The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says approximately 80% of reported motorcycle accidents result in either injury or death. This is why safety is so important. Fortunately, there are some things you can do here to help yourself.

Wear the Right Gear

When you’re riding your motorcycle, you should have long pants and sleeves on. It’s best if these are made of leather or another protective material. Additionally, you should also wear gloves, eye protection, and boots that cover your ankles. If you plan to be riding your motorcycle when it’s cold outside, you can either invest in heavier gear that’s been specifically designed for these temperatures or add additional layers of clothing to the ones you typically wear.

You also shouldn’t ever overlook the importance of wearing a helmet that’s approved by the Department of Transportation and covers your entire face. Light-colored helmets are best because they’re more visible. However, the helmet isn’t only for others benefit, but for yours as well. If you’re wearing a helmet when you get into a motorcycle accident, your much less likely to suffer from a traumatic brain injury. If you do get into an accident, make sure you replace your helmet right away. Otherwise it should be replaced once every 5 years.

Make Sure You’re Seen

You want to make sure the other vehicles you’re sharing the road with can clearly see you. This is why you should wear bright colors and have reflective elements on both your clothing as well as on your bike. Always have the headlight on your motorcycle turned on. Do your best to ride in the part of the lane where you’re most visible to other motorists but if you think they still can’t see you, use your horn.

Operate Your Motorcycle with Safety in Mind

New motorcyclists aren’t the only ones who should take a safety course offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). Experienced riders should also take an occasional refresher course. Not only will such courses get you a discount with your insurance, but they’ll also teach you the importance of:

  • Being alert, especially around anyone who may be texting while driving
  • Watching for intersections, sand, potholes, railroad tracks, road hazards, and other motorcyclists
  • Not drinking or speeding – common causes of over 40% of motorcycle accidents
  • Avoiding bad weather or, at the very least, knowing how to safely operate your motorcycle in rain and wind

While you may think that you’ve learned these things before and since you already know them you’re prepared for anything that you may encounter while riding your motorcycle, you can never grow too secure in your knowledge. Doing so may lead you to become nonchalant in your driving, which could then easily result in a motorcycle accident.

A Head’s Up

In most motorcycle accidents the motorcyclist themselves typically aren’t at fault. When someone else’s negligence behind the wheel leads to your injuries, remember you have the same rights as other drivers. Sometimes this means that you’ll need to have an attorney exert these rights for you. Attorney Rojas used to ride a motorcycle and understands the extra exposure cyclists face. If this happens to you, make sure you get Attorney Juana Maria Rojas at the Rojas Law Group on your side.

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Oftentimes when a person gets into a car accident, they believe that their insurance will take care of everything for them. Unfortunately, when you’re in a fender bender you may underestimate its cost. However, any accident you’re in (yes, even a fender bender) can cost you a lot of money. Even if you’ve been paying your insurance company’s premiums for years, they may still not cover the entire cost of the accident. This is why it’s so important for you to right away decide if you need the help of an experienced attorney. In doing so you must take all the various costs of the accident into consideration.

Repairing or Replacing Your Vehicle

When your car is damaged in an accident, you’ll either pay a mechanic to fix it or buy a new car. If the accident is minor (e.g. scratches, dents), you may still pay a lot of money to have your car fixed.

Damage to Your Personal Property

When you have valuable items in your vehicle (e.g. laptop, camera, phone) during the time of your car accident you’ll need to pay to have the items replaced. This can easily add up to thousands of dollars.

Vehicle Financing

If you’re leasing your vehicle or using any other type of financing, you must continue to meet these obligations after your car accident – even if your car is deemed a total loss. This can be devastating, especially if you must take some time off work to recover from your injuries.

Medical Bills

After the accident, you may need to visit your local hospital’s emergency room. Even if it’s a “minor” accident you may still have medical costs in the future as you get follow up treatment. These bills quickly add up. They can be particularly tricky if you slowly develop symptoms because then your insurance company may say that they weren’t a result of your accident. Sometimes you’ll have to pay out of pocket for medications or for co-pays to see a specialist or have certain tests done. Even if you’ve only been in a minor car accident you should still be seen by a doctor because you don’t want to find out later that you did suffer an injury, only to be left fighting for your insurance company to pay the bill.

Lost Time at Work

When you’re injured you may be unable to return to work for a while. This will result in decreased income and it could also result in missing out on new opportunities that you could have otherwise taken advantage of (e.g. a promotion).

Incidental Fees

Even a minor car accident can result in many incidental fees adding up to a large cost for you to pay. Some of the things you should consider here include:

  • Taking a taxi, Uber, or Lyft to get places you need to be
  • Renting a car because you can’t use other types of transportation
  • Replacing your cell phone because it was damaged in the accident
  • Getting help at home if you’ve been injured (e.g. can’t use your hand)

Legal Fees

If the other driver blames the car accident on you, then you may have to defend yourself. This will result in you having legal fees. You may also have these fees if you must take your insurance company to court to get fair compensation.

Don’t dismiss this incident as not being serious enough to retain legal representation. Look at the costs that are involved and any legal situations you may find yourself in. By doing so you’ll see that contacting the Rojas Law Group is one of the best decisions you can make as you go through this ordeal. Don’t delay, call them today.

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Transporting your children to and from school can be dangerous. This is because the leading cause of accidents and injuries in Tampa to children stems from people not following car safety tips. With extra traffic on the roads during these times, your likelihood of being in a car accident increases. Such an accident can result in serious head or back injuries. Fortunately, there are some safety tips you can use to prevent car accidents from happening.

Know Who’s Responsible for Taking Your Children to School

You want to make sure that whomever is responsible for transporting your children to school is a responsible driver. When you let older siblings drive younger children to school, make sure that you talk to them first about making good choices while they’re behind the wheel.

Be Extremely Cautious Around School Buses

Not every child has been taught safety tips for school buses. As such, you should expect that children will run out in front of your vehicle and make other poor choices. It’s your job to be prepared for this to happen.

Watch for Pedestrians, Especially in School Zones

When children walk to and from school, they may use skateboards, scooters, and bikes. This means they could potentially be distracted. They may even be listening to music or playing with their friends as they move along to their destination. Although many parents have taught their children traffic safety tips, many parents have not. Regardless of whether they’ve been taught these things, children do sometimes forget these rules so you must be prepared for them to do surprising things and always maintain good car safety tips when you’re anywhere near a school.

Slow Down, Save a Life

If you’re caught speeding in a school zone, the fine is quite costly. Instead of speeding because you’re in a hurry, make sure you give yourself enough time to slow down while in a school zone – especially during bad weather.

Use age Appropriate Safety Systems in Your Vehicle

Your young children should be in age-appropriate car seats until they grow out of them. Older children should ride in booster seats until they’re tall enough to ride in your car without one. Regardless of what type of seat your child is riding in, the safest place for them to ride is in the back.

Entertain Your Children

Children can distract you by trying to tell you things or fighting amongst themselves. This is why it’s important to keep them distracted with games or activities. Doing so helps you maintain your focus on the road.

Watch out for the Sun

Sun causes significant glare, especially in the early morning and late afternoon. This is why you should always have sunglasses with you while driving.

Know who to Call When an Accident Occurs

Accidents aren’t always preventable – that’s why they’re called accidents. When one occurs make sure you call the Rojas Law Group right away. Located in Tampa, Florida, Personal Injury Attorney Juana Maria Rojas will help you understand your rights and get you the compensation you deserve so you can concentrate on healing and getting your life back to normal. Don’t delay when you’ve been injured in a car accident. Call him right away.

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Almost daily the question is posed by someone: “Do I need a car accident attorney?” The quick answer is there are certain times when you definitely will.

There’s Been Serious Injury, or Someone has Died in the Accident

If a person was seriously injured or killed in the accident, you need to immediately contact an experienced lawyer. These types of accidents can result in complicated lawsuits or you may even need to file a lawsuit of your own to recoup the cost of your injuries’ medical treatment. Regardless which side of the law you’re on, the court will need to consider all the complex issues that are involved to determine the amount of the settlement. Since this could be quite costly you don’t want to represent yourself. Your car accident attorney will know what is fair and be able to guide you through this process. This typically begins with a free consultation so you don’t initially have to worry about consulting with an attorney

You Need Ongoing Care so You Can’t Work

When you’re injured so badly you can’t return to work afterwards a lawyer ensures that you receive the maximum compensation possible. It’s their job to calculate the amount of compensation to which you’re entitled. As they do so they’ll take into account any time you’ve missed from work, as well as how much your medical treatment will cost both now and in the future.

More Than one Person was Injured

Accidents involving three or more vehicles, pedestrians, property, or commercial entities complicates your insurance claim’s settlement and negotiation process and may result in several lawsuits. When you’re injured in this type of accident you should contact a lawyer immediately to discuss your case. They’ll help you fight for the compensation you deserve while keeping your liability to the minimum. They’re also responsible for communicating with the other parties’ attorneys as well as all insurance companies involved – something that can save you a huge headache.

There was an Uninsured Motorist Involved

If anyone didn’t have insurance at the time of the accident, it’s important to get a car accident attorney immediately. Motorists are required to have insurance to pay for any accident they may cause while driving. Unfortunately, not everyone obeys the law and when this happens your lawyer will help you evaluate your options and, if necessary, file a civil lawsuit to recover your monetary damages.

Evidence Concerning the Accident Needs to be Collected

When you’re injured in a car accident a lawyer can help you collect and analyze evidence to show who’s at fault and the monetary amount of the damages that occurred. If you’re driving a newer vehicle this is easier because they’ll typically contain a “black box” that records critical information when an accident occurs. This information can be used to establish how fast your vehicle was moving during the time of the accident and if you’re wearing your seatbelt. To access the other driver’s black box you’ll need a court order.

There are Upcoming Settlement Talks

Typically, a car accident lawsuit is settled before going to trial. This means you’ll receive a settlement from the driver who’s at fault. Unfortunately, this is usually an unreasonably low amount of money. You don’t have to settle for anything that isn’t fair because if you do, you’ll give up your rights. This is why it’s important to understand the extent of your damages and injuries before you engage in any negotiations. This is where an experienced car accident attorney can oftentimes get you a more favorable settlement.

When you find yourself in need of a car accident attorney in Tampa, FL make sure you reach out to the Rojas Law Group. They have the experience you need on your side.

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There are over 250,000 scooter trips happening in Tampa, FL this year which is why safety is now a concern. As such, while the City Council is praising the city’s scooter program, it’s also asking for more information about safety and injuries. This isn’t because they’re out of touch with reality because City Council member John Dingfelder admits that while he enjoys going fast on his scooter, hitting a bump and almost falling off recently has him scared. However, transportation director Jean Duncan says that the city doesn’t always know about a scooter accident and its accompanying injuries unless it’s horrific.

Data Surrounding Scooters in Tampa, FL

Statistics are a bit concerning and include:

  • A Consumer Reports investigation found that over 1,500 people have been injured in a scooter accident since 2017.
  • The Centers for Disease Control said that during a three-month period 271 people received injuries from riding their scooters.
  • Dr. David Wein, director of emergency medicine at Tampa General Hospital says they’ve seen “a fair amount” of people who have received sprains, bruises, and concussions in scooter accidents.

Understanding the Data

Unfortunately, even with these statistics it’s difficult to come up with an exact number of injuries. This is mainly because the word “scooter” includes everything from medical scooters to mopeds. There’s also no way to know for sure whether the scooter is to blame when an accident does occur since medical journals publish the headlines that local governments and scooter companies tend to monitor and if there isn’t a hospital or law enforcement report attached to the record then nothing more is known than the accident has simply occurred.

There isn’t a centralized, comprehensive data source that contains this information. As such, some professionals are in discussion regarding creating a more comprehensive tracking method. This information would be gathered from hospital emergency rooms, police departments, and scooter companies.

The Center for Urban Transportation Research in Tampa is also working to create formalized reports. They’re looking at how many of these vehicles are legal. In addition, they’re evaluating the frequency, severity, and causes of scooter collisions as well as their economic and environmental impact.

Why Research is now Being Conducted

The city is also receiving complaints regarding scooter safety concerns (e.g. racing between pedestrians, too many people on the scooter, riding on sidewalks). According to city bicycle and pedestrian engineer Calvin Thornton Tampa isn’t getting this information from the four major vendors (Bird, Spin, Jump, Lime) even though they can do so. Thornton says it simply isn’t necessary and that the only information the city needs from them is in regard to scooter usage, ridership, and performance. This is because he doesn’t believe that people would use these apps to report their own injuries because then they’d be liable for any damages.

When you get in a scooter accident, you should at least make sure that you have an experienced law firm on your side. This is why you should have the number for the Rojas Law Group. If you’re injured while riding your scooter, make sure you give them a call right away.

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Most enthusiasts really enjoy motorcycle riding on an open road in the summer air. This is both fun and exciting but it’s important to always remember that accidents can happen – some of which may be deadly. Unfortunately, most of these accidents happen in the summertime, which is why it’s important to remember safety tips before hopping on your bike.

Inspect Your Bike

When your bike has sat for a while you should inspect its safety before riding it on the open road. Make sure you look at:

  • Tire tread and pressure
  • Head and brake lights
  • Turn signals

Bring the Proper Gear

You should never wear jeans, a t-shirt, or sandals when you go motorcycle riding. Although it’s tempting to dress this way since it’s hot outside, you should opt for the proper lightweight gear instead. It’ll help you stay cool while also keeping you protected. With this in mind, make sure you’re wearing gloves, a helmet, protective eyewear, and the correct footwear.

Motorcycle Riding in the Summertime

It’s quite common for motorcycle riders to suffer from heat exhaustion in the summertime. This is why you shouldn’t ride during the early to mid-afternoon. If you must ride during these times, make sure you stay well-hydrated, especially if you’re going on a longer trip.

Motorcycle Riding in the Rain

When you ride your motorcycle in wet, slippery conditions, you’re more likely to get into an accident. This is because rain makes it harder to see and makes it harder for your tires to grip the road, especially right after it starts raining because the road’s oil rises to the top then making them slick. If you must ride in the rain, make sure you don’t make any sudden maneuvers and that you’re gentle with your braking and steering. Pay attention for strong side winds too as they will push you sideways.

Watch for Road Hazards

Transitioning from winter to summer is hazardous on roads. Remember, your motorcycle has less contact with the pavement than a car does. Things like sand, wet leaves, and stones can easily cause your motorcycle to slide. Potholes and bumps that you barely notice in a car pose serious dangers for motorcycles. When you can’t avoid these things, at least slow down.

Verify Your Insurance

Don’t ride your motorcycle until you know that your insurance is both current and active. If it’s lapsed, you must buy a new policy before you hit the road. Make sure this policy offers you maximum bodily injury and uninsured motorist coverage. You also want property damage coverage. These things will make it possible for you to pay your medical bills if you do get into an accident while motorcycle riding.

Know Your Limits

As a motorcyclist you should know what your bike can and can’t do when it comes to speed, distance, and weather. Always keep these things in mind while riding your motorcycle so that you’re safe. When you’re traveling a long distance by motorcycle you should have a backup plan for when you encounter unexpected road or weather conditions.

Prepare for Your Passenger

When you’re riding with a passenger you should make sure you’re prepared to do so. For this you should have another helmet and secondary riding gear available. Make sure they also understand your bikes and your desires while they’re on it.

Conclusion

Even if you’re a highly experienced driver you should still take safety precautions when motorcycle riding. Preparation combined with a solid backup plan will go a long way here, but you never know when you may still get into an accident. If and when you do, make sure you contact the Rojas Law Group. They’ve helped many motorcyclists, such as yourself, over the years recover from accidents. You deserve to have them on your side so put their number on speed dial today.

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When you get into a car accident you should seriously consider hiring an experienced auto accident attorney to help you recover your losses, reduce the amount of paperwork you must do, and do away with the overall hassle that’s involved. Knowing when to hire legal aid can mean the difference between resolving your case fairly and owing a lot of money for damages. There are a few things you should know to determine when to hire legal help after a car accident.

Reasons for Hiring an Auto Accident Attorney

Car accidents happen every day. In fact, they make up most personal injury claims in the United States today. While a lot of these are minor accidents that you can handle by contacting your insurance company, when there’s physical injury or significant damage you should seek experienced legal representation. They can help ensure that your losses are covered.

What to Look for in an Attorney

There are many issues an auto accident attorney can handle for you. These include personal injury, property damage, wrongful death, and liability issues. Make sure you look at an attorney’s experience, commitment, skill level, location, and fees. Most lawyers will accept cases on a contingency meaning “no win, no fee” if they feel you have a solid case. If you do win, your attorney will get a percentage of your personal injury award – anywhere from one-third to 40% of its total depending on the state that you live in. You may still need to pay attorney fees though since these are out-of-pocket expenses that are associated with your case.

When to Hire an Attorney

Make sure you hire an auto accident attorney right away so you don’t make any costly mistakes. The deadline for doing so varies depending on the state you live in. However, the sooner, the better since you may have medical bills to pay or you may need to recover lost wages. This is why you should never wait any more than a few weeks and you should always make this contact before you reach a settlement with any insurance company that’s involved.

What to ask Your Attorney

Before you choose which attorney, you want to work with, make sure you have all the facts about the accident written down, including information about injuries and financial losses. You should also have your insurance policy, any information that was exchanged at the time of the accident, medical records, and any other documents ready when you meet with your attorney. At your first meeting, before signing any contracts, you should ask the attorney:

  • How much of your practice is devoted to car accident cases?
  • How much experience do you have with cases like the one I’ve been involved in?
  • How much of a settlement should I expect?
  • How much of the case do you handle?
  • What’s your fee structure?
  • Are there any out-of-pocket fees that I must cover?

When you’re ready to hire an auto accident attorney, make sure you contact the Rojas Law Group. They will prove an invaluable resource to you after your accident like they have for many others over the years so make sure you contact them today.

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When you purchase auto insurance, Florida law requires that the insurance agent have you select, in writing, whether or not you want to purchase UM/UIM coverage. You will be asked to sign a form similar to the attached. People usually have no clue as to what they’re signing what they are giving up if they select the box that I hereby reject UM/UIM coverage. This coverage is extremely important to have. In Florida, a vehicle can be registered with PIP and property damage liability insurance only. There is no requirement that bodily injury liability coverage be purchased. And on top of that, there is a high number of drivers which are flat out completely uninsured.

UM/UIM coverage steps into the shoes of every driver in the state of Florida. If you are struck by an uninsured or underinsured motorist, your UM/UIM coverage will step in and compensate you for the injuries caused by the at fault driver. Your UM/UIM policy will protect you against drivers who are completely uninsured and drivers who do not carry enough bodily injury coverage to compensate you for your injuries.

I have handled cases where the other driver was completely uninsured and my client had a great UM/UIM policy and was able to be fully compensated for injuries. I have also handled cases where the at fault driver had minimal bodily injury coverage of $10,000 yet my client had a $100,000 UM/UIM policy and thus was able to be fully compensated. I have also handled horrible cases where my client ended up with $300,000 in medical bills and the at fault party only had a $10,000 liability policy and no UM/UIM policy. My client would not be compensated at all and would end up owing thousands of dollars in bills.

My advice is spend the money and purchase stacked UM/UIM. When you have multiple cars, your stacked UM/UIM coverage is multiplied by the number of cars that you have on your policy.

If you have any questions about automobile insurance, I give free evaluations. Please feel free to call my office and when you come in, bring your policy declarations page so I can see what you have purchased.

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Riding a motorcycle is so much fun and especially in Florida’s great weather. You can move in and out of traffic easier than you can in a car, the wind is in your hair, you feel free and almost invincible because motorcycles are so quick to respond. I know this because I used to ride a motorcycle.

But it’s a fact that Florida leads the nation in motorcycle fatalities. Motorcyclists account for 19% of the state’s traffic fatalities. And even if the cyclist is not killed, the injuries can be devastating. A cyclist can use all the skill and caution in the world but if a driver decides to make a left turn into the side of your bike, there is very little you can do.

Take precautions by making sure that your headlights are working and wear a helmet, bright clothes and protective gear whenever you can.

If you do have a motorcycle accident, I understand the devastating loss you are experiencing and am available 24/7. I really do care about my clients and will visit you in the hospital or home without any obligation.

If you need an experienced personal injury attorney in Tampa, FL, contact Juana Maria Rojas today for a free case review.

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