St. Petersburg Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Clearwater Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcyclists in Florida and throughout the United States will tell you that there is something special about riding a motorcycle. Unfortunately, due to their size and relative lack of protection, motorcyclists are at a greater risk of being seriously injured in an accident with another vehicle. In 2008, over 550 people in Florida died in motorcycle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
At the St. Petersburg law firm of Reeder & Nussbaum, our personal injury lawyers represent motorcycle accident victims throughout the state of Florida. We also pursue compensation for the family members of riders killed in motorcycle accidents. If you or someone you love was hurt or killed in an a motorcycle accident, contact us to speak with an attorney.
After a Motorcycle Accident
According to the NHTSA, a motorcycle rider is 8 times more likely to be injured and 37 times more likely to die in a motorcycle accident than the occupant of a car in an auto accident. As more motorcycles, mopeds and scooters are purchased and used throughout Florida and the United States, the number of accidents and injuries continues to rise.
Therefore, it is important for accident victims to understand their rights and what they need to do after an accident. After getting immediate medical care, it is important to report the accident and to identify any parties involved, including potential witnesses of the accident. This will establish a record of the accident that may protect you later.
It is also important to contact a motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible to begin the investigation and to ensure that your claim is handled completely and competently from the outset.
Insurance Issues With Motorcycles
Motorcycle insurance coverage differs from automobile insurance in many ways. For instance, owners or riders of a motorcycle are not required to have insurance, unless they are under 21 or do not ride with a helmet. (Florida does not require helmet use for riders 21 and over.) And in these cases, motorcyclists are only required to carry $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) protection. Many motorcyclists believe that their PIP coverage on their automobile will cover them in a motorcycle accident. However, this is not the case.
In order to legally drive a motorcycle in Florida, cyclists must get either a motorcycle endorsement on their current drivers license or a motorcycle-only license. Additionally, Florida law also requires motorcyclists under the age of 21 to complete a safety course. If a driver is over the age of 21, they may choose to take a knowledge and skills test rather than a safety course.
Contact Reeder & Nussbaum to Speak with a Lawyer
Make a responsible, informed decision and contact a motorcycle accident attorney at Reeder & Nussbaum, P.A., as soon as possible after an accident. Schedule a free consultation and case evaluation. Call our St. Petersburg office toll free at 877-449-ATTY (2889). Se habla español.