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Safety is crucial when riding the roads of Naples on your motorcycle — riding one necessitates being left open to the . But unfortunately, you can follow proper protocol and ride safely, and someone else’s negligence on the road gets you injured. You might be left with the devastating injuries and piles of medical bills that someone else caused, and that’s not fair.
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 Morgan & Morgan’s office in Naples, our motorcycle accident attorneys bring decades of experience, and a track record of success. We may be able to help you too. For more information, fill out our free case review form.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
In 2015 motorcycle fatalities in Florida 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.
Traumatic injuries to the brain, spine, and other major body parts can occur in particularly severe motorcycle accidents, and minor accidents can still leave you with long-lasting physical damage. Sometimes these injuries don’t manifest immediately, and as a result insurance companies will look to minimize the the injury and downplay the role the other party had.
Getting flung from your motorcycle and landing on the road can also lead to “road rash,” a disfiguring skin injury.
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.
This isn’t an exhaustive list. Drivers can commit numerous mistakes on the road that can endanger or injure you.
How a Motorcycle Accident Attorney May be Able to Help
There is a lot at stake in a motorcycle accident lawsuit, and having an attorney there to help you parse through insurance and court documentation and do the heavy lifting can be of great importance for you while you focus on recovering from your injury.
Your Morgan & Morgan attorney will do a thorough investigation into your accident to help determine negligence on the part of the other party. This process will also help determine how much you are owed in compensation for the damages you’ve endured. Our Naples 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.
While investigating your case, our attorneys may:
- Evaluating the scene of the accident;
- Reviewing reports from Naples 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; or
- 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.
In addition, Morgan & Morgan attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. That means we don’t get paid unless we win your case.
Contact Morgan & Morgan After Your Motorcycle Injury
A motorcycle accident can be physically, emotionally, and financially debilitating. You shouldn’t have to face that challenge alone. Our attorneys at Morgan & Morgan’s Naples office are ready to investigate your claim and determine if another party is negligible, and help you hold them accountable.
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.