Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident? If so, then call an experienced Clearwater motorcycle accident lawyer at Roman & Gaynor at (727) 877-1212. You may be entitle to compensation. We offer a free consultation.
Even an extremely cautious motorcyclist with years of experience can be involved in a motorcycle accident. When you’re seriously hurt, you deserve compensation from the negligent party who caused your accident.
You Deserve a Clearwater Personal Injury Lawyer With Experience & Resources to Fight for You
Fighting to get fair compensation after a motorcycle accident can be one of the most important things you ever do. It’s important to do your research before hiring a lawyer. Some lawyers might advertise themselves as fellow riders.
While these claims might be true, you need to pay attention to the credentials that matter. Your attorney’s track record at the negotiating table and in the courtroom are the only ones that really matter.
At Roman & Gaynor, our Clearwater personal injury attorneys have a combined 60 years of experience helping accident victims. We’ve recovered over $100 million for our satisfied clients–and that dollar figure grows every day. Because our entire practice is devoted to helping injured parties, we know what it takes to get the insurance company to play fair.
When you hire us, you can expect that your lawyer will:
- Provide personal attention, support and guidance throughout the entire recovery process
- Gather all relevant evidence to build a strong and strategic case
- Defend your rights when the insurance company tries to blame you for the wreck
- Work with leading experts and specialists whose testimony can be key to convincing the insurance company of how much money you deserve
Our Board Certified civil litigation specialists will advocate fiercely to get the most possible compensation for you. We have the trial experience needed to win your case–and we’re ready to put our skills to work for you.
Ready to learn more? If you or a loved one were hurt, the clock is already ticking. Don’t hesitate to call us today to speak more about your options.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics in Florida
Florida is consistently one of the top three U.S. states when it comes to motorcycle fatalities.
The weather cooperates all year long–and who wouldn’t want to enjoy the beautiful scenery in the open air?
Unfortunately, the Florida Department of Highway and Motor Vehicles (FDHMV) reported 8,890 motorcycle accidents in 2019 alone. 550 of these accidents were fatal.
In Pinellas County, 428 motorcycle accidents and 21 motorcycle fatalities were reported for 2019.
The vast majority of these motorcycle accidents and injuries can be prevented. Helmets do save lives–the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that helmets saved 1,872 motorcyclists’ lives in 2017 alone. Florida law, however, doesn’t require motorcycle riders to wear a helmet after age 21 as long as the driver purchases at least $10,000 in medical coverage.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Clearwater, FL?
Like any other car accident, a motorcycle accident can happen in an instant. Some of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents in Clearwater include:
- Distracted drivers
- Unsafe lane changes
- Illegal turns
- Drowsy driving
- Drunk driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Environmental factors, such as poor weather conditions
- Road hazards
- Vehicle defects
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in the state of Florida. In fact, FDHMV has launched a campaign reminding Florida drivers of the new cell phone laws that went into effect in 2019. Florida law now prohibits texting while driving–because it’s one of the most significant causes of fatal car crashes.
Florida divides distracted driving into three primary categories:
- Cognitive distraction
- Manual distraction
- Visual distraction
Motorcycles can be hard to spot. When one or more forms of driver distraction come into play, the consequences can be devastating for people on the motorcycle.
Motorcycle Accident Victims Often Sustain Severe and Dramatic Injuries
When you’re on a motorcycle, you don’t have the benefit of a steel enclosure, airbags, and other safety devices to protect you. Even a low-speed motorcycle crash can cause dramatic injuries. This is especially true if you’re thrown from the bike or trapped underneath a vehicle.
At Roman & Gaynor, we’ll fight to get full compensation for all of your injuries. We have successfully helped motorcycle accident victims who have sustained:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Road rash
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Lost limbs and amputations
- Internal organ damage
- Chest injuries
- Broken ribs
- Severe burns
- Broken bones
- Joint injuries
- Catastrophic injury
- Wrongful death
These types of injuries can be expensive to treat. Unfortunately, Florida Department of Health statistics show that about 55% of the time, hospitalizations and emergency room visits caused by motorcycle accidents are not covered by insurance.
That means you could be left holding the ball for all medical expenses caused by the crash. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can call one of our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys for help getting the compensation you need.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Damages After a Motorcycle Crash?
After a motorcycle accident, it’s critical to identify every responsible party. Florida law allows liability to be apportioned between all responsible parties. By finding every party who contributed to your accident, we’ll have the best chance of maximizing your compensation award.
Potentially responsible parties might include:
- An at-fault driver
- Government agencies
- Bus drivers
- Truck drivers
- Other motorcyclists
- Manufacturers of defective safety devices
- Manufacturers of a defective vehicle component
At Roman & Gaynor, we’ll launch our own investigation so that we can get to the bottom of what caused your crash.
It’s Important to Act Quickly
Florida law gives motorcycle accident victims four years to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages. Lawyers call this time limit the “statute of limitations.”
The statute of limitations is a hard-and-fast rule. Even if you have a good excuse, Florida courts won’t allow you to proceed with a personal injury lawsuit once four years are up.
If the accident was fatal, surviving family members only have two years to file an action for wrongful death.
What if I’m Blamed For the Accident?
Riders often get a bad reputation in Florida. In reality, most motorcyclists know how dangerous it is to ride a motorcycle. They take the appropriate safety precautions and drive carefully. Still, motorcyclists are likely to be blamed for a crash.
Under Florida comparative fault laws, you don’t lose your right to sue even if the at-fault party tries to pin the blame on you. If the insurance companies succeed, your compensation award can be reduced by your percentage of fault. You might also be on the hook for someone else’s damages.
A skilled attorney can protect you if you’re accused of causing the accident. Remember, the less fault that’s assigned to you, the more money you can recover.
If shared fault is an issue in your case, call Roman & Gaynor for legal advice today. We can help you learn more about how establishing an attorney-client relationship can work to your advantage
Understanding Your Right to Full and Fair Compensation After a Motorcycle Accident in Clearwater, Florida
When evaluating a potential settlement award, it’s important to consider both the short-term and long-term impact of the crash. You could be facing weeks, months, or even years of recovery–and who knows when you’ll be able to get back to work.
Insurance companies sometimes try to put money in your pocket right away after an accident. These settlement offers often hugely underestimate the true value of your case. After all, it’s in the insurance adjuster’s best interest to pay as little as possible.
Accepting a lowball settlement leaves you on the hook for future costs. At Roman & Gaynor, our personal injury attorneys have decades of experience evaluating settlement offers and handling motorcycle accident claims. We can help you understand what’s fair. You might be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future medical expenses
- Lost future earning potential
- Physical therapy
- Rehabilitative care
- Long-term care
- Pain management therapy
- Medical devices
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of your independence
- Damages for wrongful death
Putting a dollar value on some of these items can be tough. That’s where our experts and specialists come in. As experts in their field, they can provide valuable information about what your future costs will be–and when we say costs, we include the financial, physical and mental toll that the accident can take.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you don’t have to handle everything on your own. Our legal team would be happy to help you get justice. Give us a call today to see how we can help with your personal injury claim.
Consider Hiring Roman & Gaynor As Your Clearwater Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Defending yourself to an insurance company should be the last thing on your mind if you were hurt in a motorcycle wreck. An experienced Clearwater motorcycle accident lawyer at Roman & Gaynor will do everything possible to get the most money possible for you.
Our proven track record of success spans more than six decades. If you’re ready to learn more about how that experience can work to your advantage, contact our Clearwater, FL office to schedule your free consultation today.