– by Your Tampa Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez
Tampa Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you ride, you have heard them say about motorcycle accidents: Not if, but when.
Not what we want to hear in a motorcycle rider’s paradise. But riders are exposed to the possibility of great injury if a motorcycle accident occurs. There are too many cars in Tampa and too many bad drivers.
What causes these motorcycle accidents in Tampa? The most common causes of motorcycle accidents include, but are not limited to,:
- a car or truck driver’s failure to yield to a motorcyclist;
- Distracted driving;
- obstruction in the road;
- bad weather;
- or another driver’s inability to see a motorcyclist.
Over 80,000 accidents involving motorcycles occur each year. Most of these occur in the cities. That is why many riders will leave Tampa and avoid the highways when they want to ride.
Motorcycle accidents can be life changing. Who will pay hospital bills, medical bills and lost wages? How do you get compensated for pain and suffering? These are the some of the questions that the Tampa motorcycle accident attorneys at Fernandez & Hernandez Law often hear.
Motorcycle Accidents: Insurance Considerations
Motorcycle requirements for insurance are different than that of an Automobile.
The biggest difference is that a car MUST carry at a minimum Personal Injury Protection Insurance also known as “Florida No Fault” Insurance. Under Florida Law, a motorcycle does not require this type of insurance. However, they are supposed to carry property damage.
Unlike most automobile crashes involving cars, where the injured party must prove a permanent injury in order to recover pain and suffering, Florida Motorcycle riders do not require a person injured on a motorcycle to prove permanent injury in order to be compensated for pain and suffering.
Please keep in mind that we recognize and have experience representing countless motorcycle owners and operators who were not at fault in causing a crash, but that the failure of a motorcycle owner to carry property damage and bodily injury liability insurance in case of causing a crash, or convicted of DUI, or other occurrences outlined in Florida’s Financial Responsibility law (which can be read at Florida Stat. § 324), may result in suspension of driver’s licenses, motorcycle registration, and motorcycle license plates, as well as fees to regain driving privileges.
What Should You Do If You Are Involved In A Motorcycle Accident?
Being involved in a motorcycle accident is frequently a traumatic, life altering event. What you do, and what you do not do immediately after the accident and later on can significantly influence how the accident will impact you. Below are some measures we encourage you to take:
- Remain calm and do not leave the scene of the accident.
- Get away from any danger including incoming traffic, gasoline spills and damaged poles.
- Check for any injured person, including yourself and other people involved in the accident. Call 911 immediately if someone is hurt.
- File a police report.
- Collect as much information as you can, including contact and insurance information from everyone involved.
- Take pictures and draw a diagram of the accident. Let me say that again, take pictures!
- Try to obtain contact information from any witness of the accident.
- Keep track of your damages (medical bills, loss of wages, etc.)
- Do not admit fault to anyone.
- Contact Tampa personal injury attorney Martin Hernandez at 813.755.9500.
Motorcycle Accidents – Types of Injuries
Motorcycle collisions can occur between two motorcycles, a motorcycle and another vehicle or a motorcycle and a pedestrian, animal or the motorcyclist alone. Since motorcyclists do not enjoy the extra protection that cars provide, an accident can result it many types of injuries, including:
- TBI or traumatic brain injury
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal Injuries
- Burns and road rash
- Severe injuries to limbs
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney help?
Treatment of sustained injuries may be costly, painful and may take months, or even years. In this case our experienced Tampa motorcycle accident attorney can aggressively seek the financial compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering and for covering the expenses of your medical treatment and needed care. We will thoroughly analyze your case and will explain the options you have for pursuing fair compensation. Motorcycle accident attorney Martin J. Hernandez can help guide you through the process.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in the Tampa Bay area, call Tampa motorcycle accident injury lawyer Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez for a free consultation now.
The Tampa personal injury lawyers of Fernandez & Hernandez, serve Florida communities including Tampa, Brandon, Carrollwood, Westchase, Riverview, Temple Terrace, Pasco, Pinellas, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Lakeland, Plant City, Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Dover, Valrico, Lutz, Lakeland and many other neighborhoods in Tampa Bay area. Contact an Experienced Tampa motorcycle Accident Attorney from Fernandez & Hernandez Law.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle Accident in the Tampa Bay area, call Tampa personal injury lawyer Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez for a free consultation now.
Call Tampa Personal Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez at 813.755.9500 or read more at: www.InjuryLawyersOfTampa.com
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