On any given day in Brooksville, you can find motorcycle enthusiasts riding on our city streets or along our winding highways and backroads. Unfortunately, too many drivers do not know how to share the road with them. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports that more than 10,000 motorcycle accidents occurred in our state in 2016 alone, including 99 crashes in Hernando County that left four people dead and 85 injured.
With more than 50 years of combined legal experience, the attorneys of Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, understand motorcycle accident cases. We have the skills and resources that it takes to tackle even the most complex and challenging cases. Between 2006 and 2017, we recovered more than $95 million in compensation for our clients.
When you work with our legal team, we will make your case our personal commitment. To learn more, contact our Brooksville personal injury attorneys today and receive a free initial consultation about your case.
Steps to Take after a Brooksville Motorcycle Accident
If you have suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident in Brooksville, you should take these steps in order to protect your right to recover full and fair compensation:
- Get to a doctor right away – The sooner you are treated for your injuries, the easier it will be to prove that the injuries were caused in the collision (as opposed to some other way). Plus, many injuries take time to manifest. You could end up in a great deal of pain if your injuries are not timely diagnosed and treated.
- Get your crash report – The official crash report is a police document in which the investigating officers put helpful information about all the parties involved, including their addresses and insurance information. If your motorcycle accident happened in Brooksville, you can obtain a copy by going to com, Brooksville Police Department or Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
- Save your paperwork – Even if you may not initially think it is important, keep it just in case. Save your medical bills, motorcycle repair bills and receipts from all other crash-related expenses. You should also keep copies of all letters or e-mails that you receive from the insurance companies.
- Notify your own insurance company – Most insurance companies require that you notify them within a certain time period in order to preserve certain rights, such as the right to use optional medical payments coverage or uninsured motorist coverage. While you are required to notify them, you should still talk to a lawyer before you give a recorded statement.
- Don’t talk to other insurance companies about the crash – The other driver’s insurance company will likely contact you. Politely decline to answer questions, give a recorded statement or accept a settlement offer until you discuss the case first with your lawyer from Holliday Karatinos Law Firm.
- Stay off social media – While it may be tempting to go online and post your photos or complain about your motorcycle crash, the insurance company may try to use it against you. Until your case is resolved, you should simply stay away from social media and not discuss your case in any public forum.
Why Do Motorcycle Crashes Happen in Brooksville?
The attorneys of Holliday Karatinos Law Firm will know how to investigate your case and determine the cause of your Brooksville motorcycle accident. Through the years, some of the leading causes we have encountered are:
- Inattentional blindness (where drivers simply fail to see motorcycles that are directly in front of them)
- Failure to check blind spots
- Misjudging speed and distance of the motorcycle (especially when turning in front of a motorcycle at an intersection)
- Tailgating (or following too closely)
- Sharing the lane or passing at an unsafe distance
- Simply refusing to respect when motorcyclists have the right of way.
Often, a driver’s distraction, alcohol or drug impairment or fatigue serves as the underlying factor. If so, the driver should be held fully accountable and provide – typically through his or her insurance – the compensation that you deserve for the physical, emotional and financial harm that you have suffered.
What Can You Recover after a Brooksville Motorcycle Accident?
Even a motorcyclist who wears full protective gear, including a helmet, can suffer life-changing or fatal injuries in a collision with a motor vehicle in Brooksville. Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries are:
- Traumatic brain injury (including concussions)
- Spinal cord damage
- Burns (such as “road rash”)
- Tissue and organ damage
- Emotional distress (such as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD).
At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, we will pursue all available compensation for you, including:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost income and diminished future earning ability
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and anxiety
- All other out-of-pocket expenses.
If your loved one died in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver’s negligence, we can pursue compensation through a wrongful death action. Those damages include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of support
- Loss of affection and companionship
- Medical bills and other expenses incurred by the estate.
Get Help from a Brooksville Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle collision in Brooksville or the surrounding areas of Hernando County, you don’t need to go far to find the skilled and compassionate legal help you need. With more than 50 years of combined legal wisdom and experience, you can trust Holliday Karatinos Law Firm to fight for maximum compensation for you.
Under Florida law, you have limited time to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim after a motorcycle accident. If you wait too long, you may lose the right to pursue the damages you deserve. So, don’t wait to act.
Call or reach us online today. We will provide a timely and free consultation, and we will charge nothing for our legal services unless we secure compensation for you.