Motorcycle Accidents Attorney in Orlando, Florida
Motorcycles: they offer incredible fun, a rush of adrenaline…and absolutely no protection from other vehicles that share the road with you. The same thrill that allows for the rush of wind around you as you ride can also leave you in significant danger during a motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle accidents result in serious injuries—an average of 10,000 a year in Florida, including 8,000 injuries and 525 deaths. Orange County, home to Orlando, averages 631 crashes, the vast majority of which resulted in injuries and 24 of which caused fatalities.
Other vehicles have far greater mass, and other drivers may not pay as much attention as they should on the road. If you suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident, you may need legal assistance to go after the compensation you deserve. Contact The Law Office of Jerry Jenkins today at (407) 287-6757 to learn more about how qualified, compassionate legal service can help you get the compensation you deserve.
The Law Office of Jerry Jenkins: Compassionate Legal Care
When you suffer injuries in a motorcycle accident, you need a lawyer who provides a high level of compassion alongside a deep understanding of exactly what legal recourse you have for your injuries. Motorcycle accidents can leave you struggling to return to your normal, everyday life—and you need a lawyer who understands what ordinary people need when they face the consequences of an accident. Jerry Jenkins devotes his life and his practice to helping people after extraordinary events requiring legal counsel. When you partner with The Law Office of Jerry Jenkins, you get:
- An attorney dedicated to communication. You do not want to have to wait around when you need to talk to your lawyer. Instead, you want a lawyer who offers availability when, where, and how you need it most. Jerry Jenkins offers legal services 24/7, which means you can get answers when you need them. Not only that, he will meet you in a location convenient for you and offers many ways to get in touch,
- Comprehensive legal advice. If you have suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, you need a lawyer who understands the system: both what the insurance company owes you, legally speaking, and how the company will attempt to avoid that payout. Jerry Jenkins understands the Florida legal system and will work to help Orange County, Kissimmee, and Clermont victims seek the compensation they deserve.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries: The Potential for Lifelong Consequences
A motorcycle accident often brings with it substantial injuries. Motorcycles offer little protection from other vehicles or the pavement. In some cases, your motorcycle may even cause further damage when it lands on top of you during an accident. In many cases, those injuries can cause lifelong consequences that leave you unable to return to the activities or lifestyle you once enjoyed.
- Spinal cord damage or paralysis. Spinal cord damage can leave you permanently paralyzed or restrict your movements on a long-term basis. Damage may occur at any point along the spine; however, some victims suffer damage higher on the spinal cord than others. The higher the damage, the more it restricts your movements. Some people suffer paralysis from the waist down, while others may find themselves living with paralysis from the neck down.
- Traumatic brain injury. Your motorcycle helmet protects your head and reduces the risk of brain damage in a motorcycle accident, but it does not erase that possibility completely. All too often, motorcycle accidents include serious head trauma and brain damage. Traumatic brain injury may cause symptoms of confusion that resolve relatively quickly, or victims may have long-term problems with memory, emotional control, self-regulation, and comprehension.
- Amputations. As you fly from your motorcycle, you may suffer crushing damage when the motorcycle lands on you, when you strike the pavement or another object, or when the car hits you. In some cases, doctors may deem the damage too substantial to save the impacted limb. In other cases, you may suffer amputation during the accident itself.
- Organ damage. Many motorcycle riders find, after accidents, that they suffer substantial organ damage. Motorcycle accidents may cause immediate internal bleeding or long-term damage. In some cases, you may lose your spleen or appendix after the accident. Organ damage may leave you unable to return to your previous lifestyle for a long time after the accident, if at all.
- Broken bones. Often, in motorcycle accidents, victims suffer breaks in the limbs: their legs and feet, arms, or hands. Broken bones make it difficult to get around and complete common tasks, especially for victims who work in very active jobs or who perform manual labor on a regular basis. Broken bones may also have complications that cause long-term loss of mobility or ongoing pain that can prevent the victim from enjoying activities that once brought them pleasure.
- Soft tissue damage. While sprains, strains, and bruises may seem to cause fewer limitations than broken bones, in many cases, soft tissue damage can cause long-term difficulty with mobility or a lifelong struggle with pain. Limbs with soft tissue damage may never fully return to their former strength, or the victim may suffer pain from the injury for the rest of his life.
Is the Other Driver Always at Fault in a Motorcycle Accident?
If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, you may not care who caused the accident—but when it comes to seeking compensation, it matters. Who caused your motorcycle accident? In a crash with another vehicle, you hope that the other driver’s insurance company will pay your medical bills and offer compensation for your financial losses from the accident. Determining fault, however, may require the help of an attorney.
Did the other driver cause the accident? Often, drivers fail to take note of motorcycles on the road with them or to share the road appropriately. They may:
- Try to use your lane to pass another vehicle in spite of the fact that you still need space in it
- Fail to notice you, especially when changing lanes or making a turn
- Become distracted on the road
- Fail to adhere to the rules of the road
Did you contribute to the accident? You, too, may bear responsibility for the conditions of your motorcycle accident. You might, for example, have lost control of your motorcycle in a tight turn, or you might have ignored traffic regulations. When you ride your motorcycle, you must follow the same rules of the road that you would follow in a car, including stopping at stop signs and traffic lights, signaling before changing lanes or turning, and maintaining a reasonable speed. You should also use your lane to drive, rather than trying to drive between two cars. If you failed to follow those basic rules, you may bear partial responsibility for your accident.
In some cases, you and the other driver may share responsibility for your motorcycle accident. If you bear more than 40 percent of that responsibility, you may not receive funds from the other driver’s insurance company. If you bear any responsibility for the accident, your compensation may drop by the percentage of the responsibility you bear.
Did outside factors contribute to the accident? In some cases, neither you nor the other driver may bear full responsibility for the accident. Other factors can also contribute—a driver under the influence who consumed too much at a bar or restaurant, for example. If mechanical failure caused your accident, the mechanic who last serviced the vehicle or the vehicle’s manufacturer may also share responsibility. Working closely with a lawyer will help you more effectively determine who shares responsibility in your accident, allowing you to more effectively seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
How Much Can You Get from Your Motorcycle Accident?
The funds you can recover following a motorcycle accident will vary. The extent of your injuries, how much they limit your life, and even the other party’s insurance policy and its limits can all impact the full compensation you receive. However, most accident victims ask for several common forms of compensation in a claim.
Medical expenses. If you suffered serious injuries, you may find yourself dealing with equally serious medical bills. As you add up your medical expenses, include:
- Ambulance transport
- Emergency room bills
- Physician bills, including ongoing visits
- Durable medical equipment
- Your hospital stay
- Alterations to your home for permanent or long-term injuries
- Physical therapy
Pain and suffering. Often, insurance companies use a scale to determine pain and suffering based on your medical expenses and other financial losses associated with the accident. An attorney, however, can help explain the full extent of your pain and suffering to the insurance company. You might, for example, miss out on much-anticipated activities or find yourself severely limited in what you can do as well as suffering from the physical pain associated with your injury.
Lost work. Injuries do not just leave you hurting. They may also limit your ability to work, both short-term and long term. You may need to miss work for a variety of reasons during your recovery:
- Inability to complete your job responsibilities, either due to pain or weakness or due to inability to focus from traumatic brain injury
- Doctor’s appointments
- Physical therapy
In addition to missed time at work in the immediate aftermath of the accident, you may struggle to return to your job in its former capacity even after you make a recovery. In this case, you can seek lost income potential as part of the compensation provided by the insurance company after your motorcycle accident.
Will the Insurance Company Fight My Claim?
Many people assume that after an accident, the insurance company will automatically pay out the maximum amount of the claim or the maximum amount allowed by any specific injuries and expenses. Unfortunately, many insurance companies do not work that way. They may, instead, try to limit their financial liability for your accident by:
- Offering a fast, low settlement soon after your motorcycle accident. You may not even have the chance to fully evaluate your injuries—or what they will cost—before the insurance company offers a settlement. While the early settlement will get money in your hands fast, it likely does not reflect the full amount you deserve for your injuries. You may find yourself struggling to pay your medical bills or to deal with your financial responsibilities after the accident, but by accepting that initial settlement offer, you may absolve the insurance company of future financial responsibility.
- Blaming you for the accident. If you caused the accident, the insurance company can decrease its financial liability. The company may look for evidence that you performed illegal actions on the road or that your actions contributed to the accident in some way.
- Denying your injuries. “Your injuries didn’t happen in the accident.” “You didn’t get hurt that badly.” On the surface, these do not seem like things an insurance company would say. In many cases, however, insurance companies will try to avoid financial ability by insisting that your injuries occurred at another time or trying to prove that you did not suffer the limitations you claim.
Can I Afford a Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
Your bills are high. You cannot return to work. Can you afford a motorcycle accident attorney after your motorcycle accident?
Many people find that hiring a motorcycle accident attorney, rather than adding to their expenses, actually increases the compensation they receive. Not only that, an attorney with experience in personal injury law can help prevent you from making key mistakes as you seek compensation, reducing the odds that you will jeopardize your claim.
At The Law Office of Jerry Jenkins, we start with a free consultation to better understand your needs. We offer a wide range of payment options that make it easier for our clients to get the legal support they need during a difficult, trying time in their lives.
Do You Need a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Orlando?
If you need a motorcycle accident attorney in the Orlando area, contact The Law Office of Jerry Jenkins today at (407) 287-6757. You deserve compassionate, qualified legal support to help you in the aftermath of your accident.