Tampa Motorcycle Accident
Experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Serving Tampa, Florida
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FL Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Representing Injured Clients in & Around Tampa
Nobody should have to sustain injuries in a motorcycle accident because of another person’s carelessness or recklessness. Yet motorcycle collisions occur with some frequency in Florida, and they often result from another driver’s negligence. If you recently got hurt in a motorcycle wreck, an experienced Tampa motorcycle injury lawyer can discuss your case with you.
Common Causes of Tampa Motorcycle Crashes
Motorcycle crashes can happen for many different reasons, from poor road conditions to driver error. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cites some of the following as frequent causes of motorcycle accidents:
- Motorist fails to see a motorcycle rider in his or her blind spot and changes lanes into that motorcyclist;
- Motorist misjudges a motorcyclist’s distance at an intersection and makes a turn;
- Dooring accident, or when a car driver opens his or her door into an oncoming motorcyclist;
- Alcohol-impaired collisions;
- Distracted driving;
- Inclement weather; and
- Poor road conditions, including slippery roadways or uneven roads.
Possible Injuries in a Tampa Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents can happen almost anywhere in the Tampa area, from high-speed collisions on I-75 or I-275 to crashes that occur on local neighborhood roads or in retail parking lots. Since motorcyclists do not have the protection of an automobile when a wreck occurs, even a low-speed collision can lead to devastating and permanently disabling injuries. The following are examples of the types of injuries that a person can sustain in a motorcycle accident:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs)
- Broken bones or fractures
- Severe scrapes and road rash
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Facial lacerations and other injuries
- Limb amputations
Comparative Fault and the Failure to Wear a Helmet in Tampa
In some motorcycle accident cases, the at-fault party will raise the issue of comparative negligence or comparative fault in order to suggest that the injured party is also responsible for his or her injuries. Florida uses a “pure” comparative fault system. What does this mean? Under Florida’s comparative fault law, an injured plaintiff can still recover damages regardless of whether that plaintiff is anywhere from 1 percent at fault to 99 percent at fault. However, the plaintiff’s total recovery will be reduced by his or her portion of fault. For example, if a plaintiff is awarded $1 million in damages after filing a motorcycle accident claim but the court determines that the plaintiff is 20 percent at fault, that $1 million award will be reduced by 20 percent (or $200,000), and the plaintiff will recover $800,000.
One of the most common reasons that an at-fault party will raise the issue of comparative fault in a motorcycle accident case is the plaintiff’s failure to wear a helmet. If you sustained a traumatic brain injury or another type of head trauma and you were not wearing a helmet, the defendant may be able to prove that you are partially responsible for the severity of your injury. To be clear, even though Florida law does not require most adult motorcyclists to wear a helmet, failing to wear head protection can result in a reduction of your damages award.
Contact a Tampa Motorcycle Injury Attorney
If you or a close family member recently sustained serious injuries in a motorcycle crash in or around Tampa, it is important to discuss your options for seeking compensation with an experienced Tampa motorcycle injury attorney. One of the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group can speak with you about your situation and what steps you may be able to take to seek financial compensation for your losses.
Call us at 1-877-941-4878 or submit a contact form for a free consultation.
Why Should I Hire Kemp, Ruge & Green?
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Everything we do is with that singular purpose in mind. If a client has been injured by someone else, we will do everything we can to make sure they get the best possible medical care at little or no expense to them. If a client is going through a divorce, we will vigorously work to help them get everything they need to put the pieces of their life back together and to make sure their rights are protected.
Our firm is unique; we are committed to our community and our clients with a level of legal expertise that is among the highest in the area. In fact, we were featured in Positively Tampa for our efforts.
Our attorneys are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a national group that provides a network for information exchange, local assistance and case referrals to top trial lawyers in America who have won large, complex cases. Fewer than 1% of attorneys nationwide earn this high distinction. We always provide legal representation in your best interests, maintaining open communication lines, and keeping you updated about your case every step of the way.
Regardless of where you live in the Tampa Bay region, including Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Hernando Counties, we look forward to helping you make the best of your situation. Many of our attorneys have been acclaimed as among the 1% of all attorneys in the country, and they’re right here in our area, ready to help you.
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Tampa Local Services & Emergency Contact Information
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After a motor vehicle crash: