Although motorcycles are prevalent in Fort Lauderdale, many drivers simply do not understand or see these smaller vehicles. Unfortunately, this makes the roads very dangerous for motorcyclists, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reporting that motorcyclists are 30 times as likely as other motorists to be killed in a vehicle collision and five times as likely to be injured.
Motorcycle riders should not be left to cope with injuries alone, and those who lose loved ones should not be forced to bear the emotional and financial burden of a wrongful death. Instead, Florida law requires drivers who cause motorcycle crashes to compensate victims. The victims, however, need to be the ones who pursue the claim for monetary damages.
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, our experienced Fort Lauderdale motorcycle accident attorneys have helped hundreds of clients recover monetary compensation after a collision. We are here and ready to help if you or a loved one has been hurt.
Motorcycle accidents can occur for many reasons. Some of the top causes include:
In all of these situations, the driver has either broken a safety rule or behaved in an unreasonably careless way that put the motorcycle rider at risk of a crash. If it is determined that the driver was negligent and that this negligence was the direct cause of the motorcycle accident, then the motorist is liable for losses and damage that result.
Motorcyclists and passengers aboard a motorcycle who get hurt due to another driver can pursue compensation by negotiating an out-of-court settlement with the driver’s insurance company. Motorcyclists may also pursue a damage claim by filing a personal injury lawsuit in court. Both those who have been seriously injured in motorcycle wrecks and family members of those who are killed are entitled to make a damage claim.
Motorcyclists who were hurt should be compensated for all economic and non-economic damages including:
If a motorcyclist was killed in a wreck, on the other hand, then the family members left behind can pursue a claim for wrongful death damages including:
A Fort Lauderdale motorcycle accident lawyer at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene can help with both wrongful death cases and standard motorcycle injury claims.
Representing yourself after a motorcycle accident can be overwhelming, as you may find yourself dealing with a hostile insurance company whose interests are directly opposite of your own. Instead, injury victims and their families should focus on recovery and turn to the legal professionals at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene who have been helping motorcycle accident victims since 1997.
Our attorneys offer free consultations and our clients are not charged legal fees unless we win compensation. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain from learning how we can help, so contact us today.