Doral Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

October 17, 2023 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman

At Dolman Law Group, we help people recover compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost quality of life, lost income, and other losses that preventable accidents caused them. Our Doral motorcycle accident lawyers offer free consultations and have a no recovery, no fee promise, meaning that you will not pay any legal fees unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf.

In Doral, motorcycle accidents occur frequently. This is because Doral, FL, has nearly perfect motorcycling weather throughout the year. It is also home to some of the most dangerous streets, including the Ronald Reagan Turnpike, NW 41st Street, SR 826, and the Florida Turnpike. Furthermore, Doral is near the Miami International Airport. This results in traffic virtually all hours of the day and night as tourists and residents head in and out of Miami.

Nearly 1,000 motorcycle accidents occur every year in Doral and throughout Miami-Dade County.

These motorcycle accidents injure hundreds of people in Doral every 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, however, compensate people for the losses they sustained as a result of someone else's negligence.

To schedule a free consultation with one of our Doral motorcycle accident lawyers, call our office today at (305) 930-7688 or send us an email through our online contact form.

Our Doral Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Why Choose Us?

At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we believe that bigger is not always better. What sets our law firm apart is the personalized attention we give our clients from the very start.

As a nationally recognized law firm, we are proud of our personalized dedication to our clients. We work tirelessly to help right the wrongs done to injured accident victims, and we will never settle for less than what we believe your case is worth. We have handled personal injury cases for more than 40,000 clients and recovered more than $400 million in compensation.

Dolman Law Group Personal Injury Lawyers

When you choose one of our Doral motorcycle accident lawyers to represent you, you will receive the cell phone number of the handling lawyer and the managing partner of the law firm. We want you to be a part of the team, and we believe that by working together, we can achieve successful results. Take a look at some of our most notable motorcycle accident cases:

  • $1.4 million for a motorcyclist who suffered serious injuries
  • $1 million for a motorcyclist who suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury
  • $415,000 for a motorcyclist who needed cervical fusion after a crash
  • $320,000 for a motorcyclist who suffered a back injury after an accident

While past success never guarantees future results, we can work with you and your medical team to achieve maximum compensation for your injuries after a motorcycle crash.

We are also local Doral personal injury lawyers. That means we know the insurance companies, judges, and courts that will be a part of your case. With an office located conveniently at 8400 NW 36th Street in Doral, Florida, we are here whenever you need us most. We are just a few miles from MIA and Doral Central Park. We can come to you at your home, your hospital room, or wherever you prefer. We offer FREE initial consultations and reviews to help you seek justice after a motorcycle crash in Doral.

To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our lawyers, call Dolman Law Group today at (305) 930-7688.

Why You Need a Doral Motorcycle Accident Attorney

The sad truth is that many motorcycle accident cases are contested. Insurance companies rarely want to pay motorcyclists what they need to recover. Even worse, they hold unfair biases against motorcyclists that can significantly impact your case and the amount of compensation you receive. For these reasons alone, it is important to hire an experienced Doral motorcycle accident attorney.

Doral motorcycle accident lawyer

Many motorcycle accident victims wonder whether they need an attorney when the other party does 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.

An experienced Doral personal injury lawyer can fully evaluate all of your losses, including non-economic losses—like pain and suffering and lost quality of life—which are hard to calculate. In addition, if the other parties contest liability, an attorney can review the accident details and conduct an investigation, if appropriate. We can help you determine who is liable for your damages and how much you can recover in a settlement.

Motorcyclists often suffer serious and life-changing injuries. During this time, your energy and your time are best spent on your treatment and on recovering from your injuries. As an injured motorcyclist, you do not have the time to focus on the legal aspects of your case. Insurance companies know this, so many offer injured bikers a quick, low settlement which is far less than you deserve.

Never sign anything without first speaking to our Doral motorcycle accident attorneys. We can fight for you and your future, so you can focus your time and energy on what matters most – your health.

Causes of Doral Motorcycle Accidents

Motorist Negligence

Negligence or recklessness of other motorists frequently contributes to motorcyclists' injuries. When someone else caused your collision, Florida law typically entitles you to compensation for your injuries.

motorcycle involved in an accident with a small car

Examples of motorist negligence that can lead to serious motorcycle accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Impaired driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Poor vehicle maintenance
  • Running stop signs or stoplights
  • 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 may require significant legal training and experience to spot. For this reason, everyone injured in a motorcycle accident should discuss their unique situation with an attorney familiar with Florida personal injury law.

Motorcycle Defects

While other motorists cause the majority of motorcycle accidents, other factors may play a role. For example, defectively designed, manufactured, or marketed motorcycles can result in wrecks. When these flaws make motorcycles unstable or difficult to stop, they can lead to serious accidents. Common issues that result from motorcycle defects include:

  • Unintended acceleration
  • Explosions
  • Instability at high speed
  • Tire blowouts
  • Fires

Road Conditions

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 cars or trucks, motorcycle riders can lose control of their vehicles on poorly maintained roads.

Road defects that can cause serious accidents include:

  • Potholes
  • Inadequate drainage
  • Cracked pavement
  • Shoulder drop-offs
  • Overgrown vegetation
  • Inadequate signs
  • Malfunctioning stoplights

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 caused your crash, 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.

Don't Let Florida's Pure Comparative Negligence Laws Keep You From Bringing a Motorcycle Accident Claim

If you believe you may be partially at fault for your motorcycle accident, you may be hesitant to reach out to an accident lawyer in Doral for help pursuing compensation. However, the Florida shared fault laws are far more victim-friendly than you might think. 

Under Florida Statute § 768.81, the state follows a pure comparative negligence system. This means you are not barred from recovering compensation for your damages if you share some responsibility for the accident. 

However, sharing fault does not come without its consequences. When you are partially to blame for your injuries, your injury settlement will then be reduced in proportion to your percentage of liability. This means if you are 20% at fault for your injuries, you can only recover 80% of your motorcycle accident award.

Learn more when you contact your Doral motorcycle accident attorney for help.

overturned motorcycle representing a motorcycle accident

Types of Doral Motorcycle Crash Injuries

When Doral motorcyclists are involved in serious accidents, they can sustain extremely severe 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     
  • Paralysis
  • Concussion
  • Whiplash
  • Road rash
  • Lacerations
  • Contusions
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Third-degree burns
  • Nerve damage
  • Accidental amputations
  • Dislocations
  • Serious fractures
  • Severe soft tissue injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Neck 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.

In the worst situations, a rider loses their life as a result of a collision. Our team is also experienced in handling motorcycle accident fatalities and guiding family members through the wrongful death process.

Proving Liability After a Doral Motorcycle Accident

Most of the time, a Doral motorcycle accident is caused by a driver who was acting negligently. However, there may be other possibly liable parties. The responsibility could lie with whoever is in charge of maintaining the road. In other cases, a negligent driver could be driving a company car, and the company can be held responsible for the employee's negligent behavior. A parts manufacturer could also be held liable if one of their motorcycle parts was defective and caused an accident.

What to Expect from the Insurance Company

Unfortunately, insurance companies are notorious for taking advantage of motorcyclists after a crash. They may place unwarranted blame on motorcycle accident victims in the hopes of getting away with reducing or denying the compensation that is rightfully theirs. Insurance adjusters will often attempt to stereotype motorcyclists as reckless drivers in an effort to shortchange them. 

motorcycle overturned after collision with truck

Since Florida follows a pure comparative negligence system, if you share fault for your injuries, your injury settlement can be reduced. Fortunately, when your attorney steps in and handles the negotiation process on your behalf, you can rest easier knowing your lawyer will never pressure you into settling for less than you deserve.

Doral Motorcycle Accident FAQs

Riding a motorcycle in Doral comes with known dangers. Although most of our major roads—41st Street, the Reagan Turnpike, and 87th Avenue—are straight and flat, Doral sees its share of heavy commuter traffic, challenging weather, and glare conditions. Also, poor decisions by car and truck drivers at left turns and four-way intersections can trigger a dangerous motorcycle accident that leaves riders severely injured or worse.

motorcycle knocked over after accident with car

After a motorcycle accident in Doral, injured bikers and grieving families have a host of questions about their legal rights to seek compensation through insurance claims and legal actions. Answers to some of the most common questions appear below. For detailed answers about your motorcycle wreck in Doral, speak with a skilled, knowledgeable attorney at Dolman Law Group for free.

I Got Hurt in a Doral Motorcycle Wreck. What Are My Rights?

In the simplest terms, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and losses if the crash happened because of someone else's bad decisions or wrongful actions. The most reliable way to claim compensation for your injuries and losses is to work with a skilled Doral motorcycle accident injury lawyer. An initial consultation with an experienced attorney at Dolman Law Group is free of charge, and we'll help you understand your specific rights and options.

Who is Responsible for My Doral Motorcycle Accident Damages?

In our experience, any of the following parties could owe you damages for triggering your crash:

  • A careless or reckless car or truck driver who did not share the road with you responsibly and who made poor choices behind the wheel that led to the wreck.
  • The employer of the type of driver described above, if that driver was driving a work vehicle at the time of the crash. Employers usually must answer for their employees' wrongful conduct and also have a duty to train and supervise employees to make sure they drive safely on Doral-area roads.
  • A government agency that is responsible for designing, building, and maintaining safe roads for motorcyclists in and around Doral if it permits an unreasonably dangerous road condition to develop and fails to either fix it or warn bikers about it.
  • An automotive or motorcycle manufacturer that sells defective equipment that fails under normal operating conditions, leading to a motorcycle accident.
  • A bar, restaurant, or social host that serves alcohol to a minor or to a person known to be “habitually addicted” to consuming alcohol if that person subsequently causes a drunk driving accident that harms a motorcyclist.

This is just a sample list. The best way to find out who might owe you compensation for injuries and losses you suffered in a Doral motorcycle accident is to speak for free with an experienced attorney today.

What Kinds of Compensation Can I Request?

It depends on the circumstances of your Doral motorcycle crash. In general, however, an insurance claim and/or lawsuit for damages can often request payment for:

  • Your medical expenses, such as the cost of hospital stays, doctor visits, medication, physical therapy, and medical equipment.
  • Other expenses you incurred because of your motorcycle crash that you wouldn't have had otherwise.
  • Lost current wages and income you might lose in the future because of your wreck and the injuries you suffered in it.
  • Pain and suffering resulting from the injuries, which includes harm to your personal and intimate relationships, and the overall decline in your quality of life.

Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer today to learn more about the types of compensation you might request in your legal action.

How Much Money Will I Receive?

There are no guarantees, and the amounts of compensation can vary widely from case to case. Factors that influence the size of the payment you can reasonably hope to obtain by taking legal action include:

  • The extent and impact of your injuries, considering your medical expenses, wage losses, and pain and suffering you might experience after a Doral motorcycle wreck.
  • The strength of the case your skilled lawyer can build on your behalf by collecting and presenting evidence in your favor.
  • If the other party or their insurance company disputes whether they owe you damages for your injuries or how much money you deserve to receive as compensation.
  • The financial resources available with which to pay you damages, either from insurance or out of the at-fault party's assets.

By carefully reviewing the facts and circumstances of your accident and injuries, skilled attorneys for Doral motorcycle crash victims can usually come up with an estimate of the range of damages you might recover.

I Wasn't Wearing a Helmet When I Crashed My Motorcycle. Does That Affect My Rights?

It's complicated. As a Doral motorcyclist, you have the right to expect other drivers to treat you with respect and to take care not to cause an accident that harms you. The law entitles motorcyclists to the same compensation as any other motor vehicle accident victim.

However, motorcyclists do have some obligations that car and truck drivers don't; namely, Florida law requires you to wear a helmet unless you're over 21, and you carry at least $10,000 in medical coverage to protect you against the costs of injuries in a crash. So, if you were not of age or covered by adequate insurance at the time you crashed and not wearing a helmet, that could affect your legal rights.

Also, even if you are over 21 and you do carry the required insurance, it can sometimes be challenging to secure maximum payment for an injury that wearing a helmet could have prevented (such as a TBI). To give yourself the best shot at obtaining the money you deserve for your injuries, make sure to hire an attorney who has an established track record of getting results in motorcycle accident cases.

What Can a Lawyer Do That I Can't Do for Myself?

A lot. Listen, we understand that sometimes it feels like a hassle to go through the process of finding and hiring an attorney, especially when you've suffered a serious injury that causes you serious difficulty. The truth is, hiring a lawyer makes your life easier after a motorcycle wreck, not harder.

A lawyer can:

  • Interaction with your own insurance company and the insurance company representing the party at fault for your wreck.
  • Evaluate and explain your legal options for pursuing compensation.
  • Gather the evidence necessary to build the strongest possible case on your behalf.
  • Present your case to insurance adjusters, defense lawyers, judges, and juries, including in trial..
  • Negotiate top-dollar settlements and advise you about whether to accept or reject settlement offers.
  • Help you avoid making mistakes that could cost you tens of thousands of dollars or more.

Most people don't have the knowledge, resources, and skills to handle these tasks on their own, much less the energy to do so while healing from a motorcycle crash injury. In the vast majority of cases, partnering with an experienced lawyer gets you far more money than you could ever have hoped to obtain on your own.

How Much Does a Doral Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?

Nothing up front, and nothing unless you win.

The experienced Doral motorcycle accident lawyers at Dolman Law Group offer free consultations to injured crash victims and families of motorcyclists who lost their lives in crashes. In these initial meetings, we provide an overview of your rights and options. We do not charge a penny for these sessions, even if you decide not to work with us.

This is because our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. We do all the work on a case in exchange for a percentage of the money we secure on your behalf.

In other words, you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain by speaking with an experienced Doral motorcycle crash attorney about an accident that injured you or a loved one.

Is There Anything I Can Do to Help My Case?

Yes. First, get the medical treatment you need and follow your doctor's advice. We can't stress how critically important this is, not just for your health and well-being but also for your legal and financial interests.

Trying to tough out an injury or failing to take care of yourself in the way a doctor advises could not only make your injuries worse but the insurance companies and defense lawyers can then refuse to pay you the damages you deserve by claiming you contributed to your losses.

Second, contact an experienced Doral motorcycle accident attorney at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, as soon as possible. Your legal rights come with an expiration date, called a statute of limitations, after which you may lose your ability to seek compensation altogether. Plus, your case is strongest when the evidence of what happened is fresh and readily available.

Give an experienced motorcycle crash lawyer the best chance to advocate for you and get you the money you need and deserve by reaching out right away for your free consultation.

Is There a Deadline for Filing My Motorcycle Accident Claim in Doral?

Yes. Your Doral motorcycle accident lawsuit must be filed before the two-year personal injury statute of limitations expires under Florida Statute § 95.11. However, this exact deadline can vary considerably depending on the details of your case. 

For this reason, it is essential that you seek the legal advice and support of a knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney who can ensure that the statute of limitations does not prevent you from recovering total compensation for your damages.

Should I Accept a Settlement Offer from the Insurance Company?

It is never a good idea to accept an insurance company's settlement offer without first reviewing it with an attorney. Insurance companies are notorious for doing everything in their power to reduce or deny the claims of motorcycle accident victims and all personal injury victims.

If the insurance company made a lowball insurance settlement offer, your attorney can handle the negotiation process on your behalf to ensure that you are not taken advantage of during your greatest time of need.

Call Dolman Law Group Today to Speak with a Doral Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If you were injured in a motorcycle collision around Doral, Florida, call Dolman Law Group as soon as you can. Our experienced Doral motorcycle accident lawyers know how catastrophic motorcycle accidents can damage victims and their families, and we work hard to ensure that our clients obtain the compensation allowed by Florida law.

To schedule a free case evaluation with a member of our team, call our office today at (305) 930-7688 or send us an email through our online contact form. We are here to help you after a serious Doral motorcycle accident.

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8400 NW 36th St Suite 450
Doral, FL 33166

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Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has successfully fought for more than 11,000 injured clients and acted as lead counsel in more than 1,000 lawsuits. Always on the cutting edge of personal injury law, Matt is actively engaged in complex legal matters, including Suboxone, AFFF, and Ozempic lawsuits.  Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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