Tampa Bay Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident or scooter accident, you are probably worried about your health and your finances. We understand how frustrating and scary this whole situation is and we want to help you through this and get you the compensation that you deserve.
Florida is home to some of the most beautiful roadways in the nation. Whether it is a trek across the Tamiami Trail in the Everglades, or a weekend cruise along the barrier islands, motorcyclists have some of the best thoroughfares in the country at their disposal in the Sunshine State, whether they hit the road daily or casually cruise the weekend.
Unfortunately, biking has become a dangerous pastime. The nature of riding a motorcycle or scooter inherently leaves riders vulnerable, when an automobile driver fails to respect cyclists’ presence on the road, as they would other vehicles.
Despite public awareness campaigns, motorcyclists and bikers are 16 times more likely to sustain life threatening injuries in a crash.
Florida law protects the rights of motorcyclists to choose whether or not they wear a helmet when riding. We fully support your rights in our free society, although, in our experience, we do encourage the use of protective helmets.
The absence of a helmet in the unfortunate event of a motorcycle accident, in no way diminishes the responsibility and liability of the negligent driver.
Regardless of public awareness campaigns, motorcyclists and scooter drivers are still 16 times more likely to sustain life-threatening injuries in a crash.
Act Quickly After a Motorcycle Accident
One of the key ways to ensure you will have a successful case is to adhere to the statute of limitations. You have, in the state of Florida, four years from the date of the accident to either bring your claim or settle your case. If you wait past this four year mark, you will no longer be eligible for compensation. This time limit may be shorter if you were involved in an accident with a government vehicle or if you are bringing a claim against a government entity. You would be doing that if your accident was caused by a defect in the road like a pothole or something of that nature.
Other than having your case thrown out, a huge disadvantage of waiting to talk to an attorney about your case is that the evidence might disappear. Accidents like these rely on witness statements, and evidence from the scene including photos and videos of the crash impact sites, tire marks, etc. Even after a just few weeks, the witnesses might forget important details about the case, and you do not want that to happen. It will weaken your case considerably.
Do Not Give Recorded Statements
When you are recovering from the accident, sometimes even when you’re still in the hospital, the insurance company adjuster will call you asking for a recorded statement. You are in no way obligated to talk to them. You could tell them that it was indeed you who was in the accident, but after that, you don’t want to answer their questions. They will not give you fair questions to answer. Everything they ask you will be geared towards their own goals. They want to be able to drop your case or reduce the compensation they give you and they will twist your words to accomplish that. When they call you, you can refer them to your attorney.
Advice for the Scene of the Accident
After a crash, you are probably in a world of pain. Due to the nature of these accidents and the lack of protection from your motorcycle or scooter, the injuries you suffer are most likely worse than that of a driver of a car or truck. You don’t have metal framework, a seatbelt, or airbags to take the brunt of the impact for you. You are at even more of a disadvantage because you may have been thrown from your bike. You need to hire our Tampa Bay motorcycle accident attorneys who understands the uniqueness and severity of these accidents and the injuries they cause. The injuries you may be suffering from include but are certainly not limited to:
- Road burn
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Spinal cord damage
- Internal organ damage
- Traumatic brain injury
As you may know, the risk of serious and permanent injury is increased for motorcycle accidents. The very first thing you should be doing after the accident is getting medical attention. Your health is paramount to anything else. If you are in dire need of a doctor, don’t worry about collecting photos and videos of the scene, witness’ statements, contact information, or insurance information from the other driver. You can have someone else do this for you such as a police officer, a friend you call upon for help, or even an attorney you contact right away to get there and investigate. More often than not, the police officer responding to the accident will make out an accident report with all the insurance information you will need to file a claim anyway. You can even call us as soon as possible after the accident and we can get on the scene and do all of the evidence collection for you if need be. We don’t want you hanging around taking photos if it’s going to make your condition worse. Whether you accept an ambulance ride, go to an urgent care, or go to see your primary physician, you absolutely must get your injuries check out and start treatment for them as soon as possible if you need it.
Recent tragic collisions involving scooters on the roadways of Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough counties have drawn increasing attention to the need for greater safety awareness and education involving motorized scooters and mopeds. In fact, mopeds, Vespas, and other motorized scooters can be just as dangerous and prone to accidents as motorcycles, cars, SUVs, and other motor vehicles. Numerous operators of scooters and mopeds that have been involved in accidents in the Tampa Bay area have suffered serious personal injuries.
- Pain & suffering
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning ability
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship, support, or consortium
How to Get Full Compensation in Florida
The amount you should be compensated won’t be clear to us for a little while. We need to get a good idea what your treatment is, was, and will be in relation to the accident. Obviously if you need surgery or permanent medical assistance, your compensation will go up.
Florida follows pure comparative negligence rules. This really is fortunate for you if you’re worried about your role in the accident. In Florida, even if you are 99% at fault, you can still be compensated. A situation that demonstrates the pure comparative negligence rules would be if you were speeding on your motorcycle or scooter, but your accident was mostly caused when someone merged into your lane without putting a signal on. Let’s say you are deemed 10% at fault in the scenario. If you are awarded $100,000 in compensation, 10% of it will be kept from you and you will be allowed to collect $90,000. We will work hard to protect you from the insurance company and keep you from being blamed for the accident so that your compensatory reward is not reduced.
Call Our Tampa Bay Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Our Tampa Bay motorcycle accident attorneys at PERENICH The Law Firm have devoted their professional careers to representing innocent victims of motorcycle and scooter accidents throughout greater Tampa Bay, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and New Port Richey areas. Let an aggressive Tampa Bay area motorcycle accident attorney handle your case. Contact PERENICH The Law Firm today.