Although it may take only seconds to occur, the effects of a motorcycle or scooter accident can last weeks, months, years — or, in some cases, even a lifetime. Riders often suffer from road rash, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage and other catastrophic injuries.
At the law firm of Avera & Smith, our Gainesville motorcycle accident lawyers have more than 80 years of combined experience serving bikers and other individuals harmed by the negligence or wrongdoing of others. Two of our trial lawyers are Board-Certified by the Florida Bar, and all of our partners have received numerous honors and awards for their skill.
Florida’s No-Fault Laws Do NOT Apply To Motorcycle Accidents
Florida motorcycle law makes negligent drivers responsible and liable to motorcyclists. A motorcycle rider involved in an accident in Florida may obtain compensation for his or her injuries that were caused by the other driver’s negligence. Damages may include payment for:
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Other damages
As always, if you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle or any other type of motor vehicle accident, do not speak to any insurance company but your own.
Florida's Helmet Laws For Motorcycle Riders
On May 8, 1996, the State of Florida overturned its 30-year-old helmet law, ruling it “unconstitutional.” Sadly, the lives of many Florida motorcycle and scooter riders have been lost due to the elimination of this law. While going helmet-less may not break the law, it very often leaves a motorcyclist vulnerable to serious head injuries in the event of a crash.
Many people believe that motorcycle helmets prevent brain injuries in the event of serious crashes. This may be true in many cases, but not always. Sometimes the weight of a helmet can throw an accident victim’s neck in such a way that it may contribute to injuries.
With or without a helmet, no matter how head injuries from motorcycle accidents occur, the results can be devastating to cope with. A brain-injured accident victim may face:
- Expensive emergency medical treatment
- Ongoing medical care, therapy and rehabilitation
- Even when head injuries are not catastrophic: lingering effects such as migraine headaches, personality changes, negative impact on certain body functions, difficulty concentrating, irritability and other difficulties
- Loss of the ability to earn a living, either temporarily or permanently
- Loss of enjoyment of life as before an accident
At Avera & Smith, we’ve seen too many terrible results of people injured or killed when a helmet may have saved their lives. We recommend that if you ride a motorcycle, ALWAYS wear a helmet.