Fatal Motorcycle Crash Attorneys in Florida
Motorcycle accidents can be deadly for many riders. The Florida motorcycle accident lawyers at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC provide legal representation to families who have lost a relative in a motorcycle crash.
Our attorneys have handled a number of motorcycle accident cases, many of which have resulted in the premature death of a victim. We are caring, compassionate attorneys with the legal experience you need to help ease the financial burden of the sudden loss of your loved one. If your relative died in a motorcycle crash in Brooksville, New Tampa, Lutz, or any of the surrounding areas, please contact our office today.
Motorcycle Accidents Are More Severe
Motorcyclists and riders are more susceptible to fatal injuries in a crash than other motorists. If a motorcyclist is struck by a car or truck, the motorcycle does not have the structural protection to contain a motorcyclist or passenger’s body or to bear the impact of a larger motor vehicle. A rider may be thrown off the motorcycle and into oncoming traffic or other structures.
In addition, they may suffer fatal traumatic brain injuries. Motorcyclists in Florida do not need to wear a helmet if they are 21 and over and have at least $10,000 in insurance to cover any medical expenses for motorcycle accident injuries. While the lack of a helmet can lead to catastrophic injuries, many motorcycle accident victims die on impact or subsequently succumb to their injuries. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported that 413 motorcyclists and 38 passengers died in motorcycle crashes in 2011.
Liability in a Deadly Motorcycle Accident in Florida
You may hold the parties responsible for your loved one’s death accountable for your loss. If your relative had survived the accident, he or she would have had the right to recover damages for injuries through a Florida personal injury lawsuit. Your relative’s death extinguished any right to file that claim. As the survivor, however, Florida gives you the right to bring a claim for wrongful death to recover damages.
To succeed in your claim, you must be able to demonstrate that the defendant is liable for your relative’s death. Negligence is at the core of many motorcycle accidents. All motorists are required to exercise reasonable care when they drive. A driver that speeds or fails to yield, for example, may strike a motorcyclist and cause a deadly crash.
You can establish negligence by showing that the defendant:
- Owed the victim a duty of care;
- Failed to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances;
- Caused your relative’s death because of the breach; and
- Caused damages.
Some drivers will claim that the victim played a role in causing his or her injuries, but this will not bar a plaintiff’s recovery. Florida follows a comparative negligence standard, which means that a jury will apportion fault and award damages to the extent the victim was not at fault for causing his or her own injuries.
Recovering Damages and Compensation in a Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Florida
You may be able to recover damages for your relative’s fatal motorcycle crash. You can recover for his or her lost earnings, medical bills, and funeral expenses. Certain family members may also recover for loss of consortium, lost parental companionship, pain and suffering, and future loss of support and services.
It is important to note that while personal injury suits generally have a four-year statute of limitations, Florida wrongful death claims must be initiated within two years from the date of death. An attorney with experience in both motorcycle accidents and wrongful death claims can provide the legal guidance you need to assert your rights.
Contact Our Fatal Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
The fatal motorcycle crash attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC offer exceptional, compassionate legal representation to families of fatal motorcycle crash victims. We understand the emotional and financial hardships you may face after losing a relative. We can provide the legal advocacy and support you need to hold those responsible for your loved one’s death accountable for their actions. We will bring our 50 years of collective legal experience to fight for you and your family.
Please call us to schedule a free initial, no-obligation consultation. You can also complete our online contact form, and we will be in touch to arrange a meeting.