Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
With its temperate climate and miles of scenic coastline, Florida attracts motorcycle enthusiasts year around. Unfortunately, Florida also leads the nation in fatal motorcycle accidents. In fact, last year there were 8,875 motorcycle crashes and 534 motorcycle accident fatalities.
If you (or a loved one) have recently been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to collect compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering. It’s important to consult with an experienced Florida motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss the possibility of pursuing a claim against the at-fault party.
The knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorneys at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, PA have helped Florida motorcycle accident victims throughout the state get the substantial compensation they deserve. We want to hear what happened to you and help you get compensated fairly for your injuries, pain and suffering.
Causes of Florida Motorcycle Accidents
Despite ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the presence of motorcycles on the nation’s roadways, motorists in passenger and commercial vehicles still fail to notice motorcycles. This failure contributes to a significant number of motorcycle accidents.
Among the leading causes of motorcycle accidents are:
- Motorists failing to see the motorcycle – Given the size of a motorcycle compared to a passenger or commercial vehicle, it can be more difficult to spot a motorcycle on the roadway. Motorists frequently fail to see a motorcycle in their blind spot or even right next to them, resulting in a collision.
- Rider inexperience – By their very nature, motorcycles are more difficult – and more dangerous – to operate. An inexperienced rider can easily lose control and wind up crashing the motorcycle.
- Dangerous road conditions – Wet roadways, uneven pavement, chipped asphalt, and obstacles in the roadway can all lead to a catastrophic collision on a motorcycle.
- Door accidents – Occupants of parked vehicles often fail to properly check for oncoming traffic before opening a vehicle door, which can be deadly for a motorcyclist.
- Impaired drivers – Whether it’s the motorcyclist or the driver of another vehicle who is impaired, driving while under the influence on the part of either driver is a leading cause of serious accidents.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
More than 80% of motorcycle crashes result in injuries. Some are as minor as road rash, but many are very serious or fatal. Some of the more common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Broken or fractured bones – In a motorcycle accident, the rider and/or passenger is frequently thrown from the bike at a high rate of speed. When the rider collides with the road or another object, it can result in multiple broken or fractured bones.
- Injured limbs – When extremities are seriously injured, it may be necessary to amputate the injured limb.
- Spinal cord injuries – When someone is catapulted off a motorcycle during an accident, the end result can be a spinal cord injury that may cause partial or total paralysis.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) – Failing to wear a certified safety helmet dramatically increases the risk that a motorcyclist will suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in an accident. A TBI can cause anything from a mild concussion to severe, irreversible, or even fatal brain damage.
- Death – Many serious motorcycle injuries ultimately lead to fatalities.
Lasting Effects of a Motorcycle Accident Injury
Serious motorcycle accident injuries don’t just go away. Many accident victims require lengthy hospital stays, ongoing treatment and rehabilitation, and care at home. They suffer pain and emotional trauma and face many challenges, including:
- Chronic pain
- Stress and emotional suffering
- Diminished qualify of life
- Loss of income
- Mounting medical bills
Compensation for your injuries won’t eliminate your pain, but it can ease your mind and help you handle the financial burden of medical and care expenses. It’s important to get help from an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to make sure you obtain the full compensation you deserve.
Compensation for Florida Motorcycle Accident Injuries
As the victim of a Florida motorcycle accident, you could be entitled to monetary compensation for the physical and emotional injuries caused by the accident. With a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to hold the negligent party accountable and obtain the compensation you deserve as long as you can prove that the other party’s negligence caused, or contributed to the accident that caused your injuries.
Specifically, you could be entitled to substantial compensation for economic damages, which represent your out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident, such as lost wages, medical bills, and damage to your motorcycle. You may also receive non-economic damages, offer referred to as “pain and suffering,” to compensate you for the emotional trauma you suffered as a result of the collision.
Get the Help You Need Following a Florida Motorcycle Accident
If you suffered injuries as a result of a motorcycle crash, please contact the experienced Florida motorcycle accident attorneys at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, PA as soon as possible to discuss your accident. We are committed to helping you obtain justice and get compensated fairly for your injuries.
Working with the attorneys at Dennis Hernandez & Associates means you will be supported through the entire legal process. We assure that all evidence to prove negligence is collected in a timely manner, and we negotiate directly with insurance companies on your behalf. We will build a strong case to demonstrate your need for compensation for physical, emotional, and financial damages resulting from the motorcycle accident.
Many injury lawyers will do everything in their power to settle with insurance companies and avoid going to trial, but we never back down. We will leverage our trial experience and skill to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Call us at 855-LAW-DENNIS or fill in the FREE CASE EVALUATION form on our website to get started on your case.
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National Highway Safety Traffic Administration. (n.d.) A comprehensive approach to motorcycle safety