Miami’s great weather lends itself to bikers of all kinds, from cruising down Ocean Drive on a Harley Dyna Wi de Glide to speeding up I-95 on a Kawasaki Ninja 1000.
Unfortunately, it’s no surprise that the combination of increasing numbers of drivers and bikers sharing Miami’s streets and highways is resulting in motorcycle accident rates climbing every year. In 2018, the Florida Office of Traffic Safety reported that 531 people died in Florida motorcycle crashes. In 2019, the agency reports that Florida motorcyclists were involved in over 7,700 motorcycle accidents. As a matter of fact, in 2018, almost 20% of the fatalities from motor vehicle accidents in Miami-Dade County involved a motorcycle.
It’s sad but true…The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than someone driving a passenger vehicle.
With offices in Miami and Fort Myers, A to Z Injury Law represents people throughout the Miami-Dade metropolitan area who have suffered serious injuries or lost loved ones in motorcycle crashes. We’re ready to help you and answer any questions you might have regarding your motorcycle accident.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, more deadly motorcycle accidents occur in Miami-Dade County than in any other county in Florida.
Florida Highway Patrol data shows that negligence on the part of motor vehicle drivers is responsible for a majority of Florida motorcycle accidents and that goes for Miami as well. In more than half of all motorcycle accident cases in 2019, fatalities were caused by car or truck drivers who were not paying attention to the road or otherwise not obeying traffic laws.
It is important to note that more than 50 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes in Miami are broadside crashes, meaning that a motorcyclist is struck on the side by another motorist, usually while making a left turn. Most of these cases are ones in which motorists aren’t paying attention and are at fault for the accident.
In Miami Dade County, Hialeah also sees its share of biker injury accidents. Some of the area’s most serious motorcycle accidents occur on I-95. For instance, a former US soldier was killed near 151st Street when a van knocked his bike into traffic and kept driving. A 62 year old man was riding north on I-95 near the State Road 200 exit when his Harley sped off the highway and hit a guardrail in the media. In these cases, motorists are often at fault for speeding or improper signaling.
Wrecks can cause long-term problems for accident survivors. Types of motorcycle injuries can include traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, or paralysis. Other common severe injuries include burns, broken bones, and concussions.
The Center for Disease Control reports that 22 percent of all non-fatal motorcycle accidents involve a neck or head injury. Injured motorcyclists often end up with tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of hospital bills, surgery expenses, and physical therapy costs that are often not covered by insurance.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle collision in the Miami area, or you have lost a loved one to a wrongful death accident, consult with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. Insurance companies notoriously do everything they can to blame the biker for recklessness, even when the other motorist is completely at fault, just to be able to deny a victim’s claim.
A to Z Injury Law Firm has specialized motorcycle injury and accident attorneys on staff at our Miami personal injury law offices, and not only are they are experts at negotiating with insurance companies to obtain settlements for crash victims, but they are also prepared to take cases to trial if necessary to secure justice on behalf of victims and their families.
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