Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle Accidents in Florida
Whether you ride for fun or use your motorcycle as your primary mode of transportation, you know the risks that come with sharing the road with other drivers. Every year, thousands of motorcyclists are catastrophically injured by negligent, careless, and reckless motorists, and the accident fatality rate is about 35 times higher for motorcyclists than occupants of cars, trucks, and other types of vehicles.
At Zimmerman & Frachtman, P.A., we proudly stand up for the rights of injured motorcyclists and the surviving loved ones of those wrongfully killed. Since 1994, we have recovered more than $300 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients, and we have the experience, resources, and skills to effectively advocate for you, too.
Injured in a motorcycle accident in Florida? Contact Zimmerman & Frachtman, P.A. online or call us at (954) 504-6577 to set up a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.
What To Do After a Motorcycle Accident
- Contact the police
- Seek medical treatment
- Never sign anything without talking to a lawyer
- Get a copy of the police report
- Make sure you go to all medical appointments
- Keep good records after the accident
What Are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
Although many people think of motorcyclists as dangerous, risk-taking drivers, the fact is that most motorcycle accidents happen when others are negligent.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Fatigued driving
- Failure to yield
- Following too closely (“tailgating”)
- Merging too closely (“cutting off”)
- Failure to obey traffic control devices
- Dangerous turns
- Unlawful passing
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Road rage
Motorcycle accidents can also happen due to poor road conditions, inclement weather, defective road design, or motorcycle defects. At Zimmerman & Frachtman, P.A., our Florida motorcycle accident attorneys work with industry experts, such as accident reconstructionists, to investigate how a collision occurred and, most importantly, who is liable for our clients’ damages.
Ways to Help Prevent a Motorcycle Accidents
- Drive slower
- Perform regular maintenance on your bike
- Wear your helmet
- Don't drive between traffic
- Avoid road hazards
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle riders are simply not as protected as the occupants of other types of motor vehicles. Without heavy steel doors, windows, airbags, and seatbelts, motorcyclists are at risk of sustaining severe or even fatal injuries when they are involved in accidents.
Some of the most common motorcycle accident-related injuries include:
- Serious cuts, scrapes, lacerations, and abrasions
- Contusions/bruises and hematomas
- Broken bones/fractures
- Head, neck, back, and shoulder injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Vertebral fractures
- Amputation/loss of limb
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Road rash (also known as friction burns)
- Soft tissue injuries
- Burns from vehicle fires/explosions
In most cases, injured motorcyclists require emergency medical attention and extensive, ongoing care. The cost of treating these injuries can be immense and, to make matters worse, victims often lose income due to taking time off work to recover after the accident. This can lead to significant financial hardship in addition to immense physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Our Florida motorcycle accident attorneys fight for every last cent our clients are owed. After a serious motorcycle crash, we know how to gather all available evidence and build powerful cases for our clients. Our team is prepared to take on the jury’s misconceptions about motorcycle riders and present your case in a clear, concise, and persuasive way.
How Much Are Motorcycle Accident Claims Worth in Florida?
When you are dealing with massive medical bills, months of missed wages, and other financial challenges related to your accident, we understand that you would want to know how much your case might be worth. Unfortunately, it is not possible to determine the exact value of a claim without knowing the specific details involved.
Because every case is different, the value of a claim can range widely, from several thousand to several million dollars. At Zimmerman & Frachtman, P.A., our attorneys take the time to sit down with every new client and cover the details of their case, answer their questions, and address any concerns they may have. We can discuss the factors that influence the value of your claim, including the severity of your injuries, the extent of your damages, the degree of fault of all involved parties, the available insurance coverage, and more.
How an Attorney Can Help
Navigating the aftermath of any serious accident is difficult, but motorcyclists often face an uphill battle when it comes to being compensated for their current and future damages. This is because many people—including insurance adjusters, judges, and even juries—have an inherent prejudice against motorcyclists. At Zimmerman & Frachtman, P.A., our attorneys know how to counter this prejudice and argue for maximum compensation.
When you choose our firm, you can count on receiving:
- Compassionate, personalized representation
- Custom legal strategies tailored to you and your case
- Aggressive advocacy during negotiation and trial
- Consistent communication and updates on your case
- Direct attention from your attorney
We even provide our clients with our personal contacts so that they can always reach us when they need us most. Our team is here to handle every last legal detail so that you can focus on what matters most: healing and moving forward.
How long do I have to file a motorcycle accident claim in Florida?
Florida’s statute of limitations on motorcycle accident lawsuits is four years from the date of the accident (in most cases). This means you have four years to sue the at-fault party. However, this does not apply to motorcycle accident insurance claims. Depending on your policy (or the at-fault driver’s policy), your time to file a claim is likely much shorter. In most cases, you must file a claim within a “reasonable” period of time, which could be a matter of days, weeks, or months. Generally speaking, the sooner you act, the better.
What should I do if I’m involved in a motorcycle accident?
The first thing you should do is seek medical attention. If necessary, call 911. You should also contact the police and have them file an official accident report. Law enforcement can begin an investigation to determine if any laws were broken, which can greatly assist your future personal injury claim. Make sure you document as much evidence as possible and hang onto your medical records, receipts, and other proof of expenses. Do not admit fault or sign anything and never accept a settlement from the insurance company without talking to a lawyer. In fact, you should always contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney after a crash. An attorney can help protect your rights and advocate for the maximum compensation you are owed.
Does PIP cover motorcycle accidents in Florida?
In Florida, standard car accidents are covered by personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. This means that injured motorists can turn to their own auto insurance providers to receive compensation for certain economic damages, like medical bills and lost wages. However, PIP does NOT cover motorcycle accidents in Florida. This means that you will likely need to file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance provider or sue the liable party directly.
Can I sue an at-fault driver if my loved one died in a motorcycle accident?
The state of Florida allows certain eligible family members and dependents to recover damages when a person is killed due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of another person or party. Known as wrongful death claims, these cases allow surviving loved ones to recoup financial losses, as well as obtain a sense of justice. However, only the personal representative of the deceased’s estate may bring the wrongful death claim or lawsuit. If there is no named personal representative, the court will appoint one.
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