Bonita Springs Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
For motorcyclists, Florida is consistently one of the most dangerous states in the entire country. Motorcyclists here accounted for just over 16 percent of traffic fatalities in 2009. In 2015, just six years later, motorcyclists accounted for 21 percent of total deaths in traffic accidents. Today, bikers account for between 18 and 19 percent of traffic fatalities. Tragically, some of those fatalities happen right here in Bonita Springs.
If you are a motorcyclist, you have the right to bike on the roads and feel safe while doing so. If a driver acted negligently and caused an accident that resulted in serious injuries, you may be able to file a claim for damages, or compensation. Our Bonita Springs motorcycle accident lawyer can help you prove someone else was at fault so you obtain the fair settlement you deserve.
Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents
When motorcyclists are on their bike, they are largely exposed to the elements. Even when motorcyclists choose to wear a helmet, they still have far less protection than other motorists. As such, when a biker is hit, they suffer injuries that are some of the most serious. These injuries are often life-changing or even fatal. The most common injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents are as follows:
- Road rash
- Damage to internal organs
- Internal bleeding
- Damage to ligaments, tendons, and muscles
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
Under state law, only motorcyclists under the age of 21 are required to wear a helmet while they are on their bike. Anyone over the age of 21 can decide for themselves whether they want to wear a helmet or not. Still, even those who legally choose not to wear a helmet can still claim full compensation if a driver’s negligent actions caused a crash.
How to Claim Compensation After a Motorcycle Accident
The injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident are extremely painful, and treating them is also very expensive. Whether they are on the road or filing a claim for compensation, motorcyclists face many disadvantages.
As a no-fault insurance state, drivers must file a claim with their own insurance company to recover personal injury protection (PIP) benefits after a crash. PIP benefits provide coverage for reasonable medical expenses and a portion of lost income for accident victims. Drivers also do not have to prove fault when obtaining these benefits.
Unfortunately, motorcyclists in Bonita Springs cannot obtain no-fault coverage. This makes it much more challenging for bikers to obtain compensation because they must prove someone else was at fault, which is very difficult.
Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Bonita Springs Can Prove Your Case
If you have been hurt in a crash, our Bonita Springs motorcycle accident lawyer at Cardinal Law can prove your case so you obtain the maximum damages you are legally entitled to. Call us today at 239-610-0845 or chat with us online to schedule a free consultation with our experienced attorney and to learn more about how we can help with your case.