Unfortunately, Florida appears to have seen a significant increase in the number of motorcycle injuries. In some of these incidents, a defective motorcycle may be to blame. Another common cause of injury to riders is when a car and motorcycle crash due to driver distraction. In these situations, the driver usually walks away, but the rider isn’t always so lucky. So, why are motorcycle accidents a problem in Miami? In this video, attorney Julie Braman Kane explains her work investigating these wrecks.
In the state of Florida, unfortunately we’ve seen more and more accidents that involve horrible injuries arising from motorcycles. We’re working on a case with motorcycles where the gas system wasn’t working properly causing a lag and leap. Meaning the motorcycle would slow down unexpectedly and then take off. Causing again, catastrophic injuries. All sorts of problems can happen in a motorcycle that are caused because the motorcycle is defective. Part of what we do in our products liability cases is investigate defective components in motorcycles. So that if there’s a problem with the motorcycle that caused our client an injury, we can involve the motorcycle manufacturer. Additionally, when motorcycles and cars are on roads together, car versus a motorcycle usually hurts the motorcyclist a whole lot worse. I’ve been involved in cases where a motorcyclist was hit by a driver who failed to yield on a left turn causing severe injuries. I’ve been involved in cases where motorcyclists have been in accidents with drivers of cars, the driver of the car walks away, the driver of the motorcycle doesn’t. Unfortunately, there is a perception that motorcyclists are road hogs or go fast. It’s not usually the case. Motorcyclists are well trained. They have to have a special endorsement on their license under Florida law and they know how to drive safely. When a motorcyclist is driving safely and an automobile driver causes an accident, very often we can help that motorcyclist recover. To reach an attorney at Colson Hicks Eidson, please call us at 305-476-7400, or you can find us on the web at Colson.com.