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With comfortable temperatures year round, Florida is one of the best states in the country to own a motorcycle. Tallahassee attracts a strong mix of college students and families, and riding a motorcycle can appeal to both groups. The nearby rural environment also serves as a great riding atmosphere.
Unfortunately, some drivers won’t be pleased by the presence of more motorcyclists, and can fail to respect your rights, or even openly resent your presence 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.
At Morgan & Morgan, the legal team in our Tallahassee office has significant experience when it comes to dealing with the fallout of a motorcycle accident. We are humbled 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.
Challenges Faced by Florida Motorcycle Riders
Motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die than passenger car occupants in auto accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Thus, 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 easily end up ignored when it comes to sharing the road. It’s far too easy for a careless driver to miss a motorcycles in their blind spot, to say nothing of misjudging speed and distance.
Common drive behaviors like a sudden left turn or lane changes can impact motorcyclists even if they don’t hit them — running them off the road or forcing them into making a dangerous maneuver to avoid an accident. Riders might fly over the handlebars, flip, or have to bring their bikes dangerously close to the ground.
An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer like those at Morgan & Morgan can help you assess your case and determine your rights after a motorcycle accident.
Common Motorcycle Injuries in Florida
Any motor vehicle accident has the potential to cause serious injuries. But Florida motorcyclists fall prey to injuries that might not normally affect drivers, like injuries to the skin, head, and spine.
Even with the proper safety equipment, traumatic brain injury and spinal injuries are common, but this type of damage could take weeks or months to appear. Your physical damage might be minimized by an insurance company unless it’s backed up with a strong attorney and associated medical evidence.
Direct contact with the road can also cause “road rash,” a skin injury caused by direct contact with the road, most often at high speed. Road rash can be particularly painful, not to mention permanently scarring.
These are just a few of the injuries you might experience as an avid motorcyclist who gets in an unfortunate accident through no fault of your own. We’re here to help.
We’ve Won Big Motorcycle Accident Verdicts
- $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 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 for a motorcycle rider who was struck by an SUV driver changing lanes, resulting in an accident that caused significant injuries for both riders on the motorcycle.
These cases represent some of our biggest victories, but the outcome of each case is different. The compensation you may be eligible depends on the specific circumstances of your accident and severity of your injuries.
Contact Our Tallahassee Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today
Some motorists marginalize, ignore, and even resent motorcyclists, even though you’re just as entitled to the road as they are. That is why, if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in Tallahassee, you need strong and experienced representation.
At Morgan & Morgan, our team of knowledgeable attorneys understands the realities of riding a motorcycle. If you are ever injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another, our attorneys may be able to help. Contact us today by filling out a free, no-risk case evaluation form to learn more about your rights.