This past June, two people riding a motorcycle were rushed to the hospital following an accident at an intersection in busy downtown Miami. The driver of the vehicle that hit the bike failed to see the motorcycle and continued through the intersection as the motorcyclist was making a legal turn. While this accident may have been the result of a motorcycle turning in front of a vehicle without enough clearance, the fact that many drivers do not register the presence of a motorcycle until they are too close to avoid an accident is all too common. Due to the motorcycle’s much smaller size they can easily disappear in driver’s blind spots or behind other vehicles or obstructions, decreased visibility leads to many accidents.
The beautiful Miami weather leads to many bikers taking the road every day. Unfortunately, this leads to serious accidents between bikers and other drivers. If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, the expert and compassionate South Florida personal injury attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano are ready to fight to protect your interests and get you the compensation that you deserve.
Motorcycles are significantly smaller than other vehicles on the road. Although these bikes comprise only two percent (2%) of the vehicles on the road across the country, they are involved in ten percent (10%) of vehicle accidents. One of the main reasons for this disparate percentage of collisions may be attributed to the decreased visibility of a biker on the road. Frequently, accidents between bikes and other vehicles occur at intersections where road obstructions and other vehicles may camouflage a bike. Bad weather, such as rain or fog, also may lead to a collision where a driver did not see a motorcycle.
Miami Motorcycle Accident Statistics
If an accident does occur, it is likely that a biker will be seriously harmed. Motorcyclists involved in an accident have a staggering 98% chance of being injured. Over two-thirds of all motorcyclists who are involved in an accident are struck in the front, with only about 7% being struck from behind. Nearly 47% of all motorcycle accidents are fatal to the motorcyclist, simply because the motorcycle rider lacks protection.
The driver of an automobile has a steel cage surrounding them as well as safety features such as airbags and safety belts. The motorcyclist’s only form of protection is a helmet and leather attire, which can minimize serious road rash in the event of an accident. As a result of this lack of protection, the injuries to a motorcyclist involved in a collision can be severe. Concussions, brain trauma, spinal injuries, fractures, disfigurement, and severe road rash that can become infected are all potential injuries.
The United States Department of Transportation reports that motorcycles and motorcyclists are over 30 times more likely to experience an accident that results in death than passenger vehicle drivers. Should the motorcyclist survive the accident, it is likely that his or her injuries will be severe enough to lead to extensive medical expenses, lost wages for a significant amount of time, expenses for ongoing rehabilitative therapy, and tremendous pain and suffering. If the motorcyclist is unable to return to the job he held before the accident, he may have to undergo job retraining, incurring significant expenses, or he could be so gravely injured that he will never be able to return to work.
South Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorneys can get Justice for Accident Victims
Motorcycle accidents can be particularly difficult to present to a jury. Many jurors have preconceived notions regarding motorcyclists, believing that they are reckless and likely played a part in their accident. The skills of a highly experienced attorney are necessary in order to ensure the injured motorcyclist receives fair compensation for his or her injuries. The attorneys of Greenberg Stone and Urbano can help motorcyclists who were injured through the negligence of another driver. Our attorneys are among those South Florida attorneys voted top-rated lawyers by the Miami Herald and have over three decades of experience. Recognized by nationwide peer review organizations such as Martindale Hubbell (“AV” rated), Florida Super Lawyers, and by Primerus, our attorneys fight aggressively for our clients and have a thorough understanding of motorcycle accidents and how to get the necessary compensation for our clients. Call (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 today to schedule a free consultation or visit our website for further information.