Riding a motorcycle can be one of the most liberating and exciting feelings, but it can also be one of the most dangerous things you do. If you are a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle crash that was caused by the negligence of another party, it is critical that you seek the advice and guidance of a personal injury lawyer to help you understand your legal options for recovering monetary damages for your injuries sustained.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to be killed on the road than passengers in automobiles. Further, the leading cause of death in a motorcycle accident is an injury to the head.
Many states have laws that require all drivers and passengers on a motorcycle to wear a helmet. However, while Florida’s helmet law generally requires all motorcycle operators and riders to wear helmets, it does not apply to operators or riders over 21 years of age as long as the person is covered by an insurance policy providing for at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of a crash while operating or riding on a motorcycle.
It has been estimated that wearing a helmet will decrease the chance of dying in a motorcycle wreck by 37 percent. This percentage may be even higher if the biker wears protective gear or clothing that makes him or her more visible to other drivers.
Examples of some of the more common injuries that are sustained in a motorcycle accident include:
- Trauma to the head
- Brain injury
- Damage to the spinal cord, including paralysis
- Broken bones
- Loss of limbs
- Damage to internal organs
- Road rash or severe damage to your skin
Recovering from these types of injuries can be time-consuming and very expensive. Thus, it is important to confer with a lawyer that is experienced in handling motorcycle crashes. There a wide variety of causes of motorcycle accidents and all of them should be explored. For example, it another driver ignored traffic signals, was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or was speeding the cause may be obvious. However, if you were driving and your bike behaved in an unusual way that caused your accident, you want to work with an attorney that will investigate whether your bike was defective or roadway defects caused the crash.
Attorney Bryan Caulfield is different. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. Less than two percent of all civil trial lawyers in Florida have achieved the status of being Board Certified by the Florida Bar. This added credential shows that he is dedicated to providing clients with the highest level of legal service. He is a personal injury attorney in the Tampa Bay area who has the experience and skill to help clients move on with their lives. Contact our office today to schedule a free appointment.