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Unlike vehicles, motorcycles do not have safety features like seatbelts and airbags. Additionally, motorcyclists do not enjoy the protection of an enclosed vehicle. When a motorcycle accident occurs, a motorcyclist is more likely to die or suffer severe injuries than a vehicle occupant. Despite the government’s effort to enhance motorcycle safety, motorcyclists account for a significant percentage of all traffic fatalities in Florida.  According to Florida personal injury laws, victims of motorcycle accidents are eligible to seek compensation for their damages.

At Shrader Law, PLLC, we understand that being involved in a motorcycle accident is traumatic. Our friendly and easy-to-talk-to Tampa personal injury attorneys make the claim process easy. The main goal of our attorneys is to get the best possible results in your personal injury case.

If a motorcycle accident and injuries resulted from another person’s negligence, the experienced Shrader Law, PLLC personal injury attorneys could help you seek compensation. Our attorneys will consider every aspect of the motorcycle accident and help you pursue the maximum compensation.

Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

In most cases, motorcycle accident injuries are severe. A rider might sustain injuries on any part of the body, especially if they were not wearing protective gear at the time of the accident.  You should not assume that you are fine after a motorcycle accident, even if you don’t have visible injuries. Instead, you should undergo a medical examination and seek legal help from a competent Tampa personal injury attorney. Some of the common injuries in motorcycle accidents are:

Traumatic brain injuries

Motorcyclists without helmets are more likely to suffer traumatic brain injuries in case of an accident. Traumatic brain injuries have severe consequences that could alter a victim’s life completely.

Road rash

A road rash occurs when a motorcyclist slides on the pavement or tarmac after an accident. When a rider encounters the road surface, a serious skin abrasion may result. Severe road rash injuries could lead to permanent scarring.

Spinal cord injuries

The impact of a collision in a motorcycle accident could lead to spinal cord injuries. Extensive spinal cord injuries may lead to paralysis and permanent disability.

Fractures

Motorcycles are less stable than vehicles. A motorcycle may fall over and injure the rider’s feet or other body parts during an accident. Motorcyclists may also sustain fractures on the arms and wrists.

Biker’s arm

Biker’s arm occurs during the initial impact of a motorcycle accident. In the face of an accident, motorcyclists use their arms to protect themselves. When a rider’s arm encounters the force of impact, nerve damage, and paralysis of the arm may occur. Symptoms of a biker’s arm injury may not be initially apparent. You might only experience symptoms when the numbness wears off.

Seeking Compensation after a Motorcycle Accident

After a motorcycle accident, you can seek compensation for certain damages. Our Shrader Law, PLLC personal injury attorneys can help to determine the extent of your damages. Some of the damages available after a motorcycle accident are:

Medical costs

When you sustain injuries in a motorcycle accident, you will incur medical costs while seeking treatment for the injuries. While it is important to seek medical care immediately after the accident, it’s equally important that you request from your doctor  a copy of your medical report outlining the extent of injuries suffered. Your Shrader Law, PLLC, will use the medical report to prove your damages.

Motorcycle repair

You could also seek compensation for motorcycle damage after an accident.  The insurance company may declare your motorcycle totaled if the costs of repairing the motorcycle exceed its value. In case your motorbike is totaled, the liable party should pay you for the motorcycle’s full cost.

Lost wages and loss of earning capacity

After suffering injuries in a motorcycle accident, you may have to spend some time away from work until you recover from your injuries. With a Shrader Law, PLLC personal injury attorney in your corner, you can seek compensation for lost wages. Compensation for loss of earning capacity can compensate care givers for your inability to earn money in the future.

Pain and suffering

Victims of motorcycle accidents can also seek compensation for pain and suffering or mental anguish. Victims often experience pain and mental trauma after suffering injuries in a motorcycle accident. For example, after an accident, you may not be able to take part in activities that you once enjoyed.

Punitive damages

The court might award punitive damages to punish the defendant if they were extremely negligent. Punitive damages aim at punishing the defendant and preventing them from repeating the wrongful act.

Statute of Limitations for Motorcycle Accident Claims

Statute of limitations is the period within which you should file a personal injury claim after suffering injuries in a motorcycle accident. In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is four years. This means that you will have four years from the date of the motorcycle accident to file a claim.

Get a Competent Personal Injury Attorney

A motorcycle accident could alter your life forever. The injuries may lead to permanent disability or other far-reaching impacts. Our experienced personal injury attorneys have helped many victims of motorcycle accidents seek compensation. Contact a personal injury attorney at Shrader Law, PLLC, if you have suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident.

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