Vehicle Injury

Vehicle Injury

Vehicle

Martinez Law, your Tampa personal injury attorney, is dedicated to helping people who have been injured in automobile, motorcycle, boating, trucking, bicycle, or pedestrian accidents. We know that being injured in an automotive accident turns your life upside down and we’re here to help.

In many cases we help our clients recover the cost of their medical bills, lost income, damage to property as well as pain and suffering. We will pursue your case against the at-fault driver’s insurance company.

Automobile

If you were injured on the road, make sure you seek out medical treatment immediately after the accident. The new PIP law went into effect July 1, 2012. The following are some of the highlights on how consumers are affected:

  • Medical care must be received within 14 days after an accident
  • The full $10,000 coverage only applies to emergency medical conditions
  • Non-emergency conditions are capped at $2,500
  • Massage and acupuncture are not covered by PIP

All drivers in Florida should be aware of these changes but should not rely on the insurance companies alone when an accident occurs. Insurance companies have a stake in declaring injuries non-emergency conditions. The insurance companies will act in the best interest of their stockholders to pay as little as possible when settling your claim. They are quick to offer a small payment right after the accident in the hope that you will accept and sign a release waiving your legal rights. It often takes time for your physicians to determine the extent of injuries suffered.

Boating

Each boating accident is different and needs to be analyzed carefully by an experienced personal lawyer to determine the victim’s rights. There are different time limits for filing a lawsuit based on the body of water where the boating accident occurred, and different compensation limits based on the value of the boat, whether you are a guest on the boat, whether the owner is present on the boat, or you are an employee who is injured on a boat. Hiring an attorney experienced in maritime law is important. Martinez Law is adept at navigating the waters of boating accident cases and can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

Trucking

If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, you need an experienced personal injury attorney that knows how to deal with the unique nuances of accidents involving commercial trucks or construction vehicles. Martinez Law knows the highly specific federal and state regulations that govern commercial trucks and construction vehicles. We will investigate all potential truck accident causes in order to demonstrate any and all forms of negligence that led to your truck accident injuries.

Martinez Law will investigate to see if truck accident was a result of driver fatigue, lack of training, or if faulty equipment or inadequate vehicle maintenance contributed to the cause of the truck accident. We will hold insurers accountable to their obligations and fight to make trucking companies or other corporate entities provide proper compensation to you the victim.

Motorcycle

Martinez Law is an experienced personal injury firm that understands the complex aspects of Florida motorcycle accident cases including Florida laws pertaining to motorcyclists. Florida law does not require motorcycle drivers have personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. Since 2000 Florida law, no longer requires that motorcyclists over the age of 21 wear a helmet. Martinez Law has the resources for motorcycle accident reconstruction, to investigate the roadway design and architecture as it relates to motorcyclists and to find out if there were motorcycle design and or manufacturing issues that may have resulted in a products liability defect claim.

All motorcycle accidents are fact-specific and unique. Protect your legal rights and get the compensation you deserve.

Bicycle

Under Florida Law, bicycles are treated as vehicles and riders as other “drivers.” Cyclists must therefore follow the same traffic rules common to all drivers. A bicyclist riding on a sidewalk or crosswalk has the same duties and responsibilities as a pedestrian. Every bicycle must be equipped with brakes and lighting equipment that make the bike visible from 500 feet away. Any rider or passenger younger than 16 years-old must also wear a bicycle helmet that is properly fitted, securely fastened, and meets national consumer safety standards.

At-fault drivers may be liable in damages for any injury proximately caused by their negligence. Such cases can be complex and require an experienced personal injury attorney that specializes in bicycle accidents.

Pedestrian

When a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, the results can be grim.

Pedestrian accidents frequently result in child injury. Because children are small and less visible, and because they are more likely to dart into the street, children are at a higher risk of becoming involved in pedestrian accidents. Drivers are expected to exercise the utmost care around children, especially while driving near a school or park.

The US Department of Transportation notes that traffic speed is often the most critical aspect to street walk-ability and pedestrian safety. Streets that post faster speeds are more likely to have pedestrian safety problems. At high speeds, motorists may not be able to spot pedestrians or stop in time to avoid a crash.