Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Serving Coral Springs
Coral Springs, Florida is considered part of Broward County and is a major city in the metropolitan area. The sunny skies and pleasant weather attracts tourists from all over, who enjoy the “Our Town” Festival which provides fun for the whole family in the form of beauty pageants, carnival rides and auto shows. The Coral Springs Center for the Arts is also a major attraction for those who enjoy Broadway show presentations. However, along with the recreational attractions, there are also an unfortunate number of injuries sustained from motorcycle accidents, as well.
For the most part, the majority of us don’t actually consider just how many motorcycle accidents happen each day on our roadways. If you took the time to ask the average Coral Springs resident what they thought this number is, they would probably tell you that they had no idea. However, you would probably find a different story should you ask the same question of a motorcycle accident lawyer serving Coral Springs . That individual would most likely give you a more accurate answer regarding just how often these types of accidents occur. In any event, the actual number is generally a lot higher than the average resident of Coral Springs would imagine.
In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration listed Florida as the number one state in the U.S. when it came to motorcycle accident fatalities. This startling observation indicated that Florida motorcycle accidents for that year actually accounted for nearly 20% of road accident fatalities.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a Coral Springs motorcycle accident, then you may wish to seek the advice of a motorcycle accident personal injury attorney. Our personal injury lawyers are aware of the financial distress resulting from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. That’s why we strive to get our clients fully compensated for their losses.Common Injuries Following A Motorcycle Crash
A motorcycle accident victim may sustain a number of different types of injuries in a motorcycle crash. Some of the most common include:
- Neck and back injuries which may limit mobility
- Cuts, lacerations or burns
- Broken Bones or bone fractures of all types
- Spinal cord injuries that may lead to paralysis
- Concussions or Traumatic Brain Injury
- Disfigurement that can require painful plastic surgery
- Injuries to the shoulders, knees, etc
- Loss of fingers or limbs
If you become injured in a motorcycle crash, you can pursue compensation for economic and non-economic damages from the at-fault party. These include:
- Medical expenses
- Therapy and rehabilitation
- Vehicle or home modifications to accommodate a disability
- Current and future lost wages
- Lost of earning capacity
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle
- Mental anguish
- Loss of Consortium
- Pain and Suffering
When you consider the large number of motorcycle accidents in this state, it’s no wonder that you’ll also encounter some rather strict motorcycle laws as well. In the case of Coral Springs (and the rest of the state) motorcycle laws tend to be unique when compared to the rest of the country. Some of the motorcycle statutes include:
- “Showing off” on one’s motorcycle is something that might be tempting, but it’s a potentially dangerous activity that should be avoided. In order to keep this practice to a minimum, certain types of stunts are forbidden by law in the state. One such stunt is known as a “wheelie” in which the rider is attempting to ride their motorcycle with one wheel off the ground. ( Florida Statute 316.2085 (2) .
- When it comes to riding a motorcycle in Coral Springs, one must have proper certification provided by the state. In this case, that certification must come in the form of either a “motorcycle endorsement” on the operator’s regular driver’s license or a “motorcycle only” license.
- The age requirement for riding a motorcycle on a public roadway is 16 years old. If the potential rider is between the ages of 16 – 18, then in order to obtain certification they need to have a record of no driving violations for one year prior to certification application. A state-approved motorcycle rider safety class is also required.
- If a rider hasn’t obtained a motorcycle-only license or a motorcycle endorsement on their regular license, then that person is limited in what they are allowed to ride on a public road. In this case, the rider is limited to operating a motorcycle in which the engine may not be any larger than 50cc.
- In addition, a state-approved motorcycle helmet is required if the rider is under the age of 21. If the rider is older than 21, but doesn’t want to wear a helmet, then they are required to possess at least $10,000 worth of medical insurance coverage. This is supposed to compensate for the fact that a helmet-less rider is more at risk for a head injury. The unfortunate part to this law is that, currently, $10,000 is usually not nearly enough to pay for medical expenses that would be associated with a severe head injury. On top of that, records indicate that about 10% of those riders, who would be required to carry that amount of insurance, don’t actually have that type of coverage.
- All motorcycle riders are mandated to use state-approved protection for their eyes, as well.
- No individual shall operate a motorcycle with a helmet that is equipped with a headphone, headset or other form of listening device other than a hearing aid. section 316.304(1)
- According to section 316.304(2) , this does not apply to;
- Any person operating a motorcycle who is using a headset that is installed in a helmet and worn so as to prevent the speakers from making direct contact with the user’s ears so that the user can hear surrounding sounds.
- Any person using a headset in conjunction with a cellular telephone that only provides sound through one ear and allows surrounding sounds to be heard with the other ear.
- Any person using a headset in conjunction with communicating with the central base operation that only provides sound through one ear and allows surrounding sounds to be heard with the other ear.
- Every motorcycle shall be equipped with at least one stop lamp . section 316.420
- Every motorcycle shall be equipped with multiple-beam road lighting equipment . section 316.430(1)
Such equipment shall:
- Reveal persons and vehicles at a distance of at least 300 feet ahead when the uppermost distribution of light is selected; section 316.430(2)(a)
- Reveal persons and vehicles at a distance of at least 150 feet ahead when the lowermost distribution of light is selected. section 316.430(2)(b)
All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a lane. This subsection shall not apply to motorcycles operated two abreast in a single lane. section 316.209(1)
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. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shall adopt this standard by agency rule. section 316.211(1)How Long Do You Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
It should be noted that Florida has a Statute of Limitations that applies to motorcycle accident injury lawsuits. For personal injuries, you have 4 years, from the time of the accident, in order to file a lawsuit. In the case of a fatality, the deceased’s estate has only 2 years, from the time of the death to file a Wrongful Death lawsuit. If you fail to file your lawsuit within the Statute of Limitations, your case will likely be dismissed and you will be barred from pursuing your claim. Should you have any questions or are seeking legal guidance, contact an experienced and dedicated motorcycle accident attorney.Establishing Fault in a Motorcycle Crash in Broward County
In our society, those who ride motorcycles can sometimes be subject to a less-than-favorable public image. This is an image that may have been obtained courtesy of the media (such as TV and movies). When this type image is in place, then it can be no wonder that the first instinct of many people is to assume that the motorcycle rider is usually the one who would be at-fault for an accident.
But, the truth of the matter is quite a different story. When looking at the actual statistics, one can see that the opposite is usually the case. Therefore, it’s usually the other motorist, and not the motorcyclist, who is statistically responsible for motorcycle-related accidents. As a matter of fact, the reasons associated with typical motorcycle accidents are relatively the same as one would find with other types of roadway accidents. These accidents typically involve negligence, which is a “breach of a duty of care”. Here, we see that someone has neglected to do what has been legally mandated in order to keep the roadways safe for all drivers.
Damages that have resulted from a motorcycle accident may include; property damage, medical expenses, prescriptions, lost wages, future lost wages and other related accident financial and non-financial losses. Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer who is available to serve Coral Springs, for assistance in recovering your motorcycle accident–related expenses.Top 10 Causes for Motorcycle Accidents in Coral Springs
Motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries. Some of the most common causes for motorcycle accidents include the following:
- Failure to see a motorcyclist entering or changing lanes
- Neglecting to pay appropriate attention to other drivers
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failing to leave enough room between vehicles
- Failing to follow posted speed limits
- Failing to yield when appropriate
- Panicking and stopping in the motorcyclist’s path
- Failing to see the motorcyclist or misjudging the distance between a vehicle and motorcycle
- Swerving in front of or cutting off a motorcyclist
After a motorcycle accident, you should consider taking the following steps in pursuing compensation for injuries:
- Contact the local police department for an accident report:
- Coral Springs Police Department
- Obtain contact information and statements from any witnesses
- Take photos of the scene of the accident and your injuries using smartphone
- Seek Immediate Medical Care from your physician or from the nearest local hospital
- Keep a record of all documentation related to your injuries
Contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney serving Coral Springs for advice and guidance when it comes to possibly pursuing the compensation for your accident-related financial expenses. There is no charge for the first appointment – so you have nothing to lose!How Frankl & Kominsky Injury Attorneys Can Help
At Frankl & Kominsky, we pride ourselves on offering our clients superior legal representation along with exceptional client support.
We can try to help you establish a claim as well as try to negotiate with the insurance company of the at-fault party. You can contact us today for a free, no obligation initial consultation. We know the pain and suffering related to bike accidents caused due to the negligence of another. We offer a contingency based fee.Free Consultation with a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
At Frankl & Kominsky, our motorcycle accident lawyers can handle all aspects of your claim. Call 954-627-1661 or use our Contact Form to set up a free consultation.
Our attorneys focus on client satisfaction through clear and honest communication. We treat our clients with respect and understand that each person has unique needs. When helping our clients, our focus is on compassion, courtesy, and professionalism. Our motorcycle accident lawyers strive to provide specialized legal services from start to finish.