Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyers in Ocala Florida
Many people ride motorcycles in North Florida for both transportation and recreation. While there are many benefits to riding a motorcycle, it can also put you at great risk of injury should a crash occur. Statistics indicate that about 92,000 motorcyclists are injured in traffic accidents on an annual basis in the United States. Injuries from motorcycle accidents can be particularly serious and victims tend to incur thousands or even millions of dollars in losses.
Fortunately for many motorcycle crash victims, the law gives you the right to seek compensation for your losses under certain circumstances. Compensation may come from an insurance company payout or a personal injury settlement or award. Either way, obtaining the compensation you deserve to cover your losses can be complicated and it is critical to have an experienced Ocala motorcycle accident lawyer standing up for your rights.
Motorcyclists can Sustain Severe Injuries
One reason why motorcycle accident cases can be so complex is that motorcyclists often sustain devastating injuries in crashes. Compared to motorists in cars or trucks, motorcyclists have few protections from an impact if a car hits them or if they hit the ground. Their bodies are exposed to the trauma of an impact and a wide variety of injuries can result from a single incident. Even if a motorcyclist is wearing a helmet – which many choose not to do – helmets do not always completely protect riders from head trauma, especially in particularly serious collisions.
Examples of common injuries at issue in motorcycle accident cases include:
- Skull fractures
- Traumatic brain injury
- Face and jaw fractures
- Broken teeth
- Spinal cord injury
- Back or neck injuries
- Shattered or crushed bones
- Internal injuries
After an Ocala motorcycle crash, many motorcyclists will need immediate medical treatment, which can include emergency trauma care, time spent in the intensive care unit and hospital, surgical procedures, rehabilitative therapy, home health care, medical equipment, medications, and much more.
In some situations, motorcycle accidents will leave victims facing long-lasting impairments with their physical or cognitive abilities. For example, a spinal cord injury can leave you paralyzed and unable to walk, work, or even care for yourself for the rest of your life. In such a situation, proving the extent of your life-long estimated losses can be extremely complicated and challenging. You need a law firm representing you with experience handling cases involving catastrophic injuries and extensive losses.
Your Rights after a Motorcycle Accident
You can collect compensation after a motorcycle accident if the accident happened because another person or party acted in a negligent manner. In many instances, a motorcycle accident happens because another driver on the road was negligent and struck the motorcycle. Distracted driving, drunk driving, and violating traffic laws are all common examples of negligence by drivers that can lead to crashes. However, drivers are not the only parties that may be negligent and cause a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle manufacturers can produce and sell defective bikes or parts that cause a motorcyclist to lose control. In addition, the government can allow dangerous road conditions to exist that cause a bike to crash.
Once you identify the negligent parties who caused your accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses, which will vary depending on the nature and severity of your injuries. Our lawyers commonly seek damages for the following:
- Medical bills
- Estimated future medical costs
- Lost income
- Estimated future lost earnings
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and distress
We can help you prove the true extent of your losses through evidence and the use of experts.
How the Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Meldon Law can Help You
Led by Jeffrey Meldon since 1971, the law firm of Meldon Law is committed to representing the legal rights of motorcycle accident victims who suffered a wide range of injuries. If you have been a victim, we can assist you with the following and more:
- Evaluate your situation and advise you of your options and rights.
- Calculate the value of a potential claim.
- Review any insurance settlement offers, determine whether they are adequate, and negotiate for a higher offer if the initial one is too low.
- Use our cutting-edge tools and resources to investigate the circumstances of your accident to identify any and all negligent parties.
- File a claim for personal injury in civil court against negligent parties.
- Gather persuasive evidence to support your claims, including the use of our network of experts regarding accident reconstruction, medicine, economics, and engineering.
- Engage in aggressive negotiations with the adverse parties to try to reach a favorable settlement agreement.
- Represent you at trial if a fair settlement agreement cannot be reached.
- Navigate the legal process and keep you informed of any developments in your case.
Too many law firms accept every case that comes their way, which leads them to rush claims through the legal system and accept the first settlement offer on the table. At Meldon Law, we will never settle a case for less simply to close the matter. Instead, we dedicate every resource we have to ensure that your motorcycle accident claim will be handled the right way.
Our attorneys all have extensive litigation experience and can be tough negotiators when it is necessary to recover the amount you deserve. However, while we can be aggressive in protecting your rights, we believe in compassionate client service because we understand how significantly your injuries are affecting your life.
Contact Our Ocala Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
The motorcycle accident attorneys at Meldon Law have represented crash victims with broken bones all the way to catastrophic and life-changing injuries. We know that many injured individuals cannot travel, so we will come to you for your consultation if you cannot make it into our office. We are here to work with you every step of the way and to provide representation you can trust. If you have been injured in or around Ocala, please call our office to learn more about our legal services today.