Miami Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Filing a Motorcycle Injury Lawsuit in Florida
Many people like to stereotype motorcyclists and associate them with recklessness
and danger, but the truth is that drivers, including those in Florida,
are responsible for a majority of motorcycle accidents and related injuries
and deaths. In fact, the University of South Florida’s Center for
Urban Transportation Research found that 60 percent of motorcycle accidents
involving other vehicles were caused by the other vehicle, not the motorcyclist.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be suffering from
painful and severe injuries. Don’t worry about your medical bills
and lost wages – call the caring team at
Rossman, Baumberger, Reboso & Spier, P.A. Our Miami motorcycle accident lawyers have over 200 years of collective
experience that we use to get our clients the compensation they deserve
when they’ve been
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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
As is the case with
car accidents, most motorcycle accidents are caused by driver error and are thus entirely
preventable. A large number of motorcycle accidents are caused when cars
attempt left-hand turns and turn into the path of a motorcyclist.
Other common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
Lane splitting: This refers to the act of riding your motorcycle between two lanes, which
is often done to weave through traffic. However, many drivers aren’t
looking out for oncoming motorcyclists and may not see you before suddenly
Reckless driving: Careless or reckless driving refers to driving that violates traffic laws
or is perceived as dangerous and failing to signal or check your blind
spots before changing lanes is considered reckless. Motorcyclists are
often injured because drivers don’t see them in their blind spots
before they change lanes and collide with them.
Drunk driving: Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol (or drugs) have impaired
judgment and cognitive functions. They may be less likely to see a motorcyclist
riding alongside them and more likely to run a red light or stop sign
and collide with a passing motorcycle.
Damages We Can Recover
In auto accidents, motorcyclists typically suffer the most severe injuries,
many of which can be classified as catastrophic. This is because motorcyclists
have little protecting them beyond a helmet – any collision will
likely send them flying off their bikes. Drivers and passengers of vehicles,
however, are protected by seat belts and airbags. According to research,
motorcyclists are 5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants
to be injured and 27 times more likely to die in an accident. Common injuries
associated with motorcycle accidents include head and brain injuries,
spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and more.
The more serious the injury, the more expensive it can be to heal. Our
team can take all your costs into consideration so we can secure the full
amount you need. With over $900 million recovered for our clients throughout
Florida, you can trust us to help you.
Damages you may have accrued include:
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emergency medical expenses like surgery and hospitalization
- Future costs of medical care
You deserve to be represented by a team that has your best interests in
mind after a traumatic accident – our firm can be that team.
Who is Liable After a Motorcycle Accident?
After a motorcycle accident, you may be wondering who can be held responsible
for your damages. You may also be wondering whether you contributed to
the accident, too. In these situations, it’s important to not admit
fault or say anything that may allow others to think you’re partly
to blame. Hiring a motorcycle accident attorney in Miami is important
because they can take over communication with insurance adjusters and
protect you from those who wish to put the blame on you.
Even if you are at fault for your accident, Florida follows the comparative
fault rule, meaning that as long as you are not 100 percent at fault,
you may be able to recover financial compensation. In many cases, however,
the driver is usually at fault for negligence, though if a faulty part
in your motorcycle caused your accident, the motorcycle manufacturer can
be held accountable.
What Injuries Can You Get from a Motorcycle Accident?
Injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents are often classified as "catastrophic."
This is because motorcycles provide little protection in the event of
an accident and often result in the rider being flung from their bike
upon impact. These types of injuries can often be life-altering, or even
fatal. Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries include:
Can You Get PTSD from a Motorcycle Accident?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (also known as PTSD) is a condition that
some people may develop following a traumatic experience, including serious
motorcycle accidents. Some of the symptoms of PTSD may include:
- Experiencing flashbacks or nightmares of the incident
- Feeling on-edge, stressed or jumpy following the accident
- Avoiding remembering the accident
If you believe you are suffering from PTSD following your motorcycle accident,
you may have grounds for pursuing compensation. Emotional damage is a
real injury that can affect your life in multiple ways and can also affect
your ability to work following the accident. Contact our lawyers today
to discuss your motorcycle accident lawsuit.
What Does a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Do?
Knowing what your next move should be after your bike accident can be daunting.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers can offer help with the following:
- Providing guidance on what to say or not to say to the insurance company
- Filing the proper paperwork correctly and on-time
- Working out payment plans or delayed billing for emergency medical treatment
- Answering any questions you may have about the legal process and your case
- Dealing with the insurance company on your behalf
- Calculating a fair settlement amount for your injuries
How Long Do You Have to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
Florida's personal injury statute of limitations allows motorcycle accident
victims to file a claim for up to 4 years following the date of their
accident. If you wait longer than this you will essentially forfeit your
right to pursue compensation and any claim you file will most likely be
dismissed. Because of the statute of limitations, it's extremely important
that you don't delay in contacting an attorney after your accident. At
the end of the day, you case stands the best chance of winning when the
evidence is fresh (whether it be video evidence, eyewitness testimony,
etc.) Don't wait! Call our team of motorcycle accident lawyers today!
Ready to file a motorcycle accident claim? Call
(305) 900-5493 today for a
free consultation. Our motorcycle accident lawyers in Miami serve clients statewide and
are dedicated to helping you recover.