Our motorcycle accident attorneys know that riding a motorcycle is a recreational pursuit for some, a life-long passion for others. But when a motorcyclist is involved in a major accident, the resulting injuries can have lasting results on his/her life. Without the protective structure of a car passenger area and safety features such as seat belts and airbags, motorcycles have little protection. A motorcyclist faces a greater danger of traumatic injury or fatal injuries in a crash. While motorcyclists were involved in only 1 percent of all collisions in Florida in the last few years, they were disproportionately represented in about 11 percent of casualties, according to state traffic information.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need to assert your right to just compensation. From the cost to repair or replace your bike to the long-term financial costs of accident-related injuries, you may be entitled to a significant financial recovery, and the driver who hit you deserves to be held fully accountable. At Rue & Ziffra Law Offices, we are committed to fighting for the rights of injured bikers in Volusia, Seminole, and Flagler Counties. We have been serving the local biker community since 1976, and we have a long record of success in helping our clients collect the compensation they deserve.
As a motorcycle rider, you have the same rights as everyone else on the road. This means that you have the right to occupy your lane the same as a car or SUV, and you have the right to sue for just compensation when a negligent driver causes an accident. Distracted driving, aggressive driving, and just plain carelessness are to blame in the vast majority of motorcycle accidents. At Rue & Ziffra Law Offices, we take an aggressive approach to holding negligent drivers accountable for our client’s accident-related losses.
As a personal injury law firm with decades of experience, we have the resources to devote to your case to see it through to completion. We will investigate your case thoroughly because having a firm command of the facts is the best way to negotiate from a position of strength. We will move quickly to find eyewitnesses and preserve evidence before it is lost. We often seek the cell phone records of the at-fault driver to determine if the driver was distracted by talking on the phone or sending text messages at the time of the crash. We work hard to identify all the potentially liable parties in an accident. That broadens the pool of insurance funds available to provide compensation to the injured motorcyclist.
Motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured and 25 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than another person driving or riding in a car or other passenger vehicle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In Florida, 577 motorcyclists were killed in a recent year, by far more than any other state (even Texas and California, which are larger in both size and population).
The majority of multi-vehicle accidents involving a motorcycle and a car or truck are caused by inattentive or negligent drivers of other kinds of vehicles sharing the road. Many automobile drivers are looking for oncoming cars and trucks and simply not focused on checking for motorcycles, which have a narrow profile and are easier to overlook. For example, a motorist who fails to see an oncoming motorist at an intersection may turn in front of the motorcyclist and cause the biker to collide with the larger vehicle.
Being thrown from a motorcycle onto the pavement in a collision is a common way for a motorcyclist to sustain serious injuries including head injuries, neck injuries, fractures, and traumatic brain injuries. Although the motorcyclist struck the car, the automobile driver caused the accident by failing to yield at the intersection. The accident was the other driver’s fault, but the motorcycle rider sustains the brunt of the injuries in most cases.
If your injuries were caused by someone else’s carelessness or disregard for safety, you should not have to worry about the medical bills. An injured motorcyclist needs a strong advocate to stand up for legal rights and seek full compensation for the rider’s injuries and loss of income. Having a knowledgeable Daytona Beach motorcycle accident lawyer who has handled many similar cases can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
Over the past 40 years, our motorcycle accident attorney has helped local bikers recover millions of dollars in compensation for their motorcycle accident injuries. The following is just a small sampling of our recent experience in motorcycle accident settlements and litigation:
Of course, each case is unique, and the outcome of a motorcycle accident case is never guaranteed. But, what we can guarantee is that we will use our attorneys’ 180+ years of combined legal experience to fight for the best possible outcome in your case.
Motorcycle accidents can result from a broad range of factors. While most motorcycle crashes are the result of “cage” driver negligence, there are other causes that are sometimes to blame as well. At Rue & Ziffra Law Offices, our motorcycle accident attorney can handle all types of motorcycle accident cases, including those involving:
After a serious injury or accident, victims and their families have many questions in mind. We encourage you to contact us today for a free consultation, so we can personally address all your questions and concerns.
Meanwhile, these are a few of the most common questions we hear from our clients.
In Florida, motorcycle insurance works the same way as car insurance in the event of an accident. This means:
No matter what happened, at the scene of an accident, your safety needs to be your first priority. If you can walk, get yourself safely off of the road. Call 911 to report the accident, and seek emergency medical attention if necessary. If the other driver or rider stopped, collect his or her insurance information, and ask for names and phone numbers from any witnesses as well.
Now is also the time to call an attorney. An attorney with experience representing bikers will be able to walk you through the steps you need to take (and the mistakes you need to avoid), and he or she will be able to initiate an investigation right away. Our firm has four office locations throughout Volusia, Flagler, and Seminole Counties, and we can take action immediately to protect your legal rights.
As a motorcycle rider in Florida, the best thing you can do to protect your rights is to protect yourself. In other words, ride safely. Our attorneys who ride recommend:
Despite what they say, the insurance companies are not on your side. When it comes to fixing your vehicle after an accident, they want to pay as little for parts and service as possible.
As a result, when getting your motorcycle fixed, you need to be very careful about relying on the estimate provided by your insurance company’s recommended repair shop. You are entitled to request an estimate and service from a shop of your choosing, and you are entitled to have your vehicle fixed (or replaced) according to the terms of your auto insurance policy.
Also, if your policy includes coverage for a rental car while your vehicle is in the shop, make sure you get the car to which you are entitled under your policy. Oftentimes, insurance companies will upsell rental car allowances and then offer a minimum daily rate when you file a claim.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Seminole, Volusia, or Flagler County, contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. We are available 24/7. To speak with an attorney about your rights, call (386) 788-7700 or tell us about your accident online now.