Vero Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
With great weather year-round, long stretches of highway and beautiful scenery, it is no wonder that so many people take to the roads on motorcycles in Florida. In fact, Florida ranks in the top three states in the nation for having the greatest number of registered motorcycles. Unfortunately, Florida also bears the sad statistic of being a leading state for the having the most motorcycle accidents, including those causing serious injury and death. Although motorcycles make up less than ten percent of vehicle registrations in the state, they account for nearly 20% of all traffic fatalities.
The firm’s partners Buck Vocelle and Paul Berg are both avid motorcycle riders, having owned and ridden many different makes and models over the years (Buck and Paul both currently own and ride Harley Davidsons). As attorneys and riders, they understand the joy of riding as well as the dangers involved, and the serious obstacles injured riders face in recovering compensation from negligent motorists. Motorcyclists are nine times more likely to be injured in a motor vehicle accident than the driver or occupant of a car, and 35 times more likely to die in such an accident. The Vero Beach motorcycle accident lawyers at Vocelle & Berg in Vero Beach combine their intimate knowledge of motorcycles with their trial experience and expertise to stand up for injured motorcyclists and fight to see that they are fully compensated from motorcycle accidents along the Treasure Coast caused by distracted and negligent drivers.
Facts about motorcycle accidents and recovery in Florida
Motorcycle riders are at a disadvantage in Florida compared to their counterparts on the road when it comes to recovering compensation after an accident. Personal Injury Protection (PIP) is not required for motorcycle riders, and motorcyclists cannot access benefits under the no-fault coverage of another vehicle in the household, like car accident victims can. In most cases, this leaves the injured rider faced with recovering from the at-fault driver’s bodily injury liability policy, which under Florida law may be as little as $10,000. To make matters worse, Florida has the second highest rate of uninsured drivers in the country, making it likely the injured rider may have to go after the negligent driver personally, or else file an uninsured motorist claim.
Motorcycle accidents are often caused by negligent drivers who turn left into the path of an oncoming bike or execute a turn or lane change without first signaling or checking their blind spots. Yet insurance company defense lawyers are quick to paint motorcycle riders as dangerous or reckless drivers, and often jury members give in to their fears and misconceptions about motorcycles and riders as dangerous.
The attorneys at Vocelle & Berg, including Board-Certified Specialists in Civil Trial Law, are experienced, effective courtroom advocates in motorcycle accident cases. Our team is adept at presenting the facts persuasively, countering insurance company defense lawyers and overcoming the common jury bias against bikers. We know the types of injuries and disabilities motorcycle accidents can cause, and we fight hard to get you the compensation you need to deal with your medical care, lost income, pain and suffering and other legal damages. Our firm is here for you.
Get Help from Experienced Vero Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident in Fort Pierce, Melbourne, Okeechobee or Port St. Lucie and surrounding areas, call Vocelle & Berg for a free consultation with skilled, knowledgeable and experienced Vero Beach motorcycle accident lawyer.