Motorcycle accidents injury or kill hundreds of riders in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties every year. In 2009 there were more than 8,300 motorcycle accidents and 376 fatalities. Factors that contribute to motorcycle accidents and injuries include:
Difficulty in seeing a motorcycle on the road
Difficulty in operating motorcycles in inclement weather
Limited protection a motorcycle offers when involved in an accident
Every rider knows that accidents will likely lead to serious injury and even death. Injuries common in motorcycle accidents include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones and back injuries.
Drivers have a legal duty to keep a proper look out when they operate a motor vehicle. Drivers must remain aware of their surroundings. When a motorcyclist is struck by a motor vehicle, the issue of proper look-out often arises. It’s not an excuse to say that a motorcycle is harder to see than a car. When these tragic accidents arise, the injuries are often severe. It is important to promptly hire an experienced attorney to make sure the victim is fully compensated.
Motorcyclists have the same rights as any other driver on the road; however jurors can be biased against motorcyclists. Let our law office get you the compensation you deserve including payment for your medical bills, recover lost wages and obtain damages for your pain and suffering.
Our office can help you sort through and answer the many questions that are probably running through your mind after an accident or loss. Some of the most common questions we hear are: do I have a claim, who do I file against, what insurance coverage is available, are there time constraints for bringing an action, can I get my medical bills paid, what about my wage loss, who will investigate the accident and preserve the evidence?
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident or collision in the Miami or Fort Lauderdale, call the personal injury law office of Shmucher Law, PL for a free initial consultation.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Motorcycle Accidents:
Q: What do I do if I’ve been in a motorcycle accident?
A: Call the police. Let them know if you or anyone else at the scene is injured. If you don’t have a cell phone, try to flag down a passing motorist and ask them to get help. Take steps to prevent further injury to you and your family and document every aspect of the accident if you can.
Q: What information should I get from the other driver?
A: Ask the driver for the following:
- The other driver’s name, address, date of birth, and telephone number.
- Their driver’s license number and expiration date.
- Their insurance company.
- The other car’s make, year, model, license plate number and expiration date, and vehicle identification number (“VIN”).
- If the driver is not the owner, you will need to get the owner’s name, address, telephone number and insurance company.
- The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any passengers in the other car.
- The name, address, and telephone number of any witnesses to the accident. If they are unwilling to stay, ask them what they saw and write it down.
- If there was someone at the scene that will not give you his or her name, just write down his or her license plate number. The police officer can trace the owner’s name and address.
- Make a simple diagram of the accident. Please note if there were any skid marks on the road.
- If you have a camera with you, take pictures of the scene. The camera on your cell phone will do.
- Take notes on the road and weather conditions. If the accident happened after dark, were the streetlights on?
- Estimate how fast you were going, as well as the other driver. Be sure to note the exact time and place the accident happened.
Q: What if I think I was at fault?
A: It’s important to be courteous and cooperative with the police officer investigating the case, but stick to the facts. Try to listen to the statements other drivers are making and write them down. Sometimes, even if you think you are responsible for an accident, it may be learned later that the other driver may also be at fault.