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How Can Our Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Help You?
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, our Florida personal injury attorneys at Denmon Pearlman are here for you. We are dedicated to helping victims take legal action and get the financial compensation they deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Florida motorcycle accident lawyers.
When You Need to File a Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit
If another motorcyclist or car driver has injured you, you may be able to file a Florida motorcycle accident lawsuit. A Florida motorcycle accident lawyer can help you determine whether you are eligible to file a claim against the other party.
However, before you can file a claim, you must first determine whether or not you have legal standing to sue. You must prove that the negligent parties injured you. If you cannot establish this fact, your case will be dismissed, and you will not receive any money from the court.
When it comes to the injured party, their compensation will depend largely on their percentage of responsibility for the accident and the cost of medical treatments.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Florida
There are many reasons why motorcycle accidents occur. Some of them include:
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Negligent drivers
- Operating a motorcycle without proper training
- Dangerous road conditions
- Distracted Driving
- Failure to wear protective gear
- Improperly maintained vehicles
- Aggressive Drivers
According to the Florida National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more Floridians ride motorcycles than ever before, with people from every age and demographic grouping riding them. Florida has a warm climate, beautiful beaches, and gorgeous scenery, making it a popular destination for motorcyclists. Higher gas prices and less parking continue to make motorcycles a more attractive transportation choice for commuters.
Florida has more than one million drivers with motorcycle endorsements and about 620,000 registered motorcycles. Motorcycles represented three percent of registered motor vehicles and less than one percent of the traffic on Florida’s roads, yet represented 18 percent of Florida’s traffic fatalities and 12 percent of serious injuries during the past five years.
Most Common Injuries Related to Motorcycle Accidents in Florida
Head injuries are one of the leading causes of death and serious injuries for motorcyclists, so wearing a helmet that meets or exceeds federal safety standards is important. Read section 316.211 for more information on required equipment for motorcyclists.
More motorcycle injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Lower-extremity injuries
- Internal injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Loss of limbs
- Road rash
- Eye injury
If you’ve experienced life-altering injuries from a motorcycle crash, our f can help you file a personal injury lawsuit or claim for compensation. The motorcycle accident lawyers at Denmon Pearlman have extensive experience in providing compensation for damages from motorcycle collisions.
What to Know About Motorcycle Accident Injury Claims
If you are involved in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries sustained in the crash. However, before filing a claim, there are several things you should know about how motorcycle accident claims work.
Claimants usually have a maximum time limit for waiting before filing an insurance claim in Florida. You have four years from the accident date to file your claim under Florida law. If you miss this deadline, you won’t be able to file a personal injury claim with your insurance company.
Claimants usually have greater success with their claim if it is filed soon after the accident. This is because most evidence from an accident, such as CCTV footage, is only available for a short time and may be lost soon after the accident. After an extended period of time, eyewitness accounts may be inconsistent because people may not remember the accident clearly.
If your family member died in a motorcycle crash, then you have the option to file a wrongful death claim to get compensation for financial losses from the funeral costs, medical bills, and overall loss of companionship.
What You Should Do After a Motorcycle Accident in Florida
Experiencing a motorcycle accident can be a scary and traumatizing experience. Be sure to take the following safety and legal precautions to ensure the best outcome following your accident.
- Seek medical care
- Call the police
- Gather information
- Take note of your surroundings
- File a formal police report
- Contact an experienced Florida motorcycle accident lawyer
- Avoid speaking with the at-fault party’s insurance company
If you’re seeking compensation for injured motorcyclists in Florida, then your best option is to find an experienced attorney with a strong background in motorcycle accident cases and secure financial recovery for the motorcycle accident victim or surviving family members of fatal motorcycle accidents. The right attorney will understand the complexities of motorcycle accident injuries and how to best help motorcycle accident victims.
Contact Our Experienced Team of Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
The experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at Denmon Pearlman will work to get you the fair settlement you deserve. Every motorcycle accident case is different, and we’ll work with you to navigate the legal process of your motorcycle accident claim. Our Florida motorcycle accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis – so if we don’t win, you don’t owe us anything!
Contact us today for your free case evaluation.
A Denmon Pearlman motorcycle accident attorney will get you fair compensation for expenses like medical expenses, personal property damage, and any treatment required from long-term catastrophic injuries. We’ll discuss your legal options and help you with your insurance company. Contact one of our offices in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and New Port Richey.
Motorcycle Accident FAQs
Are people on motorcycles more at risk than people driving cars?
According to the NHTSA, motorcycle riders are about 28 times more likely to die in a car accident than passengers in cars. They’re also four times more likely to be seriously injured in a car accident.
Is it required to wear a helmet in Florida?
Yes and no. There are exemptions to the helmet law in the state of Florida. As of July 1, 2000, individuals 21 years of age or older who have an insurance policy providing at least $10,000 in medical insurance coverage are not required to wear a helmet.
What are Florida’s motorcycle laws?
According to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), If you wish to drive any two or three-wheeled vehicle whose engine size is greater than 50cc, you must have a motorcycle endorsement on the driver’s license or hold the ‘Motorcycle Only License.’ Please note that anyone operating a motorcycle without an endorsement would be violating the law.
Under Florida law, no one under the age of 16 may legally operate a motorcycle, moped, motor-driven cycle, motorized scooter, or electric helper-motor bicycle on Florida roads, streets, or highways.
Should I still contact a doctor if my motorcycle accident was minor?
We recommend seeking medical attention after any automobile accident, whether or not you have severe injuries. There could be some underlying medical issues that you’re unaware of until tested.
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