Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motor vehicles pose a risk to everyone on Florida’s roads and highways, but collisions involving motorcycles can be especially risky because bikes are not equipped with the same safety features that most cars have. Motorcycles are much smaller and lighter than the cars and trucks that may collide with them. Because of this, motorcyclists are much more likely to suffer severe injuries in a crash.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is imperative that you seek the legal counsel of an attorney who handles these types of cases regularly. If your accident was caused by the careless or reckless actions of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation to help ease the financial burdens associated with the accident, including past and future hospital and medical bills, physical therapy costs, lost wages, past and future economic losses, mental anguish, and pain and suffering. Whittel & Melton serves clients who have been injured in motorcycle accidents in cities such as Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, New Port Richey, Spring Hill, Brooksville, Inverness, Ocala, and Gainesville.Motorcycle Accidents
There is no buffer between a motorcyclist and the force of another vehicle or the concrete of the road. Catastrophic injuries may occur, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, complex fractures, amputations, and even death. To recover damages for injuries in a motorcycle accident, you likely will need to show the other driver’s negligence. A motorcycle accident attorney in Florida can help you prove that the other driver owed you a duty of care, the other driver breached the duty, this caused the crash, and you sustained damages.Drunk Driving Motorcycle Accidents
Drunk driving accidents can cause debilitating injuries and fatalities. A driver who operates a car or truck while under the influence of drugs or alcohol endangers everyone on the road. Any criminal charges that the driver faces are distinct from a civil lawsuit for damages. The burden of proof in criminal cases is much higher than in civil cases. Therefore, a driver could be acquitted of DUI but still be ordered to pay damages in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit arising out of the drunk driving motorcycle accident.Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
If a loved one died in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to recover damages through a Florida wrongful death lawsuit. Under Section 769.20, a personal representative of a deceased motorcyclist can bring a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages for the motorcyclist’s survivors and estate. Damages that our Florida motorcycle accident attorneys may be able to recover include medical bills, funeral expenses, and the mental anguish of certain statutorily designated surviving family members. Relatives who can recover damages include a surviving spouse, a minor child, an adult child if there is no surviving spouse, a parent of a minor child, and a parent of an adult child when there are no other survivors specified under the statute.Head Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Many head injuries, ranging from skull fractures to traumatic brain injuries, can have severe consequences for the rest of a person’s life. In some cases, a serious head injury can leave a motorcyclist unable to work again and in need of constant medical care. In Florida, motorcyclists who are over age 21 and who carry a minimum of $10,000 of medical insurance coverage are not required to wear a helmet. However, it is wise to wear a helmet for your own safety. If you fail to wear a helmet, Florida’s rule of pure comparative negligence may reduce your damages.Back and Neck Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Back and neck injuries are especially common in motorcycle accidents. You may be left unable to work if you suffer harm to your vertebrae or spine. Most people do not have enough saved for rehabilitation and physical therapy. It is important to retain an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Florida who can combat any bias that an insurance adjustor or jury may have against you related to the accident. Often, insurance adjustors try to look for ways in which the motorcyclist was to blame for the accident to avoid or reduce liability, but we know how to counter their tactics.Knee and Shoulder Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists have the same rights as drivers of other vehicles, but unfortunately many drivers fail to yield or violate other rules. Due to the size of a motorcycle, it can be difficult for a distracted driver to see a motorcyclist with whom they are sharing the road. Knee and shoulder injuries can have significant effects on a motorcyclist’s life, depending on how severe these injuries are. Sometimes they limit the motorcyclist’s ability to enjoy certain recreational activities that they used to enjoy or to work in the same job. It may be necessary to undergo surgery to repair an injury caused by an accident. You may be able to recover these expenses by bringing a lawsuit against the at-fault party.Road Rash and Burns in Motorcycle Accidents
One of the most common injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents is road rash. Road rash happens if a motorcyclist is thrown off a bike and moves across the pavement, creating friction between their body and the surface of the road. Road rash and burns can occur even when a motorcyclist wears protective clothes. While road rash can be minor, it also can be so serious that it pulls back skin to reveal muscles and bones, and it can result in permanent disfigurement and scarring. Sometimes serious road rash and burns require plastic surgery or skin grafts. Items of loss, such as disfigurement and the costs of surgery for disfiguring scars, may be recovered through a personal injury lawsuit with the assistance of a Florida motorcycle accident lawyer.Amputations in Motorcycle Accidents
There are many ways in which an amputation can occur in a motorcycle accident. Sometimes a limb is partially severed in a crash and requires full removal later. In other cases, a limb is severed between metal objects in the crash. In still other cases, a limb is shattered so badly that it requires surgical amputation. The damages that may be recovered related to an amputation may include past and future wage loss, emergency medical care, surgical costs, hospital bills, prosthetic devices, ongoing therapy, vocational rehabilitation, alterations to a home, replacement services, and loss of enjoyment of life.Broken Bones in Motorcycle Accidents
Although broken bones are not usually life-threatening, they can be painful and require a long period of recovery. In some cases, they lead to long-term disabilities. For certain workers, broken bones can mean that they are unable to work at a time when they need to pay for medical care and rehabilitation. Our attorneys handle cases involving all types of broken bones, including fractured vertebrae, skull fractures, broken jaws, hip fractures, broken legs, fractured ribs, broken wrists, broken arms, and fractured sternums. In some cases, broken bones may require reconstructive surgery that involves plates, pins, and rods, and it may be possible to recover these costs of surgery through a personal injury lawsuit.Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Florida
Motorcyclists often suffer severe or even fatal injuries when they collide with larger vehicles. If you were injured while riding a motorcycle in Florida, you should consult the seasoned trial attorneys at Whittel & Melton. Call us toll-free at 866-608-5529 or contact us via our online form.