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When Following Too Closely Puts Motorcyclists in Jeopardy

Just this August, a Florida motorcyclist was airlifted to a hospital, in critical condition after being hit from behind by an automobile. The 39-year old motorcyclist was stopped at a red light when he was rear ended by an auto driver who was driving at a high rate of speed. The motorcyclist was dragged by the car for over twenty feet, and while the driver of the automobile was also taken to the hospital, his injuries were considered much less serious than those of the motorcyclist. While only 6% of Florida’s motorists are motorcyclists, our motorcycle accident lawyers in Miami understand that over 18% of all Florida traffic-related deaths involve a motorcycle rider.

Who Is Most Often at Fault in Miami Motorcycle Accidents?

In nearly three-quarters of Miami motorcycle accidents in which a motorcycle and an automobile collide, the motorcyclist was not at fault. This is contrary to the commonly-held perceptions that motorcyclists are risk-takers and fail to drive safely. The primary cause of automobiles rear-ending motorcyclists lies in the fact that drivers tend to follow the motorcycles much too closely. An impatient, aggressive, reckless or distracted auto driver may simply fail to notice the much less visible motorcyclist. Driver distraction is also a major issue when automobiles rear-end a motorcyclist.

Distracted Driving as a Factor in Motorcycle Accidents in Miami

Unfortunately, we have become a nation of multi-taskers, and we continue to do so even while behind the wheel. We eat, change radio stations, turn around to scold misbehaving children, talk on our cell phones–or even worse, text–or simply “zone out” as we follow the same predictable route to and from work. These distractions and lack of alertness can set the stage for a potentially fatal accident when a car strikes a motorcyclist who has virtually no protection from the much-larger automobile.

Despite legislation in many states, drivers continue to talk and text on their cell phones when they are supposed to be paying attention to the road. Because of all the many dangerous distractions drivers routinely engage in, motorcyclists must learn to drive defensively in order to prevent being hit by an automobile. Motorcyclists are much less likely to engage in distracted driving, therefore–however unfairly–the motorcyclist must be the more alert driver in order to avoid being severely injured or killed.

Injuries Sustained by Motorcyclists Following a Collision

The injuries motorcycle riders receive following a collision with an automobile are almost always severe. From death to broken bones, road rash which can lead to serious infection, brain trauma, varying degrees of paralysis and disfigurement are a few of the extremely serious injuries typically suffered by a motorcyclist following a collision. These injuries can result in months, years, or even a lifetime of surgeries, medical procedures and rehabilitation and can render the motorcyclist unable to work.

Long-term disabilities are possible, leaving the motorcyclist with a huge pile of medical expenses as well as the inability to pay the most basic monthly bills. Only about half of Florida’s motorcycle crash victims have medical insurance; the other half are either uninsured or seriously under-insured. Cases of head trauma following a motorcycle crash are common as in 2000, Florida became one of the first five states to repeal the motorcycle helmet law and now allows any person over the age of 21 to ride without a helmet so long as they have an insurance policy which provides at least $10,000 in medical benefits.

Legal Help for Injured Motorcyclists

Motorcyclists who have been hit by a negligent driver need and deserve a strong legal advocate in their corner. We have represented hundreds of cyclists who have been injured due to the fault of others and the family’s of many more who have lost their lives. We have visited many victims of motorcycle crashes in the trauma center, after being requested to come to the hospital by either them or their family. Getting an early start on a motorcycle case is often critical for proving fault.

The attorneys of Greenberg, Stone and Urbano believe we can help injured motorcyclists by using our over three decades of experience to fight for the rights of the victim. Our attorneys were among those voted South Florida’s top-rated lawyers by the Miami Herald. We have the knowledge, the compassion and a stellar reputation in the legal field and will work to ensure you receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Please contact us through our website or call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 to set up your free consultation. Greenberg Stone and Urbano has been voted one of “South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers” by the Miami Herald, are “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell, has been named SuperLawyers and have been accepted into the Primerus group of leading law firms.

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