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Motorbike Accident LawyersWhen a motorcyclist is involved in a collision they don’t have the benefit of being surrounded by a steel frame, airbags, or other automobile safety features. Even worse, insurance companies often stereotype bikers as being reckless simply for being bikers. No matter what the reason, a motorcyclist with years of experience, obeying traffic laws, driving defensively, and always staying on guard can still be involved in a serious motorcycle accident.

If you or a loved one has suffered substantial personal injury after being involved in a motorcycle crash, make sure that your legal representation in experienced and knowledgeable.

Not sure if your case is serious enough for an attorney? Contact our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys today!

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Do Your Research and Get the Best Representation for Your Motorcycle Injury


There are plenty of attorneys out there touting themselves as the best option for your legal needs. Many motorcycle attorneys attempt to pass themselves off as fellow bikers, as though their status will qualify them to protect you when it matters most. In many cases, they are using their status as a marketing tool.

How Do I Find The Best Motorcycle Accident Lawyer For My Case?

In the real world, you need to be concerned about your attorney’s credentials, experience, knowledge, and ability to win your case. Basing your decision to hire a personal injury attorney based on their claims to be bikers themselves will often end up backfiring when it comes to the courtroom.

Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Where the rubber meets the road is whether your legal representation is fighting for your best interests, and are willing and capable of handling your case. To find the lawyer who will best suit your needs, do your due diligence to find a motorcycle accident law firm with the litigation experience to successfully win your personal injury claim. Consultation with a competent, skilled motorcycle injury attorney is a critical first step when filing your claim. If you are searching for a lawyer on Google and enter the query "motorcycle accident lawyer near me," be sure to look at the firm's reviews from former clients.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

There are several cases in which circumstances align to create conditions that lead to motorcycle accidents. Inattentiveness by motorists is probably the most common, making it critical for every biker to stay alert in their surroundings and look out for danger. Knowing what to look out for is a great first step in mitigating dangerous circumstances.

Following is a list of reasons for vehicle collisions involving a motorcycle.

  • Poor road conditions – rain, road work debris, snow or ice are among the most common
  • Drunk drivers – these motorists can be identified by their driving habits, such as swerving or driving erratically
  • Failure to check blind spots – motorists often assume there is nothing in their blind spot, creating a recipe for disaster
  • Door accidents – when a driver opens their car door without check for oncoming traffic, they can impede a biker’s path of travel
  • Overcompensating the front brake – when the front of the motorcycle stops too hard, the rider’s momentum can quickly throw them over their handlebars
  • Lane splitting or white-lining – cutting between slower vehicles across lanes is extremely dangerous and often leads to disastrous results

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Motorcycle Laws and Riding Safely in Florida

Knowing the law and obeying all traffic laws is an important first step in preventing the worst from happening.

Here are a few more steps to take to prevent becoming the next victim of a motorcycle-involved-accident.

  • ALWAYS wear a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) or Snell approved helmet. These helmets are tested for conditions identical to those of a motorcyclist. Check the product description and helmet labeling to insure your helmet is correctly rated and never wear a helmet that doesn’t have labeling.
  • Look out for motorists and avoid their blind spots. Many drivers aren’t used to the presence of motorcycles. As a result, they aren’t conditioned to keep an eye out. That means you, the motorcycle rider, must keep an eye out for them.
  • Make yourself more visible with reflective motorcycle safety gear. There are a number of options that will make you more visible and less likely to be ignored.

Motorcycle Accident

At Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA we litigate aggressively with the objective of holding negligent motorists responsible for their carelessness. This negligence has a profound negative impact on motorcyclists who fall victim to a serious accident, which is why Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA is passionate about representing the biker community. When comes to hiring a motorcycle accident attorney, we will not disappoint. So, let us show you why we are the best choice to be your motorcycle injury attorney.

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Reported Motorcycle Accidents Involving Injuries in Florida

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Common Motorcycle Collision Injuries

Motorcycle accident victims usually suffer from more than one type of injury. These injuries are often critical and many times result in a fatality. Some of the most common injuries are listed below, from least to most severe.

  • Road Rash – when your body hits the ground at vehicle speeds, the pavement, dirt, gravel, or other surface types act like sand paper, causing bruises, abrasion, and cuts.
  • Broken Bones – momentum is your enemy when you’re pitched through the air. A collision with other objects, vehicles, and the road can lead to numerous fractures and broken bones.
  • Amputation – When injuries compromise the extremities the result is often a need to remove the limb. There are a disproportionate number of personal injury claims filed for amputation.
  • Spinal Cord Injury – it’s common knowledge that a spinal injury can result in paralysis of the legs or arms and legs, and even death.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – Failure to wear the Snell and/or DOT safety helmet recommended above will most certainly result in head trauma from impact with your surroundings. These injuries are serious and can result in severe degradation of quality of life.
  • Death – Another well-known fact is that many motorcycle accidents are fatal. Many of the injuries described above ultimately lead to fatalities.

The Long Term Impacts of Motorcycle Injuries

In the event of a collision with another vehicle while operating your motorcycle, moped, or scooter it is imperative that you find quality representation as soon as possible. When the accident happens, as far as you are able, you must make an effort to obtain statements from any witnesses, as well as preserve any evidence of the driver’s responsibility.

Planning for the long term starts with immediate representation. Some circumstances which arise following an accident are listed below.

  • Loss of income due to time off work, or work preventing injuries
  • Medical bills for emergency and continuing care
  • Diminished quality of life, especially when injuries are serious
  • Chronic pain as a result of injuries
  • Mental impairment as a result of depression, stress, and similar factors
  • Costs for medical equipment during and after rehabilitation
  • Financial costs for replacement of your motorbike
  • Loss of consortium

Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents We See

There are a vast number of ways that a person can get involved in an accident when riding a motorcycle but not all are as severe or as common as others. Our attorneys have experience in dealing with motorcycle accident cases ranging from single-vehicle accidents to dooring accidents and everything in between. Each and every motorcycle accident is different but there are some common accident types that the attorneys of Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA see.

Head-on Collisions

The most dangerous type of motorcycle accident that someone can be involved in is a head-on collision. The physics of these collisions ensures the maximum amount of force is exerted on the vehicles and people involved since both vehicles are typically moving at speed and intercept each other head-on. Motorcyclists involved in these accidents typically do not survive the crash and those that do suffer the worst injuries that are often permanent and disabling. This raises the stakes of a case since these injuries require more compensation meaning the insurance company fights harder.

Left Turn Motorcycle Accidents

Cars commonly will hit a motorcyclist when they make a left turn at an intersection. This is usually because they fail to recognize a motorcyclist’s right of way as they are trying to make their way through the oncoming lane as they turn which can cause an impact on the side of the bike. These left-turn accidents make up roughly 40% of all motorcycle accidents with the fault usually being solidly the driver’s although a motorcyclist can be found partially liable if they were breaking a traffic law at the time of the collision.

Lane Switching Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles can easily slip into the blindspots of a larger vehicle which leads to collisions when someone is trying to switch lanes and a motorcycle is in their way. Lack of motorcyclist visibility is one of the largest contributors towards motorcycle accidents occurring and those that neglect to watch out for motorcycles can be considered negligent and liable for injuries they cause.

Lane Splitting Motorcycle Accidents

It is illegal in the state of Florida to lane split with a motorcycle which is when a motorcyclist drives between the designated lanes thanks to their smaller vehicle size in order to bypass traffic. This does not automatically mean that someone that lane splits is immediately disqualified from seeking compensation with a claim after an accident like this but it does definitely mean that they will be looking at a reduced settlement based on their comparative negligence.

Consider Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA as Your Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

With all of these conditions, defending yourself in court should be the last thing on your mind. That’s why it is so important to find the best legal representation that you can. At Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we make every effort to recover the greatest settlement possible. Furthermore, we will negotiate with medical service providers to lower your bills, putting more money in your pocket, where it belongs.

*The above information was written and reviewed by either Attorney Matthew Dolman or another injury lawyer at the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA which has a combined 90 plus years of experience practicing personal injury law. Matthew Dolman himself has been practicing personal injury law in Clearwater and St. Petersburg for the last fifteen (15) years. The information provided comes from extensive research and years of experience trying legal cases in courtrooms.

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For more information about our qualifications and knowledge in handling motorcycle injuries, please turn your attention to the motorcycle section of our blog 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 Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, each client is provided the cell phone number and email address for their handling attorney. This fosters proper client communications that are generally not seen at motorcycle accident law firms and other mass advertising law firms.

As motorcycle injury lawyers, we regularly represent the interests of victims who have been treated unfairly by an insurance company. Whether you are the motorcycle rider or a motorist, Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, 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. If you've been injured as a result of a motorcycle crash, contact Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA to speak with a motorcycle accident attorney at (727) 451-6900.

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