With or without a helmet, any motorcycle wreck is potentially deadly. Motorcycle accidents account for just 4 percent of all traffic crashes in Florida, but motorcycle drivers and their passengers make up 16 percent of all traffic fatalities. If a family member was killed on a motorcycle, you have our sympathies and our sincere desire to help. Any death is hard to cope with, but we know it’s harder to work through the grief when a person in the prime of life has died because of the carelessness of others. Motorcycle accident claims can be complicated and might require advice or representation from an attorney.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim for a Motorcycle Accident
If a loved one has died as a result of a motorcycle accident and the family wants to bring a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver, that lawsuit must be filed within two years after the person’s death. That deadline is set by Florida Statutes section 95.11(4)(d).
Hiring a Wrongful Death Attorney After a Motorcycle Accident
Tampa attorney Mike Hancock knows the causes of motorcycle accidents and oversees a thorough crash investigation when there is any doubt. Our firm has the resources to hire accident reconstruction experts who can help trace the negligence of a motorist who was inattentive, violated traffic laws, followed too closely or failed to yield the right of way. There are special issues in motorcycle cases that differ from auto collisions.
Mr. Hancock will take time to explain the process of a wrongful death lawsuit, what damages may apply and how to deal with insurance adjusters prying for information or trying to force a quick settlement. He and his legal team are dedicated to seeing that survivors are reimbursed for lost economic contributions and medical or funeral costs, plus fair damages for the emotional toll of losing a loved one. If the motorcyclist lived for a while before succumbing to crash injuries, the estate may bring an additional action for the victim’s pain and suffering.
Passenger death on a motorcycle? We can handle the sensitive issue of suing a family member, dating partner or friend of the victim whose negligent operation led to a passenger’s fatality.
You have our Sympathies and our Desire to Help You
The motorcycle accident attorneys at Tampa’s Hancock Injury Attorneys are committed to holding negligent drivers and insurance companies accountable for the financial and emotional devastation of a fatal motorcycle accident. Call Tampa motorcycle accident attorney Mike Hancock for answers to your legal questions, including all insurance coverage available to your family, all without obligation to use our legal services at 813-534-6929. Our phones are answered 24/7/365. He will answer your legal questions, make recommendations, and provide you with a free evaluation of the motorcycle accident.You can also reach our Tampa personal injury law firm by e-mail.