Lakeland Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Lakeland offers a wide range of opportunities for motorcycle riders, including a great route known as the Lakeland Winter Haven Scooter/Motorcycle Route. It also offers plenty of rides each year, which allows riders to get together and travel in a pack as they move through the Lakeland area.
Unfortunately, the heavy traffic in Lakeland may increase the risk of accidents for Lakeland motorcycle riders. If you suffer serious injuries in a Lakeland motorcycle accident, you may need an experienced Lakeland motorcycle accident attorney to help you navigate a personal injury claim.
Contact Frank and Jennifer Fernandez of The Fernandez Firm Accident Injury Attorneys at (813) 278-1032 to schedule your free consultation.
The Fernandez Firm Accident Injury Attorneys: An Effective Resource for Lakeland Motorcycle Accident Victims
At The Fernandez Firm Accident Injury Attorneys, Frank and Jennifer Fernandez work to maximize the compensation Lakeland motorcycle accident victims can recover following what could be life-altering accidents. Our team of highly experienced attorneys has recovered more than $100 million in compensation for accident victims throughout the greater Florida area, including motorcycle accident victims.
At The Fernandez Firm Accident Injury Attorneys, we cannot guarantee the results of any personal injury claim. However, we do bring our resources to bear as we help our clients maximize the results they can obtain through their motorcycle accident claims.
We help put together a compelling claim for our clients, including information that helps establish who caused your motorcycle accident.
Did you know that more than one party can bear liability for a motorcycle accident and that the liable party may include more than just the driver that caused the accident? At The Fernandez Firm Accident Injury Attorneys, we work to establish all parties that may share liability for the accident and your injuries, then put together a compelling claim that will make it easier for you to obtain the compensation you deserve.
We help reduce your stress by taking over dealing with the insurance company.
Most often, after a serious Lakeland motorcycle accident, you will have to deal with the insurance company that covers the liable party to seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Dealing with the insurance company, however, can prove both tricky and demanding.
You may struggle to avoid saying the “wrong thing” or to avoid mistakenly accepting a low settlement offer. At The Fernandez Firm Accident Injury Attorneys, we can take over dealing with the insurance company for you, from handling negotiations to fielding phone calls otherwise intended to pressure you into accepting a settlement that does not fit your needs.
We make sure you fully understand your right to compensation.
While insurance companies may not focus on offering the full compensation you deserve for your injuries, we will help give you a better look at the compensation you really deserve and, if needed, fight for you to obtain it. Did the insurance company send you a low settlement offer for your injuries, a tactic often used by those companies, and then pressure you to accept it? We can help you get a better picture of how much compensation you really deserve and when you should accept an offer.
How a Lakeland Attorney Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash, you need an motorcycle accident attorney who has the financial resources and the trial experience necessary to fight the big insurance companies when claims involving the most devastating injuries, which may include, the following:
- Head Injuries
- Amputation Injuries
Typically, motorcycle injuries result in extraordinarily high medical expenses, lost earnings, the costs associated with long periods of expensive physical rehabilitation and therapy and many other financial losses. Additionally, families whose loved one has been taken from them in a fatal motorcycle collision lose the financial and emotional support provided by the deceased victim.
At the Fernandez Firm Accident Injury Attorneys, our Lakeland motorcycle accident attorneys have been aggressively representing Lakeland motorcycle crash victims for more than two decades. We relentlessly prosecute negligent drivers in our pursuit for full compensation for families and motorcycle accidents victims. Please contact our Lakeland office today if you have questions about your legal right!
Common Motorcycle Hazards
Lakeland motorcyclists face risks that drivers of cars, trucks, and SUVs take for granted. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted Drivers
- Weather Conditions
- Road Surface Defects
- Inattentive Drivers
- Difficulty many drivers have judging the speed of oncoming motorcycles
Our motorcycle accident attorneys put their understanding of the state’s negligence laws to work by knowing how to obtain and present the evidence needed to prove fault on the part of other vehicles involved in a collision with a motorcycle operator. Even if you are partially at fault in causing the accident or contributing to the severity of your injuries, a motorcycle accident attorney at the Fernandez Firm Accident Injury Attorneys can explain how the state’s comparative negligence laws might still allow you to recover for you economic losses, your injuries and resulting damages.
The Dangers to Lakeland Motorcycle Riders
Lakeland, Florida offers some beautiful scenery and many sunny days each year. With its overall mild climate, it offers a great chance for motorcycle riders who live in or visit the area to hit the roads, enjoying the wind in their hair and the rush of the scenery around them. Unfortunately, Lakeland also has some hazards that may increase the risk of serious motorcycle accidents.
Lakeland has more than its fair share of intersections. Many of those intersections, which have poor designs that can endanger pedestrians, also lack the features needed to enhance safety for motorcycle riders. Some intersections, for example, have poor lighting, which could cause other drivers to miss the presence of a motorcycle rider at night until a collision occurs.
Others have wide lanes that encourage high rates of speed, which may increase the risk that another driver will speed through the intersection.
Florida’s Motorcycle Laws
Florida’s motorcycle laws do not always offer maximum protection for motorcycle riders. For example, Florida law does not require helmet use for riders over the age of 21 who carry adequate health insurance.
While this law may seem, on the surface, to offer additional freedom to motorcycle riders, it may also increase the risk of traumatic brain injury or raise the severity of traumatic brain injury when it does occur.
As a result, many Florida riders who choose not to wear helmets suffer more severe injuries than similar riders in other states, who might have better protection from the road in an accident.
The Risk of Severe Injury
Motorcycles offer little protection from the pavement or from the vehicle that strikes the rider. In fact, motorcycles may actually cause more damage to the victim than if the victim had suffered injuries in a pedestrian collision, since the heavy bike may fall over on top of the rider.
Touring bikes, the heaviest types of motorcycles, may weigh between 800 and 1,000 pounds, which may mean a heavy crushing injury risk. Many motorcycle riders suffer severe injuries with lifelong consequences in motorcycle accidents.
Traumatic Brain Injury. Traumatic brain injury can occur even when the motorcycle rider wears a properly fitted helmet. While helmet use can decrease the risk of TBI, motorcycle accidents often involve a lot of trauma to the head and brain, which may result in severe traumatic brain injury.
Accident victims who suffer from TBI may have ongoing challenges, including problems with memory, focus, and concentration. In addition, traumatic brain injury victims often have challenges with emotional regulation that can make it difficult for them to hold down jobs that require them to interact with coworkers or the public or may impact their relationships with friends and family members.
Back and Neck Injuries. Back and neck injuries can pose immense problems for many motorcycle accident victims. Since motorcycles offer so little protection against the force of the accident, the victim may suffer trauma to the back that results in herniated discs, muscle damage, or direct spinal cord injuries.
Spinal cord injuries can cause some of the largest changes in a motorcycle accident victim’s life, since they may result in complete paralysis below the site of the injury. In addition, spinal cord injuries may lead to lost function in organs below the site of the injury.
Amputations. Motorcycle accidents often involve immense force that can result in immediate amputation or such severe crushing damage to the victim’s limbs that the victim eventually requires amputation due to lost blood flow to the limb.
Amputees may struggle to return to the activities they enjoyed before the accident. Some amputees choose to use prosthetics to help restore normal appearance and enhance function. Unfortunately, prosthetics typically pose an ongoing expense for amputees, since they will require replacement every 3-5 years. Many amputees struggle with those ongoing costs.
Road Rash. Many motorcycle accident victims end up dragged along the road, resulting in severe road rash. Road rash, also known as a friction burn, has many of the same symptoms as a burn, especially if the victim suffers severe trauma. Not only can road rash cause substantial scarring, it may also lead to a high risk of infection, particularly if doctors cannot fully clean out the wound to reduce the foreign matter in the area.
Broken Bones. Lakeland motorcycle accidents often result in multiple broken bones for the victims. Often, the force of the accident leads to multiple fractures. Then, if the motorcycle falls on top of the victim, it may cause even more damage.
Motorcycle accident victims often have a long road to recovery in front of them, especially if they sustained multiple broken bones in the accident. Broken bones may require surgical attention and physical therapy for the victim to make a full recovery. In addition, some victims with broken bones struggle with ongoing pain in the injured area for the rest of their lives.
The Compensation You Can Expect Following a Lakeland Motorcycle Accident
Many people have one key question after suffering severe injuries in a motorcycle accident: how much compensation can they expect for those injuries? At The Fernandez Firm Accident Injury Attorneys, Frank and Jennifer Fernandez cannot guarantee the compensation motorcycle accident victims can receive, but they can help break down the conditions that led to your accident and the expenses you have faced, then give you a better idea of the compensation you really deserve for those injuries.
A motorcycle accident claim aims at providing you with compensation for the financial and physical losses you faced due to the negligence of another party, often a driver who chose to take negligent action behind the wheel.
From distracted drivers to drivers who chose to ignore the rules of the road or drivers who did not safely share the road with a motorcycle, drivers can pose substantial hazards on the road. However, other entities may also share liability for your Lakeland motorcycle accident. The party that bears liability for your accident may impact the compensation you can recover.
Who Bears Liability for Your Lakeland Motorcycle Accident?
Most often, the driver who commits an error that results in a motorcycle accident will bear liability for the accident. Drivers bear the final responsibility for any decisions that they make behind the wheel, including drunk or distracted driving, ignoring the rules of the road, or failing to take that vital second look before merging in front of a motorcycle. However, in some Lakeland motorcycle accidents, another entity may also bear liability for the accident.
Did a mechanical error contribute to your Lakeland motorcycle accident? Mechanical errors can pose a particular danger to motorcycle riders, who may need all the control of their vehicles they can get regardless of what happens around them. If your brakes malfunction or you experience a tire blowout, you may have a hard time getting your motorcycle safely out of the road. Likewise, if another driver suffers from a mechanical malfunction near you, it can increase the danger you face exponentially.
Sometimes, liability for mechanical malfunctions rests with the manufacturer: a manufacturer who put out a defective vehicle or part. Other times, it may rest with a mechanic that recently worked on the vehicle: one that failed to properly put together the repairs, for example.
Was the driver that caused your accident working at the time of the Lakeland motorcycle accident? Often, employers share liability for accidents caused by their employees, especially if those accidents occurred because the employee chose to drive while inebriated, pushed the speed limit due to company policies, or felt pressured to drive despite illness or exceeding the legal number of hours he could spend on the road.
What Injuries Did You Sustain?
Your medical expenses will make up the base of your motorcycle accident claim. The more severe your injuries, the more compensation you may need to claim, since severe injuries may mean greater overall medical expenses.
How Much Work Did You Miss?
In addition to compensation for medical costs, you can claim compensation for the wages you lost following your motorcycle accident. Calculate all the time you lost at work, including time lost for follow-up appointments and procedures, to get a better idea of the compensation you deserve.
What Limitations Do Your Injuries Pose?
Unlike compensation for medical bills and lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering can vary based on specific non-economic factors. Discuss your injuries and the suffering and limitations they have caused in your life with The Fernandez Firm Accident Injury Attorneys to get a better idea of how they will factor into your motorcycle accident claim.
Do You Need a Lakeland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
Following a serious motorcycle accident in the Lakeland area, you may need assistance from an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to help you move forward with your motorcycle accident claim. Contact Frank and Jennifer Fernandez at The Fernandez Firm Accident Injury Attorneys today at (863) 230-8361 for your free consultation.
Contact a Lakeland Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Let a Lakeland motorcycle accident attorney at the Fernandez Firm Accident Injury Attorneys help you to overcome the financial strain, anxiety and uncertainty that victims of serious motorcycle accidents frequently encounter. Our attorneys and dedicated staff will assist you every step of the way to fight for the compensation you need to recover from your injuries.
A consultation with our Lakeland attorneys is absolutely free. In fact, there are no fees or costs unless we win your case and we want to win!. To schedule an appointment today, call us at 1(800) 222-8163.