For many people, one of their joys on the road is riding a motorcycle. There is no doubt that motorcycles offer a thrilling and exhilarating experience. However as liberating as riding a motorcycle is, riders are subjected to the dangers of sharing the road with drivers who are not watching out for them.
Statistics show that both injuries and fatalities in motorcycle traffic crashes are on the rise. There are many reasons for this increase, but one particular reason are blind spots on behalf of vehicle drivers. In the state of Florida, many motorcycle accidents occur because vehicle drivers are unable to see the motorcyclist when turning or crossing intersections. This then leads to a devastating accident and injury.
Motorcycle accidents can be even more devastating than car or truck accidents, with more extensive injuries and damages. Every year motorcycle crashes cause death, brain, head, neck, spinal cord, shoulder, knee and other injuries to tens of thousands of people. many times a rider is seriously injured because a car or truck driver does not take the time to look for the motorcyclist.
Making matters worse, insurance companies serve their own interests and will hire claims adjusters and lawyers whose job it is to avoid paying claims or settle them for less than their fair value. They will do whatever is necessary to minimize the amount they pay you or your family – especially when the stakes are so high, as they are with motorcycle accidents.
Why Should I Work With an Attorney?
For the best outcome regarding your personal injury claim as a result of a motorcycle accident, it is imperative to work with an attorney. When you work with an attorney, you can raise the chance that your personal injury has a minimal implication upon your life and that you get the care and compassion that you deserve. Below are the main ways that working with a personal attorney can be to your advantage.
Understanding Florida's Personal Injury Laws
While Florida law does require that drivers are covered by at least $10,000 to pay as much as 80% of medical bills and up to 60% of lost income, this bare-minimum amount is often not enough to cover the real cost of being injured in a crash. The discrepency created by Florida's weak PIP coverage requirements alomost nessesitate a injury case aftern a motorcycle crash. Only an experienced attorney will know the various ways to obtain fair compensation beyond PIP limits.
Fighting For Fair Compensation
Insurance companies are not your friends, and when you find yourself in a personal injury case, you need a professional that is fully aware of what compensation is due to you according to the law. By hiring a personal injury lawyer, you ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve because your lawyer is skilled in negotiation skills that work to get you the best settlement possible.
Representation in Court
As is an issue with many personal injury cases, insurance companies will try to lower the compensation that is due to you. While most cases settle out of court some times an agreement cannot be made. To settle this dispute, your attorney will represent you in court. Success of this will be tied to your law firm's ability to provide demonstrable evidence including expert witness testimony showing a jury exactly why your injury deserves compensation.
You Deserve More
Lastly, as a victim of a motorcycle accident that has caused you psychological and physical damage, not only has your quality of life been reduced, but you also likely bear the burden of hefty medical bills which are difficult to pay because your employment has been affected. To put it simply, you deserve more. You deserve the ability to pay for your medical bills, to work normally, and to have a full and happy life. A personal injury lawyer can help you attain that by using the full extent of the law to ensure that you are taken care of and are not taken advantage of by unjust insurance firms.
Why Choose Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, & Walsh
With dozens of law firms out there that deal with personal injury claims, finding the right law firm for your needs can be difficult – but it is not impossible. At Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, & Walsh, our team offers you 100 years of combined Florida legal experience. This means that you are being represented by professionals that have extensive experience in personal injury cases. These cases range from motorcycle accidents, car accidents, to even wrongful death. But our experience is not the only reason that you should work with us when you have suffered a motorcycle accident.
We offer you commitment. Our team has dealt with hundreds of cases, from the minimal to the extreme. No matter what your issue is, we dedicate ourselves to providing you with the best legal service possible. We commit ourselves to your case so we can ensure that the result is the best outcome for you.
Our trained professionals stay abreast of the law. The law is constantly evolving, and because of that, our professionals are constantly educating themselves and keeping themselves of the law. This poses as a great advantage during negotiations with insurance companies because we are able to enhance the value of our client's claims so that they get what is due to them.
Our team is comprised of more than just lawyers. When we work on your case, we employ professionals that have experience beyond the field of the law. Because we want the best outcome possible, our firm also works with professionals in the fields of forensic engineers, accident re-constructionists, vocational rehabilitative counselors, economists, and toxicologists. In addition to this, our firm also helps our clients by urging them to consult with physician specialists that have extensive knowledge in personal injuries.
We are accessible. We want you to be able to get the legal service and care that you rightly deserve. For this reason, we make a true effort to be as accessible to you. Our offices are located throughout Southwest Florida so that you can contact us for personal injury cases regarding motorcycle accidents and more.
We are made of a successful team. When choosing a law firm, you want more than just anyone to represent you – you want the best. Our team is renowned for winning one of the largest personal injury recover in the State of Florida. When it comes to all our cases, our firm strives to build them to be successful just like their predecessors.
What are types of Injury claim law suits?
When it comes to motorcycle injury cases, there are a few types of injury law suits that are possible depending on your cases circumstances. Below are the most common:
- Cases Involving Negligence
- Cases Involving Wrongful/Accidental Death
- Cases Involving Faulty/improperly Marked or Designed Roads
- Cases Involving Defective Vehicles
How is compensation for your injuries and damages calculated?
The advantage of hiring a legal professional to deal with personal injury claims is that they can help you correctly and fairly calculate the compensation that you deserve. To calculate compensation, there are a number of factors that need to be taken into account. These factors include the physical damage, medical expenses incurred as a result of the injury, lost income due to an inability to work, permanent disabilities from the injury, loss of social and educational experience, and any emotional injury.
Once these factors are taken into account, your personal injury lawyer will begin the process of calculating your compensation. To do this, the first thing that is added up is the "medical special damages," which are medical expenses from the injury. After the medical expenses have been accounted for, the "general expenses," which are everything aside from medical expenses, are added together. Then, the insurance adjuster takes the medical expenses and multiplies it by three to five times, depending on how severe the injury is. Once that number is calculated, lost income from the injury is also added into the total sum.
What are frequent causes of motorcycle accidents?
Motorcycle accidents are known to be extremely damaging. There are a number of causes of motorcycle accidents that can be life changing and devastating to your quality of life. These causes include:
The most common cause of a personal injury motorcycle accident is reduced visibility. Motor vehicles only have a limited amount of visibility available, and when a motorcyclist is in in the wrong area, it is very common for an accident to occur. Depending on the size of the vehicle, speed, and other factors, the accident can range from moderate to severe.
The second common cause for motorcycle accidents is road work that is not properly signaled on the road. When the state does not regulate the areas that are undergoing road work, it is very common for a motorcycle or other vehicle to get into an accident that results in a severe injury.
Lastly, weather conditions are also very accountable for a large percentage of motorcycle accidents. Driving a motorcycle on roads that are slippery, through snow, or in the rain can easily lead to accidents alone or with other vehicles.
What are common injuries that result from accidents?
The worst part about motorcycle accidents are the injuries that result from them. Injuries are life changing and can easily alter the way you function, work, and live your life, which is why you are entitled to fair compensation from your insurance company. Below are the most common injuries that result from motorcycle accidents.
Of all the injuries possible, head injuries tend to be the most severe. Head injuries can cause a reduction in your motor abilities, a cracked skull, brain damage, and more. Included in the head injury category are injuries that affect your neck, which can lead to paralysis and an inability to function normally.
Spinal Injury and Leg Injury
The most common parts of the body that sustain injuries apart from the head are the spine and legs, especially if the motorbike rider is not wearing the proper gear. The legs, knees, and spine can easily come in contact violently with the pavement causing broken bones, a permanently damaged spine, and even paralysis.
Road rash is when the skin comes in direct contact with the pavement. The severity of this injury can vary, and usually depends upon what the biker was wearing at the time of the accidents. In the best case, the victim sustains minor road rash, but at the worst infections can develop and the skin's nerves can be affected.
Take Action Today
Sustaining a personal injury as a result of a motorcycle accident can easily diminish your quality of life. Medical expenses are difficult to pay, attaining the right medical care can be nearly impossible with limited funds, your employment can be affected, and the everyday tasks that were once easy suddenly become difficult. There is no reason that you should go through this alone. We at Shapiro Goldman Babboni & Walsh are here to help you get the settlement you deserve from your insurance company. With our experienced and dedicate professionals and our diverse team of specialists, we make your case the priority that it should be. If you have suffered from a personal injury or if you have a loved that has sustained a personal injury, contact us today.