Every driver has obligations while on the road. Some of those are complicated and nuanced, but the big one — that we all safely share the road — is not. That means sharing it with other cars, with motorcycles, and with bicyclists and pedestrians.
Sadly, many drivers struggle to live up to those obligations when it comes to motorcycles. We've helped too many clients who suffered devastating injuries as a result of another driver's negligence.
If you are searching for an experienced Miami, Florida, motorcycle accident lawyer you can trust, please call the Hickey Law Firm, P.A. today at 305-371-8000 or contact us online for a free consultation.
Do Florida Motor Vehicle Laws apply to out-of-state Motorcycle Drivers?
Yes. When you drive in another state, you are under the jurisdiction of that state’s laws. For example, the speed limit in Wyoming can be as high as 80 MPH, but driving 80 MPH in Florida is always illegal, even if you have a Wyoming driver’s license. No matter what state a person lives in, the laws of the state in which they are involved in an accident will apply.
Common Motorcycle Injuries that can occur
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), accidents are 37 percent more likely to be fatal to motorcycle riders than to drivers or passengers of cars. Lack of safety devices and restraints like seatbelts leave motorcyclists vulnerable to sustain severe or even catastrophic personal injuries as a result of accidents which may otherwise seem minor. Head injuries are a common result of motorcycle accidents due to the force of impact when a rider hits the pavement, even when a helmet is in use.
Other injuries can be severe as well, including:
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Arm, hand, and shoulder injury
- Back and neck injury
- Burn injury
- Leg, hip, and foot injury
- Wrongful death
If you were injured as the result of a motorcycle accident in Florida, you need John H. (Jack) Hickey on your side. He fights for his clients and will work hard for you. Our Miami injury attorney has the experience and skill it takes to get you positive results after your traumatic injury or accident.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Motorcycle Accidents in Miami?
In the state of Florida, you have four years to file a civil lawsuit following injury in a motorcycle accident. It is, however, not a good idea to wait to file. Swift action often allows for the best investigation into the accident and may help improve the likelihood of full compensation.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Negligence is a dangerous thing when it comes to driving on the road. This is especially true for those who drive motorcycles, as you face an increased risk of severe injury from an accident with another vehicle. Negligence can take many specific forms, but the important thing to remember is that you can pursue compensation if you were the victim of such negligence—and we're positioned to help.
Our Miami motorcycle accident lawyers know quite well that these crashes have specific, verifiable causes. And often, these causes include negligence or misconduct from the driver of the automobile involved. The majority of motorcycle crashes generally involve another vehicle. Only 25 percent of motorcycle accidents are single-cycle accidents. Some common forms of negligence that lead to accidents include:
- A failure to notice a motorcyclist on the road
- A failure to yield the right of way to a motorcyclist
- A proactive decision to try and bully a motorcycle off a road or a particular lane
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving
- A failure to make proper adjustments for road or weather conditions
Our motorcycle accident lawyers understand that discovering the cause of your accident is the first step in proving liability and pursuing the compensation you deserve. We will conduct a thorough, professional investigation into your wreck and find its true cause. Contact the Hickey Law Firm, P.A. today to get started.
Who should I contact first after my Motorcycle Accident?
On the scene of a motorcycle accident, you should contact emergency services and your insurance provider. As soon as possible after an accident, you should contact your doctor for a full medical evaluation. If you are injured, you should contact a motorcycle accident attorney before accepting an insurance offer.
What can happen if a Motorcycle Accident involves an Uber or Lyft Driver
When you are involved in a motorcycle accident caused by a rideshare driver, you have the right to hold them accountable for damages. The drivers of Uber and Lyft are required to carry liability insurance and, when driving to a pickup location or carrying a passenger, are covered by additional insurance as well.
However, this does not mean it is easy to get the compensation you deserve. When you are injured in a motorcycle accident, no matter what type of driver is involved, it is a good idea to discuss your options with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer who can help you understand your rights and the best course forward.
How can I prepare for My Case in Court?
It is best to work with a qualified motorcycle accident attorney who will prepare your case for you. This includes collecting statements from witnesses, hiring experts to review the causes and long-term impacts of your accident, and helping to ensure that your case is built to withstand arguments and evidence from the defense.
The kinds of Compensation you Can Pursue
Motorcycle accidents can have devastating effects on you and your entire family. Because of the serious injuries that can occur, you may face years of rehabilitation and expensive medical bills that can saddle your family with unwanted debt. When your accident is caused by the negligence of another, you deserve justice and fair compensation to take that financial burden off your shoulders and bring some peace of mind to your loved ones.
Regardless of what types of injuries you sustained or what caused your crash, our motorcycle accident lawyer’s goal is to get compensation for you. We will fight to recover damages for:
- Medical expenses
- Physical and emotional therapy
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses (wrongful death cases)
What happens if I am at fault in an accident?
When you cause an accident, you can be held liable for any damages that result. However, several factors can go into a motorcycle accident which should be assessed through a proper investigation before you assume you are to blame.
Contact Our Miami Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Among the many honors John H. (Jack) Hickey has received for his legal work, he has been nominated by his peers as one of the “Legal Elite” (the top 1.7 percent of all lawyers) in Florida Trend Magazine. He has appeared on Anderson Cooper, Dr. Drew, as well as CNN, and other networks. His legal opinions and reactions to cruise ship accidents and other disastrous events are highly valued and sought out by news outlets worldwide.
When you or someone you love is suffering from an injury caused by another person’s negligence, you can trust our experienced legal team to help you get the compensation you deserve. To learn more about how we can advocate for you following a motorcycle accident, call us at 855-375-3727 for a free consultation.