Florida Motorcycle Attorney
The warm climate, scenic beach views, and bright sunny days make Florida a motorcyclist’s heaven. Popular events like the Daytona Beach Bike Week draw many motorcyclists to the area and, although this can be a great opportunity to ride with other cyclists, it comes with its own dangers. In fact, Florida is second to none in motorcycle deaths, many of which occur during events like Bike Week. However, the truth is that accidents can happen at any time and, because motorcycles leave riders exposed, they can often be seriously injured or killed by negligent drivers.
With the vast number of motorcycle-related accidents in Florida, you need an attorney you can trust. Our experienced attorney at the Troutman Law Firm believes strongly that victims of motorcycle accidents should receive just compensation for their injuries. In the event of a motorcycle accident where injury or death occurs, you and your family are entitled to hold the guilty party accountable for their part in the crash, whether that is another motorist, a government agency, or even a motorcycle part manufacturer.
How Motorcycle Accidents Happen
In theory, motorcycles should be as safe as any other form of transportation since they operate under the same rules as other automobiles. But this is often not the case because motorcycles are smaller and harder to see by those driving in cars or trucks. While negligence is dangerous to anyone on the road, it is especially so to the motorcyclist who is largely unprotected from collisions.
Some of the most basic threats to motorcyclists include:
- Drunk Drivers: the danger of drunk driving needs no explanation, and can prove fatal to anyone
- Negligent Drivers: texting and driving, distracting passengers, and simple carelessness can all cause a driver to crash into motorcycles nearby
- Drivers Violating the Law: disregarding traffic signals and rules can easily lead to collisions with motorcyclists
- Faulty Parts: if your bike doesn’t work properly, there is nothing you can do to prevent a crash
- Poor Road Conditions: absent caution or hazard signs and large holes or cracks in the pavement present huge dangers for motorcyclists on the road
A motorcyclist who has fallen victim or been injured by any of the above is entitled to legal compensation for their tragedy. Without the help of lawyers well-versed in motorcycle accident cases, it can be hard to determine the best strategy for securing your damages.
Serious Consequences of Crashes
In 2016, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety published that 17,538 passenger vehicle drivers died in crashes compared to 4,653 motorcyclists. Considering how many more people drive cars than motorcycles, this is a shocking statistic, which shows how much more likely a motorcyclist is to die or suffer serious harm from a crash. These are some common injuries which a driver might sustain:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Internal Organ Damage
- Road Rash
- Spinal Cord Injuries
Any of these injuries will send you straight to the hospital in an ambulance. The cost of treatment of such serious health conditions can be extremely high, and some require extended care or rehabilitation. You may even find yourself in need of in-home assistance or expensive equipment like prosthetics. In addition to costly medical fees, you will likely miss out on a significant amount of work or be unable to perform the same job. In addition to being unable to work, you may also have permanent injuries which keep you in a constant battle with pain and suffering, making the simplest daily tasks near-to impossible.
Motorcycle accidents can truly be life-altering events which turn your world upside-down. As the victim, it is important to know that you are not responsible for the consequences of your accident, and you do not deserve to be stuck with all of the physical, psychological, and monetary setbacks.
Understanding Florida Laws and Insurance
Normally, automobile drivers need two things to receive pain and suffering compensation for their accident per Florida’s No-Fault Insurance law: Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance and proof that the injuries sustained are permanent. But, these criteria do not apply to motorcyclists. They are entitled to pain and suffering compensation for any injuries whatsoever, permanent or not, without PIP coverage.
Motorcyclists will want to be covered by Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM) Insurance, since up to 1/3 of drivers in Florida do not have Bodily Injury (BI) Coverage. In the event of a crash where you are severely injured on a motorcycle by a driver with low or no BI Insurance, you are highly unlikely to get the money you deserve from the responsible party. Since motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries, we highly recommend you protect yourself with UM Coverage.
Experienced Motorcycle Lawyer
The office of Troutman Law Firm has decades of experience in Central Florida motorcycle accident cases, where we have secured large settlements for our clients’ injuries. We promise to work closely with you to learn every detail of your unique case, so that we can determine the best course of action. Motorcycle accident cases can be complex, and it can be hard for an inexperienced person to understand the intricacies of Florida law and insurance. We strongly recommend partnering with an experienced and aggressive lawyer to get the best results, and there is no one better than Richard Troutman. Get the compensation you legally deserve and hold the guilty party accountable for their negligence. Call us today for a free consultation at 407-647-5002.