Longwood Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Defending your rights while you recover
Motorcycle accidents in Longwood and Orlando, FL demand an attorney who understands motorcyclists and knows the law. That's why so many injured motorcyclists contact Central Florida motorcycle accident lawyer Scott M. Miller. He has years of experience successfully handling complicated motorcycle crashes from Orlando to Daytona Beach and everywhere in between.
Motorcyclists face serious risks that distinguish them from other vehicles on the road. Motorcycles are small compared to other vehicles, and the riders and passengers who lack overall crash protection are vulnerable to serious injury or fatality. In common motorcycle accident cases, drivers of the larger vehicles often change lanes or turn without looking for a motorcyclist. As a result, the motorcycle rider, who was doing nothing illegal, gets hits by the car in many cases seriously injured. Many drivers often claim they never saw the motorcycle they crashed into on I-4 in Orlando or another busy Florida highway or road.
While these drivers who said they didn't see the motorcycle did not mean to cause harm, they nevertheless acted carelessly and must be held accountable. What many victims and families find so frustrating is the attitude insurance companies have toward motorcycle accident victims. They often will deny a legitimate claim or offer an unreasonably low settlement if they do agree to pay out.
Injured on a motorcycle in Central Florida? Call the Law Offices of Scott M. Miller, PLLC immediately. When you work with us, the insurance companies take notice. You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We know that motorcycle accidents often result in significant losses and overwhelming expenses. Many victims face the prospect of long-term financial hardship and uncertainty. Talk to us today for your free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing unless we make a financial recovery on your behalf. You may be entitled to compensation for existing and future medical bills, lost wages (including future lost income), rehabilitation and therapy, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and other damages.
What type of motorcycle accidents does Attorney Miller handle in Longwood and Orlando, FL?
Central Florida has been a haven for motorcyclists for decades. Many people throughout the country - and even the world - come to Florida every March for Daytona Beach Bike Week. A thrilling motorcycle journey, perhaps from Orlando to Daytona Beach, can turn into a tragedy in a heartbeat, through no fault of the rider. Attorney Miller knows the area and knows how to get results for those who were injured and families who lost loved ones.
That's why so many Longwood and Orlando motorcycle accident injury victims turn to us when they need an experienced law firm to handle their case. We can work with you no matter what type of motorcycle accident you're dealing with, including:
- Head-on motorcycle accidents
- Rear-end motorcycle accidents
- Hit-and run motorcycle accidents
- Drunk driving motorcycle accidents
What are common motorcycle accident injuries?
Motorcycle accident injuries cover a wide range. Some of the most common injuries we deal with at our law firm include:
- Leg injuries
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
Learn more about motorcycle accidents injuries on our page entitled "Why are motorcycle accident injuries so severe?".
What should I do if I'm involved in a motorcycle accident in Longwood or Orlando, FL?
If you are physically able to do so, we advise taking the following steps after crash:
- Seek immediate medical attention - Don't try to convince yourself you can "shake it off." Even if you feel OK and suspect the injury is minor, make sure you have a doctor or another medical professional examine you as soon as possible. Some serious, life-threatening injuries are not apparent in the minutes or hours after a wreck.
- Contact the police - Ask the police to investigate your accident. We advise strongly against working out a deal with the person who hit you. By getting law enforcement involved, there will be no confusion later about exactly what happened. Accident reports can be critical when it comes to being compensated by insurance companies for your accident.
- Get the driver's personal information - Make sure you get the driver's full name, address, phone number, driver's license number and the name of the driver's insurance provider and policy number.
- Talk to witnesses - If someone saw your accident, make sure you get a statement from that witness. Statements from witnesses at the scene of an accident can make a dramatic difference in the outcome of your accident. Make sure to get the witnesses' full name, address and phone number.
- Take photographs - Photos of your motorcycle accident can serve as crucial evidence in your case. And evidence builds strong cases. In particular, take photos of the accident before the vehicles have been moved. Also take pictures of damage to your motorcycle and skid marks (or absence of skid marks) on the road.
- Contact your insurance company - You will need to notify your insurance carrier, but don't discuss fault. You can provide basic information such as names of people involved and when and where the crash happened. If you have questions about contacting your own insurance company, call us first.
- Don't provide any statement to other driver's insurance company - An adjuster may contact you after the accident and ask for a written or recorded statement. Politely decline. Anything you say to the insurance company for the at-fault party can be used against you and may harm your claim.
- Contact us - We can work with you and fight for the compensation you rightfully deserve. Attorney Miller has years of experience handling serious motorcycle accidents for riders from Florida and across the country injured in the Sunshine State.
Can I still sue if I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
Whether you were or weren’t wearing a helmet, the driver who hit you still had a responsibility to drive safely, and you can still take legal action to pursue compensation. However, if you weren’t wearing a helmet and it’s found that your injuries could have been prevented or mitigated by a helmet, your recovery may be reduced under Florida’s comparative negligence law.
Who is usually at fault in a motorcycle accident?
In accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle, the driver of the other vehicle is usually at fault. Many motorcycle crashes are caused by drivers who fail to yield the right of way or obey traffic signals, or who hit a motorcycle when they don’t check before turning or changing lanes. The stereotype of motorcyclists as irresponsible thrill-seekers doesn’t hold up.
Why should I hire Longwood, FL motorcycle Attorney Scott M. Miller?
Attorney Miller and his team launch a comprehensive investigation for every client dealing with the aftermath of a motorcycle accident. Scott M. Miller is a fearless attorney who knows how to get results for clients injured in motorcycle accidents, whether the crash happens while you are enjoying a weekend ride in Longwood, Sanford or Winter Park, FL or whether it occurs at special annual events like Daytona Beach Bike Week or Biketoberfest®.
We know what evidence to look for and how to compile that information into a compelling legal case. This often includes visiting the scene of the accident, carefully reviewing the police accident report, interviewing witnesses, consulting with experts and even filing a motorcycle accident lawsuit if necessary.
"I recently engaged with the law office of Scott Miller and was very impressed! The staff was very personable, they empathized with my issues, let me know all options and offered me support, even on the weekends. The office manager always kept me up to date with details about my case, when it was filed, what was happening during the litigation and I was extremely pleased with the outcome. I ride a Harley, therefore I am always watching my back. I know that Scott Miller has my back!" – Melissa E.