Motorcycle Accidents

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The injuries motorcyclists suffer are serious, particularly because there is a lesser degree of protection between the motorcyclist and the road. Injured motorcyclists also often have to fight harder to get compensation from insurance companies due to the bad reputation of motorcycles. If you were riding safely on the road but were injured by another, contact the trusted motorcycle accident lawyer Lance P. Richard, P.A. He has extensive knowledge of the evidence, procedure, and legal process necessary to determine fault in your motorcycle crash case. 

Some of the most common injuries linked to motorcycle accidents include broken bones, TBIs, spinal cord injuries, fractures, and other issues. These can be painful and require extensive treatment. Whether your accident was caused by reckless, distracted, drunk, or drowsy driving, you have rights. Attorney Richard is familiar with the legal battles motorcyclists face, and he can help you overcome any challenges you encounter. If you do not act fast, you run the risk of evidence being lost, witnesses disappearing, and consequently receiving less compensation for your injuries.

Contact Lance P. Richard, P.A. immediately to get started on your motorcycle accident case today. 

Motorcyclist Laws and Liability

There are several rules that motorcyclists are required to abide by in order to operate legally, including:

  • Safety course and skills test: All motorcyclists are required to complete a motorcycle safety course and pass the motorcycle knowledge and skills test. 
  • Maintaining both wheels on the ground: An operator of a motorcycle or moped must maintain both wheels on the ground at all times.
  • Wearing a helmet: Motorcyclists must wear a helmet that is approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation or carry insurance that pays at least $10,000 in medical benefits in a motorcycle accident. Riders under the age of 21 must wear a helmet in all cases.
  • Good working condition: All motorcycles must be in good working order, which means having a horn that works, properly functioning brakes, and a license plate affixed tightly and horizontally onto the vehicle.
  • No headset use: Motorcyclists may not wear earbuds while riding unless one ear is free to hear the sounds of the road. Bluetooth is allowed.

Like car accidents, motorcycle accidents are handled according to Florida’s “comparative negligence” rules. This means the individual liable for the accident is the one who caused the crash. If you were found to be partially at fault for the accident, you can still recover damages, though the damage award will be reduced by the percentage of your fault. 

Damages you may be eligible to recover from the liable party include monetary and non-monetary damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and mental distress.

Four Things to Do Following a Motorcycle Accident

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, here are four tips for navigating the aftermath:

  1. Never leave the scene of the accident: Even a minor fender bender can cause damage and injury, so it is advisable to stay at the scene of the motorcycle accident and follow these next steps.
  2. Call the police: A police officer will gather all the necessary information from the parties involved to properly document the facts of the motorcycle accident. By involving the police, you are creating an official record of what has transpired to determine fault. It is also important to provide the necessary information to the police and refrain from making any additional statements until you consult with your lawyer.
  3. Gather all the relevant personal information: While the police will gather information from all the parties involved, you should work on gathering the following personal information: a) names and contact information of all the parties involved in the accident (e.g. telephone numbers, addresses, email addresses); b) driver’s license and license plate numbers of all the parties involved; c) names and contact information of any witnesses to the motorcycle accident; and d) pictures, with the date and time, of the vehicles and motorcycles involved in the accident.
  4. See a doctor: If you are hurt, go to the hospital immediately and consult a licensed medical practitioner to properly document any injuries sustained because of your accident. Relatively minor accidents can still result in severe injuries requiring hospitalization, doctor’s visits, physical therapy, and surgery, leaving you with significant medical costs that you may be able to claim from the liable party.

As an injured victim, you should not have to pay the price for another person’s negligent behavior. Do not wait to get the help you need regarding your legal claim following a motorcycle accident.

Contact Lance P. Richard, P.A. immediately to determine if you have a case for damages following your motorcycle crash.

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