With its nice weather and big open highways, it’s no wonder that motorcycle riders are attracted to this particular region. While Florida may be very appealing for riding a motorcycle, there are HUGE numbers of cars and trucks on the road at the same time. This volume of vehicles increases the chances of a wreck by itself, but it only takes one negligent driver to cause a life-altering accident. If you were in a motorcycle accident in Tampa and sustained an injury, you need to speak to a skilled Tampa motorcycle accident lawyer at Winters & Yonker as soon as possible.
With over 20 years of experience, our personal injury lawyers have developed a reputation as one of the best injury law firms in Florida. Our commitment to aggressively representing injury victims shines through in every case we handle and every client we meet. We believe that everyone deserves representation for their injury claim so we happily provide a risk-free consultation and contingency payment arrangements to anyone who has been involved in an accident.
Motorcyclists commonly suffer serious and life-threatening injuries as a result of bike accidents, and in many cases, lives are lost. When accidents happen, through no fault of their own, they have the right to sue for any damages and injuries. To begin the process of obtaining financial recovery after a wreck, call our office at (813)223-6200 today. Our seasoned attorneys are ready to help you obtain maximum compensation for your damages.
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What is the Statute Of Limitations to File an Accident Claim in Florida?
The statute of limitations sets the amount of time victims have to file a claim for their injuries. For a motorcycle accident claim, the victims have four years from the date of the accident to file a claim. While you have up to four years, you should always consult a motorcycle accident attorney immediately in order to find out the possible legal actions that you could take against the party who caused the accident.
If you are late by even one day, you will no longer have a case. The only exception to this rule is if the victim of the motorcycle accident realizes the extent of their injuries at a later date. If they decide to file a claim then, the courts may consider their appeal. While this exception does exist, you should never rely on it as you will often find your claim denied and be unable to obtain any compensation.
How Much Compensation Can I Get for a Motorcycle Accident?
It is difficult to predict how much compensation you will get following your motorcycle accident. Every accident is different and the parties involved can often dictate how much compensation you can receive. For example, if a motorcycle accident takes place with a rideshare driver, such as Uber, victims may be able to receive more than if the accident was with a private citizen. In this case, it would be best to contact a lawyer that handles Uber accidents.
With Winters and Yonker, every compensation claim is fully evaluated to determine its worth before any claim is filed. This evaluation will include an analysis of the type and severity of the accident, the parties involved in the accident, and what type of injuries were sustained. Based on the findings our motorcycle accident attorneys will advise you as to how much you can claim.
In general, if the fault was not yours, the compensation will depend on the following factors:
- The severity of your injuries.
- The extent of property damage (your motorbike).
- How much treatment will you require in the future?
- How much rehabilitation you will require.
- Cost of your medical bills.
- Loss of wages.
- Any potential loss of earnings.
- Age when your injury occurred.
- Are you the only breadwinner in the family?
- If you are disabled you will need to hire help to cook, clean, and bathe and this cost will be taken into consideration.
- Did you have any insurance?
- Did the other driver have any insurance?
- Were you married at the time of the accident?
- Did you have any children at the time of the accident?
Overall, the amount that you will receive as part of your compensation package can vary. An accident lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and how the process works. They will also need you to describe all of the details of the collision. Finally, they will be able to assign a dollar amount to your claim and will set reasonable expectations for you.
What is the Role of an Attorney After a Motorcycle Injury?
Once you’ve received medical treatment, given your statement to the police and have called your insurance company, you can now sit back and let your motorcycle accident lawyer handle everything for you. Always remember that insurance companies are not on your side. Their goal is to reduce their payout.
That is why you should let your motorcycle accident lawyer deal with them. If you have to talk to them or the driver who you believe caused the accident, and if there is no choice, you should exchange only the relevant information with them but do not say anything else. If you ever get called by the driver’s insurance company, you are under no obligation to talk to them. You should refer them to your accident attorney. Anything you say to them can later be used against you, so be careful of what you say.
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How Is Motorcycle Law Different From Automobile Accident Law?
Laws for owning a motorcycle are different in comparison to ownership of a motor vehicle. For example, when you insure a motorcycle in Florida, you may purchase first-party benefits, such as loss of income or medical benefits. This is referred to as Personal Injury Protection. Additionally, after a motorbike accident, you do not always have to show proof that the injury is permanent. In Florida, you can also sue for pain and suffering. Overall, compared to other states, one can say those accident victims have more legal rights in Florida than in most other states in the country.
What are Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Tampa, Florida?
While there is no saying how or when a motorcycle accident may occur, the fact is that a large number of motorcycle accidents are the result of the following:
- The driver of the vehicle did not see the motorcyclist.
- The driver of the vehicle was distracted – due to texting, eating or on the phone.
- Without signaling, the driver of the vehicle suddenly changed lanes.
- The driver of the vehicle was speeding and tailgating the motorcyclist.
- Drivers being impaired because of alcohol or drugs.
- The driver of the vehicle was simply reckless.
All of these reasons are not your fault. That is why you can file a compensation claim. However, you need to speak to a motorcycle accident attorney before you take any action. Remember you need to be strong and calm when filing a compensation claim.
How Can Motorcyclists Protect Themselves?
If you love to ride a motorcycle, you should know that your vehicle won’t stand a chance against a truck or a bus or even a car. When you file a compensation claim, you need to be sure that the accident was the other party’s fault. If you want to avoid a motorcycle accident, you should wear bright protective clothing and a helmet. Do not speed unnecessarily and obey traffic laws. Keep your motorcycle well maintained. Too many accidents involving cars or other vehicles are completely avoidable if proper safety precautions were taken.
Contact a Tampa Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today for a Free Consultation
The attorneys at Winters & Yonker know the stress you are feeling after an auto accident. You are likely wondering how you will pay for the damages to your motorcycle, will you be responsible for your medical bills, and when your life will return to normal. Our risk-free consultation process allows you to get answers to any questions you may have while being under no obligation to hire one of our injury lawyers. If you do decide to hire our firm, you can rest assured that our aggressive attorneys will fight for you.
If you are dealing with the aftermath of a motorcycle accident, contact our offices today. We strive to take the stress off of your shoulders so that you can focus on your physical recovery while we seek maximum compensation for you. Our experts are available 24/7 to assist you. You can be confident the defendant will have a Tampa motorcycle accident lawyer on their side, you should as well. Don’t waste another minute, call our office today at (813)223-6200 and get the representation you need to get the compensation you deserve.