Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

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Expert Legal Advice from Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Did you know? In 2011, the number of motorcycle fatalities accounted for 17% of all traffic fatalities in Florida alone according to the State of Florida Department of Transportation. When a motorcycle crash occurs, the victim and his or her family are often thrown into a confusing maze of insurance questions, medical bills, funeral expenses, and emotional turmoil that can never be fully healed or erased. This is why having a motorcycle accident lawyer is often imperative to fully recover the money and support a victim deserves.

The attorneys at Rue & Ziffra are more experienced in handling motorcycle accident claims than most others! Why? Because our Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorneys are active bikers themselves! We have the insights a non rider will not, paired with our extensive experience of over 30 years of excellent representation for bikers. In fact, one of our founding partners, Attorney John D. Rue, began practicing in 1976, and envisioned a business keen on providing competent legal support for injured motorcyclists who fall victim to a crash. Since then the firm has expanded, with more attorneys and support staff available to assist clients in various areas of personal injury claims.

Our attorneys know how to help you fully recover for your injuries. Because our firm has specialized in personal injury claims, our attorneys have gained the valuable knowledge needed to navigate the insurance claims process. We have come accustomed to knowing beforehand which documents are needed and what settlement amounts to pursue for the various types of claims we work.

Also, some of our attorneys have previously worked for insurance defense law firms prior to their switch to personal injury. This gives our firm a competitive advantage over others who do not have this personal insight of the claims process.

Our Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorneys are here to help provide support for you and your family. The attorneys and support staff at Rue & Ziffra try to make a positive difference in your life before and after a motorcycle accident occurs.

Primarily, we are here to help guide you through the dense and often confusing legal process that results from motorcycle crashes. It is our job to take care of your present legal needs so that you can focus on healing, as well as make sure that you receive full compensation for your injuries in order to take care of your future needs.

We are also here to provide both riders and non-riders in the community with information to help keep crashes at bay. Whether we are promoting safe riding public service announcements, motorcycle safety newsletters, or speaking with individuals at events, our goal is to make everyone aware of the importance of motorcycle safety.

What Should I Do If I’m Involved in a Motorcycle Crash?

Motorcycle accidents can be severe, resulting in crippling injuries and even fatalities. If you have been involved in an accident, there are several steps you can take to increase your chances of financial and physical recovery:

Do not leave the scene – Even if you weren’t at fault, do not leave the scene until the police arrive and information has been collected from each party involved. If you fail to stay, you could be at risk for a hit and run felony.

Gather critical information – Make sure to document the contact information from any parties involved in the accident, as well as any witnesses present.

Call the Police – Make sure to give your account of the motorcycle accident to the police so that it is officially documented for later legal use.

Seek medical attention – Even if you think your injuries are minor, going to the doctor right away can help determine if there is anything problematic. Also, failure to seek attention can provide the defense for the insurance company that if you were really hurt, you would have sought prompt medical attention right away.

Do not sign anything from the insurance company – Often, insurance companies will want you to make a statement of the accident right away. This, however, could be used against you later on.

Seek legal help from a motorcycle accident attorney – Seek professional legal consultation from a motorcycle safety attorney to help you recover any benefits you may be entitled to as a result of another party’s negligence.

Precautions Every Rider Should Take

When we hear about motorcycle accidents we normally assume they occur because of the rider’s recklessness. However, most motorcycle accidents are caused by other negligent drivers who are not considerate of motorcycles on the road. Some of the typical causes of motorcycle accidents include basic negligent driving, drunk, driving, speeding, and turning into traffic in front of a motorcycle without leaving enough room.

Although a motorcycle crash can occur no matter how safe a rider you are, it is always imperative that you practice defensive riding. This means that you need to be aware of all the sights around you, including traffic patterns, speed changes, and weather conditions.

Below are some tips to remember when riding your motorcycle:

  • Wear a helmet
  • Wear protective clothing and gear
  • Anticipate what other drivers are going to do
  • Do not switch lanes quickly
  • Travel with other riders
What Type of Insurance Helps Protect a Victim in a Motorcycle Accident?

Motorcyclists residing in the State of Florida cannot recover money damages through no-fault insurance after being involved in a motorcycle crash with an automobile. However, a motorcycle owner can be covered under his or her liability insurance. This is insurance that can be purchased by automobile and motorcycle owners that will pay (up to the limit stated in their policy) for the injured party’s damages.

Also, a motorcyclist can purchase either (or both) Uninsured or Underinsured Insurance Coverage from their regular insurance carrier to help them recover after an accident. Uninsured motorist coverage (UM) and underinsured motorist coverage (UIM) provide a valuable source of legal recovery when someone is injured by another driver who does not have insurance or does not have adequate insurance to pay for the victim’s injuries.

Finally, after receiving benefits from the negligent party’s liability insurance, the injured party can seek further relief from any pre-purchased health insurance coverage up to the limits stated in their policy.

Why You Need An Experienced Team Of Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Adjusters, insurance providers and defense attorneys will implement many strategies to keep you from pursuing the compensation you are entitled to for the wrongful death of your loved one. Their sole purpose is to convince you to settle for as little money, energy and time as possible in order to minimize their client’s costs. This is why surviving family members need to strongly contemplate seeking legal counsel and hiring a motorcycle accident attorney to handle the wrongful death suit.

Wrongful Death

Victims of careless accidents that result in wrongful deaths are often left feeling devastated and angry, not knowing where to turn. Once you move past the primary stage of grief and anger at the injustice, you may choose to seek legal counsel and file a wrongful death lawsuit against those responsible for your loss of companionship. As the loved one of the victim’s wrongful death accident, you are entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical and funeral expenses
  • Loss of benefits the victim would have been entitled to
  • Loss of future earnings the deceased may have received
  • Loss of companionship
  • Personal pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages

The Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Rue & Ziffra, are in your community and on your side. Our experienced and dedicated firm has the knowledge and the relentless power to pursue your personal injury needs. We proudly serve multiple areas throughout Volusia and Flagler Counties, including Port Orange, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, Ormond Beach, Palm Coast, DeLand, DeBary, Deltona, Bunnell, Sanford and greater Orlando, Florida.