Protecting Victims Of Motorcycle Crashes

Every year, thousands of motorcyclists are seriously injured or killed in accidents that could have been easily avoided if not for the negligence of a driver or other avoidable circumstance. Statistics show that in many cases of motorcycle injury, the operator was riding responsibly and adhering to traffic. In short, responsible riders are seldom to blame when an accident occurs.

If you have become injured in a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own, call Winters & Yonker. Our experienced motorcycle accident attorney team is here to talk to you 24/7/365. Pick up the phone and call 888-373-7770 right now and speak to an attorney for free. We have a proven track record for successfully helping motorcycle accident victims get the money they deserve for their injuries.

Recovering Damages in a Motorcycle Accident

Florida’s ever-changing insurance regulations coupled with the dishonest practices of some insurance carriers often complicate the process of recovering damages in motorcycle accidents. Injured riders, or the loved ones a rider who has been seriously injured or killed, need the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer to sort through the details and hold the responsible party or parties liable for their part(s) in the accident.

Every motorcycle accident case is different so the awards for damages vary by case. At Winters and Yonker, you will find the help of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer Tampa residents have trusted for years to settle cases like yours. We are 100% committed to getting you all the compensation to which you are entitled. This includes money to cover all your losses and resulting expenses, including medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of present and future wages, property damage, and loss of enjoyment of life (particularly the ability to still ride if that has been taken away from you).

Hiring a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Injured riders often find it difficult to recover adequate compensation following an accident, especially if they choose to deal directly with an insurance company. Insurance companies will always attempt to settle your claim in a manner that protects their own interests as well as those of their clients.

Don’t agree to an insurance settlement that will only cover part of your recovery and future accident-related expenses. Call Winters & Yonker at 888-373-7770 today or contact us online. We will help you understand all your rights and responsibilities and work with the insurance company and their attorneys to get you a fair and reasonable settlement for your injuries.

Your Tampa motorcycle accident attorneys at Winters & Yonker can explain all your options for pursuing damages. Don’t delay in seeking the help and advice of an attorney. Call us immediately and start the process of filing your case. We can help you collect all relevant information and evidence that supports your claim.

Building Your Motorcycle Accident Case

To help build a strong case in your favor, your Winters & Yonker attorney will make certain that all relevant aspects of your case are carefully documented and examined. Here are just some of the things we do for you:

  • Obtain police reports
  • Obtain or take photos of the scene
  • Gather statements from witnesses
  • Investigate the driving history of the motorist who hit you
  • Reconstruct the scene of the accident
  • Professionally recreate the accident
  • Review your medical records and assess long-term treatment and care needs
  • Consult with auto accident experts
  • Contact and negotiate with insurance companies

Bringing Your Claim

If it can be determined that you, as the rider, were either not-at-fault or shared only a small percentage of the liability in your accident, we can begin the process of seeking damages from the party who injured you. Injured riders are not bound by any limitation of the damages they are allowed to seek for their losses except time. In Florida, you have four years from the date of the accident to bring a claim. That said, the sooner you act, the better. We can build a much stronger case when you act quickly.

Motorcycle Accidents and PIP

Florida motor vehicle accident claims involve Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. To qualify for PIP, the injured person must pass an “injury threshold” to qualify to seek damages. PIP does not allow for recovery for other actionable conditions such as pain and suffering. Motorcyclists, however, do not have to pass any kind of injury threshold in order to seek monetary damages for things like medical expenses, loss of wages, or pain and suffering.

Negotiating a Settlement

After your accident, your Winters & Yonker attorney is likely to initiate contact with negligent party’s insurance carrier and begin the process of negotiating a settlement on your behalf. He or she will use the information collected to leverage the maximum rate of compensation to which you are legally entitled. If those negotiations prove either unsuccessful or unsatisfactory, it is likely that your case will go before a jury.

Motorcycle Accidents and Negligence

Motorcycle accident lawsuits fall under the blanket of personal injury. All Florida personal injury cases are based on the theory of negligence. What this means is that your attorney needs to prove that the motorist, pedestrian, or another individual who caused the accident was at fault by reason of failure to exercise a reasonable standard of care.

To accomplish this, your Winters & Yonker attorney will conduct a thorough investigation to determine if the motorist or other responsible party was adhering to applicable laws and demonstrating an awareness of his or her surroundings at the time of the crash. Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is also a standard part of any investigation of this type.

Product Liability

Sometimes, other areas of personal injury law factor into motorcycle accidents. Defective brakes, tires, fuel systems, and accelerators are common causes in product liability lawsuits that center on motorcycle accidents.

A defect in the manufacture of a car or motorcycle could be cause to pursue action against a manufacturer for product liability. Under these circumstances, your attorney will need to conduct a separate investigation to determine whether the vehicle had any defects – known or unknown – prior to the accident. We work with a team of seasoned forensic experts who help us determine if:

  • The defective vehicle or any part of it was “unreasonably dangerous”
  • The vehicle was being operated reasonably and as intended by the manufacturer
  • The vehicle’s performance changed since the initial purchase

Wrongful Death in Motorcycle Accidents

If one of your loved ones has been lost in a motorcycle accident, you could have significant recourse in recovering compensation via a wrongful death lawsuit. Your Winters & Yonker attorney can help you prove the responsible party’s negligence. Call us today at 888-373-7770 if someone you love has been killed by a negligent or impaired driver or other avoidable behavior or circumstance.

Get the Compensation Your Deserve

Your Winters & Yonker motorcycle accident attorney may be able to help you collect compensation for any of the following:

  • Past & future medical expenses
  • Loss of past & future wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental or emotional anguish
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of the overall enjoyment of life

Contact Winters & Yonker today. We are the motorcycle accident lawyers Tampa riders turn to when seeking fair, reasonable, and complete compensation for their injuries. Call 888-373-7770 for a free, no-risk consultation.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents occur for various reasons, but driver negligence is most often the base cause. Acts of driver negligence that can result in an accident with a motorcycle include:

  • Not checking blind spots
  • Swerving in front of a motorcycle
  • Cutting off a motorcycle at an intersection
  • Speeding
  • Failing to yield right of way
  • Following too close
  • Neglecting to pay proper attention to the entire driving environment
  • Impaired driving

Left-turn accidents are another common cause of motorcycle accidents. In these cases, collisions with motorcycles can occur when the driver:

  • Misjudges the speed or distance of the motorcycle
  • Fails to identify the presence of a motorcycle
  • Panics and stops in the path of a motorcycle

Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists have very little protection in comparison to someone inside a motor vehicle. This is why injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident can be so much more severe. Common injuries in motorcycle accidents include:

Latent Injuries

It is not uncommon in a motorcycle accident to experience latent injuries. These injuries present no immediate symptoms but the effects of the injury worsen considerably over time. Shock can also suppress the pain and symptoms associated with a motorcycle injury.

Failing to seek medical care could complicate the process of bringing a successful claim. This is why it is always best to not decline medical attention at the scene of an accident when offered. Whenever you are in any kind of accident, Seek medical attention immediately, even if you are convinced that you are not injured. See your doctor or visit your ER now. Once you have been seen by a medical professional, call us at 888-373-7770 immediately.

Why Winters & Yonker?

You want to work with a motorcycle lawyer Tampa residents trust when injured in any kind of accident. We have many years of combined experience fighting for victims of motorcycle accidents. If you’ve gone down, we can help you get back up and riding again. If that is no longer a possibility for you, it is your right and responsibility to seek compensation for your loss.

Don’t Wait – Call Winters & Yonker Today!

The law does limit the time you have to take legal action after a motorcycle accident. Call Winters & Yonker – the motorcycle accident lawyers Tampa residents rely on to get them compensation in motorcycle accident injury cases. We are here, right now, to answer your questions and arrange a free initial consultation. Call 888-373-7770 or contact us online today.