If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident in Tampa, you may have the right to significant compensation. An experienced Tampa motorcycle accident lawyer can hold the negligent party responsible for your medical bills, lost wages, and more.
The legal advice you need is only a phone call away. Call our law offices at Roman & Gaynor today to schedule a 100% free consultation to discuss options in your case.
How Our Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help With Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
Insurance companies are there to pay accident victims when things go wrong. Unfortunately, that’s not always how they see it. In fact, insurance companies will usually do whatever they can to make things difficult for accident victims–because they’re hoping you’ll back off or accept a lower settlement than you deserve.
The last thing you need after a car accident or motorcycle wreck is an uphill legal battle. You deserve a Tampa personal injury lawyer with both experience and financial resources to make your life easier.
Here are just some of the reasons why you should call an experienced lawyer at Roman & Gaynor to help with your motorcycle accident claim:
- We’ll conduct a comprehensive investigation to find out what caused the accident in the first place
- Our lawyers understand insurance company tactics–and we’ll stand up and defend you when they try to blame you for the crash
- Multiple parties might share in the blame, and our lawyers have the resources to hold each one fully accountable
- We have relationships with leading experts in specialties like accident reconstruction, medicine, vocational rehabilitation who can support your injury claim
- Our team has a reputation for winning–and insurance companies take us seriously when we walk into the negotiating room
Hiring Roman & Gaynor means you’ll have 65 years of experience in your corner. It also means you’ll have the insight of two Board Certified civil law specialists in your corner who will stand by you every step of the way. While you work on recovering, we’ll work on protecting your legal interests.
Ready to get started? Call our law offices for a free case evaluation today.
How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Florida?
Year-round warmer weather makes Florida an extremely attractive spot for bikers. However, motorcycle crashes are extremely common in the sunshine state. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in a crash than passengers in a traditional motor vehicle.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reported 8,896 motorcycle wrecks in 2019. 550 of those crashes were fatal. In Hillsborough County alone, there were 640 motorcycle accidents in 2019–and 51 fatalities.
How do those numbers measure up to the rest of the U.S.? Not well–the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that Florida leads the nation when it comes to motorcycle accident fatalities.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Tampa, FL
There are hundreds of motorcycle accidents across Florida every year. It’s important to understand why so many motorcyclists are involved in crashes. According to NHTSA research, most motorcycle accidents happen because another motorist simply didn’t see the bike.
Some other common causes of motorcycle accidents are:
- Distracted driving
- Another driver turning suddenly in front of the motorcycle
- Fatigued driving
- Drunk driving
- Failing to leave enough space when passing
- Unsafe lane changes
- Aggressive driving
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Defects in the motorcycle or another vehicle
- Hazardous road conditions
You might not really know what caused your crash. That’s okay. Our attorneys at Roman & Gaynor have over 65 years of experience helping crash victims like you. Just give us a call today so that we can investigate and find out what happened.
Motorcycle Accident Victims Often Suffer Devastating Injuries
Some law firms only take catastrophic injury cases. At Roman & Gaynor, we recognize that any injury can derail your life–and we know that motorcycle accident victims tend to suffer the most serious types of injury. We’ll fight to get fair compensation for all of your losses.
Our personal injury attorneys in Tampa regularly help clients who have sustained motorcycle accident injuries, including:
- Brain injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Internal organ damage
- Crush injuries
- Broken bones
- Severe burn injuries or “road rash”
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
We know that it can be tough to think about taking legal action when you’re recovering from a serious injury. Let us take on the burden of fighting for your financial recovery. We’ll help you get the money you need to protect your future. Just give us a call today to learn more about our law firm and practice areas.
We’ll Demand Compensation From All Responsible Parties
Under Florida law, fault is divided between anyone who played a role in the motorcycle accident. Each party is responsible for their fair share of the damages. That’s why it’s so critical to identify all responsible parties.
For example, potentially responsible parties might include:
- The at-fault driver in another vehicle
- Truck drivers
- Bus drivers
- Bicyclists and pedestrians
- The employer of a negligent driver
- Government transportation authorities responsible for road maintenance and repair
- Another motorcyclist
- Manufacturers of defective vehicle components
- Property owners
- And more
If you were hurt in an auto accident that wasn’t your fault, don’t let the negligent parties off the hook. Call Roman & Gaynor today to learn more about what an experienced Tampa motorcycle accident attorney can do to maximize your compensation award.
What Types of Damages Are Available for Motorcycle Accident Victims in Tampa?
Our lawyers at Roman & Gaynor will work hard to get fair compensation to cover your losses. That includes both out-of-pocket expenses and non-economic damages.
Motorcycle accident victims in Tampa are often entitled to compensation for their:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future medical expenses
- Lost future earning capacity
- Physical therapy and rehab
- Medical devices
- Long-term care
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Damages for wrongful death
The insurance company might offer a settlement right away. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s fair. Our attorneys will bring in experts and specialists to prove what your case is really worth.
Are you wondering how much your injury claim is worth? All you have to do is call for a free case review to learn more about how we can put our resources to work in your case.
Can Comparative Negligence Impact My Florida Motorcycle Injury Claim?
Comparative negligence is often an issue in motorcycle accident cases. It’s common for insurance companies to try to blame the motorcyclist for causing the accident. If they succeed, they can get away with paying a reduced compensation award. They might even scare you into backing off entirely.
Don’t let the negligent party off the hook before learning about your legal rights. Florida follows a pure comparative fault rule. That means you don’t lose your right to compensation even if you were partly responsible for the crash. You can be held responsible for your own decisions, however.
When fault is divided up in determining liability, the injured party isn’t always let off the hook. If the insurance companies can show that your own actions contributed to the crash, your damages award can be reduced.
What if I Wasn’t Wearing a Helmet?
If you’re over age 21, you aren’t legally required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle in the state of Florida. Instead, the Florida helmet law allows riders to purchase $10,000 in insurance coverage and ride without a helmet. That doesn’t mean you’re off the hook if you don’t wear a helmet.
The insurance company might use the lack of a helmet as evidence of your own negligence. In other words, they’ll claim that your injuries would have been less serious with a helmet. If they succeed, you could receive less money than you need.
Our lawyers are experienced in handling these types of injury claims. If comparative negligence is an issue in your case, make sure to give us a call right away. We’ll do everything we can to minimize your role in the accident.
How Long Do I Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit in South Florida?
Florida personal injury law gives motorcycle accident victims four years to file a personal injury lawsuit. If the crash was fatal, surviving family members have only two years to sue for wrongful death.
That might seem like a long time. Remember, building a strong injury claim takes time. It could be months before your doctors have an accurate sense of how well you’ll recover. If you wait too long, you could lose your right to compensation entirely, so don’t hesitate to call our law firm and get the ball rolling today,
Contact an Experienced Tampa Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Who Can Help Today
Are you struggling after a motorcycle accident in Tampa? It never hurts to talk with an experienced Tampa motorcycle accident lawyer about your legal options. At Roman & Gaynor, your initial consultation is always free–so there’s no risk in learning about what a lawyer can do in your case. Just give us a call today to arrange a time to tell us what happened.