Motorcycle accidents are often misunderstood, with misconceptions fueling an inaccurate narrative. As a leading Florida law firm, we believe it’s important to dispel these myths and provide an accurate understanding of motorcycle accidents in Florida. Here are some common myths and the truths behind them.
Myth 1: Motorcyclists are always at fault.
Truth: Fault in an accident depends on the specific circumstances and is not automatically assigned to the motorcyclist. Both motorcyclists and other motorists have a duty of care on the road.
Myth 2: Motorcyclists can’t get injured if they wear a helmet.
Truth: While helmets significantly reduce the risk of head injuries, they do not completely eliminate the risk of injury in a motorcycle accident. Motorcyclists can still sustain injuries such as broken bones, internal injuries, or spinal cord injuries.
Myth 3: Motorcycle accident claims are straightforward.
Truth: Motorcycle accident claims can be quite complex. Factors such as Florida’s comparative negligence laws, the severity of injuries, and the involvement of multiple parties can complicate these cases.
Myth 4: You don’t need a lawyer if you have motorcycle insurance.
Truth: Even with motorcycle insurance, it’s wise to consult with a personal injury lawyer after a motorcycle accident. Insurance companies often aim to minimize payouts, and a lawyer can help negotiate a fair settlement.
Myth 5: If you didn’t wear a helmet, you can’t claim compensation.
Truth: Under Florida law, motorcyclists over the age of 21 with sufficient insurance can legally ride without a helmet. Even if you weren’t wearing a helmet, you could still file a claim for compensation. However, your compensation may be reduced if it’s found that not wearing a helmet contributed to your injuries.
Understanding the reality of motorcycle accidents and the rights of motorcyclists is crucial to overcoming these common myths. As experienced motorcycle accident lawyers in Florida, JustCallMoe can help navigate the complexities of motorcycle accident claims and advocate for your rights. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident and need legal advice, contact us today for a consultation.