Motorcycle accidents injure thousands of people each year, often through no fault of their own. Because motorcyclists are completely exposed to the world around them, they can sustain extremely serious injuries in accidents. Broken bones, facial fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries are not uncommon—leaving many victims dealing with the aftermath of their accidents for months or even years.
Unfortunately, the law cannot turn back the clock or heal a person’s injuries. It can (and does), however, compensate people for the losses they sustained as a result of someone else’s negligence. At Sibley Dolman, we focus our practice on helping people recover compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost quality of life, lost income, and other losses that preventable accidents caused them. We offer free consultations and have a no recovery, no fee promise, meaning that we will not collect any legal fees from you unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. To schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at (727) 451-6900 or send us an email through our online contact form.
Many Motorcycle Accidents Take Place Because of Motorist Negligence
Motorcycle accidents can take place for any number of reasons—that said, negligence or recklessness of other motorists on the road frequently contributes to motorcyclists’ injuries. When this is the case, Florida law typically entitles victims to compensation for their injuries. Examples of motorist negligence that can lead to serious motorcycle accidents include:
- Impaired driving
- Distracted driving
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Running stop signs or stop lights
- Changing lanes without signaling
- Improper turns
- Driving on the wrong side of the street
- Following too closely
- Failing to use headlights when required by law
Other examples of driver negligence could result in accidents, many of which may require significant legal training and experience to spot. For this reason, everyone injured in a motorcycle accident should discuss their crashes with an attorney familiar with Florida personal injury law.
Other Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
While other motorists cause a significant percentage of motorcycle accidents, other causes may entitle victims to compensation. For example, defectively designed, manufactured, or marketed motorcycles can result in wrecks. In many cases, these flaws can make motorcycles unstable or difficult to stop, leading to serious accidents that have nothing to do with errors on the parts of motorcyclists. Common issues that result from motorcycle defects include:
- Unintended acceleration
- Instability at high speed
- Tire blowouts
Defective or poorly designed roads can also cause serious injuries. Because motorcycles only make two points of contact with the road and are significantly lighter than passenger vehicles like car or trucks, roadway issues can easily cause motorcycle riders to lose control of their vehicles. Road defects that can cause serious accidents include:
- Inadequate drainage
- Cracked pavement
- Shoulder drop-offs
- Overgrown vegetation
- Inadequate signs
- Malfunctioning stop lights
In general, when these accidents take place on public roads, the party responsible for the accident is a government agency—which means that victims have a significantly shorter length of time to bring a claim to recover their accident-related losses. As a result, if you suspect a problem with the road on which you were driving injured you, speak to an attorney as soon as you can. Waiting too long to file a claim could result in losing the right to recover compensation at all.
Victims Can Sustain Devastating Injuries
When motorcyclists are involved in serious accidents, they can sustain extremely serious injuries. This is particularly true in cases where accidents throw them from their bikes and they collide with the ground, moving vehicles, or other objects like trees or buildings. Serious injuries that motorcycle accident victims often sustain include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage
- Accidental amputations
- Serious fractures
- Severe soft tissue injuries
Even in a best-case scenario, these injuries result in significant medical expenses and lengthy recovery times for victims. In more serious cases, victims never return to work and develop disabilities that cause substantial damage to their day-to-day quality of life.
Who Might be Responsible for a Motorcycle Accident?
Most of the time a motorcycle accident will end up being the fault of a driver that was acting negligently. This may be one of the more common liable parties when it comes to motorcycle accidents but it is by no means the only possible liable party. Even if it seems that another driver may have been at fault for your accident injuries, there may be other parties that also contributed negligence. Every single motorcycle accident is unique and will come with all kinds of details that will change who is liable. Another driver may not even be involved at all and the fault could lie whoever is in charge of maintaining a road since an accident can be caused by negligent road maintenance. In other cases, a negligent driver could be driving a company car and they can be held responsible for their employee’s negligent behavior. A part manufacturer could also be held liable if one of their motorcycle parts was defective and caused an accident.
Why You Need an Attorney
Many motorcycle accident victims wonder whether they need to retain an attorney, especially in situations in which the other party or parties do not contest liability and the insurance company seems ready to settle. The complicated nature of personal injury law, however, could lead you to significantly undervalue the actual value of your case. A lawyer will fully evaluate all of your losses—including noneconomic losses like pain and suffering and lost quality of life—which are hard to calculate. In addition, should the other parties contest your case, you need an attorney to review the way in which the accident took place and conduct an investigation, if appropriate. It is imperative that you determine who exactly is liable for the damages you suffered since it can directly affect how much you can recover in a settlement.
Call Sibley Dolman Group Today to Speak with a Doral Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If a motorcycle accident hurt you in or around Doral, Florida, call Sibley Dolman as soon as you can. Our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers know how catastrophic motorcycle accidents can damage victims and their families, and we do everything we can to ensure that our clients obtain the compensation to which Florida law entitles them. To schedule a free case evaluation with a member of our team, call our office today at (727) 451-6900 or send us an email through our online contact form.
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