Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
According to U.S. government data, motorcycle accidents are 29 times more likely to cause motorcycle deaths than an accident involving people who are in regular passenger vehicles. In Florida, motorcycle accidents occur daily. Because Florida’s known to have some of the best weather, motorcycle crashes and injuries are on the rise.
Drivers should respect the road and watch out for motorcycles. Due to motorcycles being small, it is important for all drivers to look out for motorcycles on the roadways and parking lots.
As hundreds of thousands of bike lovers flock to the Sunshine State for events, accidents involving other motor vehicles, are bound to happen.
There are even national motorcycle events such as Bike Week in Daytona that brings in crowds from around the country.
Careless Drivers and Motorcycle Accidents
If you are a motorcycle rider then you understand the risks associated with riding your bike on the street. The accident lawyers at Shiner Law Group are familiar with the specific issues related with motorcycle accident injuries.
Our law firm’s handled cases where motorcycle riders become hurt because people claimed to not see the rider or failed to look.
Some of the abuse of traffic safety laws that cause motorcycle crashes include:
- Failure to stop
- Illegal turns
- Reckless driving, speeding, weather or road conditions
- Distracted driving
- Unsafe lane changes and passing
- Driving under the influence
Riding Safely in Florida and Motorcycle Laws
While Florida repealed the universal helmet law for riders over the age of 21 in 2000, the risk for injury—even death—remains ever-present.
Furthermore, to help prevent such injuries, Florida motorcycle safety laws do require riders to wear eye protection. However, riders older than 21 do not need to wear a helmet while riding. Most noteworthy are a few other Florida motorcycle laws are:
- The law requires a passenger seat and passenger footrest for any passenger carried.
- Riders must use turn signals.
- Rider education’s funded by the state, and is mandatory for all first-time motorcycle licensees and applicants.
- Lane splitting is not allowed— that is, motorcycles may not share the same lane with a full-size vehicle, however, motorcycles are allowed to operate two abreast in the same lane.
Injury victims of motorcycle accidents in Florida are known to suffer burns and abrasions, broken bones, facial and spinal cord injuries, as well as traumatic brain damage. All of these can lead to significant medical bills and rehabilitation.
Some accident victims may not even be aware of the possibility of physical damage following an accident. Therefore, victims may also disregard any discomfort as a non-threatening injury.
In any accident situation, victims should always seek immediate medical attention to assess the state of their injuries.
Conditions Commonly Associated with Motorcycle Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a motorcycle driver is 37 times more likely to sustain a fatal injury in an accident when compared to the passengers and driver of a standard motor vehicle.
As most accidents are caused by another motorist’s negligence, it is important for motorcycle drivers to recognize the conditions that are commonly associated with personal injury claims:
Road quality: Unlike standard passenger vehicles, motorcycles are often limited to two wheels, which makes avoiding cracked pavement and potholes more difficult to avoid and recover from.
Inclement weather: Florida is known for its severe weather, and wet conditions on the road may cause a motorcycle driver to lose control of their vehicle.
Vehicle protection: A motorcycle’s small size often prevents other motorists from seeing the vehicle, resulting in an accident.
Aggressive driving: Unsafe road behaviors, including, but not limited to, speeding, tailgating, lane sharing, and driving under the influence are common causes for personal injury claims stemming from motorcycle accidents.
Roads Hazards Contributing To Motorcycle Accidents
Florida roads are crowded: with over 14 million licensed drivers in the state, sharing the roadway with domestic and international visitors further exacerbates driving conditions.
Moreover, drivers who operate their vehicles under the influence, or drivers who fail to adapt to inclement weather or are altogether unfamiliar with Florida’s roadways contribute to what should have been a preventable car accident.
Drivers should be alert and watch for drivers operating a motorcycle. Motorcyclists have less protection than standard vehicles, which makes the risk for sustaining life-threatening injuries a sobering reality. Due to this fact it is not uncommon for riders to suffer severe injuries.
Seeking Medical Attention For Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Auto and motorcycle insurance companies, regardless of fault, will always seek to mitigate their financial liability by employing loopholes to reduce, stall, or outright deny damage claims.
Medical care’s important following a motorcycle accident injury. Our skilled lawyers use injury victim’s medical records and medical bills to increase the value of the insurance claim.
However, there are other more important reasons to seek medical care after an accident, and those reasons include making sure you are not hurt and get well soon.
s resulting in costly medical bills, time spent out of work, and more.
The Benefits of Hiring A Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Our experienced lawyers have handled hundreds of motorcycle accident cases. Specifically, we understand how to best navigate the legal system to maximize any monetary settlement.
The Shiner Law Group’s a local law firm focused on your care after your accident. As a result, our team of professionals understands how to make this difficult time a little easier for you and your loved ones.
Immediately after your motorcycle crash our team will begin to work for you. Don’t wait, call the motorcycle lawyer and accident attorneys at our law firm for a free consultation.
Your personal injury attorney may gather information by:
- Evaluating the scene of the accident
- Reviewing reports from local police, sobriety tests, and damages
- Reviewing your medical bills and records
- Questioning witnesses
- Recreating the accident
- Contacting experts in the areas of motorcycle performance, collisions, photographs,and scene investigation
- Contacting insurance companies
- Review your driving record
- Reviewing of citations and driving history of any drivers involved in the accident
Our team of attorneys understand the complexity of motorcycle accident cases. For example, we have helped our clients build the most compelling claim by assessing the facts of each case, gathering relevant evidence, and working with an extensive network of industry professionals to secure the maximum compensation.
We recognize that our clients have endured severe physical, emotional, and financial distress, therefore our team of award-winning attorneys are standing by to assist you.
Recovering Damages After a Motorcycle Accident
An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you bring legal action against an at-fault party for economic and non-economic damages caused by a breach of legal duty. The statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim is four years from the incident in the state of Florida or two years in cases of wrongful death.
Insurance companies are known to take advantage of victims who lack the benefit of legal representation, so building a solid foundation for your claim is paramount to securing the financial compensation you deserve.
Victims of motorcycles accidents may be entitled to a broad range of damages: pain and suffering, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, periods of disability, and wrongful death. In rare circumstances, a judge may also award punitive damages for gross negligence.
Shiner Law Group – Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Do not wait to call a motorcycle accident attorney. If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, call our offices today for a free consultation by filling out our case evaluation form or calling us at (561) 777-7700.