Motorcycles are one of the most thrilling ways to get around Miami. They’re also one of the most dangerous, as motorcyclists are vulnerable to the cars and trucks they share the road with. An accident on a motorcycle can be truly devastating. Motorcyclists who are hurt by a negligent motorist need as much help as they can get with costly medical bills.
Unfortunately, insurance companies can make the process of filing a claim daunting and stressful, compounding the trauma of the accident. Our motorcycle attorneys in Miami understand the difficulties of negotiating with the insurance company and will fight on your behalf to try and recover the financial compensation you need to pay for your medical expenses and get your life back to normal.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident caused by another motorist while riding a motorcycle, we may be able to help. Fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation today to learn more about what our attorneys may be able to do for you.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Injuries due to motorcycle accidents can be severe, as motorcyclists don’t have the protection of crumple zones, airbags, bumpers, and other safety features found in cars and trucks. Motorcyclists are often flung from their bikes, crushed between vehicles and objects, and hurt in other dramatic and costly ways.
A motorcycle accident and the subsequent injuries and disfigurement can also cause mental anguish, anxiety, and trauma for the victim. Among the most common injuries that occur due to a motorcycle accident are:
- Broken and fractured bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain damage
- Neck injury
Head injuries are especially common and devastating for motorcyclists who do not wear helmets. 41 percent of motorcyclists who died in 2010 were not wearing a helmet, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, in fact, traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of motorcycle crash death.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Motorcyclists are often put at risk by car and truck drivers. It can be difficult for motorists to see motorcyclists in their blind spots, but sometimes drivers resent the presence of motorcyclists on the road, and their behavior on the road can reflect that attitude. This can take the form of reckless lane-shifting, making left-turns without checking for approaching motorcycles, and other reckless driving. Here are some motorcycle accident statistics, according to the Insurance Information Institute:
- Motorcyclists are 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled
- 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2015
- 4,976 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2015, up 8.3 percent from 2014
- Older motorcyclists account for more than half of all motorcyclist fatalities.
If the accident was severe enough to cause the death of a motorcyclist, our motorcycle accident attorneys can help the family of the victim file a wrongful death suit against the motorist responsible for the crash. This suit may pursue compensation for loss of income, final expenses, and mental anguish.
How a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Miami Can Help
Our motorcycle accident attorneys in Miami will fight on your behalf to prove that the other party’s negligence caused the accident and your injuries by:
- Gathering photographic evidence of your injuries and damage to your motorcycle
- Interviewing witnesses to the accident
- Reviewing your medical records and the severity of your injuries
- Obtaining records of the accident report
- Checking sobriety tests, if available
- Reviewing the driving history of all motorists involved
Your attorney will use all of this information to bolster your claim that the other party was at fault and is responsible for medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitation for filing a motorcycle accident lawsuit in Florida is four years after the date of the accident, according to state law. Therefore, it is essential to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible if you believe you are the victim of a motorcycle accident caused by a reckless motorist.
How Much Does a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Cost?
Our motorcycle accident attorneys in Miami work on a contingency-fee basis, which means no upfront costs to you. You pay a reasonable fee only if your attorney prevails in recovery compensation for your damages.
What Can I Recover From a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit?
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by another motorist’s negligent actions, you may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and more. To learn more about what our Miami motorcycle accident attorneys can do for you, fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form today.