The state expects motorists to be aware of motorcyclists on the road and to exercise extreme care. When a motorcycle accident does occur, though, it usually leaves the motorcyclist with severe life-altering injuries.
The team at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers can discuss your legal options following a motorcycle accident in the Jacksonville, FL area.
How Our Lawyers will Help with Your Motorcycle Accident Case
Being in a motorcycle accident can be incredibly overwhelming. Not only is it likely that you suffer severe injuries, but it can also put you in a difficult financial situation. Our team of motorcycle accident lawyers is familiar with state laws and will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve.
Every case is different. It is crucial that we evaluate the specific details that led to your motorcycle accident injuries. This will help us determine the next best legal steps to take to get you fair compensation.
Take advantage of your complimentary consultation with Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers and ask us any questions you may have about your case, such as:
- How much your case could be worth
- What damages you qualify to seek
- What it will be like to work with our team
Collect Evidence to Build Your Legal Case
Your case may require that we determine fault. We will work to build your motorcycle accident case by collecting the following information on your behalf:
- Medical records
- Medical invoices
- W-2 or income statements
- Police report
- Damage inspection report
- Witness statement reports
- Photograph or video evidence
By collecting this information, we can determine what led to the accident and how it will impact your life going forward.
It is also necessary that we place an actual amount on your damages. Because the injuries from a motorcycle accident are often severe, the costs may exceed the allowable coverage under an insurance policy. We will consider how the accident has affected you and your family.
These are just some of the costs that we will include when calculating your damages:
- Anticipated medical costs
- Household renovation needs
- Lost wages
- Lost employment benefits
- Childcare costs
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
In some cases, the insurance company may attempt to offer you a settlement for your damages. Accepting a settlement offer can keep both parties out of court, reducing the fees for litigation. However, if an offer does not justify the damages you have suffered, we are ready to fight for a higher amount.
Communication is critical following a motorcycle accident. You will need to contact your insurance company immediately following the accident. You may also need to reach out to the Jacksonville, FL police department to get a copy of the accident report. Additionally, the other insurance company may want to discuss the details of the accident with you.
On a typical day, you would not want to deal with the inconveniences of these conversations. You should not have to spend your time negotiating or discussing details with insurance companies when you are recovering from a motorcycle accident. Focus on your health and leave the rest to our legal team.
Why Choose Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers?
Since 1995, Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers has been fighting for victims of injuries in Florida. We understand personal injury law as well as the unique nature of motorcycle accidents. Our team can use our experience to seek the best possible results for your case.
When you work with our team, you can expect:
- To work directly with our firm’s partners, Jason and Debi Chalik
- Representation from a team that has won million-dollar settlements
- To be treated like family and supported through every step of your case
Our past results for clients speak for themselves. Some awards and settlements we have achieved for our clients include:
- $1 million for a fatal vehicle accident
- $1 million for a defective tire case that led to a brain injury
- $1 million for a case where our client was hit by a rideshare driver
We can get to work seeking fair compensation today.
Wrongful Death Cases
The lack of safety features and barriers present on most motorcycles increases the chances of death following an accident. Florida does not require motorcyclists over the age of 21 to wear a helmet. However, wearing one at all times can reduce the likelihood of being in a severe accident.
If you lost a loved one in a wrongful death due to a motorcycle accident, you might be eligible for compensation for the losses and challenges you face moving forward.
You could pursue damages such as:
- Medical bills, including your loved one’s final medical expenses
- Lost wages, reflecting the income your loved one can no longer provide
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of guidance
We can help you understand what damages are available in your case and handle every aspect of a wrongful death claim on your behalf.
Staying Within Florida’s Statute of Limitations
If you are dealing with injuries from a Florida motorcycle accident case, it is essential to take action soon. Florida requires that we file all motorcycle accident cases within four years from the date of the accident, according to Florida Statutes §95.11(3)(a). If you seek compensation on behalf of a deceased family member, we have just two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Stay within these strict statutes of limitations. If you work with our team, we can ensure that your case complies with any important deadlines.
How Negligence Leads to Motorcycle Accidents in Jacksonville, FL
Unfortunately, not all motorcycle accidents can be avoided. In our experience, there are many forms of negligence that can lead to a life-changing accident. We can hunt for all evidence of negligence in your case, demonstrating that the other party caused your crash.
These are some forms of negligence that could have caused your accident in the Jacksonville area:
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- Fatigued driving
- Ignoring local road signs or laws
- Poor weather conditions
Any of these negligent mistakes can be the fault of an automobile driver or a motorcyclist. Failure to drive carefully can result in:
- Broken bones
- Deep lacerations
- Head and neck injuries
- Permanent disfigurement
- Wrongful death
We understand the consequences of negligence and can help you seek justice from the negligent driver.
How Comparative Negligence Could Affect Your Case
Both drivers hold a legal duty of care to the other passengers and pedestrians on the road. It is also possible that more than one party can be to blame for an accident. Under Florida’s pure comparative negligence doctrine, we can still seek compensation for an accident that you are partially to blame for, as long as another party holds a minimum of 51 percent of the fault (per Florida Statutes §768.81).
Get a Free Consultation Today with One of Our Attorneys for Your Jacksonville Motorcycle Accident Case
Getting help from our lawyers can help you better understand your legal options following a motorcycle accident in the Jacksonville, FL area. We understand the financial need that follows a disastrous accident – and we want to help.
By allowing us to represent you during this challenging time, we will fight to collect compensation that can make it easier to adjust to life after a motorcycle accident. Call Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers for a free case review.
Call or text Chalik & Chalik (904) 549-6065