Fighting For The Rights Of Injured Motorcyclists
The climate in Florida enables motorcycle enthusiasts to ride their motorcycle almost all year. For many people, it is an economical way to get around to run errands or go to work. Unfortunately, the State of Florida leads the entire nation in the number of motorcycle deaths and injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The State of Florida is one of the most dangerous places in the nation for driving or riding as a passenger on a motor vehicle.
A motorcycle crash can lead to catastrophic and long-term injuries, financial losses and even death because a motorcycle affords the rider no protection in the event of a collision with another vehicle on the roadway. Nonfatal injuries from motorcycle crashes are usually extremely serious. If you or a loved one suffered a motorcycle accident, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you file a claim. At The Barker Law Firm, in St. Petersburg, our attorney has over 35 years of experience helping clients get the compensation they deserve after an accident.
Motorcyclists Are Vulnerable To Serious Injuries
Motorcycle enthusiasts are acutely aware that the use of a motorcycle is a controversial subject, most especially because the motorcycle affords the driver no protection in the event of an accident with a car, truck or tractor-trailer. Even when a motorcyclist is wearing proper protective gear, they still have a risk of obtaining serious injuries in the event of an accident.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted drivers
- Cars making turns and not seeing a motorcycle in their blind spot
- Lane splitting
- Driving under the influence
- Road hazards, such as potholes or uneven pavement
- Poor weather conditions
Proving fault in a motorcycle accident is often more complicated due to biases against motorcyclists. Your best chance at obtaining the compensation you deserve is to work with an experienced personal injury attorney on your claim.
What To Do After A Motorcycle Accident
It is hard to think clearly after you have been involved in an accident. Your mind is racing and you think of many things that you should do. Sometimes, your actions are just reactions to the accident and you are not thinking at that moment how what you do in those first few minutes will affect you. In those immediate moments after a motorcycle accident, there are certain steps you can take to protect yourself and increase your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve.
First, you should always call 911 and seek immediate medical attention, even if you do not think you have serious injuries. You should also collect evidence in the form of photographs or videos of the accident scene, obtain the other driver’s insurance information and call an attorney as soon as possible.
Let’s Work Together To Obtain The Compensation You Need To Move Forward
In Florida, you only have two years from the date of your motorcycle accident to file a personal claim. It is vital that you contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible to get started on your case. To schedule a free consultation at our St. Petersburg law office, call us at 727-564-9473 or send us a message online to get in touch.