Getting on a motorcycle can be viewed as high risk/high reward. They are fun to drive, yet they come with various safety concerns. That is why the careful operation of this motorized vehicle is so important. Nevertheless, no matter how cautious the driver may be while cruising down the roads and highways of Florida, there is a possibility that an accident when other drivers are around.
Careless and reckless actions have resulted in countless serious injuries that could have been avoidable. In fact, Florida has averaged close to 7,000 injuries and 365 deaths in recent years. These troubling statistics also bring serious economic consequences to the injured individuals and their families. Unsustainable medical bills, a long rehab, loss of wages and mental suffering are just some of the negative consequences of such an accident.
In order to keep from assuming financial responsibility for another person's actions, it is important that you retain legal representation. A capable attorney will be able to argue for you during the litigation process and demand compensation so you can focus on healing and moving on with your life.
The time is now to start the litigation process. Our firm, The Law Offices of James B. Coulter, is here to help you achieve a favorable result by arguing on your behalf and proving negligence. As a full-service practice, we handle every aspect of your case from the gathering of evidence to courtroom arguments. Our attorney is dedicated to providing our clients the legal counsel that is necessary during what is likely a dark time in your life.
We are a proactive legal team that uses our analytical abilities to develop a fact-based argument against the offending party. Offering cost-effective and comprehensive representation, we are mindful that this situation can strain finances and will only require legal fees that are solely based on our performance. I am a trial lawyer who is ready to represent you in court so that you can get the payout that you deserve.
Our firm is a staunch advocate for legal and constitutional rights, and we will do everything in our power to protect your interests throughout this difficult and complicated process. We proudly represent individuals and families throughout Central and Eastern Florida including Brevard County, Orange County, Volusia County, Seminole County, Indian River County and Osceola County.
Dedicated to a quick response and timely representation, we will immediately begin the litigation process following a free initial consultation. To schedule a time to meet with our attorney and go over the details of your case, please call (321) 586-9944 or send an online message today.
Wear safety equipment – It is a bad idea in nearly every way to ride a motorcycle without some form of protection. A helmet is the most important thing you can have while riding and has saved countless lives. The more gear, the better.
Eye Contact – If possible, although you should be wearing a helmet, which may obscure your face, make eye contact with other drivers around you when making a move. Drivers commonly lack attention for cyclists, so a proven acknowledgment is important in staying safe.
Analyze other vehicles – Never expect that other vehicles will notice you while driving. Notice how they are driving and act accordingly. Also, watch out for left turning cars, the number one most common cause of motorcycle accidents.
Look for hazards – Although motorcycles have maneuverability, being surprised by a road hazard will likely be more dangerous than with a regular car. Not only will you have to worry about keeping stability on your bike, you also have to worry about the other cars that may be around you.
Drive Safe – This seems to be common knowledge, but many riders do become overzealous and forget the dangers of high speed and quick turns. Bikes have too much power for some and need to be treated with respect and maturity.
Be Visible – When cars notice you, most tend to give you plenty of space. Bright colors, reflectors and properly functioning lights are essential in making certain that you are visible while on the road, particularly at night.
Knowing the laws pertaining to operating motorcycles in Florida will make the legal process much simpler. First thing to keep in mind is that new motorcyclists must take and pass the Basic Rider Course through the Florida Rider Trainer Program before they can have the motorcycle endorsement added to their license (§322.12)
According to Florida Statute §316.211, a person may not operate or ride upon a motorcycle unless the person is properly wearing protective headgear securely fastened upon his or her head which complies with Federal Motorcycle Vehicle Safety Standard 218 promulgated by the United States Department of Transportation. This basically means that when riding on or operating a Florida motorcycle, you are required to wear a helmet, unless you are over the age of 21, with a minimum of $10,000 in medical insurance.
In the same statute, eye protection is also discussed. To be specific, the legal wording says that a person may not operate a motorcycle unless the person is wearing an eye-protective device over his or her eyes of a type approved by the department of motor vehicles.
The number of potential injuries that can occur during a motorcycle accident are too numerous to mention. The lack of protection and force at which vehicles collide can lead to serious injuries or even death. Some of the most common injuries include:
Florida is a “Verbal Threshold State”. This means in order to receive damages for your injuries resulting from your Florida motorcycle accident, your injuries must meet certain requirements.
Your injuries from your Florida motorcycle accident must meet one or all of the following requirements:
The possible damages in a motorcycle accident case can include:
NHTSA – Motorcycles – Clicking on this link will send you to the motorcycle information page on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. The page offers extensive information on motorcycle safety, motorcycle helmet laws, research and data, and additional state-by-state regulations.
CDC Motorcycle Safety – The Center for Disease Control has an extensive amount of information and resources on motorcycle safety. This link offers motorcycle safety guides, state helmet laws, injury response, current events and teen driver information.
Florida DMV – To understand the laws and regulation regarding riding motorcycles, the state Department of Motor Vehicles web site is a great start. The linked page contains information on safety, office locations, necessary forms, driver licenses and laws.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident and would like to pursue litigation against the negligent party, The Law Offices of James B. Coulter can help. Having a capable and qualified attorney at your side is paramount in finding a favorable solution to this difficult and stressful situation. At The Law Offices of James B. Coulter we have dedicated practice to the pursuit of justice for the clients we serve and bring this commitment to work every day, relentlessly pursuing those who feel that they can act in a reckless or negligent manner without consequence.
Our extensive knowledge of civil law and litigation has enabled us to effectively fight for the compensation that our clients deserve. We focus on comprehensive representation that handles every aspect of your case, from gathering relevant information, to interviewing witnesses and evaluating the costs of your injuries. Our attorney will take the reins and provide excellent client service throughout the entire process. As a staunch advocate for legal justice, we will do everything in our power to protect your interests.
The Law Offices of James B. Coulter is based in Melbourne and works with individuals throughout Central Florida, including the cities of Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Titusville, Viera, Cape Canaveral, Orlando, Apopka, Daytona Beach, Altamonte Springs, Indian Harbour Beach and Palm Bay, among others. We offer free and confidential initial consultation for all potential clients, so if you would like to sit down and discuss your motorcycle injury with a qualified attorney, please call (321) 586-9944 or send an online message today.