Miami Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Fighting for Injured Motorcyclists in South Florida
Motorcycles intrigue all kinds of people for many different reasons. Many love the freedom that riding on a motorcycle can bring. Unfortunately, though, you’re likely to become injured if you’re in a motorcycle accident, regardless of whether or not you are wearing the right protective gear. Unlike with other vehicles, there’s simply not enough protection from the elements, other driver’s vehicles, and even the unforgiving pavement.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident recently, one of the best things you can do is call the local Miami motorcycle accident lawyers at Amanda Demanda Law Group. We are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.
What Is the Leading Cause of Motorcycle Accidents?
Generally speaking, negligence is the number one cause of motorcycle accidents. Sometimes, motorcyclists themselves are careless, but far more often than not, it is the negligence and recklessness of other drivers on the road that leads to these devastating collisions.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents that can be attributed to negligence include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Driver inexperience
- Traffic law violations
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Tailgating, or following too closely
- Road rage and aggressive driving
- Swerving in and out of lanes
- Unsafe turns
- Illegal passing
- Opening a car door into a motorcyclist
- Dangerous road conditions
- Poor roadway maintenance
- Defective vehicle design
- Defective motorcycle parts or safety equipment
Whether you were rear-ended by a distracted driver or involved in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident, our team at Amanda Demanda Law Group can help. We know how to evaluate claims to identify liability and bring powerful evidence on behalf of our clients.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
The possibilities for injury are practically endless when it comes to motorcycle accidents. Since the body is completely vulnerable to anything coming into contact with it, the best protection riders have is their helmet, and even that is often not enough.
Because of this, there are a variety of different ways that a motorcyclist could get hurt. Some of the most common injuries include:
The severity of each type of injury can also differ depending on the nature of the accident. For instance, if a rider suffers from road rash, it could end up being a severe medical issue that could affect their life in the future. Sometimes, this injury is severe enough to warrant reconstructive plastic surgery.
Do You Have to Wear a Motorcycle Helmet in Florida?
Florida requires all riders under the age of 21 to wear a helmet that meets federal DOT safety regulations. If you are 21 or older, you can legally not wear a helmet if you have proof you are covered by at least $10,000 in insurance coverage for medical benefits.
What Types of Damages Are Victims Entitled to in Florida Motorcycle Accident Cases?
If you have been injured while riding a motorcycle, contacting a motorcycle accident attorney is the best financial decision you can make. The accident could be life-altering, but our injury attorneys at Amanda Demanda Law Group are here to help make sure that you and your family don’t have to recover from it alone or without any resources.
In Florida, victims of motorcycle accidents can recover compensatory damages, which means that the at-fault party may be ordered to compensate you for monetary losses and expenses related to your injuries. These are also called “economic damages.”
Some of the economic damages that you could be owed may cover:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Any other out-of-pocket costs
Victims and family members may also be entitled to non-economic damages for non-monetary losses including:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium, or the loss of a relationship with a partner
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Lost earning capacity
If the at-fault party acted intentionally or with gross negligence, the judge may also award punitive damages to punish the defendant for their behavior. Florida has a cap on punitive damages that is equal to $500,000 or three times the sum of compensatory damages (whichever is greater).