Indian Shores Motorcycle Accident Attorney
As a motorcyclist, you almost have to have eyes on the back of your head to stay upright in traffic these days. There are hazardous drivers everywhere—from commuters rapidly changing lanes to try and save five seconds on their way to work and aggressive shoppers practically peeling rubber to cut you off as they exit a parking lot, to mindless drivers staring down at their phones for longer stretches of time than their eyes are on the road. If you were in a motorcycle crash, the Indian Shores motorcycle accident attorney at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff understand what you are going through, and are here to help.
Complications Injured Motorcyclists Face in Personal Injury Claim Compensation
As with any traffic collision case, injured motorcyclists must establish fault, liability, and damages. These elements are never straight forward, even if the collision was between two drivers. When the plaintiff is a motorcyclist, on the other hand, it can be even more challenging. Our society is illogically biased against motorcyclists in various ways, which can potentially impact your case. The biases are that motorcycles are generally ridden by reckless individuals, that motorcyclists ride too fast, and that motorcyclists are too hard to see. None of these biases are true, but they are elements that we have to fight back against in order to win your claim.
Lane Splitting in Florida
It is unlawful for a motorcyclist to split lanes (ride between two lanes of traffic), pursuant to Florida Statute Section 316.209 (3). If you were hit while lane splitting, it may be difficult to win your claim. However, that does not mean that it will be impossible. There are plenty of circumstances in which the other party can still be found more than 50 percent negligent, which is the threshold needed to win a personal injury claim or lawsuit. For example, if the other party was intoxicated or road raged and intentionally hit you, it is certainly worth pursuing a claim against them.
Florida Does Not Have a Helmet Law, However Not Wearing a Helmet Can Still Impact Your Claim
While Florida does not have a helmet law for riders over the age of 21, not wearing a helmet can impact your compensation in a personal injury claim, as the other party can argue that your head and facial injuries would have been less severe had you been helmeted. We will fight back against such attacks on your claim to the greatest degree possible, because we believe in holding the truly negligent party accountable for their actions. If the driver who hit you had been following the rules of the road, the collision never would have happened in the first place.
Call an Indian Shores Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff Today
Motorcycle collisions do not happen when everyone is paying attention, driving in a safe and prudent way, and following the rules of the road. They happen when drivers act in aggressive, impatient, and distracted manners. If you were injured, we can help you win a personal injury claim for maximum compensation. Call the Indian Shores motorcycle accident attorney Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff today at 727-330-6502 to schedule a no-cost consultation.