At Goldberg, Racila, D’Alessandro & Noone, We Think Bikers Should be Seen, Not Hurt.
It seems you can rarely turn on the television or pick up the paper without finding out about more serious motorcycle accidents in Southwest Florida. What’s causing all these crashes and what can be done to reduce their numbers?
Perhaps the more important question is what if you or someone you care for gets injured while riding a bike? As Southwest Florida personal injury attorneys, the Goldberg Law Firm has represented hundreds of people – and sadly, the families of those who were killed in a bike crash – injured as the result of a serious accident.
Motorcycle accident victims face a deluge of terrible consequences, including determining who will pay for their enormous medical bills, the costs associated with any necessary long-term care, and other factors relating to making them whole again.
When it comes to dealing with your insurance company after a motorcycle crash, you may be shocked at the type of ‘service’ you receive. The giants of the insurance industry, all of which employ armies of their own attorneys, will not readily fork over a check – even though you may be fully entitled to considerable financial compensation. They are known to use elaborate delay tactics, or even deny your claim altogether.
This is exactly why you should seek the appropriate legal counsel if you’ve been seriously hurt. Going it on your own will result in more delays and frustration than you can imagine. Specialized legal representation from a law firm that is ready, willing and able to go to trial, if necessary, can be your key to beginning to put your life back together.
Like most personal injury attorneys, we don’t charge you for a comprehensive initial meeting to review the facts of your case to determine if you have a course of legal action. And, you end up paying our firm nothing unless we obtain a financial settlement through negotiations, or a favorable jury verdict if a trial is necessary.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are motorcycle crash statistics that may surprise you:
- Motorcyclists are 35-times more likely to become an accident fatality than those in passenger vehicles
- Just under half of all motorcycle fatalities in the U.S. involved no other vehicles
- In 2009, 48% of the 1,791 biker fatalities involved excessive speed
- In 2009, 42% of the 1,791 biker fatalities involved blood alcohol levels of 0.08% or above
- Head injuries are the leading cause of motorcycle accident fatalities
- Not wearing a helmet makes a rider 40% more likely to die of a head injury in an accident
- A motorcyclist not wearing a helmet is 15% more likely to suffer a non-fatal injury than one who wears a helmet
Here are some of the main causes of motorcycle accidents:
- Inattention or distraction of another driver
- Ignoring traffic conditions
- Poor weather
- Excessive speed
- Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Inexperienced rider
- Neglecting to use a turn signal
- “Lane splitting”, or riding a motorcycle between traffic lanes
“Our area is a great place to ride – I’ve been a bike enthusiast for many years”, noted Fort Myers personal injury attorney Scot D. Goldberg. He points out that many accidents could be avoided if bikers and those in the cars and trucks around them did just one thing. “Inattention or letting yourself get distracted is one of the main reasons there are so many motorcycle accidents on our roads,” says Goldberg. “If people would just devote more attention and focus on their driving, there would be more bikers alive today”.
As personal injury attorneys and avid motorcycle enthusiasts, the law firm of Goldberg, Racila, D’Alessandro & Noone, LLC, understands the trauma involved after you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident. You are best advised to seek aggressive legal representation immediately to protect your legal rights, and determine if you may have a case for financial compensation against the at-fault party responsible for your injuries.
It doesn’t cost a thing to sit down and talk about your situation with one of our attorneys. Call 239-461-5508, and let us help. You can also fill out this simple form to have an attorney contact you immediately.