Tampa Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
With almost 1,200 miles of shoreline bordering its east and west coast, our state is an ideal destination for motorcycle enthusiasts. Tragically, the number of motorcycle crashes, fatalities and personal injuries nearly doubled between the years 2000 and 2008, when over 9,000 people were injured — 502 fatally — in motorcycle accidents in Florida. Even worse, since the repeal of Florida’s helmet law, motorcycle accident deaths have skyrocketed increasing by 21%.
At the Fernandez Firm, our Tampa motorcycle accident attorneys understand the devastating impact a motorcycle injury can have on an injured biker and their family. In 2010, the average hospital bill alone for motorcyclists admitted to a hospital for crash related treatment was more than $55,000. Our attorneys have represented persons injured in accidents from Tampa to Daytona Beach, Miami to Jacksonville. With over $50 million in jury verdicts and negotiated settlements, our experienced trial team is available to provide legal advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and regularly schedules hospital, home and weekend appointments upon request.
Tampa Motorcycle Accident? It’s critical you consult with an experienced trial lawyer immediately to protect your legal rights!
New Florida Law: Effective January 1, 2013, Florida’s new insurance laws dramatically affect your motorcycle accident case. Now, if you don’t act within 14 days, you will lose thousands of dollars of insurance coverage you paid for… even if you are not at fault.
Don’t wait to get the protection you deserve. If you have sustained a serious personal injury in a motorcycle accident, it is now more important than ever to immediately consult with an experienced Tampa motorcycle accident lawyer.
Motorcycle crashes often result in fatal and serious injuries requiring hospitalization and ongoing medical treatment which frequently affects entire families. In pursuing these serious injury cases, you need experienced attorneys you can trust to build your case by gathering a team of qualified experts including accident reconstruction specialists, vocational rehabilitation planners and economists.
With over 19 years of experience, our respected Tampa motorcycle accident attorneys have achieved excellent results in catastrophic injury cases and obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts at trial and through negotiated settlements. At the Fernandez Firm, our long-standing reputation, as dedicated and experienced personal injury trial attorneys speaks for itself.
Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating experience until a dangerous driver causes an accident. Losing control of your motorcycle leaves you with little to no protection against unforgiving surfaces, like a city street. Tampa motorcycle injuries can range from broken bones to other types of devastating injuries that may change your life forever.
Pursuing justice and compensation for your injuries is where Frank and Jennifer Fernandez at the Fernandez Firm can help. We protect your best interests by fighting for maximum compensation on your behalf. If you suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident, or if you lost someone you loved due to a negligent driver, contact us today.
How have you helped other people in Tampa motorcycle accident claims? Can you help me?
While we have a strong record of past success, each case is unique, and outcomes vary. Whether you recover compensation will depend on many factors, and to win your case, we must prove negligence on behalf of the responsible party.
Our case results involve more than $90 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients. We are proud of our long-standing reputation as lawyers that insurance companies do not want to meet in the courtroom.
If you experienced serious injuries or a loss due to a motorcycle accident caused by negligence, let us get to work fighting for maximum compensation on your behalf. Our team will work hard to secure the best possible outcome for your case.
We never leave our clients questioning their case’s status, and we keep the lines of communication open. Our experience has taught us how devastating a motorcycle accident is for victims and their families, and we strive to offer compassionate legal representation.
The injuries or loss that you experience in a Tampa motorcycle accident may change your life forever. Adapting to a catastrophic injury or the permanent loss of a loved one will likely consume your time following such a traumatic event.
At the Fernandez Firm, we remain committed to you throughout your case. Having someone in your corner during this time of major life-changes can ease your mind and bring you the peace that you need to rest.
Why should I pursue a Tampa motorcycle accident case?
A negligent driver who takes chances behind the wheel is dangerous to everyone on the road. For those operating a motorcycle, the risk for serious and deadly harm is significant.
Tampa and surrounding areas are among the most dangerous areas for motorcyclists in Florida. Drunk, speeding, or otherwise negligent drivers fail to share the road and to watch for motorcycles. The driver responsible for your injuries or loss may face criminal charges for their actions. The outcome of their criminal case, however, will not reimburse you for your damages.
A possible criminal conviction does nothing to pay your mounting medical expenses. Accessing and paying for the care you need—either now or in the future—is why you are best off demanding justice for your injuries with help from our team.
Civil cases vary in details and outcomes. Holding the individuals liable for your harm accountable for your damages may prevent the at-fault parties from repeating the same dangerous behavior behind the wheel in the future.
The injuries that you sustained in your motorcycle accident will likely change your life, either temporarily or permanently. You do not have to face this legal battle alone, however, as the Fernandez Firm is here to help you pursue justice and compensation.
What are the common causes of Tampa motorcycle accidents?
Motorcycles are sometimes difficult for other motorists to see due to their narrow profile. Riders learn early to weave within their lane while traveling behind motorists, so the motorcycle is visible in car mirrors.
Tampa and the surrounding area experience hundreds of motorcycle accidents each year.
Multiple deaths occur due to motorists who engage in one or more of these unsafe driving behaviors:
- Failure to yield the right-of-way: Turning left and cutting off a motorcycle can have a dangerous and possibly deadly outcome for the rider.
- Distracted driving: Reading or sending a text, eating, or engaging with passengers can remove a driver’s eyes from the road, hands from the wheel, and mind from the task-at-hand.
- Drunk driving: An impaired driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08 percent or higher can lose control of the vehicle, resulting in a serious motorcycle crash.
- Drowsy driving: Drivers with an undiagnosed sleep condition or who feel tired may fall asleep behind the wheel and drift into the lane of a motorcycle, causing an accident.
- Aggressive driver: A driver who speeds or who purposely tailgates a motorcycle may escalate the situation into full-blown road rage.
Drivers must share the road with motorcyclists, and failure to do so can result in serious injuries to the rider. If you suffered career-ending injuries—injuries that prevent you from ever riding a motorcycle again —contact us. The Fernandez Firm represents Tampa motorcycle victims who have suffered unfair harm due to another driver’s negligent actions.
A Florida driver’s license is a privilege and not a right. When dangerous drivers cause a preventable accident, we hold them accountable. Fight for justice with Frank and Jennifer Fernandez at the Fernandez Firm by your side. Call us today for a free case evaluation. We are available 24/7 for Tampa motorcycle accident victims.
What types of Tampa motorcycle accident damages qualify for compensation?
The outcome of your motorcycle accident may include damages that overwhelm you. Physical, emotional, and financial stress can prevent you from resting as you miss work, medical bills arrive, and you experience pain.
Among the many tragic outcomes of motorcycle accidents are:
- Bodily injury: Severe injuries lead to serious medical costs, especially for catastrophic injuries, like a brain or spinal cord injury. The Fernandez Firm will pursue the costs associated with immediate and ongoing medical care, along with past medical expenses.
- Disfigurement: Physical scars and other changes can leave injured individuals disfigured, which can hurt their self-esteem and confidence. Disfigurement is sometimes permanent and emotionally devastating.
- Lost earnings: Your injuries may prevent you from working for a long time and perhaps make ever returning to your career impossible. When your flow of income stops due to the negligence of someone else, we fight for you.
- Mental anguish: Riding a motorcycle allows you the freedom of the open road. Operating your motorcycle safely and responsibly is not enough to prevent a careless driver from crashing into you. The mental anguish of the negative impact that the crash has on your quality of life is not fair and is worthy of a civil case.
- Personal property: The loss of your motorcycle and gear constitutes property damage that your lawyer will likely include in your case. Investing in a motorcycle, helmet, and other gear—only to lose it all in a crash—may constitute a significant financial loss.
At the Fernandez Firm, we carefully review the details of your motorcycle accident. We investigate by reading police reports, reviewing witness statements, and examining pictures of the accident scene.
At the core of every Tampa motorcycle accident claim and lawsuit is the issue of negligence. A driver who fails to use the same care that a reasonable person would use in like circumstances is generally negligent.
Proving negligence is our job as we represent you in your civil case. We build a case for compensation that conveys to insurance companies —and, if necessary, juries —the overall impact of the accident on your quality of life.
Delivering this critical message, proving negligence, and fighting for compensation are all difficult tasks. Let Frank and Jennifer Fernandez at the Fernandez Firm handle all of this and more on behalf of you by hiring us to represent you today.
An insurance company offered me a settlement after my Tampa motorcycle accident. Should I accept?
As anxious as you may feel to find a solution to your financial stress, it is never a good idea to accept a settlement without first consulting a knowledgeable attorney. While the initial settlement offer may appear significant, it likely does not cover the full cost of your injuries.
Many injured individuals don’t understand that by accepting a settlement offer, your case concludes and you can no longer pursue additional compensation. By accepting an insurance company’s initial settlement offer, you’re likely missing out on potential compensation. Consult an attorney first, so you can negotiate for additional compensation.
Motorcycle injuries are unpredictable, as broken bones, brain injuries, and other complications may require future medical care, perhaps even long-term care. When you accept an insurance company’s initial settlement offer, you have no legal options for pursuing compensation if your condition worsens.
Insurance companies often attempt to convince accident victims that the companies care about the victims and are looking out for their best interests. As for-profit businesses, insurance companies want to protect their profits by paying out as little as possible in accident claims.
You should not have to deal with aggressive insurance adjusters as you recover from your motorcycle accident injuries. We can manage insurance adjusters by recognizing their tactics and standing firm in our fight for maximum compensation.
My loved one died in a Tampa motorcycle accident. Can I sue?
You may file a wrongful death claim and lawsuit, depending on your relationship with the victim.
Common relationships in wrongful death cases typically include:
- Surviving spouse
A wrongful death attorney from our team will review your case to determine if your case qualifies for legal action. An attorney can also determine if your relationship with the victim qualifies you to pursue compensation.
Your sudden loss can leave you unprepared for the expenses that follow.
Possible types of compensation include:
- Final medical expenses;
- Funeral and burial costs;
- The lost income of your spouse; and
- Future income from your spouse.
In addition to economic damage, losing a loved one so tragically has a significant non-economic impact on your life. Non-economic damages include lost companionship and help around the house. Non-economic damages don’t have a price tag, but take real tolls following tragic accidents.
Frank and Jennifer Fernandez at the Fernandez Firm understand how to convey both economic and non-economic damages in court. If an insurance company fails to settle for an amount we deem fair for you, we stand ready to proceed to trial.
Contact the Fernandez Firm Today for a Free Case Evaluation
You shouldn’t delay taking the first step toward possible legal action. The statute of limitations is the state law regarding the timeframe for filing a Tampa motorcycle accident or wrongful death lawsuit. Missing that deadline will likely leave you with no further options for pursuing justice and compensation.
At the Fernandez Firm, we have more than 19 years of experience pursuing compensation for Tampa-area accident victims. We provide prospective clients with free case evaluations to help them learn more about their legal options. These consultations also provide us with an opportunity to ask questions and gather important evidence that may help build a winning case.
When you suffer serious motorcycle accident injuries, many new people will enter your life—mostly physicians, surgeons, and other medical professionals. Hiring a law firm to represent you in your civil matter adds additional yet important people on your side.
At the Fernandez Firm, our team is friendly, approachable, and caring. We understand how traumatic your motorcycle accident or loss likely was for you and how you may still be processing major changes to your life. The Fernandez Firm is here to help and to fight reluctant insurance companies on your behalf.
Saving your time and energy is critical for your recovery. Legal matters are sometimes challenging for those unfamiliar with Florida laws. If your life or that of a loved one forever changed following a motorcycle ride, contact us today for your free case evaluation.
The time for filing your civil lawsuit begins the instant you suffer injuries or lose a loved one. Time passes quickly when you are in pain, stressed, and emotionally devastated. Do not wait until it is too late to take your first step toward possible justice and compensation. Contact Frank and Jennifer Fernandez at the Fernandez Firm as soon as possible, and let us handle the complex details of your Tampa motorcycle accident claim.
According to a recent study published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, having any alcohol in one’s system while riding a motorcycle increases the chance of a motorcycle accident by 5 times. Below are several other alarming motorcycle accident statistics from our state:
29% Motorcycle accident deaths were related to head trauma
50% Motorcycle accident deaths occur on weekends
51% Motorcycle riders did not wear a helmet in 2011
94% Motorcycle bikers killed were also Florida residents
Florida Motorcycle Accident Compensation
In Florida, motorcycle accident victims are entitled to receive compensation for the following types of economic and non-economic damages:
- Bodily injury
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Past and future medical expense
- Past and future loss of earnings
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Property damage to bikes and personal items, jackets, helmets, gloves, etc
For almost 20 years, our attorneys have successfully represented bikers negligently injured across the Sunshine State. If you have questions about a Tampa motorcycle accident claim and the damages you or your family may be entitled to recover, contact our Tampa motorcycle accident law firm today at 1-800-222-8163.
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