Motorcycle Accidents Lawyer
Motorcycle accidents are usually catastrophic or fatal. This is because of the lack of protection that riders have, including basic protections such as seat belts, airbags, or the steel shell surrounding them like other motorists. Motorcycle accident cases are also difficult cases to handle because Florida has enacted a complicated matrix of laws and regulations which apply to motorcyclists. Insurance companies also have their own complicated policy exceptions and exclusions which they may improperly assert against injured riders. These hurdles are intentionally set up to frustrate motorcyclists into giving up or accepting less compensation than their claim is worth. Don’t let this happen to you.
At Schlacter Law, we fight hard for victims of motorcycle accidents to push back at the deceitful tricks used by insurance companies to minimize your claim. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients, including $1,625,0000, $825,000, $800,000, $790,000, and $775,000 in just vehicular accident cases alone. We make sure that insurance companies do not take advantage of motorcycle riders by placing blame or minimizing their injuries. We offer a FREE consultation and strategy session. If we accept your case, we will conduct an investigation and may hire experts to help prove liability and damages. We only get paid when we recover compensation for you. Call our award-winning firm by dialing (305) 999-1111 or fill out a free case evaluation to discover what our motorcycle accident lawyer at Schlacter Law can do for you.
Hire Our Motorcycle Accident Attorney, Not Just Any Auto Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle accidents are not like regular auto accidents, because it can be more difficult for injured motorcyclists to recover compensation after a crash. This is especially true if a motorcyclist is trying to handle their case without the help of a lawyer. The main reason is because Florida does not require motorcyclists to have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance and, even if they do, there are usually policy exclusions for injuries caused on a motorcycle. Motorcycles are not recognized as motor vehicles under Florida insurance law.
In addition to insurance issues, motorcycle claims are often more complicated because the injuries are more severe. Victims will need to prove their medical injuries and explain them to a court in order to get the compensation they may need for their case. Medical experts may be required to testify the past, current, and future injuries, procedures, and treatment that a victim may need.
Finally, motorcycle accidents are more difficult because liability is often hotly contested. This is because many motorists like to blame motorcycle riders for not being able to see them due to the smaller profile of a motorcycle. Other times, motorists just like to blame motorcycle riders due to unfair stereotypes. Some auto accident lawyers do not know how to handle these types of issues or may be ill-prepared for the public perception surrounding motorcycle riders. At Schlacter Law, we are not only aware of these issues but know how to fight back and win your case.
Because the injuries suffered by individuals as a result of motorcycle accidents are so severe, you do not want to have merely any lawyer. You want to hire a compassionate and understanding lawyer. Our lawyer is a family man and understands that family comes first. Schlacter Law will treat you like family while aggressively fighting for what is rightfully yours. We want our clients to feel informed and comfortable at all times.
How Much is a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
After a motorcycle accident causing serious injuries or lost wages, the last thing you may want to think about is paying for a lawyer, and because of this, most personal injury lawyers use contingency fee agreements. Under this type of agreement, you only pay a percentage of what the motorcycle accident recovers for you. If there is no recovery, the victim owes no money to the lawyer.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident or if a loved one was wrongfully killed, call our motorcycle accident lawyer at Schlacter Law for a FREE consultation to learn what your case may be worth and how we can start protecting your rights to compensation today.
How We Handle Cases
- Your attorney will aggressively investigate your case. Schlacter Law will compile all necessary evidence needed to maximize the value of your case. Which includes but is not limited to photographs, police reports, security camera footage, witness statements, medical bills and medical records.
- You will remain in constant contact with Schlacter Law about the progression of your case.
- Your attorney will present your case to the insurance company and will attempt to resolve your case before the case goes to court for maximum compensation.
- Your attorney will make every effort possible to resolve the case as quickly as possible for the most amount of money you may be entitled to. You will be actively involved in the negotiation process with your attorney. Schlacter Law understands that this is your one opportunity to get justice for your loss.
- If settlement negotiations are unsuccessful, Schlacter Law will be fully prepared to bring your case to court to fight for the justice you deserve.
- At no cost to you, Schlacter Law will hire any experts and professionals needed to maximize your recovery and present your case in the strongest form possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have to file a motorcycle accident claim?
Four years from the date of the motorcycle accident. However, in crashes involving state agencies you may only have three years from the date of your accident. In addition, there may be other exceptions which shrink this time period. Always consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as you have been injured to ensure your rights are protected.
Can I recover compensation if I was a passenger injured on a motorcycle?
Yes, passengers in a motorcycle accident may be entitled to recover compensation in a motorcycle accident. Passengers may have a claim against both the driver and the other driver of the other vehicle which struck or caused the crash. This is because passengers are generally considered to not be in control of a motorcycle and therefore without fault. However, if a passenger caused or contributed to a motorcycle accident such as leaning way off, dragging feet, reaching for the handlebar, or otherwise causing the motorcycle accident, the passenger may be at fault too.
What if I was partially at fault for my motorcycle accident?
Florida is a comparative fault state which means a victim who may have partially caused a motorcycle accident may still be entitled to recover damages for his or her injuries. The award to a victim who is partially at fault is reduced by the percentage of comparative fault he or she has. For example, if a motorcyclist was 25% at fault and received $100,000 in a jury verdict, the motorcyclist’s award may be reduced to $75,000.