After a motorcycle accident, it can be challenging to know what to do next. You may be dealing with medical bills, lost wages, and calls from insurance companies that don’t have your best interests at heart. That’s why it’s crucial to get the help of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. At Heintz Law, our lawyers understand the complexities of motorcycle accidents and can help you get the compensation you deserve. We will work hard to ensure you receive total compensation for your:
Our team is dedicated to providing personalized attention and aggressive representation so that you can focus on healing from your injuries while we handle the legal aspects of your case. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers.
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe injury while riding a motorcycle, consider contacting a Sarasota motorcycle accident attorney to discuss your case. Call our Sarasota office at 941-238-0093 to schedule a free consultation, or get in touch using our contact form.
We work on a contingency basis for personal injury claims such as motorcycle accidents. A contingency fee basis means we do not charge you anything unless we win a settlement in or out of court. This fee structure ensures we work hard for your case and that you don't have even more out-of-pocket expenses during a stressful time. We also offer contingency fee schedules for other practice areas, such as:
Building a solid case is essential to receive the compensation you deserve when you've been involved in a motorcycle accident. To do this, you need to gather evidence that proves the accident happened and was caused by the at-fault party’s negligence. This includes
A motorcycle accident lawyer can help you with this process. They know what information needs to be gathered and compiled to build a strong insurance claim. They will work with you to ensure that all necessary evidence is collected and presented effectively. With their help, you can make sure your case is as strong as possible to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.
Motorcyclists lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so they're more likely to be injured or killed while on the road.
Research shows that other motorists are at fault in more than half of all multi-vehicle accidents involving motorcycles. Motorcycle riders are 27 times more likely to die in an accident and five times more likely to be injured than passenger car occupants.
The most common cause of accidents involving motorcycles is driver negligence. When the driver of a passenger vehicle fails to exercise caution while driving, they place everyone around them at risk of serious harm, especially motorcyclists. Common acts of negligence include:
A total of 4,985 motorcyclists died in crashes across the country in 2018. Motorcycle deaths accounted for 14 percent of all motor vehicle crashes in 2018 and were more than double the number of motorcyclist deaths in 1997.
A motorcycle doesn’t have airbag support or other collision protections like cars. Protective gear—like a helmet, gloves, and special clothing—can only do so much to prevent injury. Injuries can range from minor to disabling, such as:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a TBI as a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury that disrupts normal brain function. Helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries. While a helmet provides a certain level of protection, the force of a collision can still result in a TBI.
A spinal cord injury results in some form of paralysis and is one of the most catastrophic injuries a person can experience. Many patients with a spinal cord injury must rely on a power chair for mobility and require home modifications and assistance for most, if not all, daily activities. The lifetime costs associated with such an injury can stretch beyond millions of dollars per year.
A rider can break multiple bones during a motorcycle crash. Depending on the severity of the breaks, a rider may face multiple surgeries as well as extensive physical and emotional therapy. Daily tasks can be difficult without assistance, and there are some leisure activities a person may not be able to experience again or at least not until they recover.
Other common injuries also include road rash, facial fractures and disfigurement, and burns.
Ensuring motorcycle crash victims receive the medical treatment they deserve often means pursuing litigation. According to a recent University of South Florida study, the average hospital cost for an injured motorcyclist is nearly $50,000. On average, motorcycle crashes cost Floridians nearly $400 million a year in hospital bills.
Several types of compensation may be available to motorcycle accident victims, depending on the nature of the crash. If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident, you may seek compensation for the following:
Compensation for your injuries is especially relevant to bikers: The vast majority of motorcycle crashes involve men ages 45 to 54, followed by men ages 25 to 35. Both age groups represent prime income-earning years. A family can be left without a primary wage earner as the result of a motorcycle crash.
Florida law allows accident victims to bring civil actions in cases involving liability. The laws, however, are quite complex and require the expertise of an experienced personal injury attorney.
Our personal injury attorneys provide Bradenton, Sarasota and all of our Florida clients expert representation in an auto accident, wrongful death, and catastrophic injury cases. We have successfully represented thousands of clients, securing over $100 million dollars in verdicts and settlements.
Our Sarasota legal team will thoroughly investigate your motorcycle case and aggressively advocate for your rights. For a free consultation, call Heintz Law at 941-238-0093 or contact our Sarasota law firm online.