Orlando Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
The Francis Law Group
The number of motorcycle accidents in the state of Florida increased from nearly 7,500 in 2010 to more than 9,000 in 2012, according to state accident data. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may have legal recourse that allows you to recover damages related to your accident. An Orlando motorcycle accident attorney from the Francis Law Group can help, so call 888-327-2745 or 407-363-9939.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Being involved in a motorcycle accident can be a terrifying experience. And injuries sustained as a result of a motorcycle accident – especially one that involves another motor vehicle – are often severe.
One of the most serious injuries that a motorcyclist may sustain from an accident is a traumatic brain injury. One more mild form of a traumatic brain injury is a concussion. A concussion usually does not cause permanent brain injury, but other more severe types of traumatic brain injuries can have long-lasting effects.
Another type of injury that a motorcyclist may suffer is a spinal cord injury. The spinal cord is responsible for sending information between the brain and other parts of the body. When the spinal cord is damaged, permanent or temporary partial or full paralysis may occur.
Other common injuries are broken bones, road rash, lacerations and bruises, and internal injuries. Depending upon the impact of the crash and other factors, these injuries can be mild or serious.
Establishing Fault for a Motorcycle Accident
After a motorcycle accident, you may wonder how to prove that the other driver involved was at fault for your accident. Establishing fault isn’t always straightforward and requires proving that the other driver acted irresponsibly or negligently.
For example, if the other driver was speeding, it may be considered an act of negligence. You not only have to prove that an irresponsible action occurred, but also that the irresponsible action caused your accident and injuries. If you can acquire the evidence to do this – and our Orlando motorcycle accident lawyers can help – then you may be able to recover damages for any injuries you’ve suffered.
Time Limits for Filing a Personal Injury Suit
In Florida, you have the right to file a personal injury suit for damages when another person causes you bodily harm. However, the law does limit the time frame in which you have to file the claim. Florida Statutes Chapter 95.11 sets this time frame at four years. This means that you have up until four years following your accident to file a claim for damages. If you fail to file a claim within this time frame, you may not be able to recover compensation.
If you hope to file a claim, one thing to keep in mind is Florida’s statute on comparative negligence. Florida Statutes Section 768.81(2) states, “In a negligence action, contributory fault chargeable to the claimant diminishes proportionately the amount awarded…” In other words, if you are partially at fault for the motorcycle accident, then the amount of damages you receive will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
Call The Francis Law Group Today
If you hope to reclaim damages for your injuries, it is highly advised that you seek the legal counsel of an Orlando motorcycle accident attorney. An attorney can explain all of the technical details of the law, gather the evidence you need to build a case and work to prove that the other driver was to blame for your accident. Your lawyer also can address any accusations that you are completely or partially at fault by presenting valid evidence.