Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What are Some of the Most Common Accident Injuries in a Motorcycle Crash and will a Lawyer Help Me to Seek Damages for All of My Injuries?

    Because a motorcycle offers less protection than a passenger vehicle, the chances of injuries during an accident are increased.

    Most Common Injuries Sustained in a Motorcycle Crash

    • concussion
    • brain damage
    • fractures
    • joint damage
    • spine damage
    • soft tissue damage
    • facial disfigurement
    • internal bleeding

    Motorcyclists are also susceptible to a condition known as "biker's arm." This occurs in a motorcycle crash when the motorcyclist's upper arm nerves are damaged, resulting in permanent paralysis of the arm.

    If you are injured in a motorcycle crash, an injury lawyer will work with you to seek damages for all of your injuries, including long-term treatment. Some injuries, such as fractures and spine damage, may require physical therapy, while plastic surgery may be necessary in the case of facial disfigurement. Your injury lawyer will account for these expenses in your personal injury claim.

    Your injury lawyer will work with the liable party's insurer in order to seek a settlement for the injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash. If a settlement can't be reached to cover your medical expenses and long-term care, your injury lawyer may take your claim to trial in order to recover damages for your injuries.

    Because so much is at stake, you should contact an attorney who has experience with these types of cases, and a successful track record of winning his or her clients' cases. Contact us today for a free consultation at 888-207-0905.  

    Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • I was Involved in an Accident When a Car Turned Left in Front of Me While I was Riding My Motorcycle in Florida. Who is at Fault?

    If you were involved in a accident when a car turned left in front of you while you were riding your motorcycle, then you may be eligible for compensation in a personal injury claim. This is because a car making a left turn is almost always responsible for a collision with a vehicle coming in the other direction.

    The only exception to this rule may be if you were going over the speed limit at the time of the motorcycle accident, or if you ran a red light. Even if you did act negligently, you may be found only partially responsible. And if partially responsible, you may still be eligible for damages in a personal injury claim.

    This is because in Florida, the law of comparative negligence allows for a victim to collect damages even if they were partially responsible for an accident. Keep in mind that your total recovery may be reduced by your own percentage of negligence. In a Florida personal injury claim after a motorcycle accident, you may be compensated for your medical expenses, any pain or suffering, and any wages that you may have lost.

    Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • I was in a Motorcycle Accident and Now My Knee is Painful. What Type of Knee Injury Could I Have?

    Your knee pain may be caused by damage to the medial meniscus or ligaments, including the medial collateral ligament or the anterior cruciate ligament. If arthroscopic surgery is required, it is commonly done with minor incisions using cannulas to view and repair the damage. Of course, an injury with more significant consequences would be a fracture of the patella and damage to the patellar tendon.

    A motorcycle crash in has the potential to leave you with serious injuries. An injury lawyer can help you obtain the compensation you need to heal. Your lawyer can gather evidence that supports your claim that the other driver is liable for your accident. He or she will also speak with the insurance company in order to maximize the settlement for your motorcycle collision.

    Because so much is at stake, you should contact an attorney who has experience with these types of cases, and a successful track record of winning his or her clients' cases.      

    Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • Is There a Minimum Age Requirement for Motorcycle Passengers in the State of Florida?

    Florida law does not address a minimum age for motorcycle passengers. However, other laws may apply, such as endangering a minor. (Dept. of Hwy. Safety and Motor Vehicles)

    Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • My Husband Insists on Buying a Motorcycle. What Insurance Should He have to Protect the Family if He is Injured in a Crash?

    The standard automobile No-Fault (PIP) does not apply to motorcycles. No proof of insurance is required to register a motorcycle. However, Florida's Financial Responsibility Law still applies if he is involved in an accident. He can face penalties and license revocation if he does not have proof of $10,000 in medical insurance coverage (health insurance qualifies.)

    Most motorcycle riders are under-insured. In addition to the required $10,000 in medical insurance, the best way to protect him and the family from the consequences of a serious injury is to have adequate uninsured motorist (UM) coverage which pays for his injury and losses if the car causing the accident is not insured or does not carry enough bodily injury insurance to pay all losses he might suffer. Keep in mind, uninsured motorist will pay medical, wage loss, pain & suffering and all damages the person who caused the accident should pay if they were adequately insured.

    It is unfortunate that most motorcycle riders I encounter in my practice have not obtained adequate UM coverage to protect themselves. In order to buy UM he will need bodily injury coverage. This protects him in the event he causes an accident injuring someone else. While it may not be required in Florida, for motorcycles, he will be unable to purchase UM in any greater amount than the bodily injury coverage on the bike. So, decide how much UM protection you feel you need and purchase BI at least in the same amount. Most people would say $100,000 is the least amount of BI or UM anyone should carry.

    Have You Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • Who is Responsible for an Unsecured Load that Leads to a Florida Trucking Accident?

    The truck driver, the company that owns the truck, and the company whose job it was to load and secure the cargo can all potentially be held responsible for an unsecured load that leads to a trucking accident. By hiring a trucking accident attorney, you can be sure you are pursuing all the financial compensation from each person responsible.

    First, the driver is responsible for adhering to the rules of the road. Because they drive larger vehicles, truckers have a larger responsibility to drive carefully. Overworked truck drivers trying to make more money by going longer distances in shorter times can cause trucking accidents when they drive erratically and topple an unsecured load.

    Second, the company that owns the truck can also be found at fault. Old or worn truck hardware that gives out can release a load onto the highway. Common cargo like construction supplies, logs, or even cars can come tumbling off of a truck bed if its parts are worn, creating an unsecured load.

    Third, and often overlooked, is the company that loaded and secured the cargo on the truck can also be found at fault. An experienced trucking accident attorney knows to investigate all who could be at fault in your Florida trucking accident and this is yet another outlet for financial compensation.

    Have You Been Injured In A Truck Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • Are There Any Laws That Dictate Whether a Semi-Truck Driver Can Text While Driving?

    In 2010, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a federal ban on texting while driving for commercial truck drivers. This ban prohibits texting while driving by operators of commercial motor vehicles such as large trucks and buses. The move was meant to prevent the occurrence of truck accidents.

    After the action was announced, LaHood stated, "We want the drivers of big rigs and buses and those who share the roads with them to be safe... this is an important safety step and we will be taking more to eliminate the threat of distracted driving."

    Under the new ban on texting while driving, truck drivers who text while driving may be penalized by legal fines of up to $2,750. According to a study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, those who participate in texting while driving are distracted for an average of 4.6 seconds of every 6 seconds that they text. This can result in a truck accident, which may cause serious or fatal injuries.

    If you have been injured in a truck accident in Florida and you suspect that the truck driver was texting while driving, you'll want to tell your lawyer to help you obtain the driver's cell phone records. Showing that a truck driver was texting while driving leading up to your truck accident can help prove negligence and help support your truck accident claim.

    Recover Compensation if You Were a Victim Semi-Truck Accident

    • medical expenses
    • lost wages
    • pain and suffering
    • mental anguish
    • permanent disabilities
    • disfigurement
    • other accident-related expenses

    Have You Been Injured In A Truck Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • If My Child Suffers a Fireworks Injury at a Neighbor's House, What Insurance is Available to Pay for Their Injury and Medical Costs?

    Homeowners insurance policies will provide coverage for the negligence of the homeowner. Almost any act of a neighbor handling or permitting the use of fireworks which cause someone to be injured would be considered negligence and should be covered. The typical homeowners insurance policy in Florida provides up to $300,000 in liability coverage to pay for serious injuries and losses.

    Because of the emotion involved, child injury cases are some of the most difficult to handle. Some of the injuries children suffer are the same as adults, such as auto accidents (the leading cause of injury to children) as well as slip/ falls.

    But many injuries are unique to children. For example, burns, fireworks injuries, school injuries, daycare injuries, golf cart, scooter/razor injuries, bicycle injuries, dog bite/animal attacks, and playground injuries are some of the injuries our office handles which are unique to children. You need an attorney you can trust, one who is genuinely interested in protecting the rights of children, and who will advocate on behalf of your child and your family.

    Has Your Child Been Injured In An Accident?

    If your child has been hurt in an accident it's important to contact an experienced child accident injury attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free consultation.

  • Who Makes Sure that Trucking Companies Operating in Florida and Elsewhere are Following Federal Regulations?

    The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the agency that establishes federal trucking regulations.

    Standards and Guidelines for the U.S. Trucking Industry

    • drug and alcohol regulations
    • the hours of service that drivers may operate
    • qualifications for truck drivers
    • trucking company safety standards
    • standards for emissions and noise
    • requirements for inspection, maintenance and repair
    • weight, length, and width limitations

    In addition to the federal trucking laws established by the FMCSA, truckers in Florida must also abide by the rules established by Florida's Department of Transportation.

    A violation of these regulations can result in a truck accident. If you have been injured in a truck accident in Florida, and the accident was the result of someone else's negligence, you may be eligible for compensation in a truck accident claim.

    Negligence in a Truck Accident in Florida

    • truck driver error
    • truck inspection error
    • failing to properly load the truck's cargo
    • failing to obey federal truck driving laws
    • driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
    • driving under adverse road conditions

    Have You Been Injured In A Truck Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • My Son is 14 Years Old and Received a Motorized Scooter for His Birthday. May He Ride it on the Sidewalk?

    Motorized scooters are small vehicles designed to be ridden standing or seated. Some have gas motors, some are electric. They are not licensed or registered with the state of Florida. Therefore, they are not permitted on the roadway or sidewalk, even if the operator has a driver's license. Although most parents are not aware of this, according to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, their use is restricted to private property.

    Have You Been Injured On A Scooter, Moped, Golf Cart Or ATV?

    You've been hurt in a vehicle accident you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free consultation.