Tampa Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Have You Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? I Can Help.

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 an attorney with the years of experience to represent you fairly and accurately.

Why you should call me now:

  • We’ve successfully handled more than 1500 accident and injury lawsuits.
  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ We have more than 70 five-star Google reviews!
  • Unlike large firms, we provide personal one-on-one service.
  • Mr. Herron is a former prosecutor who understands the opposition and their approach.
  • We’re experienced negotiators and will fight to get you fair compensation for your damages.
  • You pay NOTHING unless we win your case!
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Why You Should Hire Us

Your insurance company will handle property damages and minor injuries to the extent that your policy allows.

However, insurance companies will often do their best to exploit any loopholes they can to avoid paying at all or paying in full.

If you’re unhappy with the answers your insurance company is giving you, please schedule a free consultation with Mr. Herron. We’re experienced negotiators and will fight on your behalf to ensure you get a fair settlement. If your accident injuries are more serious then it’s especially important that you speak with us.

We work on behalf of our clients for the following motorcycle related damages:

  • Mental and emotional pain and distress (PTSD, etc)
  • Lost wages and lost earning capacity
  • Motorcycle damages
  • Damages to motorcycle accessories like helmet, gloves, jacket, etc.
  • Minor and serious injuries
  • Ambulance, emergency room, and hospital bills
  • Other doctor and medical bills
 

Unfortunately there is not a calculator to come to a clear determination of what your case is worth. However, based on our decades of experience, we can give you an estimate of what you could receive with a personal injury claim after we’ve had a free consultation.

Florida only allows a full suit to be filed if you’ve suffered permanent injuries. Permanent injuries, large or small are quite common with motorcycle accidents so the chances are your claim could be worth a lot.

We work on contingency so the risk to you is very low, so please call us and discuss your case with us today!

 

What damages can be recovered from a motorcycle accident?

If you have a successful claim, you could recover the following damage types:

SPECIAL DAMAGES

These are unique to your case, such as a victim’s exact medical expenses, lost income, property damage repairs, legal fees, and court costs. It is generally easy to calculate these damages based on medical bills and other receipts. An attorney will gather proof of out-of-pocket expenses to calculate an accurate recovery amount.

GENERAL DAMAGES

These cover the majority of motorcycle accident victims, such as physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, and mental anguish. They can also include lost quality of life, lost capacity to earn, and loss of consortium. General damages are more difficult to calculate than special damages. A jury will decide the amount of general damages that is fair according to the victim’s injuries.

PUNITIVE DAMAGES

Punitive damages are additional damages a judge may award if compensatory damages do not seem to be enough to compensate a victim for serious or permanent injuries. They also serve to punish a defendant for gross negligence or wanton disregard. Not every motorcycle accident claim will qualify for punitive damages.

The at-fault party’s insurance company may offer a settlement that covers your lost wages, medical bills, property damages, and some other out-of-pocket expenses. You will not receive general damages or punitive damages without a personal injury lawsuit. Working with Herron Law can help maximize compensation for your motorcycle accident claim.

Understanding Motorcycle Accidents & PIP Insurance 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.

PIP Insurance (Personal Injury Protection)

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.

The majority of motorcyclists in Florida do not carry PIP insurance because the state does not require 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. 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.

Florida is the Most Dangerous State for Motorcycle Riders

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that “Motorcyclist fatalities continue to increase and are near their highest level in over 35 years. In 2017, there were 5,172 motorcyclists killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Compared to the 2,116 killed in 1997, the past 20 years have seen a 144-percent increase in motorcyclist fatalities. It should be noted that despite the absolute increase in motorcyclist fatalities, the fatality rate for motorcyclists as measured per 100,000 registered motorcycles has decreased almost 27 percent since 1988.

In 2017, motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities and 17 percent of all occupant (driver and passenger) fatalities. Of the 5,172 motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes, 94 percent (4,885) were riders and 6 percent (287) were passengers. The proportion of motorcyclist fatalities relative to all traffic-related fatalities has more than doubled over the past 20 years. As the total number of motor vehicle fatalities decreased, the number of motorcyclist fatalities steadily increased.”

The most dangerous counties for motorcycle crashes in Florida:

  • Miami-Dade County
  • Hillsborough County
  • Broward County
  • Palm Beach County
  • Pinellas County

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 motorcyclist being hit from behind.

The Law Offices of Michael R. Herron, P.A.

There are thousands of personal injury attorneys in Florida – why should you choose Michael Herron to handle your accident case?

Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Mr. Herron has personally handled more than 3000 criminal and traffic cases and more than 1500 accident and injury cases.

Personal Legal Service

Michael works directly with his clients so that each case receives the attention to detail required to win.

Top Rated Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Micheal Herron has more than 60 five star Google Reviews from satisfied clients.

Former Prosecutor

Mr. Herron is a former prosecutor who understands the opposition and their approach.

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We Handle All Types Of Accident Cases

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