You're Injured at a Crowded Motorcycle Rally - Who's At Fault?
If you or a loved one has experienced a personal injury at a crowded motorcycle rally in Daytona Beach, the law firm of Chanfrau & Chanfrau have experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at our offices in Daytona Beach, FL, and Palm Coast, FL. W.M. Chanfrau, Sr. is the founding partner. He is joined by William M. Chanfrau, Jr. and Kelly Chanfrau. They will review the facts of your case and help you determine the best course of action.
Why You Should Seek Medical Attention After an Accident
When you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you should obtain medical treatment immediately. Your doctor will evaluate your injuries and prescribe treatment. The doctor’s report will become a part of the lawsuit against the defendants in the case.
If you don’t seek immediate treatment, see a doctor as soon as possible if you experience these issues after your motorcycle accident:
- Headaches, which may indicate a concussion
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Abdominal pain
How Does the Law Help Accident Victims?
Accident victims, including those injured in motorcycle accidents, are entitled to recover compensation for their injuries from the persons responsible for the accident.
In a motorcycle accident, there are multiple potential parties at fault:
- The other motorcycle or motor vehicle drivers involved in the accident
- The manufacturer if the vehicle or certain parts were defective
- The owner of the rally site if the site contained road hazards or if the number of drivers was excessive.
If you file a claim against a motorcyclist who caused your injury, you may ask the court to award you compensation based on the concept of negligence. In this instance, negligence means that:
- The law requires a person to operate their motorcycle with a reasonable level of care to prevent unreasonable risk
- The driver failed to operate their vehicle as required by law
- You sustained injuries as a result of the operator's negligence.
What Kinds of Compensation Does the Law Allow?
In personal injury cases, the victim is entitled to reimbursement for the following expenses:
- Medical expenses, such as doctor bills, surgical expenses, drugs
- Loss of income caused by the accident
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages, but these are only awarded in cases involving gross negligence
What Records Do You Need to Show Our Attorneys?
Most of the evidence our attorneys will want to see are in documents. Your records should include medical records and insurance forms. You should have receipts to claim reimbursement of medical expenses and pharmacy expenses.
We also need to show that the defendant exhibited negligent behavior, which caused your injuries. If there was a police report made at the time of the accident, we will want to see that as well. We may work with accident reconstruction specialists to gather evidence. We may also request cell phone records and information from the other vehicle’s computer systems.
Settling vs. Going to Trial
Many motor vehicle negligence cases involve insurance companies. Insurance companies often settle the claims against their clients before going to trial. We will work on your behalf to obtain the best settlement offer possible. If the defendant or insurance company won’t settle on our terms, we will represent you in court.
Take the Next Step
The Chanfrau and Chanfrau law firm strives to attain the maximum worth for every claim. Our attorneys will not devalue a claim to settle quickly. We treat each client individually, putting the time needed on each case. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have over 40 years of experience in personal injury practice.
Many victims in personal injury cases do not have the resources to fight a valid claim. Chanfrau & Chanfrau offers representation on a contingency fee basis for personal injury cases. That means you will only owe an attorney's fee if we obtain compensation for damages in your case.
Contact us online today or call us at (386) 258-7313 to schedule an initial conference to review the facts of your case and determine the best way forward to best suit your needs.