
After you have been in a traffic accident, you may feel rattled and uncomfortable from the impact. However, if you are able, your insurance company wants you to do a few things for the claims process. Taking the right steps may also ensure that you do not miss out on compensation to cover damages.