St. Petersburg Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
The experienced St. Petersburg motorcycle accident attorneys at Salter, Healy, Bassett & Rivera understand that being involved in a motorcycle accident is a terrible scenario. These accidents are brutal and in many cases lead to fatalities. If you were lucky enough to survive your accident, you still may feel anxious, frustrated, and confused. Your life is probably flipped on its head right now and you may not know what you need to do in order to get compensation. Our St. Petersburg motorcycle accident attorneys are here to help you along the way. You have every right to contact our firm and hire our services to get you the compensation you deserve. Please read up about your case, then give us a call to set up a free consultation.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle accidents tend to be quite different from most other vehicular accidents. The small size of motorcycles and the exposure of riders produce different physics in an accident, and an attorney who undertakes a motorcycle accident case must understand the science involved. The attorney should also be familiar with factors such as prejudice against motorcyclists, the value of custom motorcycle parts, driver behavior and more.
Due to the lack of protection from impact, the potential for serious injury in a motorcycle accident is great. You do not have the metal frame that someone in a car has, or the airbags to take some of the impact from the collision. The most common types of motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Concussion or contusion
- Broken bone or fracture
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal cord and neck injury
What you need to know is that your health is more important than anything else. You have to make sure you get your injuries looked at right away. You can visit an urgent care center, see your primary doctor, or go to the emergency room if need be. Do not delay this procedure as you run the risk of making your injuries worse. You also run the risk of the insurance company who represents the liable party trying to throw out your case or reduce your compensation. They will try to say that your injuries were not bad enough to get immediate medical care or that you got these injuries elsewhere.
Important First Steps After the Accident
If you are not physically able to stay on the scene to collect evidence, you can have a friend, family member, or your attorney get on the scene to do it for you. If you are too injured to be there, get on the ambulance and let someone else take care of this for you. The evidence that needs to be collected includes photos of all vehicles involved, photos of the scene around the motorcycle, contact information from any and all witnesses, as well as the insurance information from the driver or drivers who were involved in the accident. It is important to have all of this so that your attorney can build you a strong case.
Florida Statute of Limitations
You have four years from the date of your accident to bring your motorcycle accident claim. If you wait longer than four years, you will be barred from receiving compensation. It is better to talk to an attorney early on so that you do not have to worry about that. You also have the added benefit of having your witnesses’ memories be fresher and your evidence less likely to disappear. Giving your attorney time to build you a strong case makes it more likely that you will get the compensation you deserve.
How Compensation Works
Florida is a pure comparative negligence state. That means you can receive compensation even if the insurance company were to blame part of the accident on you. Florida is more lenient with their cutoff for compensation. You will be barred from receiving an award if you are deemed 100%. For any other percentage, you will be able to get an award, but it will be reduced. For example, if you are deemed 10% at fault for your accident because you were speeding, and you were awarded $100,000 for your damages, it will be reduced to $80,000 to account for your role in causing the accident. We work very hard to keep you from getting pinned for any of the blame so that you get full and fair compensation.
Throughout your case, our top priority is providing you with the care you need. Whether your case goes to trial or not, we are determined to obtain compensation such as:
- Medical coverage. After your accident, you need extensive medical attention. We seek compensation for your medical bills.
- Vehicle compensation. We attain compensation for repairs to or the loss of your motorcycle.
- Pain and suffering. We obtain damages to compensate you for your pain and suffering.
- Punitive Damages. If your accident was caused by a drunk driver or someone who was on drugs, we will ask the court for punitive damages to punish the person for their actions.
- Lost wages. We seek compensation for the wages you lose when you are off from work after your accident.
Do Not Talk to the Insurance Company
The most detrimental mistake you can make is giving a recorded statement to the liable party’s insurance company. It is almost guaranteed that you will be receiving a phone call from them in which they will claim to be helpful if you give them a statement. It is never wise to do so as they are trained to ask you questions that put you in a position to say the wrong thing which could ruin your case. The best thing you can do is tell them that your attorney will be taking over all forms of communication.
Call Our Office Today for a Free Consultation
If you are seeking compensation for your injuries, please do not hesitate to call our experienced St. Petersburg motorcycle accident attorneys to set up a free consultation. We will go over the details of your case and let you know what your legal options are as well as what your next step should be. We want to make sure you have the best chance at full compensation.