Motorcycle Accident Injury
Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
At Dolman Law Group, we routinely handle motorcycle accident injury cases. Many attorneys fashion themselves as the best option for bikers involved in a motorcycle accident. They pass themselves off as authentic bikers and try to create the impression that being a biker equates to being the most competent to handle a claim or case on behalf of a victim of a motorcycle injury caused by the negligence of another. Further, some of these purported biker attorneys, only fashion themselves as bikers as a marketing tool, when they in fact are not a motorcycle enthusiasts. We find such actions to be disingenuous.
Even more troubling is the puffery and misrepresentations offered by such attorneys. A victim should be more concerned with the skills and qualifications of their attorney than they are with whether the attorney looks good on a bike or is legitimately a rider. The attorney should have substantial experience in representing injured motorcyclists and should be educated on the dangers and common problems that riding a motorcycle can cause clients. Further, the attorney or law firm must be experienced in litigating on behalf of motorcycle accident victims and have the resources, willingness and ability to take the case to trial if necessary.
Many attorneys, including some of the biggest advertisers either do not litigate themselves or pass the litigation work off to another law firm. It important for the injured party to inquire about the attorney’s experience litigating cases, whether the attorney or law firm handles its own litigation and whether the firm or attorney has the resources necessary to zealously advance the case to trial if necessary. It is essential to consult with an experienced and competent Florida motorcycle accident injury attorney
Factors Relating To Motorcycle Accidents
There are a myriad of factors that play into motorcycle accidents. However, some have become an overly common theme. Driver negligence is the predominant contributing factor behind a majority or motorcycle accidents in the Tampa Bay area and Florida in general. Automobile operators often fail to check their blind spots or drive their car with the safety of motorcyclists in mind. These individuals commonly fail to provide the motorcyclists with full use of the lane and often swerve right into the motorcycle.
Motorcycles account for less than two percent of all vehicles in the United States, yet motorcyclists make up eight percent of all road fatalities. Motorcycle injuries are generally more devastating than injuries associated with automobile collisions. They often result in spinal injuries, head trauma and even death.
Motorcycles clearly do not provide the operator with the same level of protection and safety features as an automobile. This means that riders should take as many preventative measures as Many motorcyclists are often the victim of careless and inattentive drivers. Drivers are often distracted by gadgets and electronic equipment in their car. Cell phones are often the culprit as texting while driving is fast becoming a leading cause of collisions. Unfortunately, bikers are often the victims of inattentive or incompetent drivers. Motorcyclists are often difficult to identify in areas of traffic and this results in many tragic accidents that result in catastrophic injuries. As a Florida motorcycle accident and injury attorney, Matt Dolman has himself seen a rise in such cases as a result of cellphone use and general inattention.
Motorcycle Safety Tips For Avoiding Accidents
- Bikers should always take advantage of turn signals to inform other drivers of their intent to turn or shift lanes;
- In addition to turn signals, basic hand signal indications are smart to use as they can sometimes catch the eye of otherwise inattentive drivers.
- Remaining at a reasonable distance behind (4 or 5 seconds) from any vehicle in front of you is another basic rule of safe motorcycling;
- Always be aware that a turn signal doesn’t always mean that the vehicle is actually going to turn. Be positive that a vehicle you are traveling behind is indeed turning before getting too close;
- Never ride a motorcycle while distracted or overly tired.
- And of course, wear protective gear such as boots, Kevlar jackets, leathers, and helmets to protect yourself from injury in case of unavoidable accidents.
Minimizing the amount of distracted drivers on the road is a real passion at The Dolman Law Group. We aggressively litigate cases with the intent to hold negligent drivers responsible for the carelessness of inattentive driving. The impact of this negligence is even more evident in cases involving motorcycles, which is why The Dolman Law Group is dedicated to zealously representing the Tampa Bay motorcycling community. Even though a motorcycle may be less visible than a car, bikers have just as much right to safety on the road.
Consult With An Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you have been injured as a result of a motorcycle accident, specifically a collision that caused substantial damage, it is essential to have a thorough understanding of your attorney’s qualifications and the unique dynamics surrounding a motorcycle accident case in Florida.
Due to the structure of a motorcycle, a collision with an automobile or truck can result in catastrophic injuries or wrongful death as the motorcyclist is not surrounded by metal serving as a protective barrier. Further, motorcyclists are not restrained drivers, as safety belts due not serve a purpose for operators of a motorcycle. The only thing separating the driver and the open road is his or her clothes and hopefully a safety helmet.
Electing to pursue a motorcycle accident claim on your own without the guidance of a Florida motorcycle accident attorney is a tremendous risk and a gamble you cannot afford to take. Insurance carriers take full advantage of those who are not represented by legal counsel let alone those represented by big advertising mill law firms where the attorney fails to pay close attention to the unique factors concerning each case; specifically those involving motorcyclists. An experienced and competent motorcycle injury attorney should have a thorough understanding of closed head and traumatic brain injuries. Many motorcycle accidents result in mild to very serious and even fatal traumatic brain injuries due to the structure of the motorcycle itself. For more information about Dolman Law Groups’ qualifications and knowledge in handling traumatic brain injuries, please turn your attention to our blog section where we routinely post articles regarding this fluid and rapidly evolving area of science and the law. We have built a strong reputation in the Tampa Bay area legal community for the aggressive and personal representation we offer to our clients. At the Dolman Law Group, each client is provided the cell phone number and email address for their handling attorney. This fosters proper client communications that is generally not seen at the largest personal injury firms and the firm with the prolific advertising.
Help Build Your Motorcycle Injury Case
As a Clearwater motorcycle injury attorney, I cannot stress to you the importance of documenting the accident as well as your injuries. If you are injured as a result of a motorcycle accident it is imperative that you seek immediate medical treatment to determine the extent of your injury as well as to document all complaints. It is very important that you call the police to the scene to properly document the circumstances surrounding the accident. If possible, please try to talk to drivers and/or pedestrians who may have witnessed the accident and take down their contact information. Further, please retain all medical records and bills as well as keep track of any out of pocket expenses.
Insurance carriers often try to take advantage of bikers and label them as carless or reckless, based solely on their decision to travel on two wheels. We all know that this is a fallacy. Even the most reasonable and careful motorcyclist cannot always guard against negligence and other dangers found on the road.
As Florida motorcycle accident injury attorneys, we regularly represent the interests of victims who have been treated unfairly by an insurance company. Whether you are the motorcycle rider or the driver, Dolman Law Group is committed to handling your injury claim and advancing the case into litigation if the insurance carrier refuses to evaluate the claim in a fair and prudent manner.
Dolman Law Group is a Clearwater and Bradenton personal injury law firm and represents injured bikers in Pinellas County, Manatee County, Sarasota County, Hillsborough County, Polk County, Hernando County and Pasco County.
Dolman Law Group is your motorcycle injury legal team.