KNOWLEDGEABLE LAWYERS FOR MOTORCYCLE DRIVERS IN MIAMI
Motorcycles can be a refreshing way to get around the beautiful city of Miami and the expansive streets of Homestead. However, it can also be one of the most dangerous modes of transportation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatalities involving motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely than accidents involving cars. Hazards involving weather, negligent drivers, or inadequate road conditions can also increase the risk of a motorcycle accident.
At the Law Offices of Leonard J. Valdes, we work with our clients to understand their case and determine what type of compensation they may be eligible to alleviate some of the financial and emotional burden caused by their accident.
Your Legal Options
If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident, you may have sustained severe injury. In Florida, if this was due to the negligence of another driver or another factor, such as poor road conditions, you may be entitled to compensatory damages, such as:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Loss of income or earning capacity
- Property damage or loss of the bike
- Out of pocket costs that you may incur during recovery
Some patients may also be awarded compensation for non-economic damages, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anxiety
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Florida Motorcycle Accident Laws
In some cases, determining who is at fault in this specific accident can be complicated. Understanding bike laws may help prevent crashes, as well as understand what type of compensation or coverage you may be entitled to after a motorcycle crash.
Florida is a no-fault state, for example, which means regardless of fault, accident victims will have to go through their insurance companies. Four-wheel vehicles are required to carry PIP insurance; however, motorcyclists are not. If you are not at fault, however, a lawyer can help you prove that another party failed to fulfill their duty of care and their actions caused the accident.
Some of the roads in South Florida, especially during extreme weather conditions, can be a greater risk to motorcycles than cars. In some cases, you may be able to bring a lawsuit toward the entity responsible for ensuring the safety of streets or driving conditions in certain areas.
What to Do After
A motorcycle accident can be a scary experience, especially if there are passengers or other vehicles involved. The most important step after any type of personal injury is to assess yourself for injuries. Patients who are injured, feel lightheaded, or dizzy should immediately seek medical care. At our legal firm, attorney Leonard Valdes recommends the following tips to anyone who may have been involved in a crash:
- Stay at the scene of the accident
- Call the police
- As we mentioned, seek medical care immediately
- Take pictures of the entire scene
- Obtain driver and witness information
- Report the accident to your insurance company
- Retain legal counsel to ensure you receive your due compensation
Obtain Assistance from a Personal Injury Attorney
Fighting a legal case on your own can be difficult. At our personal injury firm, we believe all clients deserve a fighting chance to earn fair compensation for their injuries, loss of income, medical bills, or emotional damage. Attorney Leonard J. Valdes works diligently to help patients who need assistance with motorcycle accident claims in South Florida. Contact us at 305-567-0910 today to schedule a consultation at our office.