Hurt in a motorcycle accident? Looking for the Florida motorcycle accident attorneys you can trust with your case? Look no further. The Law Firm of Kass & Moses has been representing injured bikers for decades. We take pride in representing bikers because we ride, too. We work to get the best for our motorcycle accident cases and take on the insurance company so that you do not have to.
Florida again topped the nation in the number of motorcycle fatalities in 2019 (based on preliminary data from the Governors Highway Safety Association). The 550 reported fatalities represents an increase of 19 fatalities or approximately 3.5 percent from the previous year. Despite the “Share the Road” campaign promoted throughout the state, more must be done to decrease the dangers to Florida bikers. If you or a loved one are one of the thousands of bikers injured in Florida crashes each year, you need an experienced Florida motorcycle lawyer on your side.
The days and weeks surrounding a motorcycle crash can largely determine the success of your personal injury case. The insurance company will likely pursue you, trying to get you to sign a settlement offer. Recognize that these initial offers are presented to you in order to finalize your case and prevent you from seeking further compensation.
Florida motorcycle accident lawyers understand that the actions you take in the days and weeks following your crash greatly affect your ability to receive compensation. It is vital that you have a motorcycle accident legal team on your side. We will represent you every step of the way, dealing with the insurance adjusters so that you do not have to.
By hiring the Law Firm of Kass & Moses, you can spend your time recovering from your injuries with the knowledge that your case is in good hands. We represent motorcycle accidents across the state of Florida and in many cases we can come to your home and work with you there. We believe your motorcycle accident claim should be put in the hands of a professional so that you can focus on returning to full health. Call us and speak with a Florida motorcycle accident attorney about your case today.
Florida Motorcycle Accident Negotiations with the Insurance Company
In the early days following your motorcycle accident, the insurance company will reach out to you. The insurance adjuster may seem caring on the phone, but remember that they do not have your best interests at heart. In fact. they win by getting you to settle for less money than you deserve. Settlement offers from the insurance company may not even be enough to pay your initial medical bills. Before you agree to accepting far less than you deserve, reach out to a motorcycle law team, like the team at the Law Firm of Kass & Moses.
The insurance companies do best by limiting the amount they pay out for personal injury claims. They spend many thousands of dollars each year training their insurance adjusters to negotiate payments that are as small as possible. In many cases, these offers of compensation may not even be enough to cover your basic medical bills. Often, people who accept these offers without speaking with Florida motorcycle accident attorneys first, are left paying thousands of dollars out of pocket for their medical claims.
The insurance adjuster may seem kind and caring on the phone, but when it comes to their report, they may attempt to minimize your motorcycle accident injuries. They may note that you said you were doing well in casual conversation and use this as a way to reduce your injury claims. Frankly, it is best to refer the insurance adjuster’s phone calls to our law firm. We will deal with them so that you do not have to.
We believe in the concept of fair and just compensation after a motorcycle accident. That means that motorcycle accident claims should be analyzed individually, and that payment should be enough to compensate for your severe injuries, lost wages, and other losses.
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With over 27 years of experience representing injured bikers, we know how to make the law work in your favor. And since we ride, we understand your desire to preserve your health and return to the open road as soon as possible. We have seen the disastrous impact of many motorcycle crashes and we know that the pain and trauma can linger even after the injuries have healed. It is often not enough to simply be reimbursed for your medical expenses, especially when you have suffered pain and trauma surrounding the incident.
Your health and well-being is valuable. As a parent, child, employee, and member of your local community, you play an important role in the lives of many around you. The sooner you take action and contact 1-800-MOTORCYCLE, the sooner our team can begin protecting your rights. Whether you have suffered from burns and road rash, fractures, traumatic brain injury, or soft tissue injuries, you deserve quality representation.
Each year, approximately 5,000 bikers die in motorcycle accidents across the United States. These fatal motorcycle accidents are devastating for the families involved. Although it is impossible to compensate for the loss of a life, we believe that fair compensation from the insurance companies of the motorists involved can help the family recover without financial concerns. The surviving family members have to deal with an immense amount of pain. We work on behalf of these families to get a fair settlement to account for lost income and they pain they have suffered.
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Common Injuries After Motorcycle Crashes
Due to the forceful impact of a motorcycle crash and the fact that the motorcycle rider is fully exposed, severe injuries are common. Such injuries include traumatic brain injury, road rash, soft tissue injuries, broken bones, amputations, and paralysis.
One of the most common injuries from a motorcycle accident is traumatic brain injury or concussion. Although this head injury is more common and severe among motorcyclists that do not wear helmets, all motorcycle riders are vulnerable. Do not assume that you have not suffered head injuries simply because you were wearing a helmet when you crashed your motorcycle. You still should receive immediate medical attention if you have any sign of head injuries or concussion.
Signs of head injuries include a headache, dizziness, a lapse of consciousness (no matter how brief), trouble remembering what has occurred, difficulty finding the right words when you speak, and changes in sensory input (such as hearing a ringing or buzzing sound, or seeing stars). The rule of thumb is that if you were involved in a motorcycle accident and your helmet struck another surface (roadway, another vehicle, or any other surface), you should be assessed for head injuries and seek medical attention immediately.
Broken bones are one of the most frequently diagnosed injuries after a motorcycle crash. Some fractures are relatively simple to heal, and with casting recovery is complete. But other fractures are more complex. They may require surgery and the insertion of rods and pins in order to stabilize the bone. Often, with surgery, full range of movement can be restored. But for some injured motorcycle riders, movement will be restricted, even after a lengthy period of healing.
For those motorcycle riders who have suffered injuries with long-lasting effects, we strongly recommend they pursue legal action against the insurance company. Medical care is costly and you may require tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars of treatment due to injuries suffered in your motorcycle crash.
Depending upon the extent of your injuries, you may not be able to return to work. If you are able to return to work after your motorcycle accident, you may have to work in a different capacity, at a less physically demanding job. This can limit your income significantly. Our Florida motorcycle accident lawyers factor in your lack of or decrease in income when we pursue your compensation package. We take all motorcycle accident cases seriously and treat injured motorcyclists like we would our family.
Fatalities in Florida Motorcycle Crashes
Hundreds of fatal motorcycle accidents occur in Florida each year. In these wrongful death cases, hiring an experienced motorcycle accident attorney is paramount. These cases require a lawyer who will work closely with the family. We take pride in our ability to be reached at any time to discuss your case.
The life of a loved one is incredibly valuable. It’s impossible to attach a price tag to the life of a father, mother, sister, or son. Lives are precious and irreplaceable. During the mourning period following a motorcycle accident, the last thing you want to worry about is your financial future. But for family members who have lost a spouse or parent, the immediate loss of income can be devastating.
Beyond just the financial needs of the family, a lost life can be disastrous in other ways. The inability to have your father walk you down the aisle at your wedding, or be present when a grandchild is born are heartbreaking. After a fatal motorcycle accident in Florida, lives are affected greatly. We believe compensation should take into account all that is lost.
Simply replacing someone’s income is not enough to restore the wellbeing of a family. For those impacted by traffic fatalities, more must be done. We work diligently within the limits of the law to seek compensation that is fair and takes into consideration all that has been lost. We will stand beside you and seek justice in your motorcycle accident case.
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What To Do After Florida Motorcycle Accidents
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, the actions you take can help protect your rights under Florida law. It is important to have the police come to the site of your accident, even if the other driver left the scene. Law enforcement personnel are trained to write accident reports and note details of the accident scene.
In some cases, these reports are erroneous or skewed against the motorcycle rider. Some police officers have an unfair bias against Florida motorcyclists and that may sway their opinion in motor vehicle crashes. If this is the case, our crash reconstruction experts can help to recreate the scene of your motorcycle accident. Regardless, it is still important to have the police document your crash.
Serious injuries are common after a motorcycle crash. In order to protect your motorcycle accident claim, you should see a physician as soon as possible. Your doctor will examine you, and diagnose and treat your injuries. They will also document the injuries you sustained. Common injuries include broken bones, head injury, road rash, and neck injury. These can be catastrophic injuries that may affect your ability to earn income now or in the future.
If possible, photograph your injuries. This can help boost your claim against the insurance company. As we all know, a picture is worth a thousand words. Pictures of your bruises, road rash, and reddened or swollen areas of your body help show the severity of the injuries you have suffered in your motorcycle accident. When it is time to pursue your motorcycle claims, these photos will document the injuries you have suffered.
In the days following your motorcycle accident, you will be contacted by the insurance adjuster. They will likely make a settlement offer. This limited amount of compensation is often small, sometimes not even enough to cover your medical bills. It usually fails to take into account your pain and suffering, the extent of your property damage, or your lost wages. It also rarely includes compensation for future medical costs including ongoing physical therapy or any future surgeries or treatment that you may need.
It is important to protect your legal options. We urge all Florida motorcycle accident victims to avoid speaking with the insurance adjuster as much as possible. Remember that the things you say to them may be used against you when it comes to your case. The insurance company comes off as friendly and considerate on the phone, but remember that they thrive by limiting the amount of compensation for motorcycle collisions.
Seek formal legal advice as soon as possible with regards to your motorcycle accident case. We recommend any injured bikers select an experienced Florida motorcycle accident lawyer, like one from the Law Firm of Kass & Moses. We have decades of experience and focus our firm on the needs of injured bikers. We are licensed motorcyclists ourselves, and understand the needs of the community.
Florida Motorcycle Helmet Use
In Florida, motorcycle riders and passengers under 21 years of age are required to wear a helmet. Eye protection is required for all motorcycle riders. Wearing a helmet greatly reduces the risk of head injury when motorcycle accidents occur. Severe head injuries, however, can happen even if you do wear a helmet.
The use of a motorcycle helmet reduces head injuries in a motorcycle accident by 69 percent. They reduce the chance of death occurring in a motorcycle accident by 42 percent. Severe head injuries frequently lead to permanent disability or death.
Although most motorcycle accident lawyers urge their clients to wear a helmet anytime they ride a motorcycle, we believe that the choice is yours to the extent allowed under the law. Insurance companies sometimes try to place the blame on you if you did not wear a helmet and suffered from head injuries. If you obeyed the law, however, going without a helmet is within your rights.
Having represented hundreds of injured bikers, however, we have yet to work with one who has regretted wearing a helmet. Although the choice may be yours, understand that helmets save lives. In addition, they often prevent permanent disability as a result of brain damage.
One of the most common injuries after a motorcycle accident is a traumatic brain injury or a concussion. Brain injuries can range from relatively mild to severe, with the most severe being life-threatening. These serious injuries can impact your life, both in the short term and the long term.
Concussions usually require a period of complete rest in order to begin to heal. This means time away from work, away from a paycheck. Few of us can afford to go weeks or even months without pay, but for bikers with traumatic brain injury, this is often required. At our law firm, we work to get you fair compensation for this time that you need to be away from work. We believe you should not be penalized for taking the time you need to heal properly.
We take your motorcycle accident claims seriously. We understand that your health and wellbeing is important to you and your family. During your free consultation with one of your lawyers, we will discuss the medical care you have received already, as well as future medical care you may need. We will consider how you have suffered thus far, and how your serious accident has affected your life.
Many motorcycle accidents happen in Florida each day. We do not believe that motorcycle accident victims need to suffer due to the actions of other drivers. This is especially true in cases involving aggressive drivers or drunk drivers. In these especially egregious cases, we strive to recover compensation that is in line with the severity of the crash.
Florida Motorcycle Crash Fatalities
The most serious motorcycle crash cases result in fatalities. The loss of a life massively affects the lives of all family members, friends, and coworkers surrounding that person. The number of registered motorcycle riders in Florida who lose their lives each year varies, but all can agree it is too high. No amount of money can bring these lost bikers back to their families. For the families, there will be a lifetime of lost experiences and tremendous emotional pain.
In addition, most fatalities greatly impact the financial wellbeing of the family involved. Bikers are excellent providers for their families, working hard to pay bills and provide for the needs of their spouse and children. In cases involving fatalities, we strike to get compensation that provides for the future of the family. We understand that this loss can be tremendous. We want you to be able to focus your attention on your emotional needs during this difficult time. We will allay your fears and concerns about your financial future.
Contact us today for a free consultation about your wrongful death claim. We will speak with you immediately. We pride ourselves in being available to discuss your case at any time that is convenient to you. In addition, you can reach out to us for updates at any time. Call 1-800-MOTORCYCLE today.
Florida Motorcycle Law
Requirements for legally riding a motorcycle vary from state to state. The Kass & Moses team can confidently answer your questions about the specifics of Florida’s motorcycle laws. Below are a few rules of the road that every local rider should keep in mind:
- Motorcycle operators must use headlights at all times, even during daytime hours.
- Riders under the age of 21 must wear an approved helmet. Any rider that does not carry an insurance policy with at least $10,000 in medical benefits must wear an approved helmet.
- Riders are allowed to ride two abreast, but lane splitting is not permitted.
- Headphones or earphones are not permitted, however helmet speakers are allowed for communication purposes.
Florida motorcycle law is complex. If you have questions about how the law might affect your Florida motorcycle accident case, contact us today. We can help you understand the law and how your personal injury claim might go based on your rights to compensation. Do not allow yourself to be intimidated by the insurance company. Set the record straight and get all that you deserve.
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