St. Petersburg Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcycle riders are consistently one of the most at-risk groups on Florida roadways. A motorcycle accident has the potential to leave the rider with significant, life-threatening head injuries, spinal cord injuries, alongside broken bones, road rash and whiplash. Additionally, riders have to worry about potential damage to their motorcycles, as well. Helmets and other kinds of protective gear can reduce fatalities from motorcycle accidents, but they cannot stop all injuries. Ultimately, this exposure leaves many riders involved in accidents with major injuries.
Despite consistent campaigns to share the road with motorcyclists, reckless drivers create hazardous road conditions for riders in Florida. As a street-legal vehicle, motorcycles have the same legal protections as standard vehicles while on the road. Therefore, drivers are responsible for being mindful of motorcyclists and taking the appropriate cautions to help keep them safe. Unfortunately, the experience of many individuals caught in motorcycle accidents has proven that motorcyclists are at an increased risk of an accident.
If you or your loved one has recently been injured in a motorcycle accident, The Ruth Law Team’s motorcycle attorneys can provide you legal representation throughout your fight for justice. Our team has over 35 years of experience in providing high-quality representation for clients who suffered from injuries, significant damage, and loss of life as a result of a motorcycle accident. We’re comfortable completing in-depth investigations, preserving evidence, and creating skillful presentations that demand full restitution. To find out how we’ve helped countless motorcycle accident victims and their families receive the financial compensation they deserve, contact one of our motorcycle accident lawyers in St. Petersburg, FL today!
Common Injuries Resulting from Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can result in a variety of severe and life-threatening injuries, up to and including a significant risk of death from the resulting impact of a crash. All too often, these accidents eject riders from their motorcycles and into other vehicles or onto the road. As a result, many riders suffer from serious tissue damage, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries.
Motorcycles leave riders much more exposed to the direct impact of a collision overall. Therefore, even when wearing the proper protective gear, riders are still much more at risk of serious and life-changing injuries. Examples include:
Even when wearing proper protective gear, many accidents result in riders coming in contact with asphalt at relatively high speeds. As a result, riders involved in an accident may suffer from permanent disfiguration from scarring and tissue loss. Dependent upon the severity of the injury, some riders may need costly and often painful skin grafts to help minimize the damage.
Additionally, motorcyclists often develop road rash from the impact of sliding across the pavement. During the process, loose gravel and other road debris can become lodged within road rash injuries, leading to infection, scarring, and permanent discoloration of the skin.
Most motorists are aware of the risk of broken bones during a car accident. Motorcycle riders are often more likely to experience serious fractures when they’re involved in an accident, as they’re much more exposed than a passenger in a traditional vehicle. The impact of a crash can cause the rider to strike the road, surrounding vehicles, and even become pinned under their own motorcycle, leading to serious breaks and fractures that can take months to heal. Additionally, many of these accidents require intensive, long-term physical therapy. In severe cases, they can even lead to riders experiencing permanent physical disabilities.
Neck and Back Injuries
Even minor injuries to the neck and back can lead to significant, life-long damage. In severe cases, they can even result in death. Some examples of the types of neck and back injuries often inflicted during a motorcycle accident include:
- Torn muscles, ligaments, and tendons
- Fractured vertebrae
- Compressed or ruptured discs
- Spinal cord injuries
While Florida law requires motorcyclists to wear a helmet while riding, it includes a significant loophole. Any motorcyclist over the age of 21 can legally ride without a helmet if they hold an active insurance policy, and only allows police to cite violators of the helmet law with a non-moving traffic infraction. Unfortunately, this means that many riders choose to forgo the helmet, leading to an increased risk of serious head injuries, such as concussions, brain bleeds, skull fractures, and hematomas.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBIs, occur as a result of blunt or penetrating head trauma. Essentially, they may occur when a motorcyclist’s head or helmet makes an impact with the road, vehicle, or another object during an accident. Penetrating head trauma can occur when an object penetrates the skull and is more likely to happen to riders not wearing a helmet.
TBIs cause the brain to swell and bleed, resulting in a variety of irreparable and often life-long physical, mental, and behavioral symptoms, such as:
- Blurry vision
- Coordination problems
- Balance problems
- Emotional outbursts
Amputations and Loss of Movement
The significant blunt trauma that occurs during a motorcycle accident can cause riders to experience significant tissue damage resulting in an inability to use certain parts of their body, such as their legs, arms, fingers, and even eyes. Unfortunately, some accidents result in body parts becoming severed during the accident or requiring amputation as a result.
What Happens Next?
Motorcycle accidents are often traumatic for riders and their families. Many riders often spend months recovering from minor injuries and can spend months or years overcoming more significant trauma. In the aftermath of an accident, the idea of navigating a complex legal process to receive the financial compensation you deserve can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, our motorcycle accident lawyers have the experience and skills necessary to provide you with peace of mind.
When you work with The Ruth Law Team, we handle the heavy lifting during each step of the legal process, giving you time to rest and recover. Our process for success follows these three key steps:
Our motorcycle accident attorneys must gather the documents necessary to demonstrate that you or your loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident that impacted your life in a significant way before we file the case on your behalf. We may collect medical bills and records related to the accident and insurance policy information during this step. This allows us to develop an in-depth understanding of the incident. Using this information, we can build the groundwork for your case.
During this stage, our motorcycle accident attorneys will perform their own investigation and analysis of the accident. They may request police reports, any available video footage, vehicle inspections, photographs from the scene, and any other evidence available to help build your case. In some cases, our team may also visit the crash site, request local security footage, and reanalyze the scene for additional evidence that wasn’t included during the initial investigation. During this stage, the ultimate goal is for our team to determine the root cause of the accident.
Typically, accident-related injury claims are settled out of court. If your claim involves a driver who committed an act of gross negligence or was under the influence, this is especially true, as court rulings often result in larger monetary rewards for you.
However, you do run some risk if you choose to take your case to trial. Occasionally, the jurors could rule in favor of the defense. To help make the process easier for you and provide you with the best results possible, your motorcycle accident lawyer will explain each offer in detail and allow you to decide whether you’d like to take the case to trial. No matter your decision, The Ruth Law Team will fight relentlessly on your behalf.
Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
For over 35 years, The Ruth Law Team has provided our clients with high-quality legal defense to ensure they receive the best outcome for their motorcycle accident case. Our motorcycle accident attorneys offer comprehensive legal consultation services in-person at our offices located in St. Petersburg, Florida, and offer virtual meetings upon request.
The attorneys of The Ruth Law Team consist of:
- Steven C. Ruth
- Eric D. Roslansky
- Jenna C. Ruth
- Jessica E. Shahady
- Amy A. Catledge
- Austin J. Grinder
- Alex H. Longo
Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle accidents often leave victims with serious, potentially life-altering injuries. Having a skilled lawyer you can trust can make a world of difference when you’re seeking judgment. To learn more about how we can assist you and your loved ones, contact a motorcycle accident attorney at the Ruth Law Team at 1-888-STEVE-RUTH (1-888-343-5202) for a free consultation. Our team has over 35 years of experience in helping victims of motorcycle accidents settle their cases and receive the compensation they deserve, empowering them to move forward after their accident.
Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in St. Petersburg, Florida
If you’re looking for support and guidance in navigating the legal proceedings after a motorcycle accident, The Ruth Law Team is here to help and provide assistance.