When two vehicles get into a crash on a roadway, the first question the insurance companies will have is who is at fault. The second question that may come up is how much of the client’s injuries were their own fault. This often comes up in motorcycle cases. People love the freedom of motorcycles but motorcycles come with a high risk of injury and death.
One Port St. Lucie man found this out. He was driving a motorcycle down Southwest Bayshore Drive when an SUV performed a U-turn and crashed into the motorcycle. The driver of the SUV was unharmed, but the motorcycle driver was not wearing a helmet. He later died at the hospital.
Now the family has opened a GoFundMe page to raise money for the final expenses.
Why might an insurance company not pay in this situation? They may say that the man took his life into his own hands by not wearing appropriate safety gear. They may choose to pay much less or not at all due to the recklessness of riding a motorcycle without a helmet. But for the grieving family now left without their loved one, is this truly fair?
Insurance companies are businesses, and they will do whatever possible to minimize the amount of money that they have to pay in settlements. As a personal injury attorney in Miami, I’ve seen countless instances where the insurance made some decisions that appeared to be heartless. Yes, they made sense from a business point of view, but they didn’t feel right from a ‘people’ point of view.
It is rare, though possible, that an insurance company will try to break the rules of a policy. More often, they’re expecting people in pain or people who are grieving to make a quick decision about taking a settlement without looking at the details too closely. When medical bills are piling up fast, it’s very tempting to just sign the settlement and leave it at that. But you could be losing out on a substantial amount of compensation.
That’s why having a personal injury lawyer on your side is so important. Never sign a settlement with an insurance company until you run it by Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA. We have been serving the Aventura and Miami-Dade areas with personal injury claims for decades. In fact, we have over 90 years of combined experience in Florida personal injury law. Please browse through our FAQ so you can learn more about the personal injury claims process in Florida and how NK&P can help you through it.
We know how to negotiate with insurance companies. Let us examine your policy and your settlement offer so we can see if the insurance company is giving you a raw deal or a fair deal. If they say that they will pay less because of certain circumstances, we may be able to challenge them successfully and get you the compensation you truly deserve. To make an appointment, call our Aventura offices or fill out our contact form. We look forward to helping.