Motorcycle accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries and, in the most serious cases, death. If you have sustained an injury in a motorcycle crash, you could potentially recover damages for your harm. Our Miami motorcycle accident attorneys can value your claim and help you get the maximum compensation possible in your case. We know the uphill battle that injured motorcycle riders face when trying to hold negligent parties responsible for their conduct.
Earlier this month, a 40-year-old Florida fire chief was killed in an accident while returning home from a public meeting. The man was going to his house on his motorcycle when he collided with an SUV. Reports by law enforcement indicate the man was riding his motorcycle through an intersection when an SUV made a left turn in front of him, causing him to crash into the side of the vehicle. He was rushed to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The accident took place around 8pm. The driver and passenger of the SUV were not injured in the collision.
Motorcycle accidents can be particularly dangerous to riders since they do not have the structural protection of a vehicle that occupants of a car or truck have. Motorcyclists in Florida have the same rights and responsibilities on the road as any other driver. Sadly, however, they are often ignored, overlooked or disregarded by other motorists on the road. If you are the victim of a motorcycle accident, you can likely recover compensation through a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. In order to win such a lawsuit, you have to show that the other motorist was negligent. Negligence occurs when a motorist fails to use reasonable care behind the wheel, thus, causing an accident and resulting bodily injury and/or property damage. Reasonable care refers to the level of care that an ordinarily prudent motorist would have used in the same situation. Some common examples of motorist negligence include speeding, making unsafe lane changes, tailgating, texting and driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and/or aggressive driving.
Following some motorcycle accidents, the at-fault motorist will blame the motorcyclist for causing or contributing to the accident. If this happens, you should not worry as Florida law follows the pure comparative negligence standard, which allows you to recover compensation even if you were partially at fault for the wreck. The amount of damages you can recover, however, will be reduced in proportion to your percentage of fault. For example, if you are found to be 10 percent at fault, then you will only be able to take home 90 percent of the damages awarded (i.e., the total award reduced by your percentage of fault).
Motorcycle accidents almost always have devastating consequences. When another party’s negligence causes a motorcyclist to suffer serious injuries, lasting disability or worse, an experienced Miami motorcycle accident attorney can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to helping victims of motorcycle accidents so they can put the accident behind them and move on with their life. To schedule a free consultation, please do not hesitate to call us today at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online.