If your motorcycle wreck was caused by another driver’s negligence, work with a Miami motorcycle crash attorney. We will fight hard to win you the compensation you need to move past this traumatic experience.
Anyone who’s ever been on a motorcycle knows what a marvelous experience it can be. The sense of freedom and the sensation of wind in your face is probably the closest we truly come to the feeling of flying. Still, there are dangers when you ride a motorcycle, and sometimes, even when you’re very careful, you can still get hurt in a collision.
If your motorcycle collision was caused by another person’s recklessness and you were seriously injured because of it, you will likely suffer greatly from the experience. You could be in immense physical pain, and your injuries could affect your future, your health, and your ability to work.
You deserve to be compensated for a motorcycle accident you didn’t cause. When you contact a Miami motorcycle accident lawyer from our office, you give yourself a strong chance of getting fair compensation for your accident and securing some hope for a stable future, despite your injuries.
Leading Causes of Miami Motorcycle Collisions
There are many dangers on the road for all drivers, regardless of vehicle type, but when you’re riding a motorcycle, these dangers are magnified. Even if you’re a safe motorcyclist and follow the rules of the road, you can still be seriously injured. There are countless risk factors to look out for.
You’re unprotected on a motorcycle—that’s the nature of the ride—so your injuries are likely to be severe even in what might be considered a minor accident for a car or truck. The following is a list of some of the leading causes of motorcycle crashes in Miami:
- Speeding – Speeding is a leading cause of wrecks of all vehicle types, but the danger of being seriously injured in a motorcycle wreck is far greater than in other two-vehicle collisions.
- Distracted Driving – Cell phones and other distractions continue to endanger all drivers on the road. Motorcyclists are already difficult for drivers to see, even when they’re paying attention, but motorcyclists are particularly difficult to see if other drivers’ eyes are on their Facebook pages and not on the road.
- Unsafe Road Conditions – Many people take for granted the road they drive on each day, expecting it to always be clear of debris and safe for their daily commute. Motorcyclists need to be very aware of which roads are safe for travel because what is one little bump in the road for a four-wheeled vehicle could cause a serious crash for a motorcyclist.
- Drunk Driving – Intoxicated driving is a very serious risk to motorcyclists. The reaction time of a drunk driver is slowed, which could mean a collision. Drunk drivers might swerve unexpectedly into your lane, causing you to overcorrect; they may not see you at all; or they might not see a signal turn red.
- Failure to Signal or Improper Lane Changing – Failure to signal or changing lanes without warning is extremely dangerous to motorcyclists. If you’re not able to anticipate what other drivers are going to do, you could easily be sideswiped, or you could run into a vehicle that has suddenly pulled out in front of you.
- Failure to Follow Traffic Signals – It would be nice to think that most drivers follow traffic signals, but, unfortunately, not all of them do. Running through yellow or red lights is incredibly dangerous to motorcyclists and could even be deadly. Many motorcycle accidents are head-on collisions, and many of them occur at intersections.
Aren’t Insurance Companies Supposed to Help You?
Insurance is designed to protect you financially in the event of an accident, so why do they give you such a hard time when you try to make a claim? Even worse, when you’ve been seriously injured in a motorcycle collision, they may even try to wrongly accuse you of being at fault.
Even when you’ve been following all the rules of the road, as well as using a helmet and blinkers, your insurer will try to paint you as a stereotypical “reckless” motorcyclist, intent on thrill-seeking and taking risks. This is incredibly unfair, and dealing with insurance adjusters who lack sympathy is the last thing you need after you’ve been hurt.
The good news is you aren’t required to deal with the insurance companies on your own. You can leave the communications to your attorney—one less headache for you to have to deal with. Your Miami motorcycle crash attorney can negotiate with them and, failing that, we will take them to court to get you the compensation you deserve.
Compensation for Your Miami Motorcycle Wreck
Most accidents cause losses of some kind, even if they’re relatively minor ones, such as damage to your vehicle. Motorcycle wrecks, by contrast, will almost always leave you with serious losses, including property damage and serious physical injuries leading to extensive medical bills and lost wages.
Accidents are expensive, and when you suffer a serious injury, you will need to recover enough compensation to cover all of your losses. When you file a personal injury claim, you are asking to recover the losses you sustained in an injury-causing accident you didn’t cause.
Here are some of the damages you can list in your claim, depending on the circumstances of your motorcycle accident in Miami:
- Property loss
- Pain and suffering
- Hospital bills and all related medical expenses
- Mental suffering
- Mental health treatment and physical therapy
- Caregiving services
- Lost wages
- Transportation services
Miami Motorcycle Accident FAQ
When you call our office, you can speak with a personal injury attorney who would be more than happy to answer all of your questions during a free consultation. Sometimes, though, it’s nice to have a good idea of what to expect, so we’ve answered some frequently asked questions below.
Will my insurance cover all of my medical expenses after an accident?
It depends, but many times, your insurance will not cover all of your expenses, especially for serious injury cases. That’s why you file a personal injury claim—to recover all of your damages.
What does a personal injury attorney do for you?
We help file your personal injury case paperwork, investigate your motorcycle accident, interview witnesses, gather evidence, speak with insurers, and argue your case during settlement negotiations and in court, if necessary.
How long do I have to file a Miami motorcycle accident claim?
In Florida, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is four years, beginning the day of your motorcycle accident. Once that deadline has passed, you won’t be able to recover compensation if you haven’t yet filed your claim.
Work with a Miami Motorcycle Crash Attorney
Being involved in a motorcycle collision is scary, and you deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. You shouldn’t have to suffer mistreatment from the for-profit insurance companies who don’t have any sympathy for what you’re experiencing. Leave them to us, your personal injury attorneys.
We will fight to see that you’re fully compensated for the motorcycle crash you didn’t cause. Contact a Miami motorcycle accident lawyer at Lavent Law today. We will help you file your personal injury claim so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Call us at (305) 440-0450 or complete the contact form at the bottom of this page.