Ocala Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Generally, motorcycle crashes are much more serious than car crashes. In fact, motorcycle riders are about twenty-five times more likely to die in wrecks than vehicle occupants. Due to the serious nature of these injuries, substantial compensation is usually available to motorcycle crash victims. However, Florida insurance companies almost always try to shift blame for these incidents onto the victims.
To overcome these obstacles and get the compensation you deserve, you need an experienced team of professionals on your side. The Ocala motorcycle accident lawyers at Piccin & Glynn have over sixty years of combined experience in cases just like these. We use proven methods to collect evidence in these matters. This evidence is the foundation of a successful claim. Then, we use this evidence to paint a compelling picture for the jury.
Injuries in Ocala Motorcycle Crash Cases
One of the reasons motorcycle crashes are so deadly is that the riders are usually completely exposed to danger. They have no restraint systems or steel cages for protection. Furthermore, many tortfeasors (negligent drivers) do not maintain a proper lookout for motorcycle riders. Therefore, the vehicles are often travelling at top speed at the moment of impact. That combination often leads to serious injuries like:
- Head Injuries: The force of the impact usually throws riders off their bikes. Sometimes, the jarring motion is sufficient to cause a head injury. It’s possible to scramble the brain without breaking the skull, just like it’s possible to scramble an egg without breaking the shell. The impact usually creates severe trauma injuries as well, even if the victim is wearing a helmet.
- Biker’s Arm: When riders fall off their bikes, they naturally extend their arms to break their falls. That reaction often prevents serious injury in accidental falls. But in high-speed collisions, there is simply too much force. As a result, victims often sustain permanent nerve damage under their arms.
- Internal Injuries: These same forces cause internal organs to grind and bump against one another. Most first responders primarily focus on external trauma wounds. So, internal bleeding may go unchecked for several minutes or even much longer.
In Florida, compensation for these and other injuries usually includes compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. Punitive damages may be available as well, in some cases.
Legal Defenses in Ocala Motorcycle Crash Cases
To reduce the amount of compensation the victim receives, many Florida insurance companies try the contributory negligence defense. Multiple fault is very common in these cases. For example, perhaps the tortfeasor was speeding and the victim made a sudden lane change. Insurance company lawyers often emphasize multiple fault to reduce the tortfeasor’s liability.
But Florida is a pure comparative fault state. Even if the victim is 90 percent responsible for the crash, the victim is still entitled to a proportional share of damages.
The motorcycle helmet defense is rather common as well. Florida only has a limited helmet law. So, if the victim was not wearing protective headgear, the insurance company may try to blame the victim for any head or other injuries.
But the motorcycle helmet defense is quite complex in Florida. First, the insurance company must convince the Marion County judge that such evidence is admissible. That’s not always easy to do. Next, the insurance company must introduce specific evidence, usually from a physician, about the nature and extent of the victim’s injuries.
Reach Out to Assertive Ocala Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcycle crashes almost always cause catastrophic injuries. For a free consultation with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Ocala, contact Piccin & Glynn. Our main office is conveniently located in downtown Ocala.