Miami is one of the most dangerous places in the country for motorcyclists. Crowded roads and aggressive drivers often create situations that put motorcyclists at risk. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident and someone else is to blame, contact Miami motorcycle accident lawyer Boris Lavent for help.
At Lavent Law, P.A., our personal injury attorneys are prepared to help you maximize your financial award. Call us today to schedule a free consultation. We’ll review your case and help you understand your legal options.
How Our Miami Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Can Help You
A motorcycle accident can change your life in the blink of an eye. You may be struggling with an incredibly painful and/or debilitating injury. You may be haunted by your accident and suffering from severe emotional trauma. You have the right to recover compensation for these (and other) injuries if someone else is at fault.
However, personal injury cases can be complicated. If you try to handle the case on your own you’ll be met with resistance each step of the way. Hiring an attorney will not only give you time to focus on getting better, but also increase the likelihood of recovering the money you deserve.
Here’s what you can expect when you hire the personal injury lawyers at Lavent Law, P.A. to handle your motorcycle accident case.
Guidance Through The Insurance Claims Process
Insurance is often the first source of compensation after an accident in Florida. However, insurance claims can be complicated and frustrating. Insurance companies will do whatever they can to limit the payout you receive. When you have an attorney by your side an insurer won’t be able to rely on their normal manipulative tricks. Our attorneys will help you navigate the process, identify your benefits, and make sure that an insurer extends a fair settlement offer.
Maximize Recovery By Determining Cause and Liability
It’s crucial to determine the precise cause(s) of your motorcycle crash. Why? Once we’ve identified the cause we can determine who is at fault. In Florida, anyone who contributes to an accident or injury can be liable for damages. Our attorneys will aggressively pursue compensation from anyone who played a part in causing you harm.
Protecting Your Recovery If You Share Fault
Anyone who contributes to an accident can be on the hook for damages. This includes victims who are injured in the crash. Your compensation and recovery can be limited if you share fault for your accident. It’s important to address your role in the accident head on and find evidence that shifts blame onto others. The less fault you share, the more money you can recover.
Making Sure Your Case Is Valued Properly
How much is your motorcycle accident injury case worth? How much can you expect to recover for your injuries? The only way to answer these questions is by launching a careful and thorough investigation of your accident. Our attorneys will analyze your case and determine which damages you’ve suffered. We’ll work closely with experts in various fields to make sure that each of these damages is valued properly.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Riders involved in motorcycle accidents can sustain a wide range of injuries. Commonly reported motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue damage
- Internal injury
- Burn injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Eye injury
- Chest injury
- Degloving injury
- Spine injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Catastrophic injury, including paralysis, and
- Wrongful death.
Even moderate injuries can be incredibly painful and overwhelming. You shouldn’t have to bear the costs of your injury if someone else is to blame. At Lavent Law, P.A., our personal injury lawyers will help you fight for the money you deserve. Call today to schedule a free consultation and learn more.
Damages Available to Miami Motorcycle Accident Victims
The costs of a motorcycle accident can be overwhelming. A painful physical injury may require extensive medical care and rehabilitation. Your injury may even force you to miss time at work or limit your ability to work again, at all. Emotional trauma from your accident can also limit your ability to socialize and get back on your feet.
So, in addition to covering your normal daily expenses, you’ll be faced with mounting medical bills and a limited income. Filing a personal injury claim for damages can help you recover the money you really need during this difficult time.
Our Miami personal injury lawyers will aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf. We’ll pursue both economic and non-economic damages, including those for:
- Medical expenses
- Nursing care
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Disfigurement, and more.
You deserve compensation for any financial expenses and/or suffering you’ve experienced because of your motorcycle accident. Our attorneys can help you maximize the amount of money you receive. Call us to get started on your motorcycle accident injury case today.
Statute of Limitations for Motorcycle Accident Cases
It’s important to act quickly if you’ve been injured in a Miami motorcycle crash. State law limits the amount of time you have to file a legal claim for damages. In most cases, you’ll have four years from the date of your accident to file your claim. You won’t be able to recover the money you need if you don’t file your claim before the statute of limitations expires.
You can make sure that your claim is filed on time by contacting an experienced attorney immediately after your accident. Call Lavent Law, P.A. to speak with our skilled legal team and learn more.
Miami Motorcycle Accidents Statistics
There are more motorcycle accidents in the state of Florida than anywhere else in the country. In 2015, there were more than 10,000 reported motorcycle accidents in the state. More than 9,000 people were injured and another 600 were killed in these crashes.
While Florida leads the nation in motorcycle accidents, Miami-Dade County leads the state. In 2015, 10 percent of all motorcycle accidents in the states happened in Miami. Miami also led the state in fatal motorcycle accidents with 67.
Types of Miami Motorcycle Accidents
Every motorcycle accident is unique. The extent of your injuries and the consequences you’ll face will often depend on the type of motorcycle accident you’re involved in. The precautions you take while riding and level of care you exercise will also affect the seriousness of your crash.
1. Car Turning Into a Motorcycle’s Path
Drivers don’t always look for or see motorcyclists on the road. Unfortunately, this means that many drivers turn directly into a motorcyclist’s path, often without signaling. The driver thinks the coast is clear but actually ends up swerving right in front of a motorcycle. The motorcyclist doesn’t have the time they need to slow down and prevent a collision. This is actually the most common type of motorcycle crash in Miami.
2. Motorcyclist Making Sharp or Fast Turns
Motorcycles aren’t as stable as other vehicles on the road. As a result, making sharp or fast turns can be dangerous. Many motorcycle accidents happen when riders try to make a turn that’s unsafe. The motorcyclist can skid and lose control, resulting in a crash.
3. Motorcycle Struck From Behind
Accidents at intersections are incredibly common. In fact, about one-third of all motor vehicle accidents happen at or near an intersection. This can be particularly dangerous for motorcyclists, particularly when they are struck from the rear. Drivers who are inattentive, distracted, or simply eager to make it through the intersection can cause serious damage when they hit a motorcycle from behind.
4. Head On Collisions
Head on collisions are a leading cause of fatal motorcycle accidents in Miami. This type of accident tends to happen when drivers and/or motorcyclists try to make blind corner turns. Blind turns mean that a driver or rider can’t see what’s around the corner. The chances of striking an object or colliding with another vehicle increase significantly when you cannot see what’s ahead of you.
Causes of Miami Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can happen for many different reasons. However, some causes are reported more frequently than others.
Driver Negligence: Most motorcycle accidents happen because the driver of another vehicle doesn’t see the rider or bike. While it’s possible to miss a motorcyclist that’s riding in a driver’s blind spot, most of these accidents are simply caused by driver negligence. Driver negligence could include speeding, driving recklessly, changing lanes without signaling, and abrupt lane changes.
Rider Negligence: Motorcyclists can also cause accidents if they are negligent while sharing the road. Rider negligence could include speeding, lane splitting, weaving between lanes, and failing to use a turn signal.
Lane Splitting: Lane splitting occurs when a motorcyclist rides between two different lanes of traffic. Most riders will do this to bypass slow traffic. However, lane splitting is incredibly dangerous and puts riders at an increased risk of harm. Lane splitting is illegal in Florida. If a rider was lane splitting at the time of an accident they may not be able to recover compensation for their injuries.
Dangerous Left Turns: Careless left-hand turns are also a leading cause of motorcycle accidents in Miami. Drivers may miscalculate the amount of time they have to make a left-hand turn when a motorcyclist is approaching. When this happens, the motorcyclist can crash directly into the turning vehicle.
Distracted Driving/Riding: Distractions behind the wheel or throttle are incredibly dangerous and a leading cause of motorcycle accidents. Eating, drinking, texting, or talking on the phone can all create a hazardous situation on the road.
Unsafe Lane Changes: Drivers and riders must be vigilant and aware of all vehicles on the road. Accidents happen when vehicles make unsafe lane changes. Unsafe lane changes may involve failing to signal or failing to look for hazards in nearby lanes.
Drunk Driving: Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol contributes to many motorcycle accidents in Miami. Drugs and alcohol can adversely affect a driver’s or rider’s balance, vision, reflexes, and overall ability to drive with care.
Defective Products: Sometimes accidents aren’t caused by negligent drivers or motorcyclists. In some cases, mechanical defects in cars and/or motorcycles can cause accidents or increase the level of injury to a rider. Companies responsible for putting these defective products on the market can be held strictly liable for a rider’s injuries.
Have you been involved in a Miami motorcycle accident? Contact Lavent Law, P.A. for help. We’ll investigate your case and determine the best strategy for getting you the money you deserve.
Call Miami Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyer Boris Lavent Today
Have you or someone you love been involved in a Miami motorcycle accident? You may have the right to recover compensation for your injuries. Contact the experienced legal team at Lavent Law, P.A. for help maximizing your financial recovery. Our attorneys understand that an accident can be devastating and we’re here to help you get the money you deserve. Call today to schedule a free consultation and learn more.