What are My Rights After a Motorcycle Crash?
Miami Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Seeking Fair Injury Compensation for Bikers and Families
The state of Florida has the distinction of being home to I-95, the deadliest stretch of highway in America. Florida is also the state with the highest number of motorcycle fatalities in the nation. Although motorcycle accidents are not more common than other vehicle crashes, they do have the potential to be much deadlier. This is due to the fact that motorcycles are much lighter and smaller than regular vehicles. Additionally, they are simply not large enough to have many safety features to protect riders from injury in the event of a collision.
For over 40 years, the experienced Florida motorcycle accident lawyers at Colson Hicks Eidson have been helping victims of motorcycle crashes nationwide. If you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle accident, put our experience to work for you. Our firm has a long history of success. In fact, we have helped our clients recover a total of over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements in our legal career.
Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents
The most common types of motorcycle-car accidents include:
- Left-Turn Accidents. This is the most common kind of motorcycle accident. It occurs when a vehicle turns left, across a lane of oncoming traffic, and either collides with or is impacted by a motorcycle. Left-turning drivers should check to be sure that there are no vehicles approaching before cutting across a lane. However, motorcycles are much smaller than other cars. As a result, turning drivers may overlook motorcyclists if they are not cautious.
- Head-On Collisions. These kinds of accidents are often fatal for motorcyclists. They most commonly occur on roads like Krome Avenue or expressways without medians to separate traffic moving in opposite directions. Driver distraction is just one reason that might cause a vehicle to drift across the double yellow line and into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on motorcycle collision.
- Lane Splitting Accidents. Lane splitting is the practice of riding your motorcycle between cars in adjacent lanes during traffic jams or at stop lights. In Florida, it is illegal for motorcyclists to share a lane with a car. This is the case even when traffic is at a stand-still. Motorcyclists run the risk of being side-swiped or even crushed between two cars if they attempt a lane splitting maneuver. However, motorcyclists still have legal rights. Do not assume that the motorcyclist is solely at fault in “door zone accidents”. The driver of the car may have also contributed to the accident and be partially or fully responsible for the resulting motorcycle accident injury and damages.
- Road Hazards. Potholes or debris in the road may not seem like much of a threat from your car. However, for motorcyclists, they could lead to a serious crash. Motorcycles have only two wheels and are much lighter than a normal vehicle. Therefore, impacting an obstacle like a pothole or fallen tree limb could be enough to throw the rider off balance and cause a motorcycle wreck. Obstacles in the road may also be the result of poor roadway maintenance by the city or other agency.
- Drunk Driving Accidents. As with all drivers on the road, motorcyclists should not drive while intoxicated. Slower reaction times and impaired judgment could lead to a motorcycle accident and serious personal injuries.
Motorcycle accidents can be deadly. That is why it is important for motorcyclists to take safety precautions, such as wearing a helmet. Although Florida law does not require you to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle, if you wear a helmet while riding, you have a much better chance of avoiding serious personal injury in the event of a crash.
Call Our Nationwide Motorcycle Accident Lawyers for a Free Consultation
Our motorcycle accident attorneys understand the difficulties faced by motorcycle accident victims and their families. A motorcycle crash can lead to thousands of dollars in medical bills, repair costs and even the end of a lifelong love of riding. An experienced Florida motorcycle accident attorney from our nationally recognized law firm will work hard to find out exactly why the accident occurred and who is at fault. You can then get the compensation you deserve for your personal injuries or the wrongful death of a family member.