Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Sarasota

Sarasota Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are six times more likely to be injured and 27 times more likely to be killed in a motorcycle collision than motorists in passenger vehicles. Between 2015 and 2016, there were over 20,185 accidents involving motorcycles in the state of Florida. These motorcycle accidents resulted in 992 fatalities and 18,043 injuries to motorcyclists and their passengers.

Because motorcycles offer no external protection in the event of a crash, motorcyclists are subjected to the full force of a collision. Even motorcyclists who wear proper riding gear face a real risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury in a motorcycle accident, in addition to broken bones, cuts, lacerations, and “road rash” or severe skin abrasion.

The financial impact of motorcycle collisions can be swift and severe. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the average cost associated with a motorcycle fatality is $1.2 million. For motorcycle related injuries, the costs can range from $2,500 to $1.4 million.

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Answers to Common Sarasota Motorcycle Accident Questions


Beware of Insurance Adjusters

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed in a motorcycle collision, there’s a real possibility that you’re dealing with a stressful financial situation and have a multitude of unanswered questions. Insurance adjusters are good at impersonating a helpful voice when you need it most. Rest assured, they’re not calling to help you.

Unless you have an attorney by your side, you should never sign anything from or give a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster. That includes your own insurance company. If you have not hired an attorney, ask the adjuster for their contact information, then inform them that your lawyer will be in contact. If you have already hired an attorney, tell the adjuster that you have counsel, provide their contact information and make no further statements.

Will Not Wearing a Helmet Hurt My Lawsuit?

The truth is, yes, it’s possible for the value of an injury or wrongful death claim to be damaged by the motorcyclist not wearing a helmet at the time of a collision. Florida is a comparative negligence state. In layman’s terms, that means that each party involved in a motorcycle accident can be held accountable for their portion of the related damages. It is common practice for insurance companies to use the fact that a victim was not wearing a helmet to bolster their case for reducing or eliminating the damages they are responsible for paying.

This tactic is known as the “seatbelt defense” or “helmet defense”. The insurance company’s reasoning is that the motorcyclist’s injuries wouldn’t have existed or have been as severe, had they been wearing a helmet. This is especially true when the victim, who wasn’t wearing a helmet, has suffered any form of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

If you or a loved one was not wearing a helmet at the time of their motorcycle accident, it is critically important to contact a Sarasota personal injury attorney to protect your legal rights. Only a skilled and experienced trial lawyer will be able to navigate the complexities involved with this type of claim.

Does Florida Require Motorcycle Insurance?

Florida does not require proof of insurance at the time that a motorcycle is registered by the owner. Despite this, motorcyclists are held financially accountable for any damages caused, if they are charged for a motorcycle accident.

Here’s the problem with this scenario, if you’re injured in a motorcycle accident. As stated above, the financial damages from a motorcycle accident can be $1 million dollars or more. How many motorcyclists have the financial assets to cover that type of financial responsibility?

You shouldn’t rely on the other motorist’s insurance to cover your damages either. Florida leads the nation for uninsured motorists at over 26%. Many others that do have auto insurance only purchase the minimum required $10,000 in no-fault personal injury protection (PIP) insurance and $10,000 in property damage liability insurance. Should they be found at fault for a motorcycle accident, neither of these insurance coverages will pay for the medical expenses or lost wages of the injured motorcyclist.

As injury attorneys who have handled countless motorcycle collision lawsuits, we highly recommend purchasing as much motorcycle insurance as you can reasonably afford. Failure to protect yourself with sufficient motorcycle insurance coverage could have enormous medical and financial consequences if you’re seriously injured in an accident.

Before you purchase motorcycle insurance, make sure that you read the contract thoroughly and understand it completely. Because Florida does not require motorcycle insurance, any coverage you purchase will not be governed by Florida law. It will be governed by the terms of the contract. If you have questions regarding a motorcycle insurance contract, you are encouraged to contact our Sarasota law firm for assistance.

Most Common Cause of Motorcycle Collisions

Despite a common belief to the contrary, most multi-vehicle motorcycle accidents are not the fault of the motorcyclist. The most common cause of multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes are the operators of passenger vehicles not seeing the motorcyclist, turning left into the path of an oncoming motorcycle and violating their right of way.

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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents result from the negligent actions of other motorists. Motorcycles are not nearly as visible as passenger cars are, so motorists should take extra precautions to ensure that they are aware of motorcyclists in their vicinity. A failure by a motorist in a passenger car to be cognizant of his or her surroundings can lead to serious injury or death. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident as a result of one of the following, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit:

  • Distracted Driving
  • Following a motorcyclist too closely
  • Speeding or driving recklessly
  • Attempting to share a lane with a motorcyclist
  • Pulling into the path of a motorcyclist from a parking lot or driveway
  • Making a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcyclist

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Contact Sarasota Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

If you would like to learn more about your legal rights or how to file a motorcycle injury claim, schedule a free consultation with the Sarasota motorcycle accident lawyers at Lutz, Bobo & Telfair, P.A. today. Our personal injury attorneys handle motorcycle and auto accident cases in the greater Sarasota area.

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Contact Us:
Lutz, Bobo & Telfair, P.A.
Sarasota, FL

2 North Tamiami Trail
5th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236

Toll Free: (866) 802-8182
Local: (941) 951-1800

Sarasota Office:

2 N. Tamiami Trail, 5th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236

Toll Free: (866) 802-8182
Local: (941) 951-1800
Fax: (941) 366-1603

Hours:

Monday – Friday
8:30 AM – 5:15 PM

Saturday & Sunday Closed

Tallahassee Office:

2155 Delta Blvd, Suite 210-B
Tallahassee, Florida 32303

Toll Free: (877) 521-0890
Local: (850) 521-0890
Fax: (850) 521-0891

Hours:

Monday – Friday
8:30 AM – 5:15 PM

Saturday & Sunday Closed

Bradenton Office:

1201 6th Ave. W., Suite 109
Bradenton, FL 34205

Toll Free: (866) 802-8182
Local: (941) 806-0356
Fax: (941) 366-1603

Hours:

Monday – Friday
8:30 AM – 5:15 PM

Saturday & Sunday Closed

Punta Gorda Office:

122 Nesbit Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Toll Free: (866) 802-8182
Local: (941) 655-6910
Fax: (941) 366-1603

Hours:

Monday – Friday
8:30 AM – 5:15 PM

Saturday & Sunday Closed