A motorcycle is an economical and enjoyable mode of transportation, and many motorcycle riders are responsible as they share the road with other drivers.
Unfortunately, there is always the risk of an accident because of another driver. Due to the nature of the two vehicles, a motorcyclist is much more likely to suffer extensive personal injuries in a collision with a passenger vehicle, truck, or 18-wheeler.
Motorcyclists know to be mindful of other drivers’ blind spots and other defensive driving tactics, and motorcycle riders need to know their legal rights in the event of an accident — especially one that results in severe injuries.
Motorcycle Accidents Must Be Treated Different Than Car Accidents
Motorcycle crashes typically result in more extensive injuries than motor vehicle accidents at similar speeds, and working with a motorcycle accident lawyer is one of the best ways to build a strong case and pursue compensation that you are entitled to, not just what the insurance adjusters want to pay.
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When you are working through an insurance claim seeking compensation for costs and losses like your medical bills, lost wages, and a range of other damages, insurance companies may try to treat your accident like a car accident, but this is far from the reality of the situation and ignores important factors about your personal injury case.
Partnering with an experienced Tallahassee motorcycle accident lawyer is one of the best ways to get legal advice throughout your claim, have an intermediary to represent you while working with the insurance company, and give you the mental and emotional space you need to mount a recovery from each severe injury you have endured.
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The team at Fasig | Brooks offers a free consultation to motorcycle crash victims or, in the event of motorcycle fatalities, their surviving family members to discuss the situation’s specifics and how we can help victims move forward from this challenging time in their lives.
If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a car accident that someone else caused, you have every right to expect that you will receive compensation for the full range of damages you have suffered.
When you are working with Fasig | Brooks, we will fight for the total compensation you deserve.
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Before we begin our attorney-client relationship, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation so we can answer any of your questions and give you a better sense of the type of support we can provide you with.
Who Is At Fault For a Motorcycle Accident?
One of the first things that your Tallahassee motorcycle accident attorney will need to determine is who caused your accident and how. By gathering this vital information, they will establish liability for the damages associated with your Florida accident.
Insurers may attempt to pin additional and unwarranted fault on motorcycle riders after an accident to save themselves as much money as possible, but the negligent party must pay the total amount they are responsible for.
Pure Comparative Fault in Florida
Like many other states, Florida uses a rule known as pure comparative negligence when determining fault and assigning liability, which allows for someone to seek personal injury damages even if they are partially responsible for the motorcycle accident. For example, if two passenger vehicles are in a left-turn accident, the left-turning driver is typically responsible for looking out for other cars before committing to the maneuver. However, if the other driver was speeding, then they may assume part of the responsibility.
Don’t Accept Fault That You Are Not At Fault For
If a driver accepts 10% of the blame for an accident, their final award will be reduced by 10%. This legal arrangement can be beneficial, but Florida insurance companies may try to pin additional blame on a claimant to save as much money as possible while still resolving their legal obligation.
Your Tallahassee motorcycle accident lawyer has years of experience handling a range of personal injury cases and will work aggressively to ensure that you do not take on any additional blame for your situation, and will fight to ensure that you receive compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and more.
Common Injuries from Florida Motorcycle Accidents
A motorcycle accident is unpredictable and can lead to many different types of serious injuries, while others may result with a driver walking away from a major collision with few issues. This is why it is so important for an attorney to build a custom case that accounts for the unique attributes of your accident and not just taking a “one size fits all” approach to your case.
Part of the issue with a motorcycle accident is that there are no stabilizing features to the vehicle, meaning that a rider is thrown from their seat on impact.
Depending on things like road hazards, obstacles, the type of protection they were wearing, and more, the following are just a few of the many different types of injuries that are commonly suffered during a motorcycle accident.
Hitting the pavement at high speed can lead to many different serious injuries, including fractured and broken bones.
These injuries require immediate medical care for the bone to be reset and supported for a full recovery.
Bruises are common after any impact injury, but some may be indications of more serious underlying issues.
You must see a doctor after an injury, even bruising, to ensure that you address all issues and get the care you need.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury can severely impact both a victim’s life and their loved ones. It must be addressed immediately to identify all issues and develop a recovery plan.
In the past, TBIs such as mild concussions were ignored or dismissed as “getting your bell rung,” but modern science has learned more about how serious these injuries can be if left untreated.
Road rash is a colloquial term for a Florida rider’s abrasions when they hit the ground after a motorcycle accident. These injuries can cause significant pain and suffering, which your medical records will not indicate. It’s essential to record your experiences to provide evidence about the many impacts of an injury on your ability to enjoy your life.
Contact Us Now — You Won’t Pay If We Don’t Win
Fasig | Brooks operates based on contingency fees, meaning that we will take a percentage of your final award after a successful lawsuit or settlement negotiation, but you will not need to pay for our services if we do not win.
Personal injury claims seek compensatory damages, but in some instances, a trial may result in a victim being awarded punitive damages by a judge or jury, but these are rare and will not be factored into our negotiations.
Hire an Attorney For Your Claim — Not Just For a Lawsuit
In some cases, we will move forward with a lawsuit in the Florida courts, but many personal injury cases seek compensation through a settlement to recover your lost income (or damages associated with wrongful death) while avoiding costly legal fees and a time-consuming trial schedule.
We will be able to discuss these options in detail as we begin our work together.
Contact us today to get started.