Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
For motorcycle enthusiasts, Florida is full of year-round motorcycle events, rallies, charity runs, and long, flat roadways. It’s a popular mode of transportation and recreational activity for Florida residents and tourists alike. Unfortunately, riding motorcycles can be a dangerous and sometimes deadly activity. In 2011, 18.8% of all traffic fatalities were motorcyclists and their passengers. Many factors contribute to the cause of motorcycle accidents, and the vast majority is due to a lapse in judgment or negligent behavior of another driver on the road, including:
Tailgating/following too closely behind a motorcycle
Failure to yield/give right of way to a motorcyclist
Neglecting to carefully look before changing lanes
If you have suffered injuries due to any of these causes, consult with a Florida motorcycle accident lawyer today to discuss the facts of your case and what steps you should take. An experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney with our firm can provide you with the next steps to take in the claims process and ensure you know what to expect at each step.
Consulting With An Attorney
The traumatic effects of a motorcycle accident are far-reaching. The Injuries are catastrophic & life-changing, resulting in lost wages from missed work, diminished capacity to work in the future, large and sometimes ongoing medical expenses, the emotional distress and even the loss of companionship if a loved one is killed in such an accident. When another driver caused you to suffer from these and other losses, they need to be held accountable and compensate you.
The Florida motorcycle accident attorneys at The Romero Law Firm have successfully represented clients who have been injured or lost a loved one in motorcycle accidents for more than 20 years. Call now and schedule a free consultation at the Florida office, or if you cannot travel, they can come to you at the hospital, your home or work.
Why The Romero Law Firm
At The Romero Law Firm, the motorcycle accident attorneys are familiar with laws governing motorcycles — which differ significantly from those pertaining to car accidents— and have extensive experience dealing with insurance companies. We have access to the top experts, including accident reconstructionists and medical experts. By working with these individuals, our attorneys have established a successful track record of results in recovering compensation for injured motorcyclists, including a $6.5 million motorcycle accident verdict.
Motorcycle Accident Injury Claims
If the motorcyclist was not at-fault, they may be able to seek damages from the party negligent in causing the crash. While motorcyclists are not covered by PIP insurance, they are also not bound by its restrictions. Injured riders are not limited in the damages they may seek to compensate for their losses, including damages for pain and suffering.
Motor vehicle accident claims involve PIP insurance—which requires the injured party to pass an “injury threshold” to be able to pursue compensation from the negligent party—and do not allow for the recovery of pain and suffering damages. Motorcyclists do not have to pass an injury threshold to seek compensation for damages, which may include medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
After an accident, your attorney may contact the negligent party’s insurance company to negotiate a settlement for costs incurred as a result of the accident. He or she will leverage information collected to recover compensation for your expenses. If negotiations with insurance companies are unsuccessful or unsatisfactory, you may be able to pursue legal action against the negligent party with the help of your attorney.
Motorcycle accidents lawsuits fall under the category of personal injury, which in turn is based on the theory of negligence. In other words, your attorney will have to prove that the other driver in the accident was at fault because he or she failed to exercise a reasonable standard of care. In order to do so, your attorney will conduct an investigation to learn more about the incident, including whether the other driver followed traffic laws, paid attention to his or her surroundings, was driving under the influence etc.
In some cases, a defect in your car, or the other party's car, could have led to the accident. In these cases, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the car or its parts to recover compensation for your injuries. In these circumstances, the attorney will have a conduct an investigation to study the car and determine whether it had any defects prior to the accident. He or she will work alongside forensic experts to determine whether:
The defective motorcycle or part was “unreasonably dangerous”
The motorcycle was being operated as intended
The motorcycle’s performance had not changed since its initial purchase
Some examples of what defects you may be able to file a product liability case for are defective tires, brakes, accelerators, and defective fuel systems.
If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you may have recourse to recover compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. An attorney can help the family of the deceased prove the negligence of the other driver was the cause of the victim’s death.