Since motorcycle riders do not have a steel cage protecting them the way car drivers do, these riders are far more susceptible to serious injury, even death. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a motorcycle crash, you need to consult a seasoned Miami motorcycle accident attorney who can assist. We will meticulously analyze your case and come up with a legal strategy accordingly.
A 74-year-old driver allegedly struck and killed a 19-year-old motorcyclist earlier this month on State Road 54, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The accident took place at an intersection where the driver turned into the motorcyclist’s path causing a devastating collision in which the motorcycle crashed into the right side of the vehicle. The teenage motorcycle rider was pronounced dead at the scene.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a fatal crash on the road than individuals in passenger cars. Sadly, Florida leads the country in the number of fatal motorcycle accidents every year. In fact, motorcyclists accounted for almost one in five (an estimated 19 percent) of all the motor vehicle fatalities in the state.
Liability in Deadly Motorcycle Accidents
If your loved one has been killed in a motorcycle wreck that was someone else’s fault, you may be able to recover compensation through a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death may be due to an intentional or unintentional act. In the vast majority of cases, a negligent act results in wrongful death. Negligence occurs when a person fails to use reasonable care (i.e., the level of care that a reasonably competent person would use in the same or similar circumstances), thereby causing an accident and injury. For example, if a motorcyclist is struck and killed by another motorist who ran a red light, that motorist would most likely be liable for wrongful death.
Obtaining Compensation for a Loved One’s Death
Survivors pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a deceased loved one may recover a variety of damages including, but not limited to: burial and funeral costs, pain and suffering, loss of companionship and protection, lost earnings and any other losses related to the death of the decedent. Every case is unique and the specific dollar amount you will be entitled to will vary depending on the particular case.
Hiring a Skilled Miami Motorcycle Wreck Attorney
If you have lost a loved one in motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. While no amount of money can undo the loss, the compensation can help pay for some of the bills that pile up after such an incident. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we have represented countless Florida personal injury clients and can represent you as well. To schedule your free consultation, please call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online today.
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