If you are a motorcycle rider, do you: Often sit in other drivers’ blind spots? Regularly weave in and out of traffic? Speed everywhere you go?
We didn’t think so.
Sadly, these are common misconceptions about motorcycle riders in Florida. While many people think this way, the reality is that the rider who constantly puts himself or herself in danger is the exception to the rule.
Bias Against Bikers in the Courtroom
Unfortunately, the public misconceptions about motorcycle riders often find their way into Florida’s courtrooms. Likewise, insurance companies are often quicker to place blame on motorcycle riders. “He was riding a motorcycle, so the accident must have been his fault.” This seems to be the mindset of many of the people who are supposed to provide objective, unbiased assessments when evaluating injured motorcycle riders’ claims for compensation.
Overcoming Anti-Biker Bias
As Destin motorcycle accident lawyers who represent victims throughout the Emerald Coast, we are all too familiar with the anti-biker bias in Florida. Fortunately, at least when it comes to fighting for accident compensation, there are ways this bias can be overcome.
Rely on the Evidence
No amount of bias can overcome hard evidence. If the evidence clearly shows that the person who hit you is to blame for your injuries, this should carry the day for your claim. When we take on a new motorcycle accident case, we conduct a thorough investigation to uncover as much evidence as possible. This often includes things like:
• Length and trajectory of skid marks
• Location of damage to the vehicle that hit you
• Footage from traffic and security cameras
• Traffic light patterns and location of stop signs
• Police reports
• Witness testimony
After being involved in a motorcycle accident, if you are able to do so, you should take as many photos as possible. Photograph the area where the accident occurred, the damage to your motorcycle, the damage to your vehicle, and your personal injuries.
Also, be sure to keep your helmet, riding jacket, footwear, and any other items that may have been damaged in the collision. These can all serve as powerful imagery when trying to convince a judge or jury to overcome their anti-biker bias.
Stick to the Facts
By their nature, misconceptions and biases rely on assumptions. But, in the law, the facts are what matter. For example, many people mistakenly equate noise with speed. A witness may assume you were speeding simply because they could hear your bike’s exhaust.
Of course, as a rider, you know that bikes are tuned to rev quickly, and that this noise actually helps protect you by alerting other drivers to your presence. Yet, without legal representation, this is precisely the type of issue that can prevent you from winning the compensation you deserve.
Schedule a Free Motorcycle Accident Consultation at Powell, Powell & Powell Today
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, hiring an experienced lawyer will give you the best chance to obtain maximum compensation for your losses. At Powell, Powell & Powell, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of motorcycle riders, and we are passionate about ensuring that they receive a fair, unbiased trial. To speak with an attorney about your case for free, call (850) 682-2757 or contact us online today.