With the gorgeous weather in Aventura and the Miami area, it should be no surprise that there are motorcyclists out and about all year-round. While riding a motorcycle is fun, freeing, and even economical, it is also a risky activity. Motorcyclists ride alongside large passenger vehicles and commercial trucks and they are exposed and vulnerable if a collision occurs with another vehicle.
While all drivers should understand how to safely share the road with motorcyclists, there will always be negligent—or even intentionally dangerous—drivers on the road. There are also additional factors that expose motorcyclists to harm, including defective bikes or dangerous road hazards. After a crash, an injured motorcyclist may have important legal rights and should always discuss the cause of the accident and a possible legal claim with an experienced Aventura motorcycle accident attorney.
The law office of Sibley Dolman has represented the rights of many injured traffic accident victims, including motorcyclists. We understand the risks that motorcyclists face and we work to hold negligent parties liable for causing injuries. Please contact our office if you would like more information today.
Motorcyclists Can Suffer Severe Injuries
There are many types of safety gear designed to protect motorcyclists. However, even a motorcyclist wearing the maximum amount of protective gear is never fully shielded from the possibility of a serious injury if a crash occurs. Even a helmet cannot fully protect from head trauma one hundred percent of the time. Motorcyclists do not have the safety features of a car or truck to protect them and instead, a car can collide directly with a motorcyclist’s body.
Motorcycle accidents can result in many types of traumatic injuries and often, a motorcyclist will sustain numerous injuries from a single incident. The following are only some examples of traumatic injuries commonly stemming from motorcycle crashes:
- Skull fractures
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Shattered bones
- Torn muscles, tendons, or ligaments
- Serious neck and back injuries
- Internal hemorrhaging
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Friction burns (“road rash”)
Some of these injuries can be catastrophic and have lifelong effects on an accident victim. For example, a complete spinal cord injury can cause a victim to be paralyzed and lose all sensation in the body below the point of injury. A severe traumatic brain injury can cause a victim to be in a coma for a long time, lose their memory, and leave them with permanent cognitive, physical, and behavioral impairments. Many victims of such catastrophic injuries are unable to work again and require a lifetime of medical care.
In addition to the above, motorcyclists who are thrown forward from their bikes often hit the ground face-first. This can result in a number of facial injuries, including a broken jaw, broken cheekbones, broken nose, and serious damage to the teeth. These injuries can often require surgery and can involve a painful recovery. For instance, a broken jaw must generally be wired shut for weeks, preventing the victim from eating or talking normally. Injuries to the face can also permanently disfigure a motorcyclist.
Almost every motorcyclist will require some amount of medical care following an accident and they often need to be transported in an ambulance. Medical bills for hospitalization, surgeries, rehabilitative care, and more can pile up quickly. These bills, compounded with losing income if the injury causes someone to miss work, can create a significant amount of financial stress for a long time after a crash. Fortunately, the law recognizes the right of an injured accident victim to seek compensation from any negligent parties that may have caused the crash.
Who Caused Your Motorcycle Accident?
To hold someone liable for your injuries and losses following a motorcycle accident, you must identify which parties may be legally liable. In motorcycle cases, this is often one of three types of parties—drivers, government entities, or motorcycle manufacturers.
- Drivers – Drivers can collide with a motorcycle for many reasons and it is often because the driver was operating their vehicle in a negligent manner. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents. Motorcycles are difficult enough to see on the road when a driver is paying full attention and when a driver is texting or engaging in other distracted activities, they can easily miss seeing a motorcyclist and crash into them. Some additional forms of driver negligence include speeding, tailgating, aggressive driving, drunk driving, and more.
- Government entities – Government agencies that are in charge of maintaining roadways commonly neglect to take adequate care of the roads. While potholes, large pavement cracks, and other hazards can be dangerous for any type of vehicle, these are especially dangerous for motorcyclists and can cause them to crash.
- Motorcycle manufacturers – Companies that make and sell motorcycles sometimes sell bikes that have defective parts. These parts may malfunction and cause a motorcyclist to suddenly lose control and crash. In such situations, the company that sold the defective part may be held liable for all accident-related losses.
The legal process of a motorcycle accident case will depend on the type of party that was responsible for the accident, the severity of a motorcyclist’s injuries, and a number of other factors. Our law firm understands the unique legal issues that may arise in each type of case and we are here to help after your motorcycle crash.
Learn How Our Aventura Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Can Assist You
Motorcycle accidents can leave victims with devastating families and cause untold emotional, financial, and personal losses. At Sibley Dolman, we are committed to helping accident victims get the compensation to which they are entitled and provide aggressive and effective legal advice and representation. We will review the facts of your case at no cost, and, should you choose to have us represent you, will not collect any legal fees from you unless we recover compensation from the person or party responsible for your wreck.
To schedule your free case evaluation with an Aventura motorcycle accident lawyer, call Sibley Dolman Accident Injury Lawyers, LLP at (954) 302-7068 or send us an email through our online contact form.
Sibley Dolman Accident Injury Lawyers, LLP
PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
20807 Biscayne Boulevard Suite 100,
Aventura, FL 33180
What Our Clients Have to Say:
“So happy I chose Sibley Dolman!!! My experience with the law firm right from the start was fast, friendly and understanding. I started treatment for my injury right away, and while I was focusing on getting better the firm was fighting for me. Incredibly happy with the outcome, thank you to Brent and the team for all the hard work and updates.”
Rating: 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Read more reviews on Google!