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The Accident & Injury Attorneys Specializes in Personal Injury.  Our attorneys  always try to recuperate the quickest settlements because we know these situations have inconvenienced our clients.  The lawyers do aim to negotiate the highest payouts  by demanding the limits and fighting for maximum compensation.

 

Personal injury lawyer Rafael Romero is the founder and principal attorney at the Romero Law Firm. Based in Bradenton, FL his practice serves clients statewide, helping people who have been injured by the negligent or wrongful conduct of others in car, truck or motorcycle accidents, bicycle or pedestrian accidents, boating accidents, and other cases of negligence. Mr. Romero has handled thousands of cases in his legal career, including representing victims of the most serious catastrophic injuries and families who lost a loved one due to wrongful death. Mr. Romero approaches every case with passion and a commitment to do the very best for his clients.

Rafael Romero attended college at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and earned his juris doctor law degree from the Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a member of The Florida Bar and is licensed to practice law in all state courts throughout the state of Florida. Additionally, Mr. Romero is a life member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Less than one percent of the nation’s lawyers belong to this prestigious organization, which recognizes attorneys who have achieved a verdict or settlement of two million dollars or more. Whether your needs are large or small, Rafael Romero wants you to receive the very best representation and the maximum compensation available for your injuries.

 

 

BRADENTON PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS

Throughout the Bradenton, Florida area, our Bradenton personal injury attorneys are there for you when you are injured in a motor vehicle accident or other injury caused by another’s negligence or misconduct. With over 15 years of legal experience, our personal injury attorneys have helped countless injury victims like yourself recover the compensation they need and deserve – including multi-million dollar recoveries – when they have been harmed by another’s wrongful conduct. Simply put, justice demands that someone who injures another person should be held accountable and should be required to compensate the injury victim for his or her medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other legal damages. Our Bradenton personal injury attorneys have the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to give you the level of quality representation you need to be successful in your recovery.

Bradenton Personal Injury FAQs – Florida Negligence Law

If you have been injured due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of another and are trying to get compensation from the negligent party, you may have a lot of questions about how the process works and what your rights are to receive compensation. Below are some of the questions we encounter most frequently at the Romero Law Firm in Bradenton as we help injury victims throughout Florida recover compensation for their injuries. If you have other questions or need help with an injury claim, call (877) ROMERO-1 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

I just want to settle my case without going to court. Do I really need an attorney?

Absolutely. If you are thinking about negotiating with the insurance company on your own, you need to think about two things. First, their interest is in paying as little as they can to settle the claim. Second, they have people who do nothing all day long except settle insurance claims. Since you don’t handle insurance claims for a living, you don’t have any way of knowing how much your claim is worth, unless you get someone on your side with as much experience in injury cases as the insurance company. When the insurance company makes a settlement offer to an unrepresented person, the only thing you can know for sure is that the amount is far below the actual value of your claim.

If you hire an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you, you will know how much your claim is worth. More importantly, the insurance company knows that you know, and they know that if they don’t deal with you fairly, they could find themselves in court having to pay a much larger jury verdict. The fact is that the vast majority of cases settle outside of court, but if you want a full and fair settlement, you are better off hiring an experienced injury attorney who will get the best settlement for you by preparing the case for trial and litigating as much as necessary to get the best result.

The insurance company says I was partially to blame in causing the accident, and so they won’t pay for all of my expenses. Can they do that?

In Florida, if an injury victim contributed to the accident or injury by his or her own negligence, then the amount of any compensation recovered will be reduced in proportion to the victim’s own negligence. However, don’t take the insurance company’s word for it regarding whether you were negligent or how much comparative fault belongs to you. They may simply be trying to reduce the amount of compensation they have to pay you. Let an experienced personal injury attorney like Rafael Romero evaluate your case. If the insurance company is trying to put blame on you that doesn’t belong there, your lawyer can take the case to court and let a jury decide who caused the accident. The Romero Law Firm puts up a strong case whether negotiating a settlement or litigating the matter in court.

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Do the Florida courts award punitive damages in personal injury cases?

Typically, the damages awarded in a personal injury case are compensatory damages, meaning they are meant to compensate the injury victim for the harm suffered because of the other person’s negligence. Compensatory damages include items such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc. Punitive damages, on the other hand, are meant not so much to compensate the victim as to punish the negligent driver or property owner who is responsible for the accident. Under Florida law, punitive damages can only be awarded in cases of intentional misconduct or gross negligence, which must be proven by “clear and convincing evidence,” which is a fairly high standard of proof.

Although it is harder to obtain punitive damages and requires more work, the Romero Law Firm won’t back down from seeking punitive damages in appropriate cases. When you meet with Rafael Romero for your free case evaluation, he may be able to tell you whether punitive damages might be appropriate in your case.

Contact Our Bradenton Personal Injury & Auto Accidents Attorney Today

When you hire the Romero Law Firm, we will meet personally with you to prepare your case. We want to hear your story firsthand.  Our Bradenton personal injury attorneys serve clients throughout Bradenton and across all of Florida. It doesn’t matter where you are in the state, or if you need to meet your lawyer at your home, in the hospital or wherever is most convenient for you. We come to you.

Call us anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are here for you when you need us, and we want to hear from you. We will give you a free case evaluation, and we never charge any fees or costs to you unless and until we make a recovery for you. If we don’t win, you don’t pay. It’s that simple. Call (877) ROMERO-1, to arrange a free, initial consultation with the Romero Law Firm.  We look forward to hearing from you and helping you with your Bradenton personal injury legal needs.

 

 

After you’ve been in a car, motorcycle or truck accident, many things run through your mind. Besides the stress and escalated adrenaline, you have to worry about personal injuries, damage to your vehicle, handling insurance claims and other related issues.

 

An experienced car accident attorney can be extremely helpful in negotiating the often confusing world of insurance claims and settlements. The Accident & Injury Attorneys can help you recover from losses resulting from a car accident or a motorcycle accident and handle the paperwork associated with car insurance claims.

 

We are committed to providing excellent representation in personal injury, wrongful death, property destruction and other related areas, especially where drunk driving, reckless driving, hit and run, distracted driving and speeding were involved.

 

After a motor vehicle accident, such as a rear-end collision, you will have peace of mind in knowing that a professional who is knowledgeable about the relevant laws and procedural rules is representing you. The time period following an automobile accident is hectic but very essential. What you do and say can greatly affect the case outcome, whether it’s against you or another liable party.

 

In Florida, there are myriad rules and regulations that can complicate your insurance claims and recovery of additional damages for severe injury or death. To help you recover from the losses incurred because of a motor vehicle accident, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and car repairs, it is important to speak to a car accident lawyer.

 

How can a car accident lawyer help you?

Although it all depends on the specifics and complexity of your case – for example, a rear-end collision may be different compared to a side-impact crash – an auto accident attorney generally can:

 

Communicate with the other driver’s insurer. A car accident attorney will initiate a discussion with the insurance adjuster of the other party involved.

 

Obtain the relevant evidence to prove liability in a car accident claim. If you have a car accident case, an accident attorney will work to uncover evidence that proves liability.

 

Obtain medical information relating to your injuries and organizing your medical records and bills so that you can prove damages in your claim.

 

Conduct negotiations to obtain a favorable and just settlement. Car accident attorneys will help you navigate the settlement process successfully.

 

When should you consult a car accident attorney?

When it is necessary to file a lawsuit against another driver(s), defend your own lawsuit or if you are having issues settling a car accident claim with your insurance provider.

 

Before deciding whether to represent yourself in a seemingly minor lawsuit, you should note that the lawsuit could become complicated and the consequences of litigation can be very serious. An accident attorney can prepare a sound and convincing theory of defense or prosecution that most non-attorneys cannot fathom.

 

Contact The Accident & Injury Attorneys Law Offices for a free consultation quickly after an accident. The longer you wait, the less likely you will be able to recover all the damages of which you may be entitled, including non-economic damages.

 

What to do after an automobile accident?

 

Even if you do your best to drive responsibly, accidents do happen. In early 2017, it was reported that there has been a total of 147,092 crashes in Florida, with the total injury count set at 94,674.

 

Here are some tips regarding what to immediately after an accident:

Stay at the scene

 

Don’t leave the accident scene until it is appropriate to do so. Leaving, especially when someone has sustained serious injuries or was killed, could cause you to face serious criminal charges for leaving the accident.

 

Witnessing or being involved in an auto accident can be immensely stressful. Whatever you do, make sure to remain calm. It is recommended to take a deep breath, park safely, and turn off your motor vehicle after the car crash occurs.

 

If you panic, you will only make matters more complicated. When you’re calm, you’ll be able to assess the damage quickly.

 

Make sure all drivers and passengers are not seriously injured

 

Before you exit your vehicle, you need to ensure that you’re not in any pain. If you are experiencing pain, you should remain in your motor vehicle until responders arrive.

 

If you are okay, then you should then check on passengers and any other potential car accident victims. If someone is severely injured, you should call for medical attention immediately. Avoid moving those that are severely injured until professional help arrives, as this could aggravate the injuries.

 

Call the police

If there is evident property damage, physical injury or death, a police officer needs to be called to the accident scene. While waiting for the police, make sure that your hazard lights are on to alert other drivers to steer clear.

 

If possible, you should also have a set of cones, warning triangles, or emergency flares. If the vehicles in the accident are operational, then move them directly off the main road. If your car is making unusual noises or is smoking, then you should not approach your vehicle until authorities arrive.

 

A police officer will make a report of the facts of the accident that will be used in insurance investigations and any potential lawsuits. Be sure to obtain a copy of the report. The officer will help determine driver negligence, such as a driver operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and will exchange information between you and the other driver.

 

No matter how minor the accident may be, you should file a police report. After all, injuries – such as a concussion – may not be immediately apparent, the damage to your vehicle may not be assessed properly, or the other party may make false claims against you.

 

Furthermore, a police report will help expedite the claims process with your insurance adjuster, which means a faster settlement of your claim. Not only that but if the accident is taken to court, then your attorney will need a copy of the police report.

 

When at the accident scene, you should ask for the contact information of the officer, in case you need to contact him or her.

 

There are some cases – such as extreme conditions or no injuries – in which the police will not arrive. If the police do not show, you should go to the police station to file the report.

 

Obtain relevant information

You need the essential information of everyone involved in the accident. Get their names, numbers, addresses, driver license numbers, license plate numbers and general insurance information from all the drivers. If the drivers refuse to show his driver license, then be sure to take a photo of the driver, so it can be proven that the driver was involved in the incident.

 

Get the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all witnesses at the scene so you have someone to call when investigations start.  Additionally, write down a description of what happened. Take photographs of any damage to the vehicle(s) as soon as possible.

 

Remember: most cellular telephones are equipped with a camera.

 

Also, note any relevant facts surrounding the accident such as time, date, location and anything else you think is important. There are some smartphone apps, whether from the auto insurer or directly from an app store, to help document the car wreck.

 

The same above statements apply for those involved in motorcycle accidents.

Call your insurance company to report the accident

 

Explain the facts of your accident clearly and, if you plan on filing a claim, get the claim process started as soon as possible with the help of a car accident attorney. Furthermore, if you are involved with an underinsured or uninsured motorist, you should find out how your coverage applies to the automobile accident as you report the incident.

 

Your attorney can help determine who was at fault and help you obtain compensation for property damage and personal injuries from a car, motorcycle, or truck accident.

 

State only the facts and limit your discussion of the accident to your attorney, police and the insurance agent.

Accident scenes can be very stressful, but it’s important to pay attention to what you say. Try not to admit guilt or liability as there are other factors that could have played a role in the accident that may demonstrate that the other party was at fault.

 

Do keep in mind that Florida is in a no-fault insurance state, so you’ll be making a claim against your own insurance company, no matter who is at fault. In other words, no-fault insurance means that your insurance carrier will pay for either some or all of your medical treatment bills and lost wages, regardless of driver negligence.

 

However, in most no-fault areas, you cannot make a personal injury claim against the negligent driver unless your injury is determined as serious enough or your medical bills reach a certain amount.

 

Seek immediate medical attention

 

Obtain immediate medical attention for your injuries at a hospital or urgent care center. Otherwise, you or the other driver’s insurance company may attempt to argue that your injuries are preexisting and/or arising from an unrelated incident.

 

Also, be sure to document your medical treatment. Take note of the type of injury you’re suffering from, the length of time it takes (or will take, depending on the car accident injury) for you to recover, and the cost of the medical bills incurred. This includes physical therapy, medication, examinations, etc.

 

If you find yourself in a position where the car accident injury is long-term or permanently disabling, then you should speak with a personal injury lawyer, as you may be entitled to recovery for pain and suffering or non-economic damages.

 

Contact an Auto Accident Lawyer

Speak to an attorney as soon as possible to help you better defend yourself if at fault or to help you recover maximum compensation if another party, especially an uninsured motorist, caused the accident.

If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, you should contact a qualified attorney to help you. A person should contact an attorney within a week or two, but especially before reaching a settlement with the others driver’s insurance company – of course, you should report the accident as soon as possible to your insurance carrier. The earlier you make contact with a car accident attorney, the better.

 

As a general rule, if your total medical bills exceed $3,000 or if you are out of work for more than a week, you should hire a lawyer. Please note that if you do hire a lawyer, you will pay contingency fees, but you will only have to pay contingency fees if your lawyer is successful in handling the case. If no recovery is made, there is no fee.

 

Because every car accident case is different, you should consider getting a free consultation with The Accident & Injury Attorneys Law to review your claim and advise you if there is any need to be represented by an attorney. Contact either our Palm Beach Gardens or Delray Beach law offices if you have legal questions after an accident.

 

Have you or your loved ones ever been involved in a truck accident? This can be one of the most frightening events in your life.

 

A crash involving a tractor trailer or commercial vehicle can have devastating consequences. Their size, weight, and contents can increase their risk of causing serious damage in a trucking accident. In addition to causing excessive damage to the involved cars or tractor trailers, passengers could sustain very serious injuries ranging from broken limbs, broken bones, paralysis, brain injuries, internal body damage or even death.

 

If you sustain personal injury or property damage in an accident with a truck, you may be entitled to compensation via a truck accident lawyer or personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer, for example, will represent those who have been injured physically or psychologically.

 

While there is no amount of money that can fill the void caused by the loss of a loved one, The Accident & Injury Attorneys Law is dedicated to obtaining compensation for damages such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish and psychological trauma resulting from the accident.

 

Our law firm’s primary goal is to make the entire process as stress-free as possible so that you can focus on your recovery while we help you seek justice.

 

If you are involved in a truck crash, contact The Accident & Injury Attorneys Law’s Palm Beach Gardens or Delray Beach offices for a free consultation to determine if you have a case. We have the resources and expertise to handle truck accident cases and do everything necessary to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

When would you need a truck accident lawyer?

If you have been injured in a trucking accident regardless of whether you are a driver, bicyclist or pedestrian, you may be entitled to compensation for personal injury, loss of property, lost wages and/or pain and suffering. In this case, it may be necessary to hire a truck accident lawyer to represent you to increase your chances of bringing a successful legal claim against any at-fault parties involved in the accident.

 

An experienced truck accident attorney will help you locate all potentially liable parties, so you can recover the maximum amount of damages for your injuries.

 

Another reason you might need to consult a truck accident attorney is to help assess and analyze the facts of your truck accident, analyze potential liability issues and determine in detail the possible recovery for your injuries and other damages.

 

To bring a successful accident claim, you may need an attorney to help you conduct a thorough investigation of your accident to engage expert witnesses, review the evidence and determine what steps are necessary to win your case. A truck accident attorney will explain the various options available and help you identify your best possible options.

 

Tractor-trailer accident attorneys are also high

ly skilled at negotiating settlements with any insurance company. It is important to note that without the assistance of a law firm’s truck accident attorney, you are at the mercy of the insurance company, who may attempt to lure you into settling your claim for minimal compensation.

 

Whatever you do, make sure that you do not delay your accident claim. You will need to hire a truck accident attorney as soon as possible to ensure that all evidence is preserved. After all, big rig accident attorneys will do all that they can to deny the claim. If possible, take many physical evidence pictures of the scene. The scene could feature skid marks and scuffs, after all, that could disappear within just a few hours after the accident.

 

What should I do if I’m in a truck accident?

If you or your loved one have become truck accident victims, you may be too shocked and frightened to think straight. However, no matter how difficult it is to accept the reality of what has occurred, there are a number of things you can do.

 

First and foremost, make sure that every passenger is safe and, if someone has been seriously injured, call emergency services for immediate medical assistance. Do not move the injured person on your own without professional help as you might risk making the injuries worse.

 

It is important to remain at the scene of the accident until the police give you permission to leave. Leaving the scene of the accident can result in criminal charges. Additionally, do not move your damaged vehicle; when doubt arises as to how the truck accident was caused, experts can reconstruct the accident scene by taking into account the position of the damaged vehicles.

 

Obtain information regarding the accident relating to the other drivers involved, witnesses, police officers, location and notes about how the accident happened.

 

When answering police questions, cooperate with them fully but be careful not to give more information than is necessary. Avoid making any comment that might unintentionally suggest that you are to blame for the accident. Simply give the facts of what happened.

 

Immediately seek medical care for any injuries that you may have sustained in the accident. Even if there are no apparent injuries, getting a medical examination is best to rule out any internal injuries. It is crucial to do this, especially in Florida where no fault insurance laws cover medical bills and treatment made necessary by an auto accident. Failing to seek immediate medical care may limit your access to “no-fault” benefits for your injuries.

 

Types of Truck Accident Lawsuits

Truck accidents can lead to various injuries, including head trauma, spinal cord injuries, and wrongful death. After all, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2015, “4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, an 8-percent increase from 2014.”

 

Despite that, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that the 2015 number is an 18 percent decrease from the 2005 number of 5,231. As a result, there are several types of truck accident lawsuits to take into consideration. Here are just a few of them to keep in mind as you seek free consultation for your accident case.

Negligence

More often than not, a truck accident lawsuit results from the truck driver’s negligence. After all, truck drivers often lack a healthy sleep pattern. In fact, they often need to rely on energy drinks, shots, and pills to keep them on the road. This can lead to negligence issues.

 

Other negligence factors include:

 

Distracted driving (i.e. texting while driving)

·       Lack of truck driving experience

·       Driving for too long without a break

·       Failure to obey signs and other traffic laws

·       Overloading trucks

 

Depending on the accident and the factor involved, the owners and managers of the truck companies may be liable for any damages caused.

 

Whether you are involved in a car accident, bitten by a vicious dog, or injured by a defective product, everyone has a legal right to compensation due to injuries resulting from someone else’s negligence. Compensation can be obtained by settling a personal injury claim formally outside of court or by taking the case to trial.

 

If you feel that you have a legitimate personal injury claim, it’s important to hire a personal injury lawyer to make sure your case is handled professionally. These professionals are experts when it comes to personal injury litigation.

 

Hiring a personal injury lawyer will help to increase the chances of a successful claim. In addition, it will enable you to benefit from the expertise and experience of a professional. They will also ensure you get fair compensation if you are an accident victim or have suffered any other type of personal injury.

 

Is it prudent to hire a personal injury attorney even for minor injuries?

 

Most people are typically reluctant to hire a personal injury attorney for relatively minor injuries. For instance, if you slip and fall while in a store and bruise your arm and suffer minimal scrapes, you may not feel it is worthwhile to consult an attorney or worth paying an attorney fee for a minor injury.

In reality, scheduling a consultation with an attorney may not be as costly as you think.

 

Calling The Accident & Injury Attorneys Law for a consultation is free and it could help you make a decision regarding your next step. Additionally, obtaining professional advice for seemingly minor injuries is very important. The following are some of the reasons why to seek counsel from a personal injury lawyer:

 

Minor injuries might turn into major ones. If you have already agreed to a settlement offer and your injuries escalate in severity more than what you or your doctor originally expected, you are stuck with your original settlement amount and will not be able to demand additional compensation. You must give up all future claims when you settle. A personal injury lawyer will assist you to determine the best time to agree to an offer. The lawyer will also be acting in your best interests to get you the maximum amount based on your case and on similar previous cases.

 

 

Types of Truck Accident Injuries

Because there is such contrast between a commercial vehicle and a passenger motor vehicle, the injuries resulting from trucking accidents are often severe. Here are just some of the injuries that may occur in the event of a truck accident:

 

·       Traumatic Brain Injury

·       Death

·       Amputation

·       Internal Organ Damage

·       Broken Bones

·       Spinal Cord Injury

·       Scarring

·       Neck and Back Injury

Truck Accident Types

Below you’ll find the most common truck accident types that you should be aware of:

Rollover: Trucks can sometimes succumb to a rollover as a result of fast speeds, steep inclines, steep declines, taking a curve too quickly, and more.

 

Jackknife: The axle brakes of the tractor trailer may lock up, causing the trailer itself to skid. As a result, the trailer forms a 90 degree angle with the tractor, causing the tractor to rollover.

 

Read-end Collisions: Truck drivers lacking in experience may not realize first-hand that the heavier the truck is, the more distance the truck requires to stop. As a result, a rear-end collision occurs.

 

Blind Spot: Blind spots are rather large in a commercial vehicle. In fact, the larger the truck, the larger the blind spot. Passenger vehicles should avoid the direct rear and the sides of the truck at all times.

 

Truck Accidents FAQs

 

What constitutes a “large truck” or “commercial truck”?

Large commercial trucks include long-haul transfer trucks commonly known as tractor-trailers, semis, 18-wheelers and big rigs. They also include dump trucks, box trucks, flatbeds and other trucks that may only travel locally.

 

Any vehicle that is specifically for work done by a company can be considered a commercial vehicle.

How is a large truck accident different from a passenger car accident?

 

The obvious difference is that the size and weight of a large commercial truck usually makes a collision involving a truck much more severe than a collision between two passenger vehicles. However, there is also a difference in liability.

 

If the motor vehicle accident is a result of the truck driver breaking rules, laws or regulations, the company that owns the truck may be liable. There are also differences between a car accident lawyer and a truck accident lawyer. For one, the laws revolving a passenger car and a commercial truck are incredibly different.

How would you work to hold the truck driver or trucking company liable for the accident that injured me?

By conducting a thorough investigation into the circumstances of your tractor-trailer accident, a truck accident attorney can determine what actions or lack of action by the trucker, trucking company or others contributed to the truck crash and your injuries.

 

After gathering solid evidence, they can negotiate with insurers, take them to court or reach a settlement to make sure your rights are protected.

 

Although driving a motorcycle is an adrenaline rush for many people, it is associated with a considerable risk of danger when an accident occurs. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 4,000 motorcyclists die each year. Unfortunately, there is little to protect a biker in the event of an accident. Even when wrongful death does not occur, severe injuries can and usually do result. Those who are seriously injured in accidents they did not cause may have cause to file a personal injury claim through a qualified motorcycle accident lawyer.

What Steps Should You Take If You are Involved in a Motorcycle Accident?

When an accident occurs, people often panic and are unsure of what steps to take. The first step you should take in any accident is to check on the injured. However, if you are seriously injured, do not attempt to move. Moving could make your injuries worse. All parties must remain at the scene until the police have completed a report. It’s often considered a crime to leave the scene of an accident, especially if there are injuries involved.

Contacting the proper authorities is crucial in any accident causing injuries. When speaking with the police, you should simply provide the facts. Never admit blame for an accident. The police will create a report with their view of how the accident occurred based upon observations and witness statements. Do not speak with others at the scene (beyond checking on their safety) or admit fault until you have spoken with a motorcycle accident attorney.

 

Seeking medical treatment is important for anyone involved in a serious accident. Often, accident victims are in shock and may not be aware of how serious their injuries are. Unfortunately, shock can disguise the signs of serious personal injury. Do not wait to seek medical care.

 

When you see the doctor, make sure you inform them you were injured in a motorcycle accident. This will prompt them to note your records with this information and will ensure they search for internal injuries. Getting medical attention immediately also helps to prove that the injury resulted from the accident if the personal injury claim goes to court.

 

Factors in Motorcycle Accidents

There are many factors that cause motorcycle accidents. Here are just a few of them:

Rough road conditions: Terrible road conditions are any motorist’s, especially motorcyclists, nightmare. Some of the more common poor road conditions include ice, snow, heavy rain, and road work debris.

 

Blind spots: Motorists often do not check their blind spots, which can lead to a motorcycle crash and/or car accident, complete with property damage.

 

Door accidents: Sometimes, a car owner may fail to check if there is a motorcyclist behind them as they open their car door. This can cause a motorcycle crash and property damage.

 

Drunk driving: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2015, 9,967 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2014. Drunk driving behavior is rather common on the road and can lead to a motor vehicle accident.

 

Lane-Splitting: Another common factor that many motorcyclists adopt, lane-splitting is the act of cutting between slower vehicles in lanes. This is a highly dangerous practice that should be avoided.

 

Types of Motorcycle Injuries

 

You’ll find here the types of motorcycle injuries that can result from accidents such as head-on collisions, falls, and more. Unfortunately, many motorcycle injuries result in high medical bills and massive medical treatments:

 

Road Rash: Road rash is a type of abrasion caused by sliding across the pavement, which becomes sandpaper-like because the body is thrown at the speeds of the motor vehicle.

Broken Bones: If you’re thrown from your motorcycle or become involved in a head-on collision, you may suffer from broken bones.

 

Traumatic Brain Injury: Otherwise known as TBI, this type of head injury occurs most often when there is failure to wear a DOT-approved safety helmet. Unfortunately, this head injury can cause many complications and the long-term loss of quality of life.

 

Death: A fatal motorcycle accident can be avoided if you take the necessary precautions. Unfortunately, sometimes car accidents involving a motorcycle may not be avoided. In fact, some of the above injuries lead to wrongful death. In 2014, fatal motorcycle accidents resulted in 4,295 motorcycle deaths in 2014.

Spinal Cord Injury: Sometimes, a car accident can lead to a spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injury can often result in paralysis or even death.

 

If you suffer from any injury, you should seek a personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney can help rebuild your life.

 

When Should You Consider Hiring a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Many accident victims mistakenly believe the insurance company will work on their side to provide them with compensation. It is important for accident victims to understand the insurance company may attempt to pay out as little as possible. Insurance adjusters are primarily motivated to protect their company’s bottom line. They will do everything they can to pay out as little as possible or even deny an accident claim.

Ideally, you should consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer before giving information to the insurance company. You should not make any statements or sign documents without guidance from your lawyer. A lawyer can help prevent victims from being taken advantage of so they can receive the fair compensation they deserve.

 

·       You should hire an attorney if:

·       You have serious injuries that will require ongoing medical care;

·       The insurance company is not being fair;

·       You need legal guidance.

What Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Do?

A motorcycle accident attorney works as an advocate for people who have been injured in an accident.

The attorney will begin working through the discovery phase of the case to gather as much evidence as possible. Attorneys often work with investigative teams to help in the process. Since the full burden of proof lies with the injured person who brings a claim forward, the attorney will work to make sure a solid case is established in the event a trial is necessary.

 

The attorney will work with the insurance company to make sure your claim is given fair consideration. Should your attorney feel the insurance company is not going to offer just compensation, a lawsuit will be filed and trial can be pursued.

 

If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident you did not cause, contact the Delray Beach or Palm Beach Gardens offices of The Accident & Injury Attorneys Law right away. Our law firm works with accident victims on a daily basis to guide them in their decisions and ensure their rights are protected.

Call The Accident & Injury Attorneys Law before you call the insurance company. We will guide you in making your recorded statement and will assist you through each step of the process whether you settle with the insurance company or end up needing to pursue a trial. We are here to offer legal guidance and help to those who need us most.

 

Motorcycle Attorney FAQs

I was not wearing a helmet. Can I still receive compensation for an accident I did not cause?

In Florida, it is legal for you to ride without a helmet if you are over 21 years of age and you have insurance that covers you for $10,000 in medical bills. If you meet those qualifications, not wearing a helmet should not prevent you from pursuing compensation for your injuries. If the defense can prove your lack of helmet contributed to your injuries, this may affect how much compensation you are able to receive.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit for my motorcycle accident?

 

Like all states, Florida has its own laws regarding the statute of limitations. Lawsuits must be filed within four years from the date of the accident. Though accident victims have sufficient time to wait, this is not always advisable. Over time, evidence can disappear and memories fade, making it more difficult for an attorney to pursue a case.

 

What happens if I was partially at fault for an accident?

In Florida, if a jury finds you were partially at fault for causing an accident, they will determine your fault percentage. The amount you are awarded for damages will be reduced by the percentage for which you are held responsible.

 

Can I pursue my case without the help of a lawyer?

Though you have the right to pursue your case without the aid of a motorcycle lawyer, this is not ideal nor is it advisable. Trying to pursue a case on your own can lead to frustration and will often result in a much lower compensation amount. With the assistance of a personal injury lawyer and depending on the injuries resulting from the accident, you could potentially obtain a multi-million dollar settlement or verdict.

 

For instance, you could be eligible for a multi-million dollar lawsuit if you require lifelong care after a motor vehicle accident. It is always a good idea to at least receive a free consultation. A free consultation is often the first big step in winning your case.

 

When you have been involved in any type of accident, many things can run through your mind. In addition to stress and emotional turmoil, you are immediately faced with handling your insurance claim, damage to your property, bodily injuries, and many other issues. Accident attorneys can help you effectively deal with the entire claim process from beginning to end. This can go a long way in reducing your stress. How can you know when do you need to hire an attorney? And, is hiring an accident attorney the best choice for you?

Here are some factors to consider:

 

Property Damage – Loss of property is a common loss after an accident. In addition to your car experiencing heavy damage, in some instances, it can be considered a total loss or may be written off. Typically, the car insurance company has the prerogative to either pay for repairs or deem the vehicle a total loss. Initially, it must be determined whose insurance will cover the costs. If by any chance you are at fault, you will need to seek reimbursement through the at-fault party’s insurer. If you are not at fault, you will generally seek payment through the at-fault party’s insurer. If you lack the knowledge and expertise to pursue a more substantial claim, you may need the services of an accident attorney. They can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

 

Personal Injury – If injured, getting proper medical care immediately after you are involved in an accident should be the first step you take. Any delay will make it more difficult to prove that your injuries resulted from the accident and may limit the extent of your compensation. The coverage in your insurance policy determines your compensation for medical care. The other driver’s insurance liability coverage will cover your bills if you are not at fault for causing the accident. However, you may seek payment from your personal injury protection plan. Additionally, you can obtain payment from medical coverage in your health insurance policy.

What you should do if you are in an accident

After any kind of accident, it is imperative not to discuss the accident or unveil any details with any of the other parties involved, especially as it relates to who is at fault. The only people you should talk to are the police, your treating physician and/or your attorney. Any comments or statements you make could potentially harm your compensation at a trial or during settlement negotiations. Your attorney can handle your negotiations or insurance discussions on your behalf.

 

The loss of a loved one is a sensitive and painful occasion. It’s difficult enough when you lose someone to natural causes. Even then, you need to be ready to say goodbyes and make final preparations. However, the pain and sorrow can be much deeper when the death is untimely, without warning and the result of negligence or wrongdoing. When another person unnecessarily endangered your loved one through carelessness or recklessness, it can be much harder to cope with. In such a case, it is important for you to know how to protect your rights, seek justice, and create financial security for your family.

 

The law on wrongful death can be an extremely technical, complex mine field where any missteps can lead to expensive and unwanted complications. This is where a qualified wrongful death lawyer can assist.

 

When You Might Need a Wrongful Death Attorney

You should hire a wrongful death lawyer when you need to prove that negligence or misconduct was the cause of the death of a family member, especially if you were a dependent or beneficiary of that person. Certainly, no amount of money can rectify the loss of a loved one, but it can give you the financial stability to deal with a difficult situation. Here are a few examples of common wrongful death cases:

 

Medical Malpractice – Death as a result of negligence in the emergency room, surgical errors, misdiagnosis or a hasty discharge can mean you have a wrongful death claim. You may also have a claim if a patient is administered an overdose of anesthesia.

 

Faulty Products – If a product, such as an automobile, malfunctions in a way that leads to the death of the user or people nearby, the company or manufacturer may be liable.

 

Commercial Vehicle Accidents – Trucking companies, couriers and corporations with commercial vehicles on the roads may be liable if a driver’s negligence or break of regulation results in a fatal accident.

If you think you might have a case that is similar to these examples, an attorney might be able to help you explore your options.

 

What We Do

A wrongful death claim requires careful investigation and attention to detail. The process is similar to one that would take place in other kinds of personal injury claims. However, the law in this area is complicated and can vary between states. Here are some reasons why you might need help from a wrongful death attorney:

Insurance companies can be extremely difficult to deal with. The insurance company may cover some of the bills associated with an unexpected death but they may not cover everything. When you consider hospital bills, funeral arrangements and any other costs, you may be left with a large co-pay or even the full bill. A wrongful death attorney can help you sort out these complicated insurance policies.

 

Car Accidents

Car crashes are the number one cause of personal injury claims. If you have been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. This is usually an insurance claim against the driver at fault. Automobile crashes top the list of personal injury cases, many of which are caused by careless or negligent drivers. Car accidents can occur for many reasons, that include vehicular malfunction, bad weather, and poor road conditions.

 

Truck Accidents

Due to the immense size and weight of commercial trucks including 18 wheelers, big rigs, semis and trailers, any other vehicle may be crushed in a crash. State and federal regulations make truck accident claims extremely complicated requiring a lawyer who specializes in such cases. Truck accidents can be complicated because the trucking industry is regulated by state and federal law. A trucking corporation may have their own lawyers and adjusters who work on behalf of the trucking company to minimize or eliminate your claim. The Accident & Injury Attorneys’s Team of experienced lawyers have detailed knowledge of the complex regulations that govern the trucking industry.

 

Motorcycle Accidents

Lack of physical protection puts motorcyclists at high risk of serious injury or fatality as compared to passengers of other types of vehicles. Being struck by a car or thrown on the road can often lead to head, neck and spinal cord injuries or brain damage. The popularity of motorcycle riding has increased over the years leading to more motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists suffer more severely in a crash because of the limited protection of the driver. Even minor impacts at moderate speeds can result in major injuries, trauma, disability or death.

 

Bicycle Accidents

The bicyclist, like the pedestrian and motorcyclist, runs a high risk for serious injury or death from a traffic accident. Due to the negligence of others, the bicyclist may suffer serious injuries such as back, neck and head trauma, broken bones or permanent disability. Accidents involving motor vehicles and bicycles are some of the most hazardous for obvious reasons. Because of the variance in size between the two modes of transportation, an impact can be serious if not fatal. When you ride a bicycle, you are putting your life at risk even if you are wearing a safety helmet. Among the most vulnerable of victims unfortunately, are young children.

 

 

Typical Injuries

Some of the most typical injuries from these types of accidents include sprains, broken bones and whiplash. Other, more serious traumas can leave a victim with internal injuries, loss of limbs and contusions, back, neck and spinal cord are not uncommon. The damages that may eventually affect you can cause you enormous costs in treatment and may cause long term permanent disability and an inability to work.   Many people do not feel the effects of the accident until months later so it is important to get checked out by a doctor even if you think you are fine.  This is also why you should get a free consultation from a lawyer who specializes in these area.

 

 

 

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BRADENTON PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS

Throughout the Bradenton, Florida area, our Bradenton personal injury attorneys are there for you when you are injured in a motor vehicle accident or other injury caused by another’s negligence or misconduct. With over 15 years of legal experience, our personal injury attorneys have helped countless injury victims like yourself recover the compensation they need and deserve – including multi-million dollar recoveries – when they have been harmed by another’s wrongful conduct. Simply put, justice demands that someone who injures another person should be held accountable and should be required to compensate the injury victim for his or her medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other legal damages. Our Bradenton personal injury attorneys have the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to give you the level of quality representation you need to be successful in your recovery.

Handling a Wide Variety of Personal Injury Cases

Every personal injury case is different and various legal issues can arise depending on the type of accident that occurred and the severity of your injuries. At the Romero Law Firm, we have experience helping victims injured in a wide range of accidents and suffering from many different kinds of injuries. The cases we successfully handle involve the following injuries and more:

●       Traumatic brain injury (TBI);

●       Spinal cord injury (SCI);

●       Broken bones;

●       Soft tissue injuries;

●       Neck and back injuries;

●       Internal injuries;

●       Dog bite wounds and infections;

●       Burns;

●       Amputations;

●       Other catastrophic injuries;

●       Permanent disability;

●       Wrongful death.

Many injuries sustained in car accidents can have lasting effects on your life due to long-term or even permanent impairments or disabilities. Catastrophic injuries including TBI or SCI can leave victims with serious cognitive impairments or paralyzed and unable to ever walk again. Such disabilities can prevent a victim from returning to work or school and can adversely affect their future career plans. In addition, long-term injuries can have a major effect on a person’s ability to engage in recreational activities and enjoy their everyday life. Some injury victims may require full-time care and medical treatments for the rest of their lives, and they may experience physical and emotional pain as a result of their injuries and impairments.

Even if you did not suffer a life-changing injury, relatively minor injuries can still result in significant losses. Sprains, strains, whiplash, and other injuries still require medical treatments and can keep you from working for a period of time. While you may be hesitant to pursue a case because you believe your injuries are not serious enough, anyone who incurs losses due to another person’s negligence deserves to financially recover for medical bills, lost income, and more.

If you are unsure whether you have a valid claim based on your injuries, you should never hesitate to call our office so we can evaluate your case. We have represented the rights of clients with a wide range of injuries, so never think your case is too small or too big to schedule a free consultation.

Representing Your Rights to Recovery

Following an accident, your primary focus should be on your physical health and recovery. However, your financial losses can be significant and you may naturally become concerned about how you may recover from the party that caused your accident. When you call the Romero Law Firm, our experienced legal team will focus on obtaining recovery for you for the following:

·       Past and future medical expenses;

·       Past and future lost earnings;

·       Physical pain and suffering;

·       Emotional trauma and distress;

·       Loss of enjoyment of life;

·       Permanent disability;

·       Loss of a loved one.

Personal injury cases can involve complex legal issues, especially if liability is not immediately clear. Our Bradenton personal injury attorneys will guide you through the entire legal process and will address any issues that may arise in your case. The following are only a few frequently asked questions regarding personal injury cases in Florida.

Bradenton Personal Injury FAQs – Florida Negligence Law

If you have been injured due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of another and are trying to get compensation from the negligent party, you may have a lot of questions about how the process works and what your rights are to receive compensation. Below are some of the questions we encounter most frequently at the Romero Law Firm in Bradenton as we help injury victims throughout Florida recover compensation for their injuries. If you have other questions or need help with an injury claim, call (877) ROMERO-1 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

I just want to settle my case without going to court. Do I really need an attorney?

Absolutely. If you are thinking about negotiating with the insurance company on your own, you need to think about two things. First, their interest is in paying as little as they can to settle the claim. Second, they have people who do nothing all day long except settle insurance claims. Since you don’t handle insurance claims for a living, you don’t have any way of knowing how much your claim is worth, unless you get someone on your side with as much experience in injury cases as the insurance company. When the insurance company makes a settlement offer to an unrepresented person, the only thing you can know for sure is that the amount is far below the actual value of your claim.

If you hire an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you, you will know how much your claim is worth. More importantly, the insurance company knows that you know, and they know that if they don’t deal with you fairly, they could find themselves in court having to pay a much larger jury verdict. The fact is that the vast majority of cases settle outside of court, but if you want a full and fair settlement, you are better off hiring an experienced injury attorney who will get the best settlement for you by preparing the case for trial and litigating as much as necessary to get the best result.

The insurance company says I was partially to blame in causing the accident, and so they won’t pay for all of my expenses. Can they do that?

In Florida, if an injury victim contributed to the accident or injury by his or her own negligence, then the amount of any compensation recovered will be reduced in proportion to the victim’s own negligence. However, don’t take the insurance company’s word for it regarding whether you were negligent or how much comparative fault belongs to you. They may simply be trying to reduce the amount of compensation they have to pay you. Let an experienced personal injury attorney like Rafael Romero evaluate your case. If the insurance company is trying to put blame on you that doesn’t belong there, your lawyer can take the case to court and let a jury decide who caused the accident. The Romero Law Firm puts up a strong case whether negotiating a settlement or litigating the matter in court.

Can dog owners be held liable if their dog bites someone?

Yes. In fact, Florida law follows a rule of strict liability, meaning that you can recover compensation for your injuries from the owner without having to prove that the owner was negligent in keeping the dog or had any prior knowledge that the animal might be dangerous. As long as you were on public property or lawfully on the owner’s private property when you were attacked, you should be able to recover, although the “comparative negligence” rule discussed in the previous FAQ may apply.

Dog owners can protect themselves from liability if they have a “bad dog” posted prominently in their yard and aren’t otherwise negligent in keeping the animal. This exception does not apply if the dog bite victim is less than six years old, though.

Do the Florida courts award punitive damages in personal injury cases?

Typically, the damages awarded in a personal injury case are compensatory damages, meaning they are meant to compensate the injury victim for the harm suffered because of the other person’s negligence. Compensatory damages include items such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc. Punitive damages, on the other hand, are meant not so much to compensate the victim as to punish the negligent driver or property owner who is responsible for the accident. Under Florida law, punitive damages can only be awarded in cases of intentional misconduct or gross negligence, which must be proven by “clear and convincing evidence,” which is a fairly high standard of proof.

Although it is harder to obtain punitive damages and requires more work, the Romero Law Firm won’t back down from seeking punitive damages in appropriate cases. When you meet with Rafael Romero for your free case evaluation, he may be able to tell you whether punitive damages might be appropriate in your case.

Contact Our Bradenton Personal Injury & Auto Accidents Attorney Today

When you hire the Romero Law Firm, we will meet personally with you to prepare your case. We want to hear your story firsthand.  Our Bradenton personal injury attorneys serve clients throughout Bradenton and across all of Florida. It doesn’t matter where you are in the state, or if you need to meet your lawyer at your home, in the hospital or wherever is most convenient for you. We come to you.

Call us anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are here for you when you need us, and we want to hear from you. We will give you a free case evaluation, and we never charge any fees or costs to you unless and until we make a recovery for you. If we don’t win, you don’t pay. It’s that simple. Call (877) ROMERO-1, or contact us online to arrange a free, initial consultation with the Romero Law Firm.  We look forward to hearing from you and helping you with your Bradenton personal injury legal needs.