Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Despite major progress in cutting down on overall traffic deaths in the U.S., there has been no progress in cutting down on motorcyclist fatalities, a 2012 report by the Governors Highway Safety Association shows. There were roughly 4,500 motorcyclists killed in 2011, the report says, just as there were in 2010.
Florida is no exception. The number of motorcycle accidents and deaths remains far too high. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles says that in 2010 there were 7,703 accidents involving motorcycles in the state and 6,884 of them resulted in personal injury. Fatalities occurred in 394 of those crashes.
In too many cases, these accidents could have been prevented. They are the result of negligent drivers who fail to respect the rights and privileges of the motorcyclists with whom they are supposed to be safely sharing the road.
If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver, Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, wants to help you. Since 1975, we have assisted accident and injury victims throughout South Florida and the Treasure Coast, including those injured in motorcycle accidents through no fault of their own. We can put that experience to work for you.
Call us today toll-free at 1-800-299-8878 or contact us online. We provide free case reviews, and we charge no fees or costs unless you recover compensation for your losses.
What Happens in a Florida Motorcycle Accident?
People talk about motorcycle accidents seeming to occur in slow motion. The crash victim may not realize what caused the collision with another vehicle. Based on data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the cause usually involved one of these behaviors on the part of the other driver:
- Failing to provide a safe, 3-4 second following distance behind the motorcycle, which would accommodate for the sudden stops or shifts that motorcyclists often need to make due to debris, potholes, puddles and other obstructions.
- Failing to check the rearview mirror or blind spots for the motorcycle’s presence before making a turn or changing lanes.
- Trying to share the lane with the motorcycle or making a pass that is dangerously close.
The immediate aftermath of the motorcycle crash can be a blur. As you deal with the other driver, police, emergency medical personnel and the insurance company, it is a time of pain and stress. If a death has occurred, the pain and stress of the survivors increases immeasurably.
Shock, stress, confusion and even anger can cloud an accident victim’s judgment about what to do or say. This is why it is appropriate and necessary to obtain legal help as soon as possible from an experienced Florida motorcycle accident attorney.
Insurance Companies Are Not on Your Side
After a motorcycle accident, you will likely exchange insurance information with the other driver. Then, if the other driver was at fault, you may expect their insurance company to make things right. This is a mistake.
Insurance companies stay in business by taking in more money than they pay out. A claims adjuster has a duty to his employer to provide the smallest insurance claim settlement possible after a motorcycle wreck. This why it is crucial that you obtain legal help after any accident in which there is an insurance claim.
The Florida motorcycle accident attorneys of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, have many years of experience in dealing with Florida insurance companies. We know their tactics. We know their techniques. Most important, we know how to protect your rights.
We can review settlement offers from an insurance company and help you determine whether they meet what’s appropriate in your individual case. If not, we will strive to make sure the “final offer” does.
Before you agree to anything offered or suggested by an insurance company, call Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney. DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING from an insurance company. You could be giving up your right to compensation.
Contact a Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, has investigated motorcycle crashes in South Florida and the Treasure Coast since 1975. If you have been hurt through no fault of your own, we will be on your side. We are knowledgeable in every aspect of Florida personal injury law, and we work hard for our clients. We’re willing to fight for justice on your behalf.
Call us today at 1-800-299-8878 or use our online form. We can provide you with a free and confidential case evaluation.