Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle Accidents in Florida

Florida provides miles of open roads and spectacular weather year round, so it is no wonder that motorcycle riders are prevalent in the Sunshine State. However, not every day is perfect. Motorcycle accidents happen, and riders are vulnerable to injury caused by negligent drivers. At Seltzer Mayberg, LLC, we have earned a reputation for providing highly successful representation for injured motorcyclists, and we work diligently to help them obtain the compensation they deserve.

Why motorcycle crashes happen

Most motorcyclists take precautions in order to complete a journey safely. They may install additional lights on their bikes or wear bright colors or reflective gear to make themselves more visible. However, vehicle-motorcycle crashes often occur because motorists routinely look for other cars or trucks on the road, not smaller objects like motorcycles. A driver may turn left in front of an oncoming motorcyclist, pull out of a parking space directly in front of a rider, or suddenly change lanes on the freeway, unaware that a motorcycle has just entered his blind spot. There are many other reasons for these accidents:

• A driver is following a motorcycle too closely
• The road conditions are unsafe
• There is poor visibility due to inclement conditions
• A motorcycle has defective parts

Potential injuries

As you can imagine, head injuries and broken bones are common in motorcycle accidents. In addition, the lower legs and feet are especially prone to serious injury because, in a crash, the heavy motorcycle usually rolls over on top of the rider. Older riders struggle with the slower reflexes and brittle bones that come with age. Studies show that riders aged 60 and older spend more time in the hospital recovering from motorcycle crash injuries than their younger counterparts.

Assigning fault

Motorcycle accidents require immediate investigation to establish the cause of the crash. Accident reconstructionists may be called in to assist with piecing together the evidence at the accident scene. Depending on the circumstances, more than one party could face liability for the injuries the rider sustains.

Dealing with insurance companies

In the process of seeking financial compensation following motorcycle accidents, it is not uncommon for insurance companies to either offer a lowball settlement amount or deny the motorcyclist's claim altogether. This is where a law firm experienced in both negotiation and litigation can represent the interests of the injured rider and obtain full and fair compensation on his or her behalf.

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How to proceed

A vehicle-motorcycle crash can result in catastrophic, life-changing physical damage. Lacking the protection of the strong metal frame provided by a car, the rider will usually suffer the worst injuries. If you find yourself in this position, contact us as soon as possible.

At Seltzer Mayberg, LLC, we will explain your legal options and thoroughly investigate the evidence and the circumstances surrounding the crash. We will determine fault, protect your rights as the victim and pursue the financial compensation you deserve to cover your medical expenses and more. Do not hesitate to call us at 305.444.1565. We are available to assist 24 hours a day.

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