The public as a whole is widely prejudiced against motorcycles as opposed to other motor vehicles on the road. Drivers, because of negligence, often fail to see motorcyclists or drive their vehicles in a manner that subjects riders to harm. When other vehicles collide with motorcycles, the result is often severe injury such as paralysis or traumatic brain injuries or, sadly, fatalities.
Over the years, more and more motorcyclists have made Florida their home. According to Florida state transportation data, there are close to 600,000 motorcycles registered with the state transportation agency. The data also reveals a corresponding increase in the number of motorcycle collisions that result in severe injuries or deaths. In 2013, the state reported that over 450 motorcyclists and their passengers died in vehicular collisions.
The issue of motorcycle accidents is a nationwide concern. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which has been recording accident data involving motorcycles annually, there were approximately 4,668 motorcycle riders who were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2013. There were about 88,000 motorcycle riders in 2013 who suffered serious injuries, and from 2004 to 2013, the number of deaths from motorcycle accidents increased by 16 percent.
The law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano of South Florida has represented clients who are motorcycle accident victims and families of motorcyclists who were injured or killed because of the negligent acts of other drivers. Our firm has successfully recovered millions of dollars for clients who deserved to be compensated for their losses. Our firm represents clients across South Florida, including Miami-Dade County.Catastrophic (or Fatal) Impact Of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists are at a significant disadvantage when involved in a collision with another motor vehicle, even when they are wearing helmets and are riding safely. This inherent disadvantage is because motorcycles are mostly unprotected. In approximately eighty percent of the fatal collisions involving motorcycles and other vehicles, there was a head-on collision between the bike and the other vehicle. Frontal crashes usually take place when a vehicle suddenly turns into oncoming traffic and subsequently collides head-on with oncoming vehicles, including motorcycles. If a motorcycle and another type of vehicle are involved in a head-on collision, there is usually a severe, disabling injury or fatality as a result.
Additionally, almost forty-two percent of all collisions involving a motorcycle and other kinds of vehicles take place when a vehicle makes a left-hand turn and collides with an oncoming motorcycle. These accidents may occur for a variety of reasons, such as when the other vehicle driver fails to see a motorcycle attempting to go through the intersection, or is trying to pass or overtake the other vehicle.
Although helmets provide some measure of protection, they are limited in their effect for motorcyclists who get into a head-on collision and are ejected from their bikes. In these instances, the cyclist may suffer various types of injuries that are catastrophic in nature such brain damage, traumatic brain injuries, paralyzing spinal cord injuries, amputation of limbs, multiple compound fractures, and serious third-degree burns or road rash. Greenberg, Stone & Urbano will consult with doctors and medical specialists in representing clients with serious injuries from motorcycle accidents. The firm will consult with such experts to establish clients’ medical needs, the permanent or temporary nature of any disabling conditions, and the necessary treatment. Such treatment may include prescription medication and equipment, long-term rehabilitation, reconstructive surgery, and lifetime care in extreme cases.Comparative Negligence and Securing Compensation For Motorcycle Crash Victims
Florida law adheres to a system of liability called comparative negligence in considering negligence cases. Under a comparative negligence scheme of liability, the jury or the judge, in the case of a bench trial, will consider all the evidence presented by both parties and allot a percentage of liability or fault to each party that is involved in the crash. After assigning a fault percentage to the parties, the court will then reduce an award of damages to the plaintiff if he or she successfully establishes the defendant’s liability and the court decide the defendant to be partially at fault, based on the percentage of fault that the jury or judge assigns to the plaintiff. Therefore, Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, in representing injured motorcyclists in negligence suits, will employ various experts to show that the motorcycle driver was not negligent. These experts will testify at trial about actions and reaction times by the other driver or drivers involved that caused the accident to be unavoidable on the motorcycle rider’s part. This testimony may involve showing that the rider was wearing a helmet, was operating the motorcycle safely, or that the bike was maintained properly and was in good working order.
If you have suffered a motorcycle accident anywhere in South Florida, including Miami, contact the experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at the law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano for a free initial consultation on how to obtain just compensation for injuries and other losses. Our law firm has over a hundred years of combined experience representing motorcycle accident victims throughout the State of Florida. Individuals injured in motorcycle crashes are not only entitled to submit claims for their lost wages from work, future earnings, and both present as well as future medical treatment costs, but also for the loss of enjoyment of life, pain, and suffering. Our firm also assists survivors of victims in these crashes whose wrongful death was caused by the negligence of other drivers and recover damages such as loss of consortium, lost earnings, emotional pain, etc.
Greenberg, Stone & Urbano uses focus groups and jury simulations, in preparing for trial or settlement, to fine-tune the presentation of a case so a jury will see all the evidence of the plaintiff’s losses and the defendant’s negligence. We use sophisticated resources such as video and power point presentations to gain the maximum recovery of compensation.
Contact the South Florida motorcycle accident attorneys of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano if you or a loved one has suffered injuries or was killed in a motorcycle accident. We offer a free consultation and contingency fee representation — no recovery, no attorneys' fees. Our staff is fully bilingual.