From the Florida Keys Scenic Highway to Ocean Drive to the Tamiami Trail, the Miami area is filled with ideal riding locations for motorcycle enthusiasts. Unfortunately, in addition to the beautiful scenery in Miami, motorcyclists can also encounter many hazards. Distracted or intoxicated drivers, motorists who fail to see motorcycles, road debris, potholes, and many other threats exist. When you factor in the inherent instability of motorcycles and their lack of safety features, you can see how motorcycle crashes often cause serious, life-threatening injuries.
While some accidents in the Miami area result from rider error, the majority are the result of another driver’s negligence. If you believe that you have been hurt due to another driver’s recklessness or carelessness, you can turn to the Miami motorcycle lawyers of Englander Peebles for help. Our attorneys are dedicated to taking on insurance companies and fighting for maximum compensation for our clients. Contact our personal injury attorneys today to learn more about how we can help you.
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What are the Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
Most motorcycle accidents in Miami involve other motor vehicles. As we have seen through the years at Englander Peebles, these crashes often result from driver negligence such as:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Fatigued driving
- Turning without using signals
- Refusing to yield the right of way
- Trying to share a lane with another motorcyclist
Some motorcycle accidents are single-vehicle crashes. Often, a poorly maintained or unsafe roadway causes those types of crashes, and a government agency may be liable. If a defectively designed motorcycle was the reason for the crash, the manufacturer could be held responsible. A repair shop may be held responsible if it failed to properly repair or maintain a motorcycle.
What Are Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Miami?
Wearing a helmet can certainly reduce the risk of a person suffering a serious head or brain injury in a crash (even a minor one). However, in major crashes, a helmet won’t prevent a person from suffering other types of serious injuries. As we have observed, those injuries may include:
- Road rash
- Fractures (broken bones)
- Herniated or slipped discs
- Soft tissue injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Neck injuries
- Torn tendons or ligaments
- Spinal cord injuries
- Pulled muscles.
If your loved one suffered fatal injuries in a motorcycle crash, our compassionate attorneys will be prepared to step in and help your family to seek just compensation through a wrongful death claim. This compensation can help family members to get through the grieving process without having to worry about financial stress on top of the loss of a loved one.
How Can Our Miami Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Help You?
Englander Peebles will immediately conduct an investigation into your Miami motorcycle accident and secure vital evidence before it is lost, cleaned up, or intentionally altered. We will use this evidence to determine the cause of the crash and to identify the liable party or parties.
Additionally, we will work closely with your medical care providers to understand the full extent of your injuries and how they will affect your daily life. If you have problems paying for medical care, Englander Peebles can work with medical care providers to ensure that you receive the treatment that you require.
Our firm’s primary goal will be to recover every dollar of compensation that you are entitled to receive due to your crash. A victim of a motorcycle accident in Miami, FL, can be entitled to economic damages covering medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage in addition to non-economic damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress, or loss of consortium.
Our attorneys will negotiate with the insurance company (or companies) for a fair and full settlement. We can also file a lawsuit when it is necessary to pursue appropriate compensation. Insurance companies know that the attorneys of Englander Peebles always prepare our cases for trial.
How Can You Protect Your Rights after a Miami Motorcycle Crash?
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, you should generally avoid discussing the crash with anybody until you have legal representation. Be especially careful not to post anything about your accident or your injuries on social media. Insurance companies often scour social media sites to find evidence that they can use to diminish a person’s claim.
One party in particular that you want to avoid speaking to is the insurance company for the other driver involved in your motorcycle accident. A representative will usually contact you and go out of their way to seem friendly. The insurer may act like the company is “on your side.” However, the truth is that the insurance company is a business. Its goal is to pay little as possible to resolve your injury claim.
A claims adjuster for the at-fault driver’s insurance company will likely ask you to provide a recorded statement in which you supposedly will just explain your view of what occurred in the accident. Don’t be fooled. Recorded statements without an attorney present are always dangerous. Many victims are tricked into unknowingly admitting fault for the crash, which an insurance company will use to try to diminish the value of a claim or to deny it entirely.
In some cases, the insurance company will offer money for a quick resolution to the case. You are right to wonder if the amount which an insurance company initially offers to you is really all that you are entitled to receive. In many cases, it is not. You should consult with a lawyer before you agree to accept any settlement offer after a motorcycle crash.
Our Miami Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Are Here for You
If you suffered catastrophic injuries, or if your loved one was killed in a motorcycle crash in Miami or another nearby community, you should make sure to hire a lawyer with the right experience and skills to represent you. The Miami motorcycle accident lawyers of Englander Peebles will work tirelessly to pursue all of the damages that you are entitled to receive. Contact our personal injury firm today to get started with a free consultation.