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Orlando Motorcycle Accidents
Every motorcycle rider knows and loves the thrill of the wind in your face on the open road — especially here in Florida, where motorcycle season lasts almost all year.
Unfortunately, some other drivers fail to respect the rights of motorcyclists, and even resent their presence on the road. This hostility towards motorcyclists can lead to serious accidents, resulting in major injuries, long-term or permanent disability, and even death.
Our motorcycle accident attorneys at Morgan & Morgan understand the special dangers riders face on the road and the challenges they face getting fair treatment when an accident occurs.
We are proud to have successfully represented numerous motorcycle accident victims throughout Florida by helping them get the compensation they and their families need to start picking up the pieces.
Contact us for a free consultation today.
Challenges Faced by Florida Motorcycle Riders
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle accident than occupants of any other type of motor vehicle. There are several reasons for this.
Beyond the most obvious reason – the fact that motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable and more likely to be injured when an accident does occur – motorcyclists are also more likely to be involved in accidents, to begin with.
Motorcycles are smaller and less visible, and some drivers wrongfully disregard their presence on the road. It is all too easy for careless motorists to allow motorcycles to slip into a blind spot, to misjudge the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle, or to fail to see them at all.
Thus, it is all too common for motorists to make left turns in front of approaching motorcycles, pull into traffic in front of them, or change lanes into them when traveling on multi-lane roads.
This type of conduct can cause serious motorcycle accidents and injuries even when there is no actual contact between the vehicles.
A surprised motorcyclist can easily be injured by going over the handlebars, flipping, or laying down their bikes while trying to evade a careless motorist. A motorcycle accident lawyer can help determine who is at fault in these types of wrecks.
Common Motorcycle Injuries in Orlando
Any motor vehicle accident has the potential to cause serious injuries. But motorcyclists involved in accidents in Florida are uniquely susceptible to several especially devastating injuries involving the head and spine.
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 and may be minimized by insurance companies and defense attorneys unless they are backed up by strong medical evidence.
Furthermore, direct contact with the road can cause disfiguring skin injuries, often called “road rash” – a term that belies just how serious it can actually be.
For these reasons and more, experienced attorneys are a must for anyone injured in an Orlando motorcycle accident, no matter how serious it may initially appear.
Orlando Motorcycle Accident Verdicts
- $47.5 million verdict awarded to a 27-year-old man whose motorcycle was struck head-on by a pick-up 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.
Contact Our Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today
It is an unfortunate truth that some motorists marginalize, ignore, and even resent motorcyclists, even though they have just as much right to be on the road. That is why if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Orlando, you need tough representation.
Morgan & Morgan lawyers have had great success representing motorcycle accident victims, including numerous large settlements, awards, and verdicts for seriously injured motorcyclists and their families. Call us today at (407) 420-1414 or contact us online to have your case evaluated for free by an experienced Orlando attorney.
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What Should I Do Following a Motorcycle Accident?
If you’re in a serious motorcycle accident, you may have severe injuries that require immediate medical attention. Motorcycles offer no protection from the open road; even safety equipment like helmets and jackets can’t save you from unforgiving hard concrete.
However, if you’re still conscious and able to move around, try photographing the scene of the accident, including all vehicles involved in the crash. If something on the road resulted in your accident, like unrepaired concrete or an oil spill, make sure to document it.
Call 911 for police and ambulatory assistance. While you may feel okay, motorcycle accidents rarely result in no injuries. You may have internal organ damage, back sprains, strains, or other wounds. Sometimes it takes a few days for the symptoms of these injuries to appear. It’s best to go to the hospital immediately to put medical concerns to rest.
The police will investigate the crash scene and determine who was at fault for the wreck. Make sure to obtain a copy of the police report for your records.
Next, seek the advice of a qualified attorney. An attorney can help you recover financial compensation for your injuries related to the accident.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Receive in a Motorcycle Accident?
If you decide to file a lawsuit, your motorcycle accident lawyer will help you determine what type of compensation you may be eligible for. Typically, you can obtain monetary damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and household services while you recover.
Compensation for emotional distress, disability and disfigurement, and loss of quality of life may also be available.
Your attorney can help you determine the value of your case and negotiate with insurance providers to obtain a fair amount for your losses.
Should I Accept a Settlement From an Insurance Provider?
Insurance providers often rush to speak with the victim after a motorcycle accident and offer a settlement. Motorcycle accidents often result in severe injuries and may be fatal, so insurance companies want to avoid paying significant damages. Instead, they’ll offer victims an insufficient amount for their losses, hoping the victim will take it.
It’s never a good idea to accept the first offer from an insurance provider. While having immediate funds may sound attractive, you may be entitled to much more. To ensure you get an adequate settlement for your injuries, work with an experienced Orlando motorcycle attorney.
Orlando motorcycle attorneys know insurance negotiation practices and Florida personal injury law. They can ensure that the insurance provider doesn’t use unfair methods to manipulate you into accepting less than you deserve. An attorney will handle all communication with the insurance provider so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
Should I Give a Statement to an Insurance Provider?
Under no circumstances should you provide an insurance carrier a written or recorded oral statement concerning the accident. An insurance provider may use any information you give against you. If you have severe injuries or property damage from the motorcycle accident, you don’t want to say something that may negatively affect your case.
Instead, work with an Orlando motorcycle attorney at Morgan & Morgan. We’ll speak directly with the insurance company on your behalf, ensuring that all communication is handled favorably for you.
How Long Do I Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit in Orlando?
Each state has a statute of limitations that caps the time a personal injury victim has to file for damages. Florida has adopted several statutes of limitations that apply to various motorcycle cases.
For personal injury cases resulting from a collision with another driver, the victim has four years to file a claim for damages. If the motorcycle accident is fatal, surviving family members have two years to file a wrongful death claim.
If the accident resulted from a motorcycle part defect, like bad tires or an exploding fuel tank, the victim might file a product liability case against the manufacturer. The four-year statute of limitation applies to injuries. Product defects that result in fatality have a two-year statute of limitations.
Finally, if the accident resulted from poorly maintained public roads or other government property, the victim has up to three years to file a lawsuit against the appropriate government entity.
What if the Motorcycle Accident Was Partially My Fault?
Florida is a comparative negligence state, which means that you may collect damages even if you were partially at fault for the accident.
For instance, if you were speeding but a driver ran a red light and hit you, a court may decide you are 20% at fault for the accident. If the court estimates your damages to be $200,000, they will reduce your claim by 20%, and you will receive 80% of the award, or $160,000.
An Orlando motorcycle accident attorney at Morgan & Morgan can evaluate your case to determine whether you were partially at fault for the accident and by how much.
Can I File a Personal Injury Case on My Own?
You can, but you shouldn’t. Personal injury law is complicated. And insurance lawyers work hard to protect their companies from paying high settlements to accident victims. Unless you are a lawyer yourself, it’s unwise to handle your case on your own. You’ll likely make mistakes that can reduce or eliminate the potential of a settlement.
Instead, put your trust in Morgan & Morgan. As the nation’s largest personal injury firm, we have over 800 attorneys devoted to recovering fair monetary compensation for accident victims. We’ll do our best to ensure you get the money you deserve.