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Compassionate Help From a Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Incidents involving motorcycles can have devastating, often life-threatening effects

Hiring a motorcycle accident attorney can help ensure you receive the compensation you need to deal with these losses.

Our team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau in Daytona Beach, FL, is here for you...

What to Do after a Motorcycle Accident

Stay on the Scene

It is important to stay on the scene after an accident until you can talk to the police. Move your vehicles out of traffic if you can.

Get Help

Even if the accident is relatively minor, you should contact the police. Make sure to get medical care for anyone who is injured.

Exchange Information

Speak to other drivers and exchange contact and insurance information. It is also a good idea to speak to any witnesses and get their contact information as well.

Gather Evidence

If you can do so safely, take photographs of the scene of the accident. You should also document all injuries and damage.

Contact an Attorney

As soon as possible after your accident, reach out to the motorcycle accident attorneys at Chanfrau & Chanfrau. We can advise you on your next steps during a free consultation.

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Motorcyclists Are Disproportionately Affected by Accidents

Motorcycle accident infographic

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Despite making up only three percent of all registered vehicles in the United States, motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2016.

Understanding the Cause of Your Accident Is Essential to Your Case

There are many different situations on the road that can result in a motorcycle accident. Determining what caused the incident can help our attorneys, serving Daytona Beach and Palm Coast, to identify who is at fault for your injuries.

In some cases, multiple factors can contribute to your accident. Our team can investigate every aspect of your case to determine what caused your injuries.

Most Victims of Motorcycle Accidents Choose One of Two Legal Paths

Insurance Claim

The most common route to compensation after an accident is filing an insurance claim. It can often be difficult to collect a fair level of compensation due to stereotypes of motorcyclists being reckless, which most insurance companies will exploit. Our team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau, serving Daytona Beach and Palm Coast, can negotiate with the insurance provider on your behalf.

Filing a Lawsuit

If the insurance company refuses to pay or does not offer a fair amount of compensation, you may have the option to file a lawsuit against them or another party. Our attorneys can investigate your accident and build a strong case for damages

Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Can:

Investigate Your Case

Motorcycle accidents are complex and require an advanced understanding of Florida's motor vehicle laws. Our team can investigate the incident and gather evidence to support your claim.

Negotiate on Your Behalf

Whether you need help dealing with the insurance company or are pursuing a settlement from liable parties, our attorneys can speak on your behalf to ensure you are treated fairly.

Represent You in Court

If an agreement cannot be reached outside the courtroom, our team can provide aggressive, dedicated representation to help you collect damages for your injuries.

Types of Motorcycle Accidents

Multiple-Vehicle Accidents 

According to statistics, the majority of motorcycle accidents involve collisions with other vehicles, and most often, the motorcycle is struck by the car or truck. Many drivers do not adequately look for motorcycles and fail to detect their presence. â€‹Head-on collisions or strikes from the rear can be devastating when a cyclist is ejected from his or her vehicle.

Single-Vehicle Accidents

Some accidents occur when a driver loses control and runs into a stationary object such as a tree or wall. Inexperienced motorcyclists may use excessive speed around a sharp turn or have trouble maintaining control in severe weather or rough road conditions. Sometimes accidents result from a faulty component on the bike, and product liability may be involved.

Commercial Vehicles

Large vehicles such as semi-trucks and 18-wheelers are a concern for anyone on the road, but a motorcyclist is especially vulnerable. A truck's blind spot is sizable, and the driver is likely to be unaware that a motorcycle is near. The commercial trucking industry is strictly regulated, and we can identify negligence on the part of a truck driver and other parties.

Filing a Claim for Damages

Many people fail to realize the scope of damages that they may be entitled to. We stress to our clients that damages can be awarded for both quantitative and qualitative losses. As legal professionals, it is our duty to fight for maximum compensation for our clients.

In the event of a motorcycle accident, you or a loved may be entitled to damages for:

Pain and Suffering

Recovering from a severe injury involves both physical and emotional pain. Regardless of the quality of your medical care, healing involves physical pain and can often cause the sufferer to experience feelings of depression. We are here to make certain you are compensated for your pain and suffering in addition to other losses.

Medical Expenses

Many victims in motorcycle accidents believe that they can only collect compensation for property damage and immediate medical expenses. Though victims are entitled to compensation for these losses, the medical expenses that can be reimbursed aren't limited to those strictly related to the post-accident treatment. Future related medical expenses can be covered, too.


In addition to related medical expenses, victims may be able to receive compensation for rehabilitation and recovery expenses. This may include physical therapy, speech therapy, emotional therapy, and other rehabilitative services. Being involved in a motorcycle accident can have a significant impact on your quality of life, and often requires a lengthy recovery. Unfortunately, most motorcyclists do not typically recover quickly following a collision with another vehicle.

Loss of Wages

If you are out of work for an extended period of time, suffer a loss of earning capacity as a result of your accident, or are left unable to work due to a permanent disability, our team will commit ourselves to obtaining the maximum amount of damages possible in order to provide you and your family with the financial security you deserve. Rest assured, at Chanfrau & Chanfrau, we have your best interests in mind.

Victims Should Act Quickly to Avoid Missing Their Chance for Compensation

In Florida, anyone injured in a motor vehicle crash has four years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. Known as a statute of limitations, this law can prevent you from receiving compensation if you do not act quickly.

However, if you wish to file a wrongful death claim after a motorcycle accident, you only have two years from the date of death

It is important to reach out to our team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau as soon as possible after an accident to ensure that evidence is collected and that you file all of your documentation within the time limits of your case. Our attorneys are prepared to help clients in the greater Daytona Beach area, including Palm Coast, collect restitution.

Florida's Motorcycle Scene

With plenty of sunshine and retirees, Florida is a state that attracts motorcycle riders year-round. In fact, Florida has the second highest number of registered motorcycles in the nation. Daytona Bike Week is an annual national event that adds more than 500,000 bikes to the normal springtime traffic in the area. Each year, many accidents are reported, including collisions between motorcycles.

Photo of Daytona Bike Week
Daytona Bike Week

Daytona Bike Week

Despite the increased number of accidents during this event, credit should be given to the Daytona Beach/Volusia County law enforcement agencies for planning ahead to slow down traffic and make pedestrian crosswalks in congested areas such as the Iron Horse Saloon and Destination Daytona to reduce the risk to bikers and pedestrians alike. In 2006, Twenty-six deaths were reported and 2009 we only had seven deaths reported. Bike Week in Florida has become a national event, and with the large number of motorcycles in the area at one time, accident rates go up. Many accidents during Daytona Bike Week occur because of inexperienced or impaired drivers, and many others occur because of negligent drivers. With many motorcyclists in one place at one time, there have also been incidents of collisions with each other.

For motorcyclists planning to attend Bike Week in Florida, extra precautions should be taken since many other bikers will be on the road. Motorcyclists should always wear protective helmets, obey traffic laws, keep a sharp eye to their surroundings, and be wary of other drivers who may not see them. Drivers of motorbikes should also make sure to take out uninsured motorist insurance in order to protect their finances in the event of an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver.

Sigfried's Auto Accident Story

Sigfried was involved in an auto accident where he was severely injured. His injuries left him out of work as a police officer. The attorneys at Chanfrau & Chanfrau were able to recover maximum compensation so Sigfried could recover in peace.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists face a significant risk of injury or death in the event of a vehicle collision, as the bike and its rider will typically sustain the brunt of the damage. As a result, it is important that motorcyclists remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings. Being familiar with the most common causes of motorcycle accidents can help you avoid them. These common causes include:

Inattentive Drivers

Motorcycles have a much smaller profile than cars and trucks. Furthermore, most drivers simply do not take extra care to look for riders. Consequently, motorcyclists are commonly involved in vehicle collisions because an inattentive driver failed to notice them.

Drivers Failing to Yield

Motorcyclists face significant danger when a driver fails to yield, as there are other hazards all around them. When a motorist fails to yield to a motorcyclist, it can result in severe injury or even death.

A motorcycle rider lying on the hood of a car after an accident
Motorcyclists face significant danger when a driver fails to yield, as there are other hazards all around them.

Drivers Failing to Signal

Many motorists find it difficult to properly judge the speed of motorcycles, or pay motorcyclists little attention because they feel safe within the confines of their automobile. A failure to signal can result in a car turning into your path from the other direction or transitioning into your lane without warning.

Drivers Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs

Accidents related to alcohol or drugs result in thousands of deaths each year. If a motorist collided with you, ran you off the road, or caused you to crash in some other manner because he or she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, we can help you pursue financial compensation.

Drivers Who Follow Too Closely

A motorist who follows too closely can easily cause a rear-end collision. When two cars are involved, rear-end collisions often result in little more than a scratch or two. When the person being struck is a motorcyclist, a rear-end collision can be incredibly dangerous.

Road Rage

Unfortunately, many motorists seem to have an irrational dislike of motorcyclists and bicyclists. If you were involved in a vehicle collision or auto accident because a fellow motorist acted with a gross disregard to your personal safety, we will do everything possible to see that you are justly compensated.

A driver pointing angrily out of his car window
The risks motorcyclists face on the road are often doubled by car drivers' aggression towards them. 

Accidents with Cars Making Left Hand Turns

Left hand turns account for 42 percent of motorcycle accidents involving a car. In such instances, drivers of larger vehicles do not see the motorcyclist approaching and strike the rider on the side. This frequently happens at intersections when the motorcyclists is going straight and the car driver is turning. It can also happen while a motorcyclist is passing a car that suddenly turns. While the driver is more often found at fault, the court may find that a motorcyclist is partially or fully to blame if they were speeding or in the wrong lane.

Motorcycle Lane Splitting

When a motorcyclist rides between lanes of stopped or slowed vehicles, it is known as lane splitting. While legal in some states, it is illegal in Florida. Lane splitting is illegal largely because it is so dangerous. Motorcyclists are easily struck by cars changing lanes, or even when cars move within the same lane. In most cases, motorcyclists splitting lanes in Florida will be found at-fault for related accidents, unless they can show that the driver contributed to the accident in some way, such as using a cell phone while driving.

Motorcycle Crashes with Fixed Objects

Crashes with trees, medians, parked cars, and other fixed objects account for about a quarter of all motorcycle accident deaths. In comparison, other vehicular deaths due to striking a fixed object is about 18 percent. The obvious reason for the higher mortality rate among motorcycle riders is that their vehicle is less protective and makes them more vulnerable to bodily harm.

Crashes with trees, medians, parked cars, and other fixed objects account for about a quarter of all motorcycle accident deaths.

Dangerous Road Conditions

Motorcyclists are more often affected by hazardous road conditions, such as debris in the road or inclement weather, compared to other vehicle types. The smaller wheels and greater instability of a motorcycle mean that hazards like roadkill or wet asphalt are more dangerous than they are for cars or trucks. Some conditions and obstacles that are hazardous to motorcycles, but not other vehicles, include:

  • Leaves
  • Gravel
  • Bumpy or uneven roads
  • Railway tracks
  • Painted surfaces (especially when wet)
  • Oil on the road
  • Expansion joints

While a motorcyclist can do their best to avoid these obstacles, there may not always be enough time or space to do so.

High Performance Motorcycles

Sport motorcycles represent a relatively small proportion of motorcycles on the road, but these bikes make up a disproportionately high number of accidents. This is because these fast vehicles are much lighter and much less stable than conventional motorcycles. While this makes them faster, it also makes them much more dangerous. Additionally, the drivers of sport bikes tend to be younger than riders of cruisers and other larger and heavier motorcycles. The combination of a fast, light bike driven at high speeds by a younger driver is the reason for the high incidence of serious and deadly sport motorcycle accidents.

Inclement Weather

Bad weather is much more dangerous for a motorcyclist than a driver. Not only do sleet, ice, snow, and rain make it difficult to steer a bike on the road, the motorcyclist is unprotected and is literally hit by falling precipitation. Wind can also have a huge negative effect on a bike, causing it to go faster, slower, or push it to the side.

Motorcycle drivers should avoid riding in inclement weather if at all possible. If you must ride in harsh elements, take extra care and wear the proper equipment.

Site of a motorcycle crash
According to statistics, the majority of motorcycle accidents involve collisions with other vehicles, and most often, the motorcycle is struck by the car or truck. 

DUI Accidents: Catastrophic Consequences for Motorcyclists

Motorcycle accidents involving DUI (driving under the influence) can be especially detrimental to riders and cause serious, long-lasting, and even fatal injuries. For this reason, motorists should pay extra attention and look out for motorcyclists on the road. If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident and it was determined that alcohol played a role, let a motorcycle DUI accident lawyer from our law firm help. 

Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Mr. Chanfrau tells us about motorcycle accidents and how his law firm can help you recover compensation for damages. He explains that motorcycle laws are different than regular car accident laws. The personal attention and compassion provided by Mr. Chanfrau and his associates have earned them a reputation of excellence.

Conducting an Investigation in a Motorcycle Accident Case

Bikers are especially vulnerable on the road. They have no metal shell surrounding and shielding them from external hazards, or seat belts and airbags to protect them in the event of a collision. Motorcyclists are totally exposed and incredibly vulnerable to injury and death in any motor vehicle accident – even low-speed collisions. This vulnerability is what motivates us to protect the rights of motorcyclists. We recognize that as a biker, you have the same rights and privileges on the road as anyone else. Rest assured, we will protect those rights and fight on your behalf.

In order to file a claim, we will first conduct a thorough investigation of your accident. Though investigations will likely be conducted by law enforcement officials and the respective parties' insurance companies, we believe it is important to have an unbiased and objective investigation from a third-party. As legal professionals, we can provide this service. Should there be any conflict or disagreement between the involved parties, our investigation can help establish the true cause of the accident.

Working with accident reconstruction experts, forensics experts, law enforcement officials, and witnesses, we can paint an accurate picture of the circumstances surrounding your accident and establish a definitive cause. If it is established through police records or other means that a motorist was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident, then negligence can be shown and a personal injury claim can be filed for damages.

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Bunnell Motorcycle Accidents

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Chanfrau & Chanfrau

Left to right: William M. Chanfrau Jr., Kelly Chanfrau, and W.M. Chanfrau, Sr.

Chanfrau & Chanfrau has been serving Floridians in Daytona Beach and the surrounding areas since 1976. With three attorneys and two locations, we can help you after an accident or injury. We are proud of our many achievements, including inclusion in:

  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • The National Trial Attorneys Top 100 List
  • Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite

For more information about our legal services, contact our firm online or call (386) 258-7313 today.

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