What to Do If You're Injured at a Beachside Event in Daytona Beach
From art and food festivals, to car racing and motorcycle rallies, Daytona Beach and Palm Coast are popular locations for beachside events. Unfortunately, while the activities featured at these events are intended to be fun, they also are not without their risks. Each year, injuries occur at these events, involving either attendees or passersby who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
If you have been injured at a Beachside event in Daytona Beach, FL, or Palm Coast, FL, an experienced personal injury attorney from Chanfrau & Chanfrau can help you understand your options for pursuing compensation for the current and ongoing expenses of your injury. Our firm is large enough to serve you professionally but small enough to know you personally.
Types of Beachside Injuries That Occur at Daytona Beach Events
There are many ways in which injuries can occur at Daytona Beach events, including:
- Motorcycle accidents during Bike Week or Biketoberfest, which can result in injuries to cyclists, pedestrians, or occupants of other vehicles.
- Motor vehicle accidents that occur on congested roadways and in parking areas near the event.
- Injuries to pedestrians caused by being shoved or pushed in the crowd of event attendees.
- ATV-involved accidents occurring on beaches.
- Accidents involving 4x4s during the annual Jeep Runs.
Documenting Your Injuries
If you have been injured at a beachside event in Daytona Beach, there are several actions that should be taken both at the scene and after the accident to preserve your right to seek compensation for the expenses and suffering you have incurred as a result of the injury.
Depending on the severity of the injury, victims may not be able to obtain evidence at the scene. Fortunately, if your accident was reported to the police, a police report of the incident will be generated and will contain information about the events that resulted in the accident.
The Types of Evidence That Can Be Gathered at the Scene
When it comes to seeking compensation for the injuries you sustained, there is no such thing as too much evidence. Some of the information you should gather from the scene includes:
- The name of the event, the event's organizer, and the name and contact information of all potentially liable parties. For example, if your injury was the result of a 4x4 colliding with your motorcycle, you will want to obtain the 4x4 driver's name, contact information, driver's license information, license plate number, insurance carrier, and insurance policy number.
- The names and contact information for anyone who witnessed the accident.
- The name, department, and badge number of any police officers on the scene investigating the accident.
- Photos of the accident scene, including photos of any visible injuries you have, damage to vehicles or other property, and photos that explain what the light, weather, and crowd conditions were at the time of the accident.
Speaking With an Attorney about Your Accident
Once you have sought a medical evaluation and treatment for your injuries, it is also important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Your attorney can provide guidance as to the personal injury process through a free case evaluation, and help you obtain the maximum level of compensation available for your injuries. An attorney will:
- Determine liability and associated insurance resources.
- Establish a value for your claim.
- Negotiate a settlement with the at-fault party's insurance carrier.
- Organize the witness testimony and evidence that will be used to prove your claim in court.
- Provide litigation services.
- Present a strong case to help you collect a favorable settlement or award.
Injured at a Daytona Beachside Event? Chanfrau & Chanfrau Can Help
For your free case evaluation, contact us online or call us at (386) 258-7313.