Motorcycle Accident Attorney Lecanto, Fl
Have You Been in a Motorcycle Accident? Have you been injured as a result?
Christopher Doty, is an experienced motorcycle accident attorney serving Lecanto, Florida and the surrounding area. If you answered YES to the above questions you need to hire an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. Florida ranks 4th in the country when it comes to registered motorcycles. It also ranks 1st in motorcycle fatalities. Motorcycle accidents rarely end well for the rider. Injuries can be catastrophic and often fatal. In most cases, there is another vehicle involved, usually a car or truck. Attorney Chris Doty is a motorcycle accident attorney who understands that insurance companies often hold a bias against motorcyclists and incorrectly perceive that riders are risk takers or reckless. In reality, it’s rarely the fault of the motorcyclists, but it’s the rider who sustains the most serious injury and damage.
What if I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
Florida law requires riders under 21 to wear a helmet. Riders over 21 are not required to wear a helmet but must show proof they carry at least $10,000 in medical insurance. It is always a positive factor for your case if you were wearing a helmet.
Why Is it Critical to Hire an Experienced Attorney?
Christopher Doty understands that motorcycle accident victims rarely receive the compensation they deserve without a legal battle. An insurance adjuster who represents the driver who caused the accident as well as the insurance company, will often reach out to you, the victim, to either record or transcribe your statement. Under no circumstances should you agree to this. Instead, you should explain to the adjuster that you have retained the services of an attorney. Never agree to sign any document without the approval of your attorney. Get the name and contact information of the adjuster and inform them your attorney will contact them. If you haven’t yet retained a motorcycle accident attorney, then it’s time to call or contact the Law Offices of Christopher Doty..
Most Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Being struck from behind by a car or a truck can lead to disastrous results for the motorcyclist. At any speed these accidents can be deadly as it forces the rider forward, and on to the pavement. Depending on the speed at impact, the rider can also be run over.
Head on Collisions:
Being in a head on collision at any speed results in serious injuries. Head on collisions usually are the result of another vehicle crossing the median. In these situations, wearing a helmet or protective clothing will do little to help the rider
Failure to Yield:
This is by far the most common cause of motorcycle accidents. Failure to yield accidents include turning left in front of a motorcycle, pulling on to the street from a driveway in front of a motorcycle, not yielding properly at intersections, or swerving into the motorcyclists’ lane
Forced off the Road:
When a motorcycle is forced off the road the rider’s ability to control the outcome is negated. People slicing through traffic, texting, and distracted driving can lead to drivers being unaware of the motorcyclist and crossing over lanes causing an accident. Because you may not know who caused the accident, these are often more difficult to pursue. You need an attorney who’s skilled in negotiating with insurance companies to get the fairest compensation.
What Types of Damages Can I Claim?
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident you may be eligible to received Economic, Non-Economic, or Punitive Damages. Here is a brief outline of what these types of damages could entail.
These are the most common damages and are backed up by the bills the victim incurs, receipts for services, employment records, etc.
Any medical expenses incurred as a result of the accident
Any lost earnings or benefits as a result of you not being able to work
Rehabilitation costs such as physical therapy
Reimbursement for devices such as walkers, wheelchairs, and other assistive devices
Any costs associated with transportation to medical appointments
Costs to modify your home or vehicle based on your disability, like ramps, wheelchair lifts, etc.
Costs for any in-home care or assistance with household tasks that you are unable to perform
These damages are defined by those damages that affect your quality of life. Because they can be more subjective, they are harder to define but could be much worse that the financial damages listed above.
Mental Anguish. This is a very real result of accidents but is hard to quantify
Pain and Suffering.
Disfiguration. Many motorcycle accidents can involve great physical damage, from road burn, to scarring and disfigurement, paralysis and even amputations.
Loss of quality of life
Punitive damages go beyond economic and non-economic damages. As the term would imply, these damages focus on punishing the responsible party who caused the accident. When the cause of the accident is determined to be so egregious, like extremely high blood alcohol of excessive speed or carelessness, they are designed to provide a deterrent to prevent the behavior from ever reoccurring.
Does Wearing a Helmet Help My Case?
The simple answer is yes. In 2000, Florida repealed the law requiring all motorcyclists wear a helmet. Florida law does stipulate that a motorcycle rider under the age of 21 must wear a helmet. If you are over 21 you can ride without a helmet but must show you carry at least ten thousand dollars in medical insurance. If you are injured in an accident and were not wearing a helmet and the injuries do not include head injuries it will likely not affect the outcome of your case. If you did sustain head injuries and were either compelled by law to wear a helmet or chose not to, the insurance companies are going to try and position this as an unnecessary and preventable assumption of risk. This could influence your outcome.
We Understand the Meaning of Service & Demand Justice!
Our clients appreciate the level of personal attention we provide in their representation. As a former Marine, Chris understands the meaning of the word service, and will provide an aggressive, results-driven approach to your specific case. Regardless of your legal matter, we understand the anxiety and stress that any legal issue can cause our clients. That’s why we never hesitate to represent your case with the level of intensity that it deserves as the opposition and the situation requires. Whether your legal matter involves strenuous and vigorous negotiation, mediation, or aggressive representation at trial, Chris Doty will produce the results you deserve.
Why Choose Us?
In a word, COMMITMENT. We return every call or email within 24 hours. Our goal is always to exceed your expectations. That’s why so many of our newer clients are referrals. After working with us, you’ll understand why we say, “We’ll change the way you think of attorneys”.
The rationale is simple. We produce positive results and outcomes for our clients. We strive to achieve the maximum compensation possible for our clients as well as assisting them with:
- All Current & Future Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages from an Inability to Work
- Property Damage
- Permanent Disability
- Pain & Suffering
- Other Financial Losses or Damages
- And Much More!
So, if you’ve been injured, we have the skill and the determination to achieve positive outcomes for our clients. We pride ourselves in making a meaningful difference in our client’s lives.