If you sustained serious or life-threatening injuries in a motorcycle accident because of someone’s negligence, you may have the right to pursue financial compensation.
A motorcycle accident lawyer in Homestead can protect your legal rights and help you pursue a financial claim for your injuries. The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine provides professional legal representation to motorcycle crash victims in Homestead and other areas of South Florida.
Contact us today at 800-747-3733 to get started with a free case evaluation.
Who Was at Fault for My Motorcycle Accident?
Many motorcycle accidents take place because another driver behaved negligently. Many more take place due to poor traffic control markings, blocked views, and poor roadway design. In any of these examples apply to your case, you may have a valid legal claim for compensation.
We can examine the facts of your case to determine who was at fault for your injuries and whether or not that individual acted with negligence. If so, we can handle the preparation and filing of your legal claim and negotiate with the insurance company to obtain a settlement.
How Much Is My Claim Worth?
The value of your claim can vary, depending on the nature of your injuries. For example, if you sustained a permanent or long-term disability, your claim may be substantial.
We will begin by gathering evidence and information to support your legal claim. This may include:
- Current medical care costs;
- Lost wages to date;
- Future medical costs;
- Future lost income;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of life’s enjoyment, also called hedonic damages; and
- Property damage.
To support the estimates of future medical care costs, we may call on a variety of experts to provide testimony, including medical professionals and occupational experts.
What Is the Process for Filing a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
How we file your claim will depend on the circumstances of the incident and who had fault.
If the at-fault party was a motorist, we will likely pursue your claim through that person’s insurance company. If a poorly marked roadway or similar factor contributed to the accident, we may pursue multiple legal avenues.
We will also handle the inevitable negotiations with the insurance company and fight to ensure that any settlement offer is fair. Although it is unlikely that this will be necessary, we will be ready to take your case to court if the insurance company refuses to settle.
What Causes Motorcycle Crashes?
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (HSMV) indicates that more than 10,000 motorcycle accidents occurred in Florida in 2015. Almost 550 of those accidents resulted in a fatality. Although the total number of motorcycle crashes in Florida increased slightly from the previous year, the number of fatalities skyrocketed, increasing almost 30 percent over the prior year.
As it becomes increasingly more risky to ride in Florida, motorcycle riders sustain serious injuries most often due to the negligence of motorists on the roadway. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle wrecks include:
- Failure to check blind spots for low-profile vehicles;
- Aggressive drivers;
- Distracted drivers;
- Failure to yield;
- Illegal turns;
- Illegal lane changes; and
Some of the most common road hazards that contribute to motorcycle crashes are:
- Roadway debris;
- Poorly maintained roads;
- Road construction;
- Temporary signage; and
- Poor or missing traffic control markings.
Common injuries that occur in motorcycle accidents include:
- Sprains and strains;
- Broken bones;
- Traumatic brain Injuries;
- Back and spine injuries;
- Head and neck injuries;
- Amputations; and
- Internal injuries and organ damage.
Many motorcycle crashes leave riders with long-term or permanent disabilities, including paralysis.
Because motorcycles provide little physical protection for the rider, safety experts recommend that both the driver and passenger always wear a helmet—even though Florida does not legally require one for riders over age 21.
If you choose not to wear a helmet, you must carry medical payment insurance of at least $10,000. Unfortunately, that sum would not begin to pay for treatment for a major injury sustained in a motorcycle accident.
Why Do I Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
Our attorneys can give you the best chance of obtaining fair financial compensation for your injuries. We will protect your legal rights and handle all of the details involved with preparing and submitting your legal claim. We will also ensure that you receive the medical treatment you need for your injuries.
Documenting your claim requires obtaining a variety of information and evidence that you may not be able to access yourself. You may also need testimony from medical experts and accident scene reconstruction specialists, as well as statements from any eyewitnesses and the official police and accident reports from your crash.
With our legal team working on your behalf, you can focus on your recovery and getting your life back on track. We will support you through this difficult time while we negotiate a settlement on your behalf. If the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement for your injuries, we can build a strong case to present in court.
Choosing a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Homestead
You need an attorney who will fight tirelessly for your right to a fair settlement so you have the funds you need for your medical care and bills, especially if you cannot work.
The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine understands how challenging this time is for you. We are ready to fight for you and your legal rights. We understand the intricacies of preparing your claim and negotiating a settlement with the insurance company. We will work diligently to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
We offer free consultations and case reviews for motorcycle accident victims so that we can answer all of your questions. If you cannot come to our office, we are happy to meet you at your home or in your hospital room. Contact us today at 800-747-3733 to schedule a free consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Homestead.