Tampa Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Manage Serious Injury Cases
Catastrophic head, neck and spine injuries require capable representation
Motorcycle riders face greater risks than motorists because their bodies are exposed to oncoming vehicles and other hazards, and protective equipment can only do so much. Since 1976, The Matassini Law Firm, P.A. has represented motorcycle riders who’ve suffered devastating injuries and wrongful death. We realize how important your compensation is, especially when the harm is permanent. We provide attentive, compassionate and determined legal services in pursuit of the maximum possible compensation.
Florida’s motorcycle helmet law and comparative negligence for head injuries
Florida recently reformed its helmet law so that riders 21 years old and over, who have $10,000 medical insurance, can ride without a helmet. Eye protection or a windshield is mandatory. However, the new law does not address the question of whether a defendant can site the absence of a helmet as contributory negligence. The argument would be that by failing to wear a helmet, the rider caused his or her injuries to be greater than they would have been.
According to The Florida Law Journal, the law is unsettled in Florida, and other states split on the issue. For instance, Arizona treats the failure to wear a helmet similarly to the failure to use a seat belt. Arizona does not hold a car accident defendant accountable for harm that would not have occurred had the victim buckled up, nor does it allow recovery for head injuries a rider would not have sustained had a helmet been worn. Hawaii, on the other hand, declines to allow a helmet defense, because the state does not recognize the seat belt defense.
Florida recognizes the seat belt defense, but the law on helmet defense is unsettled. If you or a loved one has sustained a head injury while riding without a helmet, you truly need an experienced accident attorney who is prepared to argue against Florida adopting a helmet defense.
Attentive service from engaged professionals
The Matassini Law Firm dedicates our energy to pursuing justice for injured Floridians. We’re committed to fighting in your corner through every step of the process. As with trucking and auto accidents, if your injuries prevent you from coming to our office, we’re more than happy to visit you at your home or in your hospital room, anywhere in central Florida.
Consult The Matassini Law Firm today to discuss your motorcycle accident case
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries or wrongful death in a motorcycle accident, let our hometown lawyers fight for your maximum compensation. Call us today at 813.379.2007 or contact us online to schedule a free initial confidential conference. An experienced personal injury attorney will meet with you and explain how The Matassini Law Firm, P.A. can be of service.