Motorcycle accidents, like pedestrian and bicycle accidents, have devastating consequences. The victims of these types of accidents are more vulnerable to injury than other motor vehicle occupants for many reasons, including the lack of protection provided by the motorcycle. Riding on two wheels increases the instability of the vehicle significantly. Poor road conditions such as potholes, gravel, or sand on the roadways are especially hazardous. In contrast to a pedestrian or bicycle accident, motorcycle accidents typically involve a substantially higher rate of speed. Basic rules of physics provide that the rate of speed an object is traveling is a significant factor in what happens to the object upon impact. Unfortunately, in the case of motorcycle accidents, the objects are actual people.
The dedicated motorcycle accident attorneys at Alba & Sraile PLLC have extensive experience in representing the victims of all types of motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle collisions. According to a Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles report, more than 9,000 accidents involving motorcycles average each year in Florida. However, this figure includes only the accidents reported. Therefore the actual quantity of motorcycle accidents is likely much more remarkable. For accidents that are reported, close to 90% result in an injury or fatality.
Types of Motorcycle Accident Cases we Represent, but are not limited to:
- Rear-end collisions
- Wrongful death
- Sideswipe collision injuries
- Injuries as a motorcycle passenger
- Negligent and reckless driving
- Driving under the influence accident injuries
- Criminal law offenses
Common Injuries in motorcycle accidents are road rash, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, bone fractures, scarring, disfigurement, amputations, muscle damage, burns, and more. The most tragic accidents result in fatalities and wrongful death. Treatment and recovery from injuries require extensive medical interventions, including emergency care, invasive surgeries, and long-term rehabilitation.
An Accident Victim has a Right to be Compensated for Damages
At Alba & Straile PLLC, we fight for economic and non=economic recovery for medical bills, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, pain and suffering, property damage, and more. In cases of wrongful death, there are funeral expenses, loss of consortium, and other recoveries to consider. In addition, for accidents due to gross negligence or intentional misconduct, we pursue punitive damages as part of the recovery.
Insurance Coverage Issues
A frequent inquiry of the victims of motorcycle accidents pertains to insurance coverage. In Florida, insurance is not required to operate a motorcycle. It is unlike other motor vehicles, which are lawfully required to carry the minimum insurance coverage required under Florida law. When the driver of an automobile or other motor vehicle is the at-fault party in a motorcycle accident, the insurance policy in effect at the time for that vehicle is generally the source of compensation. If the insurance policy is insufficient to compensate for injuries or death, and the motorcyclist has uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, additional compensation may be available.
When the Motorcyclist is at Fault
The most common motorcycle accident scenario involves the driver or passenger of a motorcycle being injured or killed by a motor vehicle. However, some accidents involve a negligent motorcyclist who causes a separate motor vehicle collision. Inexperienced, aggressive, and reckless riders can cause motorcycle or motor vehicle accidents. If you or a loved one were involved in a motor vehicle collision, and you suspect that another’s negligence might have been the cause, it is essential that you consult with an attorney as early as possible. Even if you believe you were partially at fault, you may still be able to recover for your damages and losses.
Let Alba & Straile PLLC seek Justice for Your Losses
Our personal injury, wrongful death, and criminal law attorneys represent victims of motor vehicle collisions throughout Florida. At Alba & Straile PLLC, we focus on achieving favorable client results. We are committed to providing our clients with compassion, attention to detail, and ease of attorney accessibility. Our Florida motorcycle accident attorneys provide our clients with the sound legal representation necessary to effectively and efficiently address all of your accident-related needs. Contact Alba & Straile PLLC at (352) 371-9141 to schedule a consultation.