Upwards of 50,000 motorcyclists are injured and several thousand killed in traffic accidents every year.
In 80 percent of the crashes involving multiple vehicles, the operator of the motorcycle is not at fault. Rather, the cause of the accident often centers on:
- A car or other vehicle following too closely and rear-ending the bike
- A head-on collision wherein the other driver was making a turn and did not see the motorcyclist
- A passing motorist side-swipes the bike
In accidents between a motorcyclist and a car, the motorcyclist suffers greater injury. Many factors contribute to the severity of the injury, such as the speed of the vehicles at impact, the motorcyclist’s size, the size of the motorcyclist’s passenger, whether the people on the bike were wearing helmets, and many more. Sometimes the motorcyclist and passenger get lucky. They suffer cuts, bruises and other minor injuries. Sadly, injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents are often considerably more severe, including broken bones, spinal cord damage, brain damage, disfigurement, paralysis, and death.
It is important to note that severe injuries such as these can carry with them a number of other potentially devastating consequences. For example, cognitive abilities can suffer and the accident victim’s personality may change. The ability to earn a living, let alone return to a job, may be lost forever. The initial injuries may require years of medical care, including doctor visits, numerous surgeries, physical therapy, and costly medications. Prolonged treatment for serious injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident can be both emotionally and financially catastrophic for everyone involved.
When the injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident are due to the negligence of the other driver, the motorcyclist may be entitled to compensation for the injuries themselves, on-going treatment, loss of future productivity and quality of life, pain and suffering, and more.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another, Florida motorcycle accident attorney David Benenfeld has the experience and mastery of the law to maximize your chances of obtaining compensation. The insurance company representing the driver who injured you has an army of lawyers working against your interests. You owe it to yourself and your family to contact our office to protect your interests. And please, do it soon. There is a statute of limitations in Florida. When it expires, your opportunity to file a claim is lost. In addition, the sooner we start working on your behalf, the better your chances of success.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can motorcycle passengers involved in an accident sue for injuries?
Yes. The operator and the passenger on a motorcycle may sue for damages. In fact, the passenger may sue the operator of the bike if he or she was at fault.
If a loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident, can I sue on their behalf?
A family member may be entitled to compensation for wrongful death. If someone in your family was killed in a motorcycle accident, you should contact an experienced Florida motorcycle injury lawyer as soon as possible for assistance in making a claim.
If I was partially at fault in a motorcycle accident, can I still obtain compensation for injuries?
Yes. If you were partially responsible for causing the accident, you can make a claim. Any compensation that you are awarded will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For instance, if your damages were $200,000, and you were 10 percent at fault, you would receive $180,000.
What if I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
If you were not wearing a helmet at the time of the bike accident, you can still file a claim against the driver who was at fault and obtain compensation.
If a representative from the at-fault driver’s insurance company contacts me, what should I do?
You must understand that the person who calls you from the insurance company representing the driver of the other vehicle is only interested in minimizing the amount of damages they pay out to you. If you speak to them, you may say things that can jeopardize your case. Instead, speak to experienced Florida motorcycle accident attorney David Benenfeld. He can protect your interests and help you obtain all the compensations to which you are entitled.