Port Charlotte Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle accident fatalities have more than doubled in Florida in the past twenty years, reaching an average of 550 per year since 2018. In the Port Charlotte area alone, more than 90 motorcycle accidents occur each year, injuring more than 80 people, according to information from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Sadly, injuries from motorcycle accidents can be very serious. Head and brain injuries, spinal injuries, and crushed limbs are not uncommon. These injuries can be devastating, making accident victims and their families feel helpless and hopeless.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, the experienced Port Charlotte Dennis Hernandez motorcycle accident attorneys want to help improve your situation. We understand the difficulties you may be experiencing and want you to get the medical attention and financial help you need.
Our legal team has helped hundreds of accident victims throughout Florida get through during difficult times and obtain the financial compensation they need. We want to talk with you and help you. Please call us at 855-529-3366 or submit the FREE CASE EVALUATION form on our website so we can discuss your case, let you know your legal options and advise you on whether you should pursue a claim for damages against the other driver.
What Are Common Causes of Port Charlotte Motorcycle Accidents?
Car and truck drivers often fail to notice motorcycles. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, this failure is the most common cause of motorcycle crashes. These accidents often happen because car or truck drivers don’t check their blind spots when changing lanes or don’t pay attention when making turns.
Other common causes of Port Charlotte motorcycle accidents include:
Negligent drivers: When people driving cars or trucks are distracted, tired, reckless or impaired, they are not as cautious as they should be. When their negligence causes a collision, that are considered at fault for the accident.
Vehicle doors: When people open the doors of parked vehicles without checking for oncoming traffic, they create dangerous situations for motorcycle riders.
Inexperienced motorcycle riders: Most motorcycle crashes are the fault of the driver of the car or truck, not the motorcyclist. But sometimes motorcycle riders are partially or solely to blame. Motorcyclists who don’t have much experience riding on roads may be more likely to fail to avoid a collision or to lose control of their bikes.
Road and weather conditions: Drivers are responsible for adjusting their driving in bad weather or when there are hazardous road conditions. Failure to do so can cause a crash.
What Are Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Port Charlotte?
Some motorcycle riders are lucky and walk away from a motorcycle crash with just some road rash. However, many are not as lucky. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motorcycle riders are 16 times more likely to die in crashes than are drivers and passengers in cars.
Motorcyclists are also four times as likely as people in cars to be injured in crashes. Many of those injuries are severe and long-lasting. Common serious motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Head injuries, which are the most common cause of motorcycle accident victims’ serious injury and death
- Lower body injuries are also common. Fractured and crushed legs may cause severe outcomes and may even have to be amputated.
- Broken bones, including ribs and bones in the legs or arms, can have serious consequences.
- Spinal cord injuries can cause paralysis and/or loss of sensation.
- Multiple injuries, involving different parts of the body, are common.
A Dennis Hernandez Port Charlotte motorcycle accident lawyer has the experience, knowledge and resources to gather the evidence necessary to show the seriousness of your injuries and your need for substantial compensation.
What Compensation Is Available for Motorcycle Accident Victims in Port Charlotte?
If you have been seriously hurt in a motorcycle crash in Port Charlotte or anywhere in Florida, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
Severe injuries usually require long-term medical treatment. You may need rehabilitation or assistive devices. Loss of income and earning power is common. You may be in pain and may be feeling the effects of stress and of not being able to do everything you could do before. Your family will be suffering too.
The amount of financial compensation you can receive for these damages depends on many different factors, including the cause of the accident, the extent of your physical injuries, the effect of your condition on your ability to work and enjoy life, the effect of your condition on your family and other factors. In general, however, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses for hospital stays, surgeries, office visits, medication, assistive devices, etc.
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Mental anguish, depression, PTSD, etc.
- Physical pain and suffering
- Your family’s loss of your companionship, guidance and assistance
- Other damages recoverable under Florida law
All these losses and expenses may extend into the future, maybe for the rest of your life. With the help of a Dennis Hernandez Port Charlotte motorcycle accident lawyer, you could sue the at-fault driver and seek compensation for all of your current and future injury-related costs and losses.
Even if you were partially responsible for the accident, you may still be able to sue the other driver, since Florida is a comparative negligence state. According to Florida Statute § 768.81, you can sue a negligent driver even if you were also at fault, but the amount of compensation you receive will be reduced in proportion to the amount of fault attributed to you.
An experienced motorcycle attorney will help you understand all applicable laws and prepare a strong claim to obtain the compensation you deserve for the damages you have suffered.
Get Help From an Experienced and Aggressive Port Charlotte Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
We invite you to contact us as soon as possible for a free case evaluation. An experienced Port Charlotte motorcycle accident lawyer will be glad to review your case and let you know if you are eligible to seek compensation from the at-fault driver.
Our Port Charlotte legal team will thoroughly investigate your accident, gather evidence necessary to demonstrate the other driver’s negligence, amass evidence to show the full extent of your need for compensation, negotiate aggressively with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, fight for your rights and never back down.
Unlike many other injury lawyers, we are always prepared to go to court if that is what it takes to get you the full, fair compensation you deserve.
Fill out the FREE CASE EVALUATION form on our website, or call us at 855-529-3366 for the help you need. Our legal services are free until you get the settlement or award you need.