The openness of riding a motorcycle is part of the thrill, but it’s also what makes them dangerous. Unlike car drivers, who are protected by the vehicle’s body and airbags, motorcycle riders have no such protection. As a result, motorcycle accident injuries can be very severe, leading to costly medical bills and time away from work.
After a motorcycle accident, facing insurance companies and attorneys on your own can be difficult and stressful, even if the accident wasn’t your fault. In order to recover the financial compensation you are entitled to, you may need to hire an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to advocate on your behalf.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, you may have legal options to recover compensation. At our Morgan & Morgan office in Fort Myers, the motorcycle accident attorney are experienced and have won the people of Lee County millions of dollars in compensation for their motorcycle injuries.
Our motorcycle attorneys may be able to help you as well. Contact us for a free evaluation of your case to find out more.
Motorcycle Accident Causes
In 2015 motorcycle fatalities increased by nearly 29 percent from the year before, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It’s an alarming number, especially considering the seriousness of motorcycle injuries.
It is an unfortunate truth that traumatic brain injury and spinal injuries can occur in a motorcycle accident, even when a rider is wearing all proper safety equipment. Even seemingly minor accidents can cause these injuries, which may not manifest immediately. These injuries may also be minimized by insurance companies and defense attorneys unless they are backed up by strong medical evidence.
Furthermore, direct contact with the road in a motorcycle accident can cause disfiguring skin injuries, often called “road rash” – a term that conveys just how serious it can actually be.
In order to avoid getting into a motorcycle accident it is best to be cautious on the road and obey traffic laws at all times. Many accidents are caused when riders and drivers alike are lax in their adherence to the laws of the road. Some of the frequent causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Following a motorcyclist too closely;
- Turning left into the path of a motorcyclist;
- Changing lanes without looking;
- Failing to yield to the biker;
- Using a cell phone while driving;
- Collisions with fixed objects;
- Improperly maintained roadways;
- Pulling out in front of a motorcycle without enough time or space; and
- Failing to pay attention to the surroundings.
How An Attorney Can Help
Most motorcycle accident lawsuits are pursued under the theory of negligence. A motorcycle accident injury attorney can prove that another individual or entity was negligent, and that this negligence played a direct role in causing your injury.
Determining just how much the other driver was at fault for your injury is crucial to recovering compensation, and that’s where a Morgan & Morgan attorney can help. To determine fault, your attorney will perform a thorough investigation into your accident and injury. Our Fort Myers lawyers are familiar with the tactics insurance companies and defense attorneys may use to try and pay out as little as possible, and we’re committed to helping clients recover the amount they are rightfully owed.
Some of the things your attorney will do to compile evidence and build your case include:
- Evaluating the scene of the accident
- Reviewing reports from Fort Myers police, photographs, and sobriety tests, if available
- Reviewing your medical records
- Questioning witnesses
- Recreating the accident
- Contacting experts in the areas of accident injuries, motorcycle performance, collisions, and scene investigation
- Contacting insurance companies
- Review your driving history
- Reviewing the driving history of any other drivers involved in the accident
With this information, our attorneys can then begin building a compelling case that someone else was responsible for your injury and that you deserve compensation for your damages.
Contact Morgan & Morgan After Your Motorcycle Injury
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a motorcycle accident, you may have legal options. Florida has a statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits, so it’s important to contact an attorney quickly. To learn more, fill out our free, no-obligation case evaluation form.