Motorcycles lack the safety features that car drivers enjoy. Because of this, motorcyclists are particularly prone to suffering catastrophic injuries or death when a collision occurs. Catastrophic injuries, such as head trauma or amputated limbs, will significantly drive up medical costs and affect the rider’s earning potential. If you’ve been injured in a crash, it’s in your best interests to consult a motorcycle accident lawyer right away. An experienced attorney can answer all of your questions and help you secure maximum compensation.
If I was partially at fault, can I still recover compensation?
Possibly. Florida is a comparative negligence state. This means that even if the plaintiff is partially at fault for the crash, he or she may still receive compensation. Your compensation will be reduced by the percentage to which you are at fault for the crash. Be sure to fully disclose to your motorcycle accident lawyer whether you were speeding or otherwise riding unsafely.
Will not wearing a helmet reduce my compensation?
In Florida, riders who are age 21 or older and who meet a certain threshold for medical insurance are not legally required to wear motorcycle helmets. Because of this, many riders assume that their failure to wear a helmet will not affect their compensation if they are in a crash. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. Due to Florida’s comparative negligence law, a jury may decide that a motorcyclist was partially at fault for their injuries if they were not wearing a helmet. This may occur even when there is no legal requirement to wear a helmet. That’s why our motorcycle accident lawyer strongly recommends always wearing a helmet while riding.In addition, helmets save lives and reduce the risk of head trauma.
During your free initial consultation at the law firm of Goldman, Tiseo and Sturges, P.A., our motorcycle accident lawyer will review your case and answer any questions you might have. We’ll discuss your options for legal recourse, including the potential of filing a lawsuit. Call our office in Port Charlotte, FL, at (941) 625-6666 to request a meeting with a motorcycle accident lawyer.