You’ve come to the right place. The Cloud Law Firm represents motorcyclists who have been injured in a Lake Placid motorcycle accident.
Prior to your motorcycle accident, you may have believed that you would never need to hire an attorney. However, your accident may be the most violent and stressful thing that has ever happened to you. Now your life is in disarray. You may be unsure how you are going to pay the medical bills or make up the missed work. The insurance company will likely try to rush you to settle your claim for a small fraction of your actual loss. The decisions you make shortly after the motorcycle accident, such as contacting the right Lake Placid motorcycle accident lawyer, will play a large role in determining the strength and value of your injury claim. You will only get one bite at this apple. You need a compassionate and experienced attorney who will out-think and out-work the at-fault party and their insurance company.
Call the Cloud Law Firm now for a free, no hassle consultation at: (863) 402-2207. We will be happy to meet with you in person at our Highlands County office located at 205 S Commerce Ave, Sebring, FL 33870. We want you to know your rights and we will provide the advice and help you are searching for. If you retain us, we will get to work on your case right away. You have nothing to lose by calling because there are no attorneys’ fees unless we win your personal injury case.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles are a common means of transportation and recreation in and around Lake Placid, Florida. Motorcycle accidents usually involve contact with a motor vehicle that negligently failed to yield the right-of-way or unexpectedly turned into the path of a motorcycle. Sometimes a negligent driver of a car, truck or bus causes a motorcycle accident by forcing the motorcyclist off the road or into a collision. Other motorcycle accidents occur while a car is passing or overtaking a motorcycle . Still yet, many motorcycle accidents are caused by defective roadway design or maintenance, like unfilled potholes or debris left behind by road workers.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
As you can imagine, motorcycle accidents happen far too often and frequently result in serious injuries. Unfortunately, motorcycles provide very little protection from roadway hazards, particularly negligent drivers. As a result, when a motorcycle accident happens, severe injuries commonly occur. Common Lake Placid motorcycle injuries include: cuts and bruises; sprains; broken bones; neck, back and spinal cord injuries; shoulder, arm, wrist and hand injuries; hip, knee, ankle and foot injuries; joint dislocations; concussions; traumatic brain injuries; and even death. Many of these types of injuries require costly surgical and/or long term treatment.
Proving Negligence in a Lake Placid Motorcycle Accident Case
Most motorcycle accident claims are based on the legal cause of action called “negligence.” Simply put, every person and business owes a duty to use reasonable care. If a person or business fails to use reasonable care, then they have acted negligently. If that negligence injures someone, the injured person has a civil cause of action against the negligent party for money damages. Without getting too technical, in motorcycle accident cases, negligence is typically proven based upon the circumstances of the accident and/or violation of applicable Florida statutes (e.g. speeding or failing to obey a traffic control device), which may be used as evidence of negligence.
Florida follows the rule of “pure comparative negligence.” This means that the jury may determine that more than one person negligently contributed to an accident, and allocate a percentage of fault for the accident to each of the negligent persons. The negligent persons may include the injured person, to the extent he or she contributed to the accident. If the jury allocates fault to the injured person, following the trial, the court will reduce the injured party’s award of money damages by the percentage of fault allocated to the plaintiff in the lawsuit.
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