Motorcycle Accident & Injury
The most common cause of a motorcycle accident is the failure of motorists to be aware of motorcycles in traffic. Most motorcycle accidents occur at intersections and are caused by a motor vehicle making a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle. Less than half of all states require the use of helmets by riders of all ages. Wearing a helmet greatly reduces the risk of head injuries and fatalities for the motorcycle rider. According to statistics, helmets saved the lives of over 1500 motorcyclists. It is believed that if all motorcycle riders wore helmets, many additional lives could have been saved. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident please call us today for a free consultation in person or over the phone at (813) 222-8210. We cannot stress enough the importance of calling a Tampa motorcycle accident attorney for advice and on getting your bike and you back on the road sooner
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I am involved in an accident on my motorcycle
If the accident involves personal injury, property damage above a specific amount, or even death, you are required to notify the police. They will usually make a written report of the accident. If possible, you should take photos of any injuries or damage to your motorcycle. Keep copies of any medical records or bills, and make records of any related expenses. It is important that you do not admit any fault or sign anything (i.e. any forms from an insurer). Try to immediately meet with an attorney. Call the Tampa Motorcycle Accident Lawyers of Holland & Lamoureux for a free consultation
Who is at fault in a traffic accident when a car turned left in front of me while I was riding my motorcycle?
The law requires that a motorist making a left-hand turn must yield to all oncoming traffic. Therefore, the vehicle making a left-hand turning is typically found to be at fault. Some exceptions do apply.
Can I still recover damages from the other driver if I wasn’t wearing a helmet and was injured in a motorcycle accident?
You may bring an action against the at-fault driver even if you were not wearing a helmet. However, not wearing a helmet may make a difference in the amount of damages you receive. If for example, you were hurt in your legs, and not wearing a helmet did not cause or aggravate your injuries, it probably will not make a difference. If it is shown that your failure to wear a helmet contributed to your injuries, the issue may be relevant to the amount of damages you will recover. A Pinellas Motorcycle Accident Lawyer will discuss your specific case with you.
Can I sue the driver who hit me if I did not carry insurance on my motorcycle?
Lack of insurance on your motorcycle does not prevent you from filing a claim against the driver who was at fault that caused your injury.
Should I accept the other driver’s insurance company offer to pay me some money for an injury I sustained in an accident?
No.! You would do best to consult with a personal injury attorney who has experience handling motorcycle injury cases before you sign or agree to anything.
Is an investigation of my motorcycle accident case important?
It is essential that an investigation be made promptly to ensure that all evidence is obtained and preserved, and for physicians and other expert witnesses to evaluate any injuries. The insurance company will attempt to prove that the motorcyclist was to some extent at fault in order to diminish the value of the motorcyclist’s claim.
Should I get a lawyer to help me if I get into an accident on my motorcycle?
It is important to have a motorcycle accident attorney to make sure that you are treated fairly by the insurance company. An attorney will ensure compliance with traffic laws, motor vehicle regulations, medical treatment provisions and liability laws, and make sure your injuries are properly documented to obtain the compensation you are entitled to.
What am I entitled to receive for my injuries?
It is important to have a motorcycle accident attorney to make sure that you are treated fairly by the insurance company. An attorney will ensure compliance with traffic laws, motor vehicle regulations, medical treatment provisions and liability laws, and make sure your injuries are properly documented to obtain the compensation you are entitled to. As a general rule, you are entitled to recover for any of the following expenses/damages incurred:
- Medical bills and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and probable loss of future wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Loss of relationship with your loved one
- Other out-of-pocket expenses due to your injuries
- In some cases, you may be able to recover punitive damages.