What Can Attorney Michael Herron Do for Your Motorcycle Accident Case?
Motorcyclists face unique hazards on the road that other drivers don’t often know about, or even think about. To stay safe and avoid accidents and injuries, a motorcyclist must be aware of more hazards on the road than passenger vehicles. When you’re riding a motorcycle, it can be easy to think that the ride will go smoothly and easily because you’ve been driving a car for years, so what could go wrong? The truth is, a lot.
At Herron Law, we’ve been representing injured motorcyclists in personal injury lawsuits for decades. Attorney Michael R. Herron has handled more than 300 personal injury lawsuits for injured drivers, passengers, and motorcyclists.
When you’ve been injured as a result of another driver’s negligence, it can be a devastating and stressful situation for you and your family. You want answers to your questions, and someone with the know-how and experience to assuage your fears and give you much-needed peace of mind.
Attorney Herron refuses to handle motorcycle cases like other large law firms. Instead, he’s committed to treating each case personally so that you can get direct, detailed legal advice from one of Tampa’s leading personal injury lawyers.
When you drive a motorcycle, not only do you need to account for road conditions, debris, and other obstacles on the roads, you also have to be incredibly careful and aware of other vehicles, too. For motorcyclists and any driver for that matter, there is only so much you can do on your part to ensure a safe and uneventful ride. Unfortunately, you can’t control what another vehicle will do.
Although motorcycle accidents in the U.S. don’t happen more often than other types of vehicle crashes, they are usually more deadly, and the result is more serious injuries than passenger vehicle wrecks. According to federal government statistics, motorcycle accidents result in nearly 35 times more deaths than car accidents. These rates are staggering, and it’s crucial that motorcyclists know what causes these high death rates and how to avoid a serious accident.
At Herron Law Firm, we’ve handled hundreds of tragic motorcycle accidents. While we can’t take away a family’s pain and suffering, we can do our absolute best to win their lawsuit and get them the compensation they deserve for their injuries. While we do handle personal injury cases involving motorcycles, we also handle wrongful death lawsuits, too.
What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents and deaths?
Accidents involving motorcycles and passenger vehicles account for more than half of all motorcycle accident deaths. In most of these cases, the cause of the accident is attributed to a head-on collision, where the passenger vehicle hits the cyclist. Head- on crashes happen in 78% of motorcycle accident deaths, whereas only 5% of motorcycle wrecks involve the cyclist being hit from behind. Unfortunately for the cyclist, getting hit head-on is often fatal.
Cars making left-hand turns are also some of the most dangerous situations a motorcyclist can find themselves in. 42% of all motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle are a result of someone attempting a left-hand turn. In most cases, the car is turning and hits the motorcycle when they are either going through an intersection, passing the car, or attempting to overtake the car.
What makes these types of accidents so hazardous for a motorcycle is because the bike is smaller, making it much less visible for the car that is attempting to turn. Drivers often don’t expect to see a motorcycle, so they aren’t looking out for one.
In nearly every motorcycle accident case involving a left-hand turn, the car that hits the motorcycle is at-fault.
When you’re driving a motorcycle, the other cars on the road may not be able to see you, or your bike could be obscured by other vehicles, landscaping, or even road conditions. Wet roads, potholes, puddles, debris, and bumps in the road can become major safety hazards and obstacles for even the most experienced and cautious of motorcycle drivers.
What should you know about motorcycle accident law in Florida?
In most cases, a motorcycle accident lawsuit is handled like a car accident case, but there are a few, key differences you should be aware of if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash.
The majority of motorcyclists in Florida do not carry PIP insurance. The state of Florida does not require that you carry it. What that means for you is that as a motorcyclist who is the victim of an accident, you will have to use the PIP insurance of the driver involved in the crash. If the driver also doesn’t have PIP insurance, then a personal injury attorney can issue a Letter of Protection on your behalf.
The Letter of Protection will protect you from outstanding medical bills. Attorney Herron is experienced with drafting LEtters of Protection for clients who’ve been injured and do not have access to adequate PIP insurance coverage.
In the state of Florida, PIP auto insurance only pays 80% of your motorcycle accident medical bills. That means that 20% of those bills are uncovered, and left outstanding. Motorcycle accidents often result in severe and expensive injuries, and medical bills can become astronomical quite quickly. If you don’t have a Letter of Protection issued on your behalf, a medical provider can demand upfront payment for the remaining 20% of uncovered bills. Or, they can refuse to treat you if you can’t guarantee that the bills will be paid.
When we issue a Letter of Protection on your behalf, it’s an official statement to the medical provider that the accident is part of a lawsuit. The letter states that upon completion of the suit, that the provider is guaranteed payment from the accident settlement. This will give you the peace of mind knowing that you will continue to receive the medical treatment you need, while also guaranteeing that you won’t experience severe financial hardship from unpaid medical bills.
Motorcycle accident injuries are usually far more serious than passenger vehicle crash injuries. As a cyclist, you don’t have any protective metal barriers that an automobile driver has. Special care is needed in these types of cases to ensure that you recover the right amount of compensation for the extent of your injuries. Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries include skull fractures, brain injuries, broken bones, lost limbs, paralysis, and road rash.
In most motorcycle crashes, the motorcycle is badly damaged, and the insurance company decides to “total” the bike. Insurance companies will not always offer you the fair market value for your motorcycle at first. It’s critical that you know what the NADA Bluebook states, so you know what fair replacement value is for your totaled motorcycle. At Herron Law, we know how to negotiate with the insurance company to ensure that they give you the correct amount of compensation for your property damage.
Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident?
We understand how painful and distressing this can be for you and your loved ones. At Herron Law, we’re committed to giving you personalized, direct legal advice, representation, and assistance. All initial consultations are free, and we don’t get paid unless you do. When you choose Herron Law to represent your motorcycle accident case, we won’t collect our fee until the case is resolved and we’ve managed to get you the compensation you deserve for your pain, suffering, and property damage.
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