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After I was involved in a serious not-at-fault auto accident, and in checking reviews on many local attorneys, we made an appointment with Largey Law. During the initial meeting, I had no doubt we had chose correctly and signed with their ...
After I was involved in a serious not-at-fault auto accident, and in checking reviews on many local attorneys, we made an appointment with Largey Law. During the initial meeting, I had no doubt we had chose correctly and signed with their firm to represent me. Chris Largey represented me and he along with his associate Kim Reno, well what can I say, they always had my best interest at heart. They not only made every step of the way as easy as possible, but always looked out for my best interest. They also made certain I received all the medical care I needed and handled all the paperwork involved with my claim. They were ALWAYS on top of every thing, every step of the way through to the claim settlement. They really cared about me, and on multiple occasions went above and beyond to help me through this this difficult situation, as during this my husband passed away from leukemia. It was nice to know they were there for me and handling this. I so appreciate everything Chris and Kim and staff have done for me through this and in finalizing my settlement, thank you so much! All I can say is I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Largey Law, they are professional, knowledgeable, responsive and most of all, a caring group of folks.
What a great law firm! Very compassionate and understanding. Always got back with me in a timely manner. I definitely recommend!
Very thorough and professional... Will use them again if the need arises.
Good law group, and has been in n communication with my husband and I, throughout the case... Thank you for your services...
How Lack of a Helmet Can Affect Your Motorcycle Injury Claim
- posted: Sep. 30, 2020
- Motorcycle Accidents
Florida law requires all motorcyclists to wear securely fastened helmets, which must comply with United States Department of Transportation standards. There is an exception made for riders over age 21 who are covered by insurance policies providing at least $10,000 in medical benefits. However, failing to wear a helmet, even though legal, can have a bearing on your ability to sue other drivers for damages arising from head injuries sustained in a collision.
Motorcycle accidents are an unfortunate harsh reality on Florida roads. According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department, in 2018 there were 9,143 motorcycle crashes in 2018 that resulted in 7,849 injuries and 531 fatalities. The causes of accidents are varied, and motorcyclists suffer more serious injuries than occupants of other vehicles.
Florida is a comparative negligence state, which means that liability for a motorcycle accident is shared according to each driver’s percentage of fault — not just for the accident but for the resulting injuries.
For example, suppose you are riding your motorcycle without wearing a helmet and are hit by another vehicle at an intersection. Perhaps the other driver was speeding but you failed to yield the right of way. As a result of the accident, you suffer injuries to your head and body. Both you and the other driver will be assigned a percentage of fault for the accident. Any compensation you receive for your bodily injuries will be reduced by that percentage.
However, your compensation for head injuries will likely be reduced even more. Even though failure to wear a helmet did not contribute to the accident, it may have worsened your head injuries, and so you will be assigned a higher percentage of fault for causing them.
The staff at Largey Law includes experienced attorneys who are motorcycle riders themselves. We understand Florida motorcycle accident issues and will fight to win you maximum compensation. Our firm is skilled at navigating the Florida legal system and building strong cases. To schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer, call us at 352-253-0456 or contact us online. We have offices in Tavares, Clermont and Inverness.