Very few things in life offer the thrill of riding a motorcycle. This excitement does not come without risk. When motorists fail to see motorcycles or observe the rules of the road, motorcyclists can suffer life-threatening injuries. Anytime a motorcycle is in an accident, it is likely that either the motorcyclist, a passenger or both will suffer severe injuries. Nearly 8,000 people are injured or killed in a motorcycle accident each year in Florida. Many accidents are caused by a careless or inattentive driver who was violating a traffic law or simply failed to spot the motorcyclist until too late. At the personal injury law firm Hancock Injury Attorneys, we know that Tampa motorcycle accident victims are at a disadvantage in many ways. Injuries are often severe if not fatal, the victims are often blamed and the laws are different for motorcycles than they are for automobiles.
Motorcycle Deaths High in Florida
Did you know that Motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a crash than those in a vehicle? In a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Highway Safety Administration, it was found that Florida leads the country in Motorcycle crash deaths.
In a AAA survey, 80% of 200 people surveyed claimed to wear helmets while riding their motorcycle, but in another report, that number looks like it’s closer to right under 50%.
The Stories Behind the Accidents
To learn more about the individuals that The Hancock Injury Attorneys have served, watch The Helmet Stories: a three-part miniseries in which Mike Hancock tells the stories behind the helmets.
Also, see our Motorcycle Accident FAQ’s
Motorcycle Accident Experts
Tampa attorney Mike Hancock brings 30 plus years of experience in personal injury litigation, including many verdicts and settlements for motorcycle accidents.
- He is knowledgeable about the causes of motorcycle crashes and has the resources to bring in professional investigators when there is any dispute about who was at fault.
- He is familiar with common injuries in motorcycle accidents and works closely with medical providers, economists and other professionals to detail the hardships and future needs in pursuit of full compensation.
- He understands the unique insurance issues and Florida laws pertaining to motorcycles and how they factor into your personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party.
- He has helped families recover wrongful death damages for the financial losses and emotional aftermath of a fatal motorcycle accident.
Even when a motorcycle accident causes brain injury or other catastrophic harm, you cannot count on the insurance company to offer fair damages. Mike Hancock formerly worked in insurance defense. He can anticipate and counter the tactics insurers will use to limit your compensation, from the fine print of insurance policies to attempts to portray the motorcyclist as reckless.
Our law firm has a full understanding of Florida motorcycle laws and the unique issues that can be involved in motorcycle accidents. We are dedicated to helping our clients get the damages they need for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other expenses. We also represent people who have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident. We understand the tactics that insurance companies may deploy in order to minimize your recovery. We will work diligently to counter these strategies and help you get the money damages you need.
Motorcycle Accident FAQs
Can an injured passenger sue the rider on the same bike if injured?
In Florida, anytime someone injures another person, the victim can file a personal injury claim. This also includes the passenger of a bike where the driver of the bike was at fault. However, in Florida, all damages under $10,000 are paid from each person’s personal injury protection policy. If the passenger has none, then the driver’s PIP insurance will cover the expenses.
How much time do I have to file a motorcycle accident claim in Florida?
Florida law gives a victim of a motorcycle accident four years to file his or her claim. (Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a)). This time starts on the day of the accident. If the case is not filed within this time, it’s likely that the right to claim a motorcycle personal injury case is gone. This is as of January 2020, and the law can be changed at any time.
Do I need an attorney if I’m hurt in a motorcycle accident?
Under Florida law, it’s allowed for someone to represent themselves. However, keep in mind that the insurance company and their high-priced defense lawyers have processed many claims, and this is possibly your first one. It’s wise to at least talk to an experienced attorney to be advised of the law and your rights.
Contact a Tampa Motorcycle Lawyer
At Hancock Injury Attorneys, we have the experience, skill, and knowledge to win your case. Contact us for a free confidential initial consultation at 813-915-1110. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.