If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a motorist while driving or riding on a motorcycle, then you may be entitled to collect compensation. Call our team of Miami motorcycle accident lawyers at Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at 800-924-3113 for a free consultation regarding your case.
Motorcyclists Are Vulnerable to Injury and Death at the Hands of Dangerous Drivers
Motorcyclists share the road with larger vehicles that weigh much more, and are often unavoidable even if the motorcyclist sees the collision coming. Motorists can be careless or reckless, and motorcyclists can pay a serious cost when they are involved in a collision with another vehicle.
Motorcyclists who ride according to the laws of the road have the same right to safety that car drivers do, but those driving cars may have to take special precautions to avoid coming into contact with a motorcyclist. A person 21 and over does not need to wear a helmet if they are covered by a certain insurance policy as stated in Florida Statute 316 § 211. Some of the ways that motorists can avoid striking a motorcycle include:
- Understanding that motorcyclists are, in fact, on the road, even if they are more difficult to spot.
- Understanding that motorcyclists have the same right of ways that cars do.
- Keeping a keen eye out for motorcyclists, which may be more difficult to spot than motor vehicles, especially during nighttime.
- Double-checking blind spots before changing lanes, as motorcycles are smaller and more prone to being hidden from view.
- When in traffic, understanding that whether lane splitting is legal in your region or not, it is dangerous to merge lanes in front of a motorcyclist traveling in between lanes.
Since motorcycles are often harder to spot, car drivers must take additional care to avoid colliding with motorcyclists.
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Driver Negligence Is Common, and Can Have Greater Consequences for Motorcyclists
You have noticed it: drivers are increasingly taking their eyes off the road to look at their phones. Most people are guilty of looking at their phones while driving, but drivers who do so frequently or in high-risk situations may cause a fatal accident, especially if they strike a motorcyclist.
According to Markets Insider, distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents today. Because motorcyclists are more vulnerable than car drivers and passengers, and can be more difficult to spot than a car, the risk associated with distracted driving falls on motorcyclists in an outsize manner.
Some common forms of distracted driving include:
- Checking your social media feeds or posting on your social media account(s).
- Changing the radio, whether it means taking your eyes off the road, a hand off the wheel, or both.
- Making a phone call while driving.
- Manipulating the vehicle’s entertainment system while driving, which requires taking a hand off the wheel and often eyes off the road.
- Taking attention away from the road to address children, pets, or other occupants in a vehicle.
- Taking eyes off the road to engage with other motorists.
While distracted driving laws are becoming increasingly harsh, they remain difficult to enforce. It is up to motorists to self-police, as distracted driving does lead to serious injury and dead motorcyclists more often than most drivers realize.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed while riding a motorcycle, call our team of motorcycle accident lawyers in Miami at Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at 800-924-3113 for a free consultation.
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How a Miami Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Assist Your Case
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a motorcycle accident or are grieving the loss of a loved one killed in a motorcycle accident, turn to a lawyer to handle the pursuit of any compensation that you are entitled to.
Some ways that a lawyer may be able to help include:
- Starting your case by filing all necessary paperwork before relevant statutes of limitations expire.
- Collecting and presenting evidence of the circumstances that led to the accident, such as videotape, photographs, eyewitness accounts, and police reports showing or documenting the collision.
- Attempting to prove the negligence of the defendant(s) in your case.
- Handling all of the legal responsibilities required to bring your case to a resolution, whether it is a judgment or settlement.
- Protecting your rights throughout the legal process.
It is important to not delay calling a lawyer once you decide to pursue compensation.
Personal injury and wrongful death claims are often subject to a statute of limitations that may govern your ability to bring your case to court. The statute of limitations in Florida for wrongful death claims is generally two years from the date of your loved one’s death, while personal injury cases are generally restricted to a four-year statute of limitations starting from the date that the accident occurred, according to the Florida Legislature website.
Know that there are exceptions to these statutes, and you should call a lawyer regardless of the time that has passed since the accident that has caused you injury or the death of your loved one.
Potential Compensation from A Motorcycle Accident
Each motorcycle accident is different, and the circumstances of your accident will go a long way in determining any compensation that you may be eligible for. With that said, some of the more common forms of compensation in these sorts of cases cover:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages or diminished earning capacity sustained because of the accident
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages levied against the defendant
Additional compensation from a wrongful death claim may cover:
- Loss of financial protection provided by the deceased
- The loss of spousal companionship
- The loss of guidance for children of the deceased
- Funeral costs
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We want to help you obtain any compensation that you are entitled to. Call our team today at Ben Crump Law, PLLC at 800-924-3113 for a free consultation. You will pay nothing up front, nothing out of pocket, and we collect a fee only if we secure a judgment or settlement.