Miami Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
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Miami, Florida 33131
Riding a motorcycle can provide an individual with a special feeling of freedom as they travel down the road. It also puts the motorcyclist in a more vulnerable position when compared to those who drive vehicles. Motorcycle riders do not have any protective barriers between them and the road. Vehicle drivers may not notice a motorcycle rider and be unable to anticipate their next move. These are just some of the things that increase the chances of a motorcyclist experiencing an accident.
Challenges Faced By Motorcycle Riders
It's too common for vehicle drivers to violate a motorcycle rider's right of way.
- In approximately two-thirds of accidents involving motorcycles, the vehicle driver violated the motorcycle rider's right of way.
- A motorcyclist is more than 25 times more likely to die in an accident when compared to someone in a vehicle.
- In accidents involving vehicles, a motorcycle rider is five times more likely to be injured.
- During the past two decades, the number motorcycle rider deaths have more than doubled.
Many road hazards are minor irritations for individuals driving vehicles. These same road hazards can be a real problem for a motorcyclist. These hazards include such things as:
- Uneven pavement
- Objects or debris in the road
- Railroad tracks and more.
Motorcycle Accident Liability
When it comes to liability in motorcycle accidents, it is usually determined by the legal concept of negligence. This is when an individual's thoughtless or careless actions result in injury to another person. A vehicle driver must follow the rules and regulations of the road. They must do what is necessary to avoid harming motorcycle riders. Should a person not use reasonable care when driving, and it results in damage and injury to a motorcyclist, the driver is liable for the property damage and injuries.
It is possible for a motorcycle accident to be caused by a defect in the manufacturing process or design of a motorcycle. A design defect could be the result of a company creating a motorcycle in a way that an injury should have been anticipated. When a manufacturing defect occurs, there is no problem with the design of the motorcycle, but with the process of it being assembled. When a manufacturing defect occurs, the design is good, but the motorcycle is defectively built.
When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, what they do within the days following the accident can make a big difference in them getting adequate compensation. A Miami Motorcycle Accident Lawyer will recommend a motorcycle rider write down everything they can remember as soon as they are able to after the accident. It's important they mention the weather, vehicles and other people involved as well as every detail possible. Taking photographs of injuries and any damage could also help.
Call Police to get a report filed
When a motorcycle rider experiences an accident, they should call the police. This should be done even if the accident does not seem too major. The reason is the police will document the accident. A police report is able to be used when submitting an insurances claim. It can also be used as a legal document in court if necessary. A police report will contain important information about a driver's vehicle, identity as well as insurance information and more. A police report will be able to provide information concerning a vehicle being given a citation as well as a police officer's observations of the accident scene.
Wait To Repair A Motorcycle
This may not seem like a good idea, but it will help with an insurance claim or possible court trial. The reason to wait before repairing a motorcycle is that it's an extremely important piece of evidence. A Miami Motorcycle Accident Lawyer knows a damaged motorcycle will be able to show the seriousness of a motorcycle accident. It will also be an essential visual item that can be used by an accident recognition expert. The physical damage of a motorcycle can establish that what a motorcycle rider is saying about the accident is the truth.
It is important for a motorcyclist to not discuss their accident on social media. They should not do it in any place on the internet. Should this happen, and a motorcycle rider post information as well as their accident photographs, they could seriously compromise their case. An insurance company is very skilled at using social media to their advantage. They will look for any photograph or posting that could be twisted against a motorcyclist making a claim against them. What may seem as innocent sharing on social media or the internet could result in providing an insurance company with the valuable information they could use to deny a claim.
Legal Professionals That Handle Miami Motorcycle Accidents
Should a motorcycle rider be in an accident in Florida, they should contact the experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at the Doan Law Firm.
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