Side Impact Motorcycle Collision
With all our sunshine, and miles and miles of relatively flat roads, Florida is a great state for riding a motorcycle. But riding a motorcycle in Florida can also be a dangerous endeavor. Florida is a tourist state, and at any time of the year, many drivers on the streets and highways are not familiar with our roads. Out of state drivers also have a tendency to sight-see, become distracted by famous attractions, and look at billboards. Distracted drivers, no matter what distracts them, are a particular danger to motorcyclists.
If you are a Florida motorcycle enthusiast and have been injured in an accident with an automobile, you will likely have sustained some serious injuries and major damage to your bike. If negligence of the automobile driver caused the accident, you shouldn’t be the one paying your excessive medical and repair bills. While all Florida drivers are required to carry auto insurance, there may not be enough coverage to pay all of your mounting medical and recovery costs. This is why you need to contact an experienced Jacksonville motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible.
Farah & Farah has been successfully representing injured motorcycle riders for over 35 years. We have eight offices throughout the Sunshine State, all staffed by qualified and knowledgeable legal teams. Farah & Farah is an aggressive, tenacious law firm that takes a personal interest in each of our clients. Call our injury attorneys in Jacksonville today at 855-797-9899 for a free consultation.
Broadside or T-Bone Accidents
According to Florida’s Motorcycle Safety Handbook, “The greatest potential for conflict between you and other traffic is at intersections.” A particularly devastating type of crash for a motorcycle rider to be involved in is a broadside, or T-bone accident. This type of accident occurs when the front of one vehicle rams into the side of another vehicle. T-bone accidents usually occur at intersections when one driver runs a red light, fails to stop at a stop sign, fails to see the oncoming vehicle, or misjudges the speed and distance of the oncoming vehicle. It is particularly bad for a motorcycle rider to be on the receiving end of a broadside accident, because unlike a passenger vehicle, there is no vehicle frame to protect riders. What would be just a low speed “fender bender” between two passenger vehicles can be deadly when a motorcycle is involved.
When a motorcyclist is the victim of a T-bone accident, broken bone injuries are often the result. Broken and shattered legs and crushed pelvises are injuries commonly occurring in these situations.
Medical Damages in Motorcycle Accidents in Florida
If you’ve been T-boned on your motorcycle, you may be eligible for compensation for any of the following medical damages:
- Medical bills (including ambulance and emergency room fees)
- Future medical bills relating to your injury (motorcycle accidents often have devastating injuries that require future medical treatments like skin grafts and reconstructive surgeries)
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injury or disability (there is a higher occurrence of full or partial paralysis and lost limbs in motorcycle accidents than in passenger vehicle accidents)
- Lost wages (motorcycle injuries tend to require longer hospital stays and recovery times than passenger vehicle injuries
- Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Household and vehicle modifications (you may need to have wheelchair ramps built or installed at your home while you recover)
- Loss of career or earning capacity (motorcycle accident injuries can prevent you from working at your former occupation, particularly if it is a physical occupation)
- Reduction of earning capacity (you may be able to return to work, but only be able to do a less demanding, lower paying job
- Mental anguish and emotional duress (being hit by a larger vehicle can be a harrowing experience)
Property Damages in Florida Motorcycle Accidents
If you’re hit by a passenger vehicle while on your bike, you may be able to pursue the following property damages:
- Repairs to your bike
- Diminished value of your repaired bike
- Replacement of your bike
- Replacement of other property damaged in the crash (helmets, jackets, clothing, cell phone, etc.)
Wrongful Death Damages
In the tragic event that you’ve lost a loved one in a broadside motorcycle accident, you and your family may be eligible for the following wrongful death damages:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering of the deceased before they died
- Loss of future income
- Loss of future benefits (such as medical benefits and retirement)
- Loss or damage to property
- Loss of love, affection, companionship, guidance, marital consortium, etc.
- Loss of household duties the deceased performed (such as childcare, property and vehicle maintenance, etc.)
- Punitive Damages
Contact Farah & Farah Today
While our Jacksonville broadside motorcycle accident lawyers seriously hope you never need any of our legal services, you can feel confident that we’ll be there for you if you do. Just call 855-797-9899 for a free consultation. In the meantime, wear a helmet, wear bright colors, look out for cars (especially at intersections), and enjoy riding on Florida’s beautiful roads.