Naples Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcycles, because of their small size, can be difficult to see on the road, placing the onus on other motorists to observe all local traffic laws more intensely. Indeed, a motorcycle’s safety limitations make any accident involving this vehicle particularly concerning. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a motorcycle driver is 37 times more likely to sustain life-threatening injuries than passengers of a standard vehicle.
Most motorcycle accidents are caused by another vehicle’s failure to yield; however, insurance companies are quick to shift blame and take unfair advantage of motorcyclists – especially those who forgo wearing a helmet, even if the rider operated within the confines of the law.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact an experienced Naples motorcycle accident attorney to discuss your legal rights and options, as you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Understanding Florida’s Motorcycle Laws
To bring a motorcycle cause of action against an at-fault party, the claimant must prove, per the negligence standard, that any injury sustained occurred as a direct result of a traffic safety law violation. (Claimants do not need to show that a reasonable duty of care was owed or that a deviation existed in motorcycle accident cases.) For example, if a vehicle made an illegal left turn at an intersection and struck an oncoming motorcyclist, the motorcyclist can argue that damages were sustained as a direct result of the vehicle’s illegal left turn.
Florida law does not require a motorcyclist and his or her passengers over the age of 21 to wear a helmet; however, Florida is also a comparative negligence state: a percentage of fault can be attributed to both drivers depending on the severity of the breach. A negligible party’s insurance company will argue that forgoing a helmet is careless. Riders should also note that Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance benefits will not cover motorcycle drivers or passengers.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, immediately seek medical attention before consulting legal counsel, as drivers and passengers can sustain injuries such as broken bones, disfigurement, scarring, internal bleeding, lacerations, loss of limbs, or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
Types of Damages Recoverable in a Motorcycle Accident Claim
Motorcycle accident victims can pursue a broad range of damages arising from incidents of negligence, including, but not limited to, medical treatment and rehabilitation, periods of disability, loss of wages, or a permanent inability to engage in gainful employment.
How Naples Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, representation by an experienced Naples motorcycle accident attorney is vital. Our award-winning trial lawyers at the Shiner Law Group work with accident reconstruction teams to identify negligible parties and determine causation because we are committed to securing the strongest financial recovery package for our clients.
With over 15 years’ experience successfully representing Naples motorcycle accident victims and their families, recovering millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, we have a results-driven approach to litigating motorcycle accident cases. We aggressively fight on behalf of our clients’ legal and financial interests to ensure a swift and healthy recovery. While we make every effort to negotiate a fair settlement outside of court, we are prepared to take your case to trial – even against national insurance chains.
All drivers share the roadway and have an obligation to other motorists. Our law firm advocates safe riding practices that includes wearing a helmet approved by Snell or the Department of Transportation (DOT). Drive sober, observe traffic safety laws, and be aware of local weather reports.