Panama City Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
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Many people incorrectly assume that all motorcycle riders drive recklessly and are responsible when things go awry. However, Florida law provides rights for motorcycle drivers when they are involved in an accident involving a negligent party.
There are legal expectations that other vehicles on the road are obligated to follow to protect motorcycle riders.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your physical and emotional injuries by filing a personal injury claim with the help of a skilled attorney from Syfrett, Dykes & Furr.
The Burden of Proof
Motorcyclists are not covered by the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) that insures every car registered in the state. While this means an injured motorcycle rider is not automatically granted coverage, it also means there are no limits on the amount a victim can seek in compensation for the damage they have incurred. Making a solid claim relies on the ability to prove negligence on the part of another involved party.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Common instances of driver negligence that can lead to motorcycle accidents include:
- Driving under the influence
- Failing to yield or leave room between vehicles
- Lack of adhering to speed limit
- Swerving in front of or cutting off motorcyclists
- Neglecting to pay attention to surroundings
Common Motorcycle Injuries
Motorcycle accidents can be extremely dangerous for the motorcyclist due to the lack of protection they have in comparison to drivers of passenger vehicles. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Road Rash
- Broken Bones
- Head or Facial Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Leg Injuries
If you or someone you love have been in a motorcycle accident that was caused by another driver's negligence, don't hesitate to contact our firm to learn more about your legal options.
Do You Have to Wear a Motorcycle Helmet in Florida?
In Florida, motorcycle riders must wear a helmet if they are under the age of 21. If you are 21 or older, you have to wear a helmet unless you can prove you have $10,000 in medical insurance. The benefits from your medical insurance must specifically be for motorcycle accidents. Additionally, if you are required to wear a helmet, it must be US DOT compliant. If you are supposed to be wearing a helmet and are caught not wearing one, you will likely have to pay a fine.
While, depending on if you meet the requirements, not wearing a helmet may be your choice, it can still be a great idea to wear one. When you're driving in a car, you have a lot of protection around you. There are airbags, seat belts, and other safety features in place to protect you if you are in an accident. Whereas on a motorcycle you only have the gear you're wearing to protect you. Choosing to not wear a helmet could end in catastrophic results.
A Thorough Approach
At Syfrett, Dykes & Furr, our Panama City motorcycle accident lawyers take the time to carefully collect and analyze the pertinent evidence to support your claim. We can even conduct mock trial run-throughs to determine the strengths and weaknesses of your case to gain new insight into how to best represent you.
We are here to help solve your problems. Whether you are looking for our assistance in arranging a settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company or need a fierce champion to fight for you in court, we are ready to represent you.