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Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Florida
The beautiful weather in cities like Tampa and Orlando make Florida a great state to own a motorcycle. Taking off on the open road in the warm, temperate Florida weather is enjoyable year-round. But Florida is a dangerous state to ride a motorcycle. Constant highway traffic leads to outstanding annual motorcycle wrecks. Based on statistics, there was probably even a motorcycle accident last night.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a motorcycle accident in Florida, you are entitled to compensation. You can hold the negligent party that caused the accident responsible. At Dennis Hernandez & Associates, our attorneys are committed to helping victims of motorcycle accidents. We want to help Florida residents get back on track after a crash.
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There are no costs for an initial consultation and no hidden fees. If you’ve suffered a personal injury, don’t hesitate to contact us 24/7 to schedule your free case evaluation with an experienced Florida accident attorney. Please contact us at (855) 529 3366.
Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle crashes can lead to devastating injuries. A motorcycle wreck can cause physical and mental damage in many ways. Death is not an unlikely consequence.
Common motorcycle injuries include bruises and cuts at minimum. It’s likely to receive lacerations that require stitches. Without proper gear, expect broken bones, brain or head injuries and PTSD. Riders in Florida sometimes won’t wear a helmet because of the weather. As you can imagine, this leads to disaster in an accident.
These injuries can cause victims to face days or even weeks in Florida hospitals. This doesn’t include recovery time. Following an accident, motorcycle victims will seek costly physical therapy. They will have time lost from work and might even lose their job.
Damage done by a motorcycle accident doesn’t end the next day. It leads to a long road of setbacks and recovery. Some damages that affect the victim occur weeks or even years after an accident.
There is a wide range of types of motor vehicle accidents. The leading causes of these accidents in Florida are negligent or reckless driving.
Negligent driving can refer to:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Texting or talking on the phone while driving
- Driving while tired
- Driving while injured or unable to see/hear properly
- Driving in a broken vehicle
Reckless driving refers to road rage, speeding, and ignoring the Florida laws of traffic while driving. Law firms like us at Dennis Hernandez & Associates collect the evidence for you. We build a case of negligence or recklessness against the Florida driver who caused your accident. You can receive the financial compensation you deserve.
It may seem obvious that a motorcycle accident victim should be compensated. Accident victims should be covered for hospital bills, right? The law in Florida doesn’t guarantee this. Florida insurance companies are unwilling to cover these costs, and victims only make things worse if they file a claim without legal representation.
An experienced legal team knows damages can be calculated by including:
- Cost of hospital bills
- Lost wages due to recovery time
- Loss of job due to long-term injuries
- Emotional distress
- Damage to vehicle
When all of these are examined together, you may find that your case is worth much more in Florida courts than you initially thought it was.
Why You Need a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
A serious motorcycle accident yesterday will bring problems tomorrow. A bike crash in Florida can cost large sums of money in damage to the victim. This is the reason seeking representation is so important. Financial compensation from the guilty party can’t make up for physical damage, but it can ease the burden of medical bills and lost wages after an accident.
Consult an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
At Dennis Hernandez & Associates, our many Florida offices understand how difficult finances can be after a motorcycle crash. Because of this, we offer a free initial consultation. We don’t ask for payment up front. Rather, we accept payment as a percentage of the final settlement. That means we don’t get paid unless you win. We understand that your accident has caused you enough stress, and we want to make the legal process easier for you.
We have extensive knowledge of specialized biker accident cases and local Florida law. Contact one of our Florida offices across the state today, and learn about how we can fight for your motorcycle crash claim.
After calling law enforcement and ensuring that all parties involved in an accident are medically attended to, the next steps are critical to a successful personal injury case. For vehicular accidents, we recommend following these steps:
Document the scene:
- Take as many photos as possible as soon as possible. If you don’t have a camera or smartphone handy, ask someone on the scene if you can use his or hers.
- Take photos of all of the vehicles involved from several angles.
- Take photos of the area surrounding the accident, including the roadway, street signs and traffic signals, if applicable.
- Take photos of any visible injuries you or any of your passengers may have sustained.
- In addition to damage to vehicles, take photos of any property that was damaged in the accident.
- Write down the license plate numbers of all vehicles involved in the accident.
- Ask the other driver if he or she owns the car or if it is owned by someone who is not at the scene.
- Ask for the name of the insurance company that covers the other driver’s vehicle.
- Ask the responding law enforcement officer how soon the accident report will be available to you and where you must go to get it.
- Should the officer indicate that a report will not be written, ask for his or her name and badge number to be used as contact information.
Get contact details from witnesses:
- Try to get contact information from all witnesses before they leave the scene. Do not ask witnesses for statements—your personal injury attorney will contact them if needed.
- If there were no witnesses in close proximity to the accident, make note of any nearby businesses or homes and provide this information to your attorney.
After the accident:
- If you received any medical treatment, gather contact information for the hospital or emergency room where you were immediately treated, as well as from physicians and/or therapists who may have treated you in the days following the accident.
- Retain all documents in a safe place. These may include:
- The police accident report
- Insurance policies and any communications from insurance companies
- Medical bills from hospitals, doctors, pharmacies, testing facilities, etc.
- Correspondence from the other driver or any witnesses
- Receipt for repairs to property that was damaged as a result of the accident
- Pay stubs or other proof of wages that were lost as a result of the accident
Each case is as unique as the individual who has been injured in an accident, but there are some steps that are typically taken. Your accident injury case may include these and other events:
Your recovery period: This initial stage starts at the moment you are injured and lasts until your doctor states that your condition cannot be further improved in a medical setting with care provided by medical professionals. This point is referred to as maximum medical improvement (MMI). When you are at this point, any health issues you have going forward are considered to be permanent.
Submission of documents: This is when information is submitted to your insurance company, including but not limited to your medical bills and proof of lost wages.
The negotiation period: An insurance adjuster reviews all of the submitted information, then makes a settlement offer. If your personal injury lawyer determines that this offer is insufficient, a counter offer will be made.
Litigation: When an agreement cannot be reached, the case may go to trial. Keep in mind the majority of personal injury cases are settled outside of court.
VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS
Even though each case is unique, Dennis Hernandez & Associates, PA strives to fully compensate every client for his or her injuries, lost wages and property damage.