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Dedicated Florida accident attorneys protect the rights of injured motorcyclists and their passengers

When motorcyclists take to the roads, they are subject to the same traffic laws as other vehicles but they face increased safety hazards. When a motorcycle accident occurs, the smaller size of the bike and its proximity to others on the roadways often brings serious injuries. Motorcycle accident attorneys at Ged Lawyers, LLP are dedicated to protecting the rights of injured motorcyclists and their passengers, with a track record of successfully recovering compensation on their behalf.

Although allowing great freedom on the road, motorcycles present many hazards in an accident setting that passenger vehicles don’t. They also represent far more fatalities. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that motorcycle riders in 2019 were 29 times more likely to die in an accident than occupants of other vehicles. This has a lot to do with the design and size of the vehicle itself.

The Increased Vulnerability of the Motorcycle Rider

Motorcycles are small, lightweight, and rely on balance and momentum to safely move forward. Anything that causes imbalance and lack of momentum can interfere with the motorcycle’s ability to operate safely. And because of the added vulnerability and exposure of the rider, there is significantly less protection in the case of an accident. Consequently, even the most minor accidents can cause serious injuries, including

If you have been seriously injured as a motorcycle rider, you may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault party. Getting the assistance of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Boca Raton can help you understand your legal rights after an accident. At Ged Lawyers, LLP, we have dedicated our careers to the rights of victims and their families and helping them get the compensation they deserve.

Hazards of riding a motorcycle

Riding a motorcycle poses increased risk of injury due to the unique circumstances surrounding this mode of transportation. Specifically, motorcyclists face the following safety hazards:

  • uneven road surfaces
  • potholes
  • debris
  • objects in the roadway
  • oil slicks
  • close proximity to other vehicles with no protective barrier
  • easily obscured by cars and trucks on the roadway
  • high speeds can cause front end shaking and instability due to tire misalignment

Can I receive compensation for injuries I sustained in a motorcycle accident?

When you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may file a personal injury claim if the accident can be attributed to negligent behavior on the part of another person or entity, such as driving recklessly or violating traffic laws. In these situations, personal injury law protects the injured by providing the opportunity to recover compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are designed to return the injured party to the state they were prior to the accident by compensating for any of the following:

  • medical expenses
  • loss of income due to time away from work
  • loss of earned sick and vacation time
  • mental anguish
  • pain and suffering

Damages such as medical bills and loss of income are measureable and their value is straightforward. Damages such as mental anguish or pain and suffering are immeasurable and the court will use its discretion to assign value.

Understanding Legal Requirements for Motorcycle Riders in Florida

In order to lawfully operate a motorcycle in Florida, a rider must have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license. This requires proof of specialized training in the laws and operation of motorcycles.

A rider must also maintain liability coverage of a minimum of $20,000 in total bodily injury coverage, $10,000 coverage for property damage and bodily injury per person, and at least a $30,000 per incident limit.

Florida has existing helmet laws, but they are lenient compared to most other states. Under the current Florida motorcycle helmet law, riders over the age of 21 are not required to wear helmets if they carry a minimum of $10,000 in medical insurance benefits that will cover their own injuries. Eye protection is required, however.

Riders under the age of 21 must wear a helmet that meets the safety standards of Federal Motorcycle Vehicle Safety Standard 218. These standards ensure proper fit with enough coverage to reduce the risk of head injuries.

How Does Not Wearing a Helmet Affect an Injury Claim?

Regardless of whether a rider chooses to wear a helmet, they are still entitled to be fairly compensated for their injuries. While insurance may use many tactics to try to reduce or deny that compensation, a rider is still entitled to fair compensation regardless of whether they choose to wear a helmet or not. Not wearing a helmet, however, can result in reduced compensation for any head or facial injuries sustained in an accident.

An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Boca Raton can assist you if you are struggling to get fairly compensated by insurance. At Ged Lawyers, LLP, we can help. While insurance companies may be biased against riders, we know their tactics and how to hold them accountable.

Insurance Bias and Motorcycle Accidents

While Florida embraces motorcycle riders with more lenient helmet laws, insurance bias against riders is alive and well here. Many riders have found out the hard way that navigating an accident claim is very different for car accident victims and motorcycle riders. The reason for this is an inherent bias against riders in the insurance industry. Consequently, it may be more difficult for a rider to get fairly compensated for injuries after an accident. This is when it can be critical to have the guidance of an experienced Boca Raton motorcycle accident lawyer.

Deadline for filing a personal injury claim in Florida

Every state has deadlines for filing a claim in the state’s civil court system, known as the statute of limitations. In the state of Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is four years from the time the accident took place. This is a firm legal deadline. Individuals who do not file their personal injury claim within this four year window will not have their case heard in court and they will have lost the opportunity to recover any compensation for the injuries they sustained in the motorcycle accident.

We protect your rights and advocate on your behalf

If you have been involved in motorcycle accident, you may be facing serious injury and significant medical expenses related to your treatment and recovery. At Ged Lawyers, LLP, our motorcycle accident attorneys are knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated to fighting on your behalf for the compensation you deserve. Contact our office at 844-443-3529 or online to schedule a free case review to discuss your case. The attorneys at Ged Lawyers, LLP, represent a diverse clientele, with multilingual services available in Arabic, Creole, Greek, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and other languages.