Filing a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit: Bike Week and Beyond

May 25, 2021
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Daytona Bike Week is one of two large motorcycle rallies that the city hosts each year. Bike Week takes place in the spring while Biketoberfest takes place in the fall, in conjunction with a motorcycle race at Daytona International Speedway.

These popular festivals attract hundreds of thousands of bike enthusiasts to our city, boosting the local economy and helping us show off our community to the world. Unfortunately, Bike Week can also pose a danger to motorcycle riders and others who use our roadways and sidewalks.

If you sustained injuries in a Bike Week crash, you might have a valid legal claim. You could be entitled to recover compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial damages. A Daytona motorcycle accident lawyer from Rue & Ziffra can help. Talking to one of our experienced attorneys can help you explore your options for pursuing a legal claim or filing a motorcycle accident lawsuit.

What Is the Average Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit Settlement Amount?

Because every injury accident victim is different, we can’t reasonably identify any average settlement or award amount. You might see some motorcycle crash settlement examples online, but it’s important to remember that without knowing all the facts of any given case, you have no way to determine how those examples might relate to your case.
Likewise, you might also come across Florida motorcycle accident claim calculators. Approach those with an open mind as well. Until you go over all the details of your case with an experienced attorney, you won’t be able to get a truly accurate estimate of what your claim might be worth.

The Growing Risk of Daytona Bike Week Crashes

The 2021 Daytona Bike Week was one of the deadliest on record. Ultimately, eight people lost their lives and 91 sustained serious injuries. In comparison, six people died during the 2020 event, and only 58 were seriously injured. One person lost their life in 2019, and 61 suffered severe injuries.

In what was arguably the most disturbing crash of the 10-day event, a 29-year-old Daytona resident died after running a red light and crashing his motorcycle into a school bus with 14 children aboard. Fortunately, none of the kids sustained any injuries.

Daytona isn’t the only local city to see a serious uptick in motorcycle collisions during Bike Week. Port Orange reported four motorcycle crash fatalities during the festival.

In some cases, the motorcycle operator is at fault. In many cases, however, the biker—and their passenger, if applicable—are the victims. For example, a Georgia husband and wife, Tim and Steph Walton were seriously injured after being struck by a motorist during the 2021 event. Although Tim was released from the hospital relatively quickly, Steph is facing months in the hospital as she fights to recover from her injuries.

You can do all the right things to stay safe, but sometimes it’s impossible to avoid the negligent actions of others on the road. If you do find yourself in a serious accident, contacting an attorney as soon as possible is often the best course of action.

Common Types of Florida Motorcycle Accident Injuries

The injuries that motorcycle accident victims suffer can be more substantial than those that other motor vehicle accident victims sustain. Motorcycles offer little in the way of protection. Florida law also allows people age 21 and above to ride without helmets, provided they carry a minimum of $10,000 in medical benefits insurance coverage. Unfortunately, $10,000 won’t go very far if you suffer a significant head injury.

In a bike crash, operators and passengers are almost always thrown from the bike, which can potentially result in head injuries, internal injuries, fractures, and other severe injuries. Bike accident victims often suffer from nerve damage and damage to the spine and neck. Many victims who survive their injuries are left with permanent damage, scarring, paralysis, lost digits or limbs, etc.

You could face years of difficult and painful recovery, multiple surgeries, and a lifetime of pain management.

Calculating Your Motorcycle Accident Settlement Value

How can you determine what is a fair settlement for a motorcycle accident?

Unless you have an in-depth understanding of Florida’s complex personal injury laws, you might not be able to answer this question. When you contact the experienced legal team at Rue & Ziffra, we will identify all of your economic and non-economic damages. We document all your damages and determine how much your lawsuit or settlement value should be.

You could be entitled to compensation for some or all of the following:

  • Emergency transport and treatment
  • Physician and hospital services
  • Medications and medical devices
  • Lost wages and benefits
  • Emotional trauma
  • Pain and suffering

Your attorney may include other damages in your claim, such as diminished earning capacity, lost quality of life, and the estimated value of any future income losses and medical care that you might need.

Consult Our Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit Attorneys Now

Before you make any decisions about your case or speak to anyone at the insurance company, contact Rue & Ziffra. We can explain your options for pursuing an insurance claim or filing a lawsuit and help you get started with the legal process. We believe that the at-fault party should be held accountable for their actions and the harm you suffered as a result. We are committed to getting justice for our clients and helping them recover the compensation they deserve.

For more than 40 years, our experienced Florida personal injury lawyers have been fighting to get our clients justice. We have helped thousands of clients and recovered millions of dollars on their behalf. We handle every aspect of your case, including all communication with the insurance company and other attorneys. This leaves you free to concentrate on recovery and getting your life back on track. 

We offer a free consultation and case analysis, including options for phone and video consultations for your comfort and safety. Contact us or call 1-800-JUSTICE today to discuss your options for filing a Florida motorcycle accident lawsuit.

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