Let Me Help You Assert Your Rights After A Motorcycle Accident
As a life long motorcycle rider, I believe that Florida is the ideal place to be a motorcyclist. With warm weather year-round and endless scenery to enjoy during the ride, it isn’t hard to see why riding is so popular. Sadly, Florida also has among the highest rates of motorcyclist injuries and fatalities in the nation. Each year, more than 500 riders are killed in fatal crashes on state roads and highways.
If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you’ll no doubt need compensation to cover the costs of medical care, lost wages and other damages. And even if you don’t envision taking your case to court, it is a wise idea to seek help from an experienced injury attorney. My name is Joe Mitchell, and my firm, The Mitchell Law Firm, P.A., has been advocating for motorcyclists for more than 25 years.
Overcoming Bias After Being Injured
The phrase “adding insult to injury” is often fitting after a motorcycle accident. There is observable bias against motorcyclists by many other drivers, law enforcement officials, courts and insurance companies. Motorcyclists are viewed as reckless and unwilling to invest in their own safety. Too often, they are blamed for their own injuries, even in cases where evidence shows that the other drivers were at fault.
This bias isn’t just insulting, however. It can negatively impact your chances of receiving a fair settlement offer or having your claim taken seriously. When you work with my firm, I will actively work to combat this bias and ensure that you are not unjustly assigned fault or blame.
Motorcyclist Injuries Are Unique And Often Severe
Obviously, the physical properties of a motorcycle leave the rider vulnerable in an accident. Your vehicle is significantly smaller and lighter than others, and it offers no external protection. For these reasons, motorcyclists are more likely than drivers of other vehicles to suffer devastating injuries, such as:
- Road rash, abrasions and friction burns
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones and bruises
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
Many of these injuries could be severe enough to result in death, immediately or shortly after the crash.
Proving Your Case And Holding Drivers Accountable
The physical properties of a motorcycle explain why motorcyclists are more likely to get injured, but they don’t account for why motorcycle accidents are so common to begin with. In many cases, crashes occur because drivers of larger vehicles fail to notice motorcyclists, fail to give them the room and distance they deserve, or both. When I take your case, I will thoroughly investigate the details of your crash to determine how it happened and how it could have been avoided. I will demonstrate, to the fullest extent possible, that other drivers were inattentive and/or failed to exercise their required duty of care.
Contact My Firm Today To Tell Me Your Side Of The Story
The Mitchell Law Firm is pleased to offer free initial consultations to prospective clients, so you have nothing to lose by exploring your legal options. To get started, call my office in Indialantic at 321-473-6951 or send me an email.