Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Public roads can be dangerous places for motorcyclists. Nevertheless, they have a right to be there — just as much a right as any other motorist, as a matter of fact.
Most motorcycle accidents in Florida happen because another motorist doesn’t see the motorcycle, doesn’t bother to look for it, or otherwise fails to respect the rules of the road. Studies show that in most car-motorcycle accidents, the car driver is at fault.
In terms of injuries, motorcycle accidents tend to be catastrophic. Bikers are totally exposed, with no walls or exterior casing to protect them from a forceful impact. That vulnerability leads to serious, long-term injuries. Some victims never fully recover. Many lose their lives.
At Viles & Beckman, LLC we understand how devastating motorcycle accidents can be. We also understand the incredible economic hardship they often bring. The cost of the accident usually spans far beyond the physical injuries themselves.
As Fort Myers motorcycle accident lawyers, we have helped countless people affected by motorcycle accidents in Florida — victims who were fortunate enough to survive, as well as the families of those who were not.
Through our more than 40 years of combined experience in personal injury law, we’ve developed valuable insight into the effective litigation of motorcycle accidents in Florida.
We know how to lend a compassionate shoulder of support to our clients, while at the same time taking an aggressive stand against the other side. We believe in pursuing financial compensation for our clients with fierce determination.
If you and your family have been affected by one of these terrible accidents, no matter how major or minor your injuries might seem, we want you to give us a call. Our Fort Myers motorcycle accident lawyers are here to help in any way we can.
Why Are Motorcycles Dangerous?
Motorcycles present certain unique dangers that put their occupants at a greater risk of harm in any accident. In reviewing these risks, it is important to remember that bikers and their passengers don’t have to take the blame simply because their vehicles pose certain dangers. Motorcycles have an equal right to the roadways, and if another motorist’s negligence causes a motorcycle crash, the at-fault driver is generally still liable for the injuries he or she caused.
Key risk factors in motorcycling include:
- No seatbelts
- No airbags
- No exterior doors or walls
- Motorcycles are much smaller than the vehicles that hit them
- Motorcycles can be difficult to see, especially at night
- Motorcycles can easily travel within a driver’s blind spot for an extended period of time without realizing it
- Other drivers often forget to look for motorcycles
- Other drivers are known to misestimate motorcycles’ traveling distance or speed
- Some drivers simply do not show bikers the respect they deserve on the road
Of course, some motorcycles may be equipped with additional or unusual safety features. Even then, bikers and their passengers are at significantly greater risk of severe injury in a crash.
These risk factors illustrate why it is so important for other motorists to exercise due caution when sharing the road with a motorcycle.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Among the most common motorcycle accident injuries are:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Fractured or broken bones
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Road rash
- Severe burns
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
Another injury that is somewhat specific to motorcycle accidents is Biker’s Arm, a condition caused by the biker’s instinct to wrap his or her arms around the body while being thrown off of a motorcycle. Upon landing, the arms absorb the brunt of the impact, which can lead to permanent nerve damage and other severe injuries.
In addition to the immediate physical injuries, motorcycle accident victims might face the following kinds of damages:
- Bills for ongoing medical care or lengthy hospital stays
- Corrective or reconstructive surgery
- Costly medication
- Physical therapy or other rehabilitation
- Time away from work, resulting in lost income
- Inability to continue work in one’s career field
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Emotional distress
- Long-term disability or impairment
Depending on the specific facts and circumstances of your experience, you may be legally entitled to financial reimbursement for these and other damages, which can add up to a substantial recovery.
The Fort Myers motorcycle accident attorneys at Viles & Beckman, LLC can help you better understand the potential value of your claim. In fact, we are willing to do that for free before you even hire us — just schedule a free case review with our office and we’ll take a closer look at your claim.
Expert Witnesses: We Work with the Best
The testimony and support of expert witnesses often becomes extremely important in the course of motorcycle accident litigation. Viles & Beckman, LLC is proud to work with renowned medical and motorcycle crash experts, many of them industry leaders.
The relationships we have developed with key experts during the course of our combined 40+ years in the law have proven to be a great resource for many of our clients.
By working with medical expert witnesses, we can help judges, juries, and even mediators better understand the true value and extent of your suffering, as well as its likely cause. We work hard to bring in authoritative and well-credentialed witnesses whose expertise closely matches the specific injuries our clients have endured.
Additionally, we work with expert accident reconstructionists, who can draw a clear picture about what occurred in the moments leading up to your accident. These professionals often testify very persuasively during trial, using the evidence that our firm gathered during our own investigation. That evidence might include:
- Photographs of the crash scene
- Forensic evidence
- Police reports
- Mechanics’ reports
- Evidence from the motorcycle(s) and vehicle(s) themselves
- Condition of the vehicles involved
- Weather reports and other data relevant to the accident
- Skid mark measurements
- Statements or testimony given by other parties
- The nature of the injuries in relation to the circumstances of the crash
- Much more
Every accident is different. Expert testimony becomes more important in some cases than others, and there is never a guarantee that an expert will take your side. Please know, though, that our Fort Myers motorcycle accident attorneys are dedicated to working tirelessly to find the very best witnesses to explain and support your case.
Because of our relationships with proven professionals in these fields, we are in a strong position to bring in the very best expert support for your claim.
No-Cost Case Evaluation with Our Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Our firm is proud to represent clients living in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, and all across the state of Florida. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident anywhere in the Sunshine State, we are here to help.
To schedule a free case evaluation with one of the lawyers in our office, please contact us online or call 800.648.4537 right away.