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When Do You Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

More than 50 years of combined experience fighting for victims' rights and winning substantial damages

Motorcycle riders often prefer fresh air and freedom over the confines of a car. Unfortunately, the openness of motorcycles leaves riders particularly vulnerable to injury and death. Riders can suffer debilitating and catastrophic injuries.

If you and your passenger have been hurt in a serious motorcycle crash, you need an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer by your side. Our highly skilled accident attorneys at the Osborne and Francis Law Firm PLLC have helped numerous victims recover their full compensation. We will develop a comprehensive legal strategy to identify all at-fault parties and pursue all avenues of recovery to ensure that you are able to achieve a successful resolution to your case.

Schedule a free consultation with one of our motorcycle accident lawyers today by clicking here or calling (561) 293-2600.

Watch our video to learn what to do after a motorcycle accident.

Continue reading to learn how an attorney can help you with your motorcycle accident case.

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How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents?

While motorcycle accidents have steadily decreased over the years, passenger fatalities have increased. According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) Annual Traffic Crash Facts, in the last reporting year, there were more than 8,000 motorcycle accidents, a 9.56% decrease from the year before:

  • More than 500 motorcyclists suffered fatal injuries
  • Motorcycle passenger deaths rose over 20%, claiming 35 lives
  • Over 1,700 motorcyclists suffered incapacitating injuries
  • Nearly 150 motorcycle passengers suffered incapacitating injuries
  • Together, more than 5,000 riders and passengers suffered other injuries that required medical attention

Incapacitating or catastrophic injuries leave the victim unable to perform the same activities as they were before the motorcycle accident. Severe brain injuries and spinal cord damage can cause permanent cognitive and physical impairment. If you or a loved one have been left with catastrophic damage due to a motorcycle crash involving the negligence of another, call the Osborne and Francis Law Firm PLLC today.

Our experienced motorcycle wreck lawyers understand the impact of incapacitating injuries. Personal injury claims that involve life-changing damage often involve high financial stakes. You need highly skilled representation with the resources to fight for the compensation you need.

Our motorcycle wreck lawyers will investigate the details of your case and hold all liable parties accountable.

What Causes Most Motorcycle Accidents?

Motorcycles are notoriously difficult to see on the road. Automobile drivers are accustomed to watching for other cars and trucks but may forget to look for smaller vehicles. As a result, hundreds of motorcyclists are injured every year.

Most motorcycle accidents are caused by negligent drivers engaging in conduct like:

  • Improper lane changes: Drivers who perform improper lane changes may strike a motorcyclist if they fail to check their blind spot.
  • Speeding: Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to react and avoid a potential motorcycle crash. Speeding can also be considered reckless driving depending on the severity of a collision.
  • Left-turn accidents: Intersections can be very treacherous. Some motorists watch the traffic lights to turn and fail to look for any other vehicles or motorcycles that may have the right-of-way.
  • Following too close: Motorists can fail to leave an adequate distance between a motorcycle and themselves. Misjudging the distance or aggressively following too close may result in a minor rear-end accident for larger vehicles. However, motorcyclists may suffer severe injuries or death.
  • Drunk drivers: Impaired drivers under the influence of alcohol or other substances have severely impacted judgment. A drunk driver may drive on the wrong side of the road, leading to a head-on collision, or not see a stopped motorcycle and collide at full speed.
  • Car doors: Parking lots and smaller roads with street parking can be hazardous to motorcyclists. Car and truck drivers may not see a motorcycle and open a door directly in their path. Motorcycle door crashes “tend to be severe,” according to a recent study funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology.
  • Inexperienced drivers: New drivers on the road are more likely to make unsafe moves that can compromise the safety of motorcycle riders. In many cases, inexperienced drivers may forget to look for motorcycles or check their blind spots.

Some motorcycle accidents are caused by factors other than negligent drivers, such as:

  • Defective motorcycle parts: A motorcycle will not be handled properly if a poorly designed or manufactured part breaks. Motorcyclists may lose control and crash.
  • Dangerous road conditions: When a city or town fails to maintain roads, street signs, or traffic lights, it can lead to devastating motorcycle accidents.

Our motorcycle wreck lawyers will investigate the details of your case and hold all liable parties accountable.

What Kinds of Injury Cases Can a Motorcycle Crash Lawyer Handle?

Florida is known for its sunny weather and pleasant temperatures that contributes to the large number of motorcyclists in the state. Particularly in our own area, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties are among the top ten counties in the state for highest number of motorcycle fatalities.

Motorcycle accidents can cause traumatic and debilitation injuries. At the Osborne and Francis Law Firm PLLC, our motorcycle crash lawyers have successfully represented numerous victims. Some of the most frequent motorcycle accident injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries, including brain damage
  • Severe road burns and abrasions
  • Loss of limbs and amputations
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Spinal cord damage that may result in paralysis or paraplegia
  • Internal organ damage or bleeding
  • Broken, dislocated, or fractured bones
  • Lacerations

In severe cases, motorcycle accident victims can suffer fatal injuries. If you have lost a loved one in a negligent accident, our compassionate legal team is here for you. Our wrongful death attorneys can help you hold negligent parties accountable for the damage they have caused you and your family.

Monetary compensation cannot ease the pain of your loss. However, having the negligent party answer for their responsibility in your loved one’s death may provide the closure your family needs to move on.

Do Helmet Laws Affect Motorcycle Accidents?

There are a few laws motorcyclists need to be aware of in Florida. First, the law requires motorcyclists to successfully pass a Basic Rider Course offered by the Florida Rider Trainer Program before achieving motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license. Florida honors out-of-state endorsements from all states except Alabama.

Second, there are helmet restrictions in place:

  • Motorcycle riders and passengers aged 21 and older are not required to wear a helmet provided they have at least $10,000 in injury liability insurance coverage.
  • Riders under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet.

Third, all motorcycle riders are required to wear eye protection. Proper eyewear protection may be goggles, helmet visors, or specially designed motorcycle glasses.

It is important to note that your choice to wear a helmet or not will not take away your right to seek compensation in a negligent motorcycle accident. Consult an experienced motorcycle crash lawyer today to discuss the details of your unique circumstances.

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What Damages Can a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Recover for My Case?

Motorcycle accidents can cause substantial damage to both person and property. At Osborne and Francis, our aggressive representation and dedicated work ethic have helped us recover our clients’ maximum compensation.

Some of the most common damages in a motorcycle accident claim include:

  • Full coverage of medical expenses
  • Lost wages if you are unable to work
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages

Call and schedule an evaluation of your case today to discuss the damages your claim may qualify to recover.

When Should I Contact a Motorcycle Wreck Lawyer?

If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident due to negligence, call the award-winning attorneys of Osborne and Francis Law Firm PLLC. Our boutique-style personal injury firm has gained national recognition. We are proud to provide zealous litigation for a wide range of complex accident and injury cases. We also employ creative legal strategies that have helped our clients obtain the justice they need.

When you sustain life-altering injuries, you need the knowledge and experience only real trial attorneys can provide. Call the Osborne and Francis Law Firm PLLC today — our motorcycle accident lawyers are ready to uphold your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve. If you have questions about your options for recovery, call (561) 293-2600 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Motorcycle Accident FAQs

The number one cause of motorcycle accidents is when other motorists fail to look or recognize them. Motorcycles are easy to miss unless drivers are actively looking for them. Due to their smaller size, motorcycles may be hidden by a glare or another vehicle. It is important for drivers to consistently be aware of their presence on the road.

Lane splitting is when a motorcycle rides between the lanes of traffic going in the same direction. Some motorcyclists take advantage of their smaller size and will ride between rows of stopped cars or slow-moving traffic. In the State of Florida, lane splitting is prohibited by the law.

A motorcycle accident legal claim may take six months to a year or longer to resolve. The length of a motorcycle accident claim heavily depends on whether the case can be settled out of court or must proceed to trial. Though most motorcycle accident claims settle, the case may take longer if there are complicating factors, like catastrophic injuries. It is best to speak to your motorcycle wreck lawyer to discuss the details of your case and how they will affect the possibility of litigation.

A motorcycle accident lawyer can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to ensure you receive your full compensation. Experienced motorcycle accident attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation and determine who is at fault in the crash. Your attorney can then collect critical evidence to support your claim and seek damages for your injuries.

f you or a loved one have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, speak to our motorcycle accident lawyers today and schedule a free consultation by clicking here or calling (561) 293-2600.

Client Testimonials

Read what our past clients are saying about our legal services:

“Great law firm. Very professional and responsive and they work hard to get you the best possible result. My attorney is very thorough and keeps me updated on a regular basis. First class.”
-J. Friedman

“Attorneys Greg Francis and Ryan Fletcher at Osborne and Francis Law Firm represented me in my personal injury case. The defendant drew a line in the sand and was adamant on a settlement amount I was almost willing to accept. After the dust settled and the smoke cleared we settled for 3x's that amount!!!”
-T. Andrews

“Ryan Fletcher’s guidance and professional knowledge helped me navigate handling a scary car wreck. I am so glad I sought his advice and perspective.
Thank you, Ryan.”
-E. Moore

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