Lake County Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Helping Motorcycle Crash Victims Recover Compensation
Motorcycle riders are often vulnerable to the most serious injuries on the road. Even when wearing a helmet, victims often suffer permanent and sometimes fatal injuries. If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, you can take action to protect your rights and preserve your claims. At Oldham & Smith, we offer experienced advocacy and sound counsel to the victims and families of motorcycle accidents.
Florida Leads the Country in Motorcycle Accidents & Deaths
A study showed that in 2015 there were 606 motorcycle-related deaths in Florida alone. That study showed that almost one in every five vehicle deaths in Florida were motorcyclists, even though they only make up 3% of the registered vehicles in the state. That number increased by almost 30% in just one year and continues to climb.
One of the reasons for this rise is due to the huge events held in Daytona Beach every year. Spring Break and Bike Week bring in thousands of motorcyclists from all over the state and every part of the country. All of these motorcyclists congregate in Daytona and have to share the road with thousands of other vehicles also trying to attend the events. Combined with the fact that drunk driving is more rampant during these festivals, the variables for a very dangerous equation are set into motion. If you decide to attend one of these events, you must be aware of your surroundings at all times and make sure you are doing everything to keep yourself and other bikers safe to avoid tragedy.
Accidents on Harley Davidson Motorcycles
At events like Bike Week, Harley Davidson motorcycles – and cruisers in general – are incredibly popular and you will see hundreds of them in the area. Because of the different riding style and posture on Harleys, different types of collisions and injuries can occur compared to sports bikes. The risk of death can be higher in certain situations. In addition, because of their popularity during Bike Week, there is also an increased chance of these kinds of bikes getting into accidents since so many of them share the road at once.
If the worst happens and a loved one is killed in a negligent accident, the family and any financial dependents are protected and owed recompense for their loss under the Florida Wrongful Death Act. Our team has extensive experience handling wrongful death cases and will work tirelessly to ensure that you and your family are compensated for the loss of your loved one.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Even when the state of Florida isn’t celebrating motorcycle-based events, motorcyclists are still 27 times more likely to die in a crash. Drivers may have trouble seeing motorcyclists, or simply fail to share the road.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Inexperienced drivers
- Driving under the influence
- Sudden stops
- Left turns
- Intersection accidents
- Failure to yield
- Disregard of traffic signals
- Dangerous road conditions
- Defective motorcycles or motorcycle parts
- Lane splitting or riding in between lanes of traffic
- Unsafe lane changes and drivers failing to check their blind spots
What Kind of Damages You Can Recover
A successful personal injury lawsuit can help you recover both economic and non-economic damages. Also known as compensatory damages, these damages account for actual expenses, like medical bills and missed wages, and less tangible losses, like pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
In some cases, you can also ask for punitive damages. These damages are designed to punish the wrongdoer, prevent similar accidents from happening in the future, and provide you with additional financial comfort.
Motorcycle Laws in Florida
In Florida, all motorcyclists must be properly licensed. You can add a motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license or hold a ‘Motorcycle Only’ license. Operating a motorcycle without an endorsement is illegal.
Further, no one under the age of 16 may legally operate a motorcycle, and all motorcyclists must wear both protective headgear and a device to protect their eyes. Although there are some exceptions to this rule (i.e. if you have up to $10,000 in medical insurance), every rider under 16 must wear a helmet and sunglasses.
For more information about Florida motorcycle laws, see §316.211 of The 2019 Florida Statutes and/or contact our attorneys for clarification.
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At Oldham & Smith, our priority is getting you the compensation you deserve. Motorcycle accident cases can be challenging, however, as injuries are usually severe and juries can be less sympathetic to motorcyclists than to other accident victims. As your attorneys, we will aggressively defend your interests, seeking to maximize compensation for all medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, long-term care needs, or the wrongful death of a loved one.
Our Lake County motorcycle accident attorneys know that this is a difficult time. Let us take on the burden of pursuing your legal case while you focus on healing from your injuries and moving forward with your life.
Our attorneys are experienced in claims involving:
- Motorcycle crashes, solo or involving other vehicles
- Wrongful death involving a motorcycle crash
- The Florida helmet law
- Negligent entrustment
- Biker road rash and broken bones
- Head and neck injuries
- Brain and spinal cord injuries
- Pedestrian or bicycle/motorcycle collisions
- Restaurant and bar owners’ “dram shop” cases (when the motorcyclist was served alcohol before the motorcycle accident)
- Railroad crossings
- Collisions involving city, county, or state vehicles
- Construction zone accidents
- Daytona Bike Week accidents involving Florida or out-of-state motorcyclists
- Biketoberfest accidents involving Florida or out-of-state motorcyclists
- Accidents on I-75, I-95, I-4, and the Florida Turnpike
Contact us today by calling (352) 292-1620. We serve clients in Tavares, Lake County, and throughout Florida.