Orlando Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
With year-round sunshine, a seemingly endless coastline, and one of the biggest annual motorcycle events in the country, motorcycles are a common sight in Florida. Unfortunately, a recently published study indicates that Florida also has one of the highest motorcycle death rates in the country. In Orange County alone, 32 people were killed and almost 400 injured in motorcycle crashes in 2022, according to data published by the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FHSMV). If you were injured in a motorcycle accident or lost a loved one in a fatal crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or loss.
The Orlando motorcycle accident attorneys at Bailey Fisher understand the physical, emotional, and financial devastation that often follows a motorcycle accident. Attempting to negotiate with insurance companies and navigate the legal system while also focusing on healing can be overwhelming. We can help. Let us use our vast experience and considerable resources to ensure that the party (or parties) responsible for your injuries are held accountable and that you are fully and fairly compensated for all your injuries.
What Causes Orlando Motorcycle Accidents?
The very thing that draws many riders to motorcycles – the feeling of freedom – is what makes motorcycles more dangerous to ride and more vulnerable in a crash. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycles continue to be overrepresented in motor vehicle crashes. Common contributing factors in motorcycle accidents include:
- Impaired driving. Driving while under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs, or prescription medications continues to be a factor in motor vehicle accidents. The NHTSA report shows that over 40 percent of motorcyclists killed in single-vehicle crashes were impaired at the time of the crash.
- Rider inexperience. Inexperienced riders are over-represented in motorcycle accidents.
- Speeding. Speed consistently contributes to one in three motor vehicle accidents each year.
- Drowsy driving. Studies tell us that a drowsy driver is as dangerous on the roadway as an impaired driver.
- Dangerous road conditions. Obstacles in the roadway, wet pavement, or poorly marked roadways create dangerous conditions that frequently contribute to accidents.
- Distracted driving. Anything that takes a motorist’s eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off the task of operating the vehicle is distracted driving.
- Failing to see a motorcyclist. Despite efforts to raise awareness of the presence of motorcycles on the roadways, accidents continue to happen because other motorists fail to see the motorcycle.
Does Florida’s No-Fault Insurance Law Apply to Motorcycle Accidents?
Florida is a “no-fault” insurance state, meaning drivers are required to carry a minimum amount of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance coverage that pays their medical bills (up to $10,000) if they are injured in an accident without regard to who was at fault in the collision. Under the applicable statute, however, only motorists operating a four-wheeled vehicle are subject to the no-fault insurance law, meaning motorcycles are excluded from the provisions of the law. As such, motorcycle accident injury claims proceed using the traditional fault-based legal system.
Am I Entitled to Compensation for an Orlando Motorcycle Accident Wrongful Death?
Because the Florida no-fault insurance law does not apply to motorcycles, liability for injuries in a motorcycle accident is based on negligence. If another party’s negligence caused or contributed to the collision that caused your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault party. Negligence is a legal term that requires a victim to show that another party breached the duty of care owed to the victim and that the victim suffered injuries as a result. Common examples of negligence in a motorcycle accident include another driver driving under the influence, speeding, or driving while texting. Florida follows the doctrine of comparative fault system that apportions negligence (fault) in a motorcycle accident when more than one party was at fault. Because of this, you may be entitled to compensation even if you were partially at fault for the accident.
What Type of Compensation Is Available in an Orlando Motorcycle Accident?
If you were injured in an Orlando motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to economic and non-economic damages from an at-fault party for your physical injuries and emotional trauma. Economic damages are intended to compensate a victim for the objective, easily quantifiable damages suffered because of the accident and may include things such as:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and other care costs
- Lost income to date as well as future lost income
Non-economic damages compensate a victim for the subjective, less easily quantifiable damages suffered in a collision, such as:
- Physical injuries and mental and emotional pain and suffering
- Diminished qualify of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
If you are a surviving parent or child of someone who was fatally injured in an Orlando motorcycle accident, you may also be entitled to compensation in a Florida wrongful death lawsuit for things such as lost earnings, the value of support and services, loss of companionship, guidance, and protection, or mental and emotional pain and suffering.
Get Help from Experienced Orlando Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
If you were injured in an Orlando motorcycle accident, or a family member was killed in a fatal motorcycle collision, the Orlando motorcycle accident attorneys at Bailey Fisher are dedicated to helping you pursue the at-fault party and recover the compensation to which you are entitled. We have the experience, commitment, and resources necessary to ensure that the responsible party (or parties) is held accountable and you are fully compensated for your physical injuries and emotional trauma.
Call us at 407-628-2929 or submit our online form today. One of our experienced Orlando car accident wrongful death lawyers will evaluate your case for free. For viable personal injury cases, we will follow up with the necessary legal action to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence and recover the financial compensation you deserve for your pain, suffering, and losses.