We’ll Fight for Your Rights
For motorcycle riders, the exhilaration of the open road is undeniable. There’s a certain feeling of freedom that comes with a motorcycle – and most riders wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Unfortunately, the freedom and exhilaration come with a trade-off – safety. The sad truth is that motorcyclists are significantly more exposed to accidents, injuries, and even death than their car-driving neighbors. Objects in the road, inclement weather, or even the simple negligence of drunk, distracted or dangerous drivers can all knock you off your motorcycle and into a hospital bed.
Once you’re there – bruised, battered, and suddenly in debt – your problems may be just beginning. The insurance company may opt to play hardball with you regarding your claim. That can take many forms, from “lost” paperwork to intentional delays to actually launching attacks on you, the accident victim. With everything else you’ve got to deal with in the aftermath of a serious motorcycle crash, they know you may not have the strength to stand up for yourself and fight back.
But that’s okay – because the Andriotis Law Firm is here to do it for you.
Don’t suffer for someone else’s negligence
At the Andriotis Law Firm, our team has extensive experience dealing with motorcycle accident injury claims. We know how to build a strong case, negotiate a fair settlement, and persuade a jury – and we can do it for you.
We have the patience, the knowledge, and the experience to go toe-to-toe with insurance companies and fight for the service and justice you deserve.
You’ll never be left wondering what’s going on with your case. Our staff is trained to provide clear and regular updates to each of our clients, and we’re accessible.
The moment you step into our office, our team begins working diligently on your injury claim. We scour any and all relevant documents, such as police reports, accident scene photos, and medical records, to establish negligence and the extent of your damages, both physically and financially. Our personal injury attorneys and staff leave no stone unturned and explore every avenue to establish the value of your claim.
Because that’s the level of representation you deserve.
What you do after your motorcycle accident is important
Seeking medical attention is the most important step to take after being involved in a motorcycle accident. Your injuries may be severe. It’s crucial that a physician has the opportunity to assess your condition. Even if you don’t think you’re hurt, you could have sustained a minor injury that will develop into something more significant if it’s not addressed. Additionally, adrenaline can prevent you from realizing how severe an injury actually is.
Seeing a doctor as soon as possible will also help you and your personal injury attorney build a stronger case. You need to prove your injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence. If you wait to go to the doctor, the defendant’s attorney could argue any injuries you sustained were not serious, or were the result of something that occurred after the accident.
That doesn’t need to happen. See a doctor right away and be sure to get your medical records. When planning to meet with an attorney, you should also make sure you have the following key documents:
- Pictures of the accident scene
- Pictures of your injuries
- Witness statements and contact information
- Police reports
- Any additional relevant medical reports
Contact The Andriotis Law Firm Today to seek the justice you deserve.
About Motorcycle Accidents in Clearwater, FL
What is the most common cause of motorcycle accidents?
Motorcyclists need to be aware of all potential hazards when out on the road. Many accidents occur because inexperienced riders fail to take the necessary precautions.
That said, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately one-third of motorcycle collisions involving multiple vehicles occur when another driver turns into a motorcyclist’s path, which often happens at intersections. Again, while it’s important to drive
carefully and vigilantly in general, motorcyclists should be particularly aware of their surroundings when intersections are busy, poorly-designed, or both.
Motorcycle accident facts
Data from the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicates 9,143 motorcycle accidents occurred in Florida in 2018. Those accidents resulted in 531 fatalities and 7,849 injuries. Additionally, statistics from the Insurance Information Institute revealed that the average motorcycle rider is 27 times more likely to die in a crash per mile traveled when compared to drivers or passengers of cars and other vehicles. These statistics reinforce the importance of staying safe when operating a motorcycle in Florida.
Common injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents
It’s essential to remember that the vulnerability of motorcycle riders puts them at risk of many different types of injuries. Protecting yourself is crucial. That said, head injuries are particularly common (keep in mind that the NHTSA states wearing a helmet saves greater than 1600 motorcyclists’ lives every year). Due to their proximity to the ground, many motorcyclists also sustain leg and foot injuries when they’re involved in collisions. Although they aren’t as common, it’s also worth noting that debilitating spinal injuries may occur as well.
Filing a personal injury claim in Clearwater, Florida
Unless your insurance policy covers everything (which is often not the case), the process of filing a personal injury claim starts with an attorney consultation. A motorcyclist who’s been injured in an accident in Florida should meet with a personal injury attorney to review their case. An attorney can determine if the case has merit. Again, bringing all necessary documentation to the consultation will help an attorney make a more accurate determination. If they do decide a lawsuit is warranted, they’ll begin the official steps of filing one.
Don’t wait to contact a Clearwater personal injury attorney if you suspect you might have a case. If you wait too long, the statute of limitations may run out. You’ll no longer be able to file a lawsuit if that happens.