What you need to know about Florida motorcycle accidents
Although it is necessary for all motorists to exercise caution on the roads, it is especially for those who ride motorcycles to use extreme care due to their increased vulnerability. Riding a motorcycle can be liberating, cost-effective, and coolĂ˘â‚¬â€ťit can also be very dangerous. Motorcyclists unfortunately must balance the risk of careless automobile drivers on the road with the rewards of taking their preferred mode of transportation.
Motorcyclists are more exposed to the elements than car drivers, leaving them susceptible to more drastic injuries in the event that a motorcycle crash occurs. Although it is not required by law for motorcycle riders over the age of 21, all cyclists should wear a Department of Transportation approved helmet while riding. In fact, not wearing a helmet can reduce your ability to recover monetary damages in a personal injury lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Florida, you should know that Florida is a comparative fault state. This means that even if you were found to be at fault in the accident from which your injuries stem, you could still be able to gain recovery for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages, if some other party is found to be somewhat at fault for the accident as well.
For example, if you run a stop sign on your motorcycle due to a brake failure and are hit by a car, then you might receive a traffic ticket for failing to yield. However, the manufacture of the motorcycleĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s brakes (or the installer) could be partially at fault for your failure to make a complete stop. While most personal injury claims involving motorcycle accidents are settled outside of court, it is still important to seek legal representation from an aggressive accident attorney. The right personal injury lawyer can help you to obtain the best possible result in your case.
At the Law Offices of Stephen K. Miller, we accept personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice lawsuits on a contingency fee basis, meaning you would owe us neither legal fees nor costs unless we recover money damage for youĂ˘â‚¬â€ťthus, there is no up front cost to you for us to handle the case. In addition to wrongful death, personal injury, and medical malpractice cases, our firm also handles lawsuits involving divorce, custody battles, domestic violence injunctions, will and probate matters, and criminal defense cases. Our firm has offices in Gainesville, Ocala, Chiefland, Lake City, Palatka, Jacksonville, Daytona, Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Orlando, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, and Melbourne.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured or died in a motorcycle accident, car crash, DUI accident, tire failure crash, bike accident, rollover crash or other incident or as the result of someone elseĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s negligence or malpractice, contact the Law Offices of Stephen K. Miller for a free phone consultation at (866) 496-8752 or via email at Info@ForYourLaw.com
BY: Monica Perez-McMillen, Attorney at Law
September 19, 2012