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SOME COMMON INJURIES RELATED TO MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
The Perazzo Law Firm has vast experience representing Motorcycle accident victims and clients, thus, we know what some of the most common injuries are and how they affect the lives of the victims and families. Below are some of the most common injuries suffered by individuals involved in a motorcycle accident in Miami.
The Miami Perazzo Law Firm provides expert legal services to motorcycle victims and pedestrians that have suffered personal injury due to a motorcycle accident in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Our Miami and North Miami Beach Staff of Attorneys have vast experience handling thousands of serious personal injury claims from motorcycle accidents. The Perazzo Law Firm has a proven track-record of providing the proper motorcycle accident claims assistance to help obtain the best possible compensation for our client’s pain and suffering after a motorcycle accident. Furthermore, the Perazzo Law Firm staff is 100% dedicated to their motorcycle accident client's needs and offers full legal representation so they can focus on recovering money from those at fault for personal injury, property damage, loss, or wrongful death.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, motorcyclists in Miami are more vulnerable and more likely to be hurt, seriously injured, killed, or suffer irreparable damage such as traumatic Brain Injury, which lasts a lifetime. Motorcycle accidents account for billions of dollars annually as a result of emergency services, medical bills, rehabilitation, property damage, lost wages, insurance costs, and the lawyer fees they incur. Motorcycle accidents can range from minor injury to wrongful death as many motorcycle accidents may include traumatic head, neck, or back injuries. Though less severe, broken bones or fractures can lead to long-term rehabilitation or lasting effects on the motorcycle accident victim's quality of life. Perazzo Law helps motorcycle accident victims and their families receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries or losses.
Perazzo Law knows that motorcycle riders face added risk of personal injury due to the nature of the motorcycle. Unlike other forms of motor vehicles, motorcycles are not equipped with the most effective and common safety features required by law, which are aimed at helping prevent motorcycle accidents and personal injury to passengers or pedestrians. Typical safety features such as restrains, airbags, and crumple zones are not available for motorcycle enthusiasts or motorcycle passengers.
Most motorcycles accidents in Florida involve passenger vehicles and account for one-fifth of all motor vehicle fatalities in the state. Approximately 80% of motorcycle accidents result in death or personal injury. By a large margin, inattentive or negligent motorists fail to detect motorcycle riders or fail to yield right of way. However, a large portion of motorcycle accident injuries are the result of single vehicle accidents where the rider loses control because of a tire puncture or other mechanical problem that leads to a motorcycle accident. Road defects also play a role in causing serious injuries to motorcycle riders resulting from uneven pavement or potholes that can cause a motorcycle accident on Miami highways or streets.
It is important for motorcycle riders and passengers to familiarize themselves with all rules and regulations concerning the safe operation of motorcycles in Florida. If you were in a motorcycle accident in Miami, for example, the Perazzo Law Firm considers it best to seek immediate medical assistance. When and if safe to do so, take note of the time of the motorcycle accident, weather and road conditions. Pay attention to any surveillance cameras in the area that may provide an accurate recording of the events leading to the incident. Take down the information of the responding police officers, medical personnel and any witnesses that saw the motorcycle accident. Following the accident, keep a record of any medical treatment, therapy and any expenses incurred as a result of the motorcycle accident. It is best to consult one of our Personal Injury Litigation attorneys to handle any Insurance Claims stemming from the motorcycle accident.
Congested roads and inattentive drivers in Miami place motorcycle operators at serious risk of personal injury, even when complying with all of the traffic regulations. Collisions between motor vehicles and motorcycles often result in the most serious injuries, including fractures, Spinal Cord damage, Brain Injury and Wrongful Death. Hospital bills for motorcyclists accident victims can be devastating, with the average cost for a motorcyclist involved in traffic crashes being $83,676 according to the Florida Department of Health. Wearing a helmet significantly lowers the medical costs associated with traumatic brain injury in motorcycle accidents. The Perazzo Law Firm has vast experience representing motorcycle riders and passengers that suffered personal injuries from motorcycle accidents and we have worked with countless seriously injured clients to provide them with the assistance they needed to get their medical bills and lost wages paid, as well as fair monetary compensation for their pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury while operating a motorcycle, scooter or as a pedestrian, Contact us online or call (786) 529-7411 to set up a FREE initial consultation to discuss your motorcycle accident case. with one of our personal injury lawyers. The Perazzo Law Firm's expert staff is ready to help you or a motorcycle accident victim!
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYER IN MIAMI SHARES USEFUL INFORMATION
Recreational motorcycling along the Florida coast remains an absolutely breathtaking experience. However, riding through the Miami metropolitan area has become a routine survival mission for those depending on motorcycles to commute and work. Motorcycle riders that are involved in accidents that include cars or trucks usually suffer personal injury, property damage, or losses. Sadly, with the scores of pedestrians, joggers, bikers, scooters, cars, and trucks that make-up part of the daily urban landscape, it's just a matter of time before a motorcycle accident happens. Though the factors behind motorcycles accidents vary, Perazzo Law understands reckless driving and overall negligence are perhaps the leading causes. In other words, safe drivers are less likely to get injured or killed while riding their motorcycle through Miami-Dade or Broward County cities. When motorcycle accidents occur, Perazzo Law's professional representation may be required for handling the legal complexities that compensation claims involve.
Whether riding to work in the city or delivering a pizza in the suburbs, a motorcycle accident can occur as a result of individual fault or third party negligence. Most motorcycle accidents that involve other motor vehicles may end in bruises, fractures, or even death. But who's going to pay for property damage, medical bills, or funeral expenses?
To address these questions, the Perazzo Law Firm offers the following insight:
Unlike cars, Florida Law does not require motorcycle operators or owners to carry PIP insurance coverage. However, a motorcycle operator must carry some sort of insurance coverage with which to compensate those on the receiving end of their negligence in an accident. Ultimately, Florida law will hold them legally and economically liable for injuries, damages, losses incurred upon those that suffer personal injury. SEE MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
The Perazzo Law Firm personal injury lawyers specializing in inusrnace claims, highlight the fact that a motorcycle rider that carries no-fault insurance may be able to seek compensation for injuries or damages through a personal injury lawyer in an insurance claim. However, fault on behalf of another motorist must be proven and this is never a guarantee. Motorcycle accident claims for compensation can be a complex and time-consuming legal process. Thus, the Perazzo Law Firm always recommends motorcycle operators to carry insurance to safeguard their personal and financial well-being in the event of a motorcycle accident.
If the motorcycle rider is at fault and is unable to provide Proof of Financial Responsibility, he/she may face legal issues. The motorcycle rider may have his/her license or registration revoked, and may have to pay fines before being able to ride again.
What is Proof of Financial Responsibility?
Financial Responsibility basically refers to motorcycle Insurance, which can be provided by a Florida Insurance broker. These insurance policies may include:
- $10,000 for single person bodily injury liability.
- $20,000 for two or more people bodily injury liability.
- $10,000 per crash for property damage liability.
THE FLORIDA HELMET LAW
Generally speaking, all motorcycle riders should wear helmets for the sake of their own personal well-being. However, if you are 21 years of age or over and you carry $10,000 in medical coverage, then you are legally exempt from wearing a helmet. The Perazzo Law Firm recommends that all motorcycle riders wear a helmet when riding on the highway, at high speeds, or recklessly through urban areas.
If you, a friend, or relative has been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact Perazzo Law ONLINE or CALL 1-888-PERAZZO
It is best for car drivers and motorcyclists to follow some basic safety tips to help prevent Motorcycle Accidents:
- Respect motorcycle riders. Motorcycles are also vehicles and possess the same legal rights as any other motor-vehicle. Be sure to give them proper room to maneuver.
- Stay focused on the vehicles around you and avoid using your cellphone when driving. Even though some motorcycles may be loud, you may not hear it. Actively look for motorcycles in traffic.
- Buffer zone. Leave ample space between your vehicle and motorcyclists. Uneven roadways, wet streets, and dense traffic often call for a motorcycle rider to react and maneuver differently than cars. This causes motorcycle accidents.
- Don’t Daydream. Take extra precaution when turning left. A rider that takes his eyes off the road doubles the risk of getting into a motorcycle accident, especially in Miami.
- Wear proper protective gear: Helmets that meet DOT compliance standards and protective clothing reduce the risk of injury or death in a motorcycle accident. Remember, motorcycles have no bumpers and the only thing between you and the ground is your protective gear.
- Stay in sight: Keep your lights on when the sun goes down, or if it is rainy or foggy. Avoid wearing dark clothes, and apply reflective tape on your bike or clothes so motorists can see you more easily. Riding in blind spots can result in a motorcycle accident and can be avoided by following the three to four seconds rule.
- Use common sense: Avoid zig-zagging between lanes while riding. Be sure to use your turn signals and respect speed limits to avoid high speed motorcycle accidents.
- Get proper training: Completing a motorcycle safety course can not only make you a better rider and avoid motorcycle accidents, but save you money on your motorcycle insurance.
Injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of a motorist? If so, you are not alone. Motorcycle riders are among the most at risk of being involved, and usually injured, whenever they take to avenues, streets, and highways. The Miami motorcycle accident lawyer Jonathan Perazzo, founder at the Perazzo Law Firm, has ample experience handling motorcycle accidents and obtaining just compensation for motorcycle accident clients.The Reasons for Hiring a Miami Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Given that motorcycle owners and operators are not obliged by law to carry insurance, following an accident, motorcycle riders and passengers may not be able to afford the medical expenses incurred to treat any personal injuries sustained in the accident. Thus, hiring the best motorcycle accident lawyer in Miami is key to filing a successful accident and insurance claim for compensation to help cover medical bills and any other losses incurred in the accident. Most often, motorcycle accident victims suffer bodily injuries that prevent them from returning back to work immediately following the accident given that the common injuries incurred can result in any of the following:
- Fractures or breaks
- Strains or sprains
- Bruises or lacerations
- Head and neck injuries
- Surgical intervention
What will the best motorcycle accident lawyer in Miami do for their motorcycle accident client?
- Determine and establish fault for the accident
- Handle medical bills
- Handle medical treatment and recommend the best facilities for treating injuries and recovery
- Deal with the insurance provider of the vehicle/s at fault
- Build a solid case based on facts and get money from the negligent parties at fault
- Make sure you receive just compensation to cover injuries and losses
How will an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer set the tone for a successful accident claim for compensation:
- By gathering evidence through photos or the accident scene and damages to any vehicles involved
- By obtaining video surveillance cameras footage
- By gathering eyewitness testimony
- By investigating the accident scene
- By gathering police reports
- By obtaining all medical records and bills
- By speaking with treating physicians
- By interviewing the drivers involved in the accident
- By having the accident recreated if necessary
Taking the time to choose the correct and best motorcycle accident lawyer in Miami is fundamental for a successful outcome when seeking compensation for injuries, medical bills, and losses. That's why Jonathan Perazzo urges you to see our Google Reviews to read what our clients say about our services. At the Perazzo Law Firm, our entire staff is fully-dedicated to making sure every aspect of the case is taken into account before agreeing on a settlement.
How Much is a motorcycle accident Insurance Claim worth?
Sadly, there exist biased perspectives concerning motorcycle riders involved or injured in motorcycle accidents. This sad fact usually makes it somewhat complicated for the motorcycle accident victim to receive just compensation to cover medical expenses and/or losses as the motorcycle rider is usually considered somehow at fault. The Miami motorcycle accident lawyers at the Perazzo Law Firm understand that insurance providers and adjusters will result to the common practice of claiming that the motorcycle accident victim had, at some point, already been involved in an accident and that his/her injuries are preexisting. In the event of a motorcycle accident that ends in fatality, the rider will most often be held at fault for riding in a negligent manner. This action by insurance adjusters attempts to delete liability or lower the compensation owed to the motorcycle accident victim by the at-fault drivers insurance provider.
Motorcycle accident victims are usually easily persuaded by insurance companies and their adjusters to accept settlements which are lower than they should be or fall short of covering their medical expenses. The Miami motorcycle lawyers in Miami understand this to be a common practice and victims needs to be sure to hire a lawyer that will fight for the maximum compensation possible so that the motorcycle accident victim can obtain the medical care he/she deserves following the accident.
Motorcycle Riding Facts
Given that motorcycles are quite smaller than cars and practically go unnoticed on avenues, streets, and highways, they don’t get the respect they deserve. Thus, they are prone to falling victim to negligent drivers. Motorcycle riders are commonly cut off, ran into, or fall victim to motorists making unexpected U-turns. Sadly, Florida ranks #1 when it comes to motorcycle accidents and deaths, with close to 520 fatal accidents in 2020. Since Florida has good year-round weather, motorcycle riders can enjoy the many attractions the State has to offer.
The most common reasons why motorcycle riders suffer accidents and injuries:
- Excess speed
- Operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Careless riding
- Not wearing a helmet
- Poor motorcycle maintenance
- Vehicle doors open without checking if safe to do so
- U-turns by motorists
- Negligent cellphone use - this includes riders and drivers
- Riding in vehicle blind spots
- Bad weather conditions
- Debris on roadways
- Poor road conditions - potholes, ditches, unannounced speed bumps or dips
- Distracted or disoriented tourists behind the wheel of rented vehicles
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the statute of Limitations for filing an accident claim?
After a motorcycle rider is involved in an accident and suffers injury, the statute of limitations for filing an insurance claim through a lawsuit depends on certain factors concerning the accident and those involved. According to Florida Law, there are three main statutes that come into play following a motorcycle accident.
Filing an insurance claim against an At-Fault driver or Registered vehicle owner
There is a four-year-statute of limitations for filing suit against an at-fault driver or vehicle owner. During this four-year-period, the injured motorcycle rider or passenger may file an insurance claim for compensation through a Miami personal injury lawyer, who will fight to obtain a settlement that best suits the motorcycle accident victim/s or family members in the event of wrongful death.
Filing an insurance claim against an Uninsured Motorist
There are thousands of uninsured motorists on Florida streets, avenues, and highways. Most times it's because they can not afford to purchase the minimum PIP (Personal Injury Protection) coverage, which is mandatory for all registered vehicle owners in Florida. When an uninsured motorist is found at fault for a motorcycle accident, the accident victim has five years to file a lawsuit and seek compensation through an insurance claim. This must be done, to ensure a successful claim, through an experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyer.
Filing an insurance claim when the motorcycle accident ends in wrongful death
Sadly, as stated above, Florida leads the country in the number of fatal motorcycle accidents and when a motorcycle rider dies in the accident, a family member or another legitimate third-party can hire a personal injury lawyer and file suit within two years of the motorcycle accident victim's death.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT PREVENTION TIPS
Avoid swerving or zig-zagging in-between cars, especially when traffic is slowed. Many times, drivers will make sudden lane changes without checking for oncoming traffic. Many times they do check for oncoming traffic but fail to notice a motorcycle rider, as motorcycles are much tougher to spot at a quick glance.
- Avoid riding at high speeds when traffic is heavy.
- Take extra precautions when riding under poor weather conditions
- Keep your eyes on the road ahead, especially in areas where there is construction work being carried out. Many times, there is debris which can lead to an accident.
- Never use your cellphone while in motion. If necessary, pull over when safe to do so and then use your cellphone.
- Always make sure your motorcycle is in satisfactory condition and road worthy.
- Do not ride your motorcycle while under the influence of narcotics or alcohol. This may jeopardize a successful insurance claim for compensation.
- Proceed with caution in poorly lit areas and if possible, use reflective gear to enhance being seen by motorists.
Being involved in a motorcycle accident can be a traumatizing experience. The Miami motorcycle accident lawyers at the Perazzo Law Firm understand how overwhelming it can be to deal with the medical and legal implications that motorcycle accidents entail. Trying to overcome the legal matters can sometime influence the physical recovery of the motorcycle accident victim. Thus, when a motorcycle accident victim can focus on his/her recovery, and not have to worry about the legal aspects of a lawsuit, the chances of a favorable outcome improve greatly.
If you, a friend, or relative has been involved or injured in a motorcycle accident in Miami-Dade, Broward, or Orange County, contact the Miami motorcycle accident lawyers at the Perazzo Law Firm for a FREE initial consultation to discuss a possible insurance claim for compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, or other losses. The Perazzo Law Firm offers its clients ZERO OUT-OF-POCKET FEES until a settlement that best favors their client is achieved.
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