St. Petersburg Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Motorcycle Accidents caused by Negligent Drivers Can Have Devastating Consequences. We Can Help You to Rebuild.
At Jones Law Group, we understand that after a motorcycle accident, it can be overwhelming handling your recovery as well as whatever issues arise due to your inability to work, let alone any legal issues. Our team of attorneys is here to help you every step of the way.
Contact an experienced St. Petersburg Motorcycle Accident Attorney today to set up a free consultation and see how we can help you seek the compensation you deserve so you can focus on healing.
How Can a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Help You?
After a motorcycle accident, you may need a motorcycle accident attorney for a variety of reasons. Perhaps your injuries are severe, and your associated costs are high, or your insurance company denies your claim or your damages exceed the limits of your insurance policy, or maybe the other driver was negligent but is claiming you were at fault.
An experienced St Petersburg motorcycle accident attorney can help. Schedule a free consultation with our team at Jones Law Group to see how we will gain your rightful compensation for damages.
How is a Motorcycle Accident Different from a Car Accident?
Motorcycle and car accidents differ due to the levels of risk involved with operating the respective vehicles. Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to hazards on the road and sustain more catastrophic and fatal injuries as a result of an accident than car occupants. This discrepancy in safety partially accounts for why in 2017, motorcyclists were 27 times more likely to die in an accident than car occupants.
Motorcyclists are also more likely to endure injuries to their extremities, as they’re the most exposed. Road rash, crushing injuries, breaks, fractures, and amputation are all common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents.
What should I do after I’m in a motorcycle accident?
If you are in a motorcycle accident, the first thing you should do is check yourself and others for injuries and then move to safety and call for medical assistance if needed. Take photographs of any injuries or property damage. If possible, have your motorcycle removed from the road.
Gather information from everyone involved in the accident, including insurance information, details about the vehicles and drivers involved, and a police report. Then call your insurance company and report the accident. Finally, contact a motorcycle accident attorney to discuss rightful compensation.
Once you leave the scene of the accident, you should immediately receive medical attention. This is important, even if you believe that you aren’t injured. Some injuries don’t present right away, or they may be masked by adrenaline. Injuries like internal bleeding or damage may only show up after an X-ray.
If you fail to seek immediate medical attention, the insurance company might use this against you. They may claim that your injuries must not have been that serious if you didn’t seek immediate attention. They may also claim that your injuries are unrelated to the accident. However, an experienced attorney will be able to negate these claims.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
There are many ways a motorcycle accident can happen. Drivers can sometimes have limited visibility of motorcyclists, and there is risk involved in being so exposed while navigating the streets. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
A leading cause of all types of accidents, speeding greatly reduces a driver’s ability to react safely to prevent an accident. Speed also contributes to the severity of injuries in most types of accidents.
Speeding can result in rear-end accidents, t-bone accidents, and sideswipes. Speeding is one of the most dangerous habits for motor vehicle drivers, as it reduces reaction time, making it much more difficult to respond to changes in traffic.
Abrupt stops can result in rear-end accidents, which cause severe injuries and can be fatal for motorcyclists.
Rear-end accidents occur when a driver is speeding and doesn’t have enough time to slow down. Usually, this is because they were distracted or following too closely. Therefore, they must slam on their brakes to prevent crashing into the car or motorcyclist in front of them. Unfortunately, sometimes there isn’t enough time to brake fast, and an accident occurs.
Unsafe lane changes
Unsafely switching lanes can create a risk of collision if the driver of a car fails to use a turn signal or to check their blind spots before switching lanes.
The practice of riding between two lanes of traffic is not only extremely dangerous, but it is illegal in the state of Florida. Lane splitting is one instance in which a motorcyclist may be at-fault for an accident. However, as Florida is a no-fault state, you can still recover your damages even if the accident was your own fault.
Car door opening
If a driver parks on the side of the road and opens their door without checking oncoming traffic, they could cause an accident. A sudden car door opening leaves little time for a motorcyclist to react. If there isn’t enough time, they may crash into the door head-on, causing serious injury.
Dangerous road conditions
Dangerous road conditions contribute to motorcycle accidents. Damaged or littered roads, inadequate road signs, and inclement weather all increase a motorcyclist’s chances of injury.
And while you can’t sue the road for being dangerous, you can still sue another driver who doesn’t take proper precautions in dangerous situations. For example, if your accident occurs in the rain, the driver may still be liable for failing to slow down during a storm.
A motorcycle malfunction due to poor design or a defective part can render a manufacturer liable for any injury or death resulting from the use of the motorcycle or part in question.
In the case of a motorcycle defect causing your accident, the manufacturer of the motorcycle or part could be liable. You would then file a lawsuit against the manufacturer instead of another driver.
Common Damages from a Motorcycle Accident
The damages that you incur depend on a variety of factors, such as the severity of your accident and injuries. Here are a few of the different types of damages that you may be able to recover.
After an accident, you may be stressed about your financial situation. Medical debt can often be incredibly high, and while your health insurance may cover some of it, the rest is left up to you. Compensation for your medical debt can be a large help in your recovery process. Not only can you receive compensation for hospital bills but also surgery costs, doctor’s visits, in-home health care, and any therapy you may need.
After an accident, you may have to spend a lot of time out of work. This includes the time you may spend in the hospital receiving treatment as well as the time you may spend recovering at home. You may be eligible for compensation to help recover some of the wages that you may have lost while you were out of work.
You may also be able to recover future lost wages as well as loss of earning capacity if you’re no longer able to work because of disability.
After your motorcycle accident, you may be faced with paying repairs costs to your motorcycle or even replacing it entirely. While your insurance may cover some of these costs, you may still have a high deductible to pay, or you may even have to pay for the cost of your replacement. This compensation can help to repair or replace your motorcycle after the accident.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering damages change based on each individual accident. They’re based on the injuries that one has sustained and are given in order to provide some relief to the plaintiff for what they’ve experienced. We know that this compensation can’t erase what happened to you, but we hope it will help to ease the pain you may have gone through.
Permanent Loss and Disability
Unfortunately, motorcyclists are more likely to have a permanent disability in comparison to people who get into car accidents. If your accident was caused because of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation for your disability or even your loss of income.
When someone is killed because of another person’s negligence or intentional action, this is referred to as wrongful death. This death can occur on the site of the crime or later on because of injuries sustained from the accident. A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil lawsuit and differs from a criminal lawsuit and the charges the defendant may face.
Common Injuries from a Motorcycle Accident
Some common injuries caused by a St. Petersburg Motorcycle Accident include:
Spinal injuries can cause loss of reflexes and movement in your extremities, depending on where the injury occurred. Injuries that occur higher up put the victim more at risk for paralysis, while injuries that occur lower in the spine tend to be less cause for concern.
Road rash is one of the most common injuries a motorcyclist can experience. It occurs when the rider skids along the pavement. The abrasive asphalt tears the skin, causing a “rash" or burn-like appearance. Road rash may require skin grafts or surgery to heal. In severe cases, road rash can even cause nerve damage.
If a motorcyclist is pinned against or between something, crushing injuries can occur. Crushing injuries can affect the extremities as well as the torso. Crushing injuries can cause crush syndrome, which can shock the entire system and lead to life-threatening consequences like kidney failure.
A motorcyclist’s legs are usually a point of contact in accidents, and broken legs are a common injury in motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists may also try to absorb shock or prevent themselves from falling by reaching out with their hands, resulting in broken wrists and arms.
Internal bleeding often occurs alongside other obvious injuries and is likely to be seen and stopped upon a first visit to the hospital. Although some internal bleeding may be delayed by a few hours or even a few days. This bleeding may stop on its own, but on occasion, it may continue. In these cases, surgery is required to stop the bleeding.
The likelihood of a head injury is high in the case of a motorcycle accident, even if wearing a helmet. Traumatic brain injuries caused by the impact of the accident are an example of such an injury. Immediate symptoms may present as confusion, blurred vision, and variations in consciousness. It is important to seek immediate medical attention to mitigate the risk of permanent brain damage.
The experience of being in a motorcycle accident can be harrowing and traumatic. Survivors of motorcycle accidents can develop post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and a number of other debilitating mental issues as a result of their injury’s effects on their lives.
Contact an Experienced St. Petersburg Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact one of our talented attorneys here at Jones Law Group. Not only will we take on your case, but we will do everything we can to get you the compensation and justice that you deserve. We can be reached by calling 727-571-1333, filling out our online contact form, or using our Chat feature below.