There are few places in America better than the Gulf Coast to own a motorcycle. With warm summers and mild winters, motorcyclists from across the country travel to Florida and the panhandle each year. Yet in 2010, there were over 7,000 motorcycle crashes in Florida, and 350 motorcyclists were killed.

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in almost 90% of all motorcycle accidents in 2010, there were injuries reported. The reality is, if you or a loved one are involved in a motorcycle accident, there will be injuries; and if so, you know firsthand the tremendous damages that can result. Michles & Booth understands the unique challenges of motorcycle cases. In fact, the senior partner, Marcus Michles, has been an avid motorcycle enthusiast for over 30 years, and has represented countless of motorcycle accident victims.


When local attorney and motorcycle enthusiast Terry Boutwell was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident, the accident report placed the responsibility on Mr. Boutwell, which is not unusual. Mr. Boutwell’s family hired Michles & Booth, P.A., to represent them and determine if Mr. Boutwell had caused the accident. The lawyers and the Investigation Department at Michles & Booth, P.A., knew motorcyclists are often blamed for accidents for a variety of reasons, such as eyewitnesses over-estimating the motorcycle’s speed as the sounds and rpms of motorcycles are often misleading to even the most fair-minded witness. In the end, Michles & Booth, P.A., successfully litigated the case to the benefit of Mr. Boutwell’s surviving son.


Motorcycle cases are not the same as car accident cases for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that Florida insurance no-fault laws do not apply to motorcycle accidents. In most instances, this simple difference in insurance laws significantly changes the way medical bills are handled as well as the ultimate case value. Because motorcycle crashes almost always result in injuries, you should contact the attorneys at Michles & Booth, P.A., immediately if you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident. Don’t let yourself be a victim twice.

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