While riding a motorcycle, you have suffered an injury in a traffic crash caused by a driver of a car or truck while in Orlando, Brevard, Volusia, Osceola or Seminole County . . .
Should I get an attorney?
Short answer: Yes. Insurance companies prey on the old image that motorcyclists are reckless operators. Insurance companies seem to take extra pleasure in fighting these motorcycle injury claims. Our team will collect the necessary information and evidence early on in order to try and dissuade the adjuster from their belief that the motorcyclist was at fault. Our firm will work tirelessly to obtain the best outcome for bikers who suffered from terrible road rash, broken bones, permanent deformities, horrific fractures, and exhaust pipe burns as a result of a motorcycle crash with another vehicle.
Call me, Heiko G. Moenckmeier Esq., an experienced motorcycle personal injury attorney, at (407) 504-1384 for a free, no obligation, no risk consultation to find out if the driver of the car or truck is liable for your motorcycle injuries and to determine if you could be entitled to a financial settlement.
Motorcycle Accidents – What You Should Know
According to the Florida Department of Transportation, a motorcycle is a mode of transportation that is more vulnerable to serious injuries and fatalities compared to other motor vehicles such as cars and trucks. The most recent crash data shows that Florida had a 30% increase in motorcycle crash related deaths in 2015, the highest year on record for the state. This also was the highest number of motorcycle fatalities of any state in the nation in 2015 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorcyclists also accounted for 20%, or one-fifth, of motor vehicle fatalities in Florida while only accounting for 3% of all registered vehicles in 2015.
Yet in a recent survey by AAA, 83% of motorcyclists claim to wear a helmet while they ride. However, only 47% of motorcyclists in Florida were observed wearing a helmet while riding during a recent survey by the state.
Motorcycle crashes also are costly. According to the Florida Department of Health, hospital costs for motorcycle riders due to a crash totaled more than $675 million in 2015, with the average cost for a motorcyclist involved in a traffic crash and admitted to the hospital totaling more than $83,000.
Wearing a helmet significantly reduces the cost associated with motorcycle traffic crashes. Florida law requires motorcycle riders under the age of 21 to wear a helmet. Riders who are 21 and over who choose not to wear a helmet must carry at least $10,000 in personal injury medical insurance. From 2012 to 2014, traumatic brain injuries accounted for 29.2% of injuries resulting in fatalities. Wearing a helmet can reduce the chances of fatal head injuries by 40 percent.
Who is at Fault?
Florida is a “comparative fault” state. This means that financial liability is proportionate to fault, which is determined by evaluating factors such as road conditions, speed, driver fatigue, alcohol or drug influence and weather. An experienced Florida motorcycle accident attorney can help determine who was at fault in a motorcycle accident.
In two-thirds of motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle rider’s right of way and caused the accident. Approximately 70 percent of motorcycle-versus-vehicle collisions occur at intersections where motorcycles are smaller visual targets and more likely to be concealed by other vehicles.
If you are injured in a motorcycle crash caused by a driver who you suspect was texting while driving when the incident occurred, you can obtain a copy of the police incident report which contains details and evidence needed for filing a lawsuit.
Make the Call for Experienced Legal Help
If you have suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident caused by the driver of another vehicle such as a car or truck, call me, Heiko G. Moenckmeier Esq., an experienced motorcycle personal injury attorney, at (407) 504-1384 for a free, no obligation, no risk consultation and to find out if the driver of another vehicle is liable for your injuries and if you could be entitled to a financial settlement.
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