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Motorcycle season in Florida is almost year-round, with the wonderful temperatures and pleasant wind in your face making the open road appealing without fail. Melbourne’s pleasant weather and atmosphere make motorcycle riding a frequent endeavor for residents and tourists alike.
Unfortunately, some drivers won’t be pleased by the presence of more motorcyclists, and can fail to respect your rights, or even openly resent you on the road. This hostility towards motorcyclists can lead to serious accidents that leave you with major injuries, permanent or long-lasting disability, and in the worst cases, death.
Our Melbourne office is staffed with many knowledgeable attorneys, and a highly competent legal staff. We are pleased to have represented numerous motorcycle accident victims throughout Florida, and are ready to help you and your loved ones get the compensation they need to restore balance to their life. Fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form to learn more today.
Challenges Faced by Florida Motorcycle Riders
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Information Institute estimate motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die than passenger car occupants in motor vehicle accidents. Motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable on the road, but they’re also more likely to be involved in accidents to begin with. Motorcycles are smaller and less visible, and can get kicked to the curb when it comes to sharing the road.
It’s far too easy for a careless motorist to allow motorcycles into their blind spot, to say nothing of misjudging speed and distance, or even failing to see them at all. Common driver behaviors like sudden left turns or lane changes can impact motorcyclists even if they don’t hit them, running them off the road or forcing them to make a dangerous maneuver to avoid getting hit. You might fly over the handlebars, flip, or have to bring your bike dangerously close to the ground.
A motorcycle accident lawyer like Morgan & Morgan can help you assess and determine your position and fight for your rights in these incidents.
Common Motorcycle Injuries in Florida
Any motor vehicle accident can cause serious injuries. Some of the most common injuries affecting motorcycle drivers in Florida are related to the spine and head in particular. It is true, but unfortunate, that traumatic brain injury and spinal injuries can occur in a motorcycle accident, even when a rider is wearing the proper safety equipment like a heavy jacket and a strong helmet.
Even small accidents can cause devastating injuries, and brain or spinal injuries are particularly insidious. They might take weeks or months to appear, and could be minimized by insurance companies in the meantime unless backed up with strong medical evidence. For this reason, you should count on a skilled Melbourne-based attorney who understands the city’s judicial system and the intricacies of motorcycle law.
Some of Our Biggest Motorcycle Accident Verdicts
Although prior success cannot guarantee future outcome, our firm has had great success when it comes to representing motorcycle accident victims in court.
- $47.5 million verdict awarded to a 27-year-old man whose motorcycle was struck head-on by a pickup truck going the wrong way, resulting in multiple broken bones, a shattered jaw, and a collapsed lung.
- $26 million verdict for an Iraqi war veteran who was in a motorcycle accident and sustained permanent brain damage.
- $1.35 million verdict after an SUV driver changed lanes, colliding with a motorcycle and causing closed head injuries for both riders on the motorcycle.
Your results may not be similar, but our Melbourne attorneys can work to investigate your case and improve your chance of success.
Contact Our Melbourne Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today
It is an unfortunate reality that some motorists ignore, resent, or even take action against motorcyclists, even though they have just as much of a right to be on the road. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you have just as much of a right to be on the road.
Morgan & Morgan’s Melbourne team of attorneys has had great success representing victims of motorcycle accidents, netting large settlements, awards, and successfully stewarding some cases to large verdicts. Fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form if you’re ready to seek justice for your accident today.