Miami Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Many Miamians love the sense of freedom that comes with enjoying the state’s beautiful landscape on a motorcycle. Unfortunately, the drivers of other motor vehicles don’t always look out for motorcycle riders on South Florida’s roads and highways.
Motorcycle riders are significantly more likely to be injured or killed in a road accident than the drivers of cars and trucks. But, whenever someone else’s negligence causes an accident in which someone is injured, the injured party may be entitled to substantial compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident in the Greater Miami Area, hiring an experienced Miami motorcycle accident lawyer is your best course of action. Call Lorenzo Law at (305) 999-5411 for a free consultation.
Motorcycle Accidents Statistics
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, almost 100,000 people are injured and more than 5,000 are killed in motorcycle accidents in the United States every year. What’s more, Florida is one of the 5 states with the highest number of motorcycle deaths each year.
In addition, the following statistics are true for motorcycle accident in Miami and across the country:
- More than 80% of all reported motorcycle accidents result in injury or death
- Motorcycle riders are 27 times more likely to die in accidents than passenger car occupants and 5 times more likely to be injured
- 42% of motorcycle accidents occur when a motor vehicle was turning left while the motorcycle was going straight or passing
- 70% of motorcycle fatalities occur in urban areas
Miami Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Because they are not protected by the frame of a car or truck, and due the speeds typically involved in motorcycle accidents, motorcycle riders generally suffer more serious injuries than the occupants of passenger vehicles. The most common injuries suffered by Miami motorcycle riders who were involved in a motorcycle accident are as follows:
- Leg and foot injuries – broken bones, ankle sprains, cuts, and bruises
- Arm and hand injuries – dislocations, muscle ruptures, tendon injuries, and ligament damage
- Back injuries – severe complications up to and including paralysis
- Head and neck injuries – including traumatic brain injuries, whiplash, skull fractures, and facial damage
- Organ damage and internal injuries – spinal cord damage, collapsed lungs, and internal bleeding
- Road rash – abrasion and deep lacerations
The cost of treating these injuries can be very pricey. According to some studies, the typical cost of medical care for a motorcycle rider who was injured in an accident is around $37,500, even if he or she was wearing a helmet when the accident occurred.
Common Causes of Miami Motorcycle Accidents
From recklessness to carelessness, motorcycle accidents happen every day and are often due to another person’s negligence. The most common causes of Miami motorcycle accidents include:
- Alcohol or drug use;
- Texting or distracted driving;
- Dangerous passenger behavior;
- Distracted or inexperienced riders;
- Inexperienced motorists;
- Unsafe lane changes;
- Open car doors;
- Lane splitting;
- Blind spots;
- Dangerous road conditions; and
- Motorcycle defects
Our law firm will thoroughly investigate your Miami motorcycle accident case to help determine what caused it and who is responsible for your injuries and losses.
Compensation for a Miami Motorcycle Accident
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in the Greater Miami Area, our Miami motorcycle accident lawyers may be able to get you compensation for your:
- Medical bills (past and future);
- Lost wages (past and future);
- Pain and suffering; and
- Other accident-related expenses.
In addition, if your loved one lost their life as a result of a motorcycle accident, his or her spouse, parents, children, and estate may be able to recover compensation under a wrongful death claim. This claim can be filed against the at-fault party to shift the burden of the financial losses resulting from the decedent’s death from his or her family and estate to those who are responsible.
How an Experienced Miami Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help
By law, motorcycles have the same rights as any other motor vehicle on the road. However, despite having a greater chance of being injured in an accident, motorcycle riders have much more difficulty succeeding in motorcycle accident claims than drivers pursuing car accident claims.
Courts and juries can be extremely biased against motorcycle riders because they are stereotyped as risky drivers. These negative stereotypes can prevent you from obtaining the fair compensation you are entitled to receive.
What’s more, insurance companies routinely do whatever they can to limit their obligation to pay insurance claims, and will certainly take advantage of these negative stereotypes to minimize any settlement in your motorcycle accident case.
The good news, however, is that you don’t have to fight these stereotypes alone. A skilled Miami motorcycle accident attorney can fight with you to overcome these biases, help you hold those responsible for your injuries and losses accountable for their actions, and ensure that you do not recover less than what you are entitled to under the law.
Contact Lorenzo Law Today
The Miami motorcycle accident lawyers at Lorenzo Law know what to look for when investigating your motorcycle accident case. We have recovered millions for injury victims throughout South Florida and we can do the same for you.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Miami motorcycle accident, call us to speak with a qualified and experienced Miami motorcycle accident attorney about your case. Call us at (305) 999-5411 or send us a message here(24 hours a day, 7 days a week) to arrange a free consultation.
We have offices in Broward and Fort Lauderdale, serving Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County.