Head-On Motorcycle Accidents
All motorcycle accidents pose a danger to riders, especially when a motorcycle collides with a larger passenger vehicle. Head-on motorcycle accidents are even more dangerous, as the impact combines both vehicles’ speeds, creating a more intense force, which may cause more significant injuries. Miami motorcycle accident lawyer Robert Dixon assists victims injured in head-on collisions, as well as family members who have lost loved ones in fatal crashes, in pursuing legal action against the responsible parties. Injuries such as head trauma, paralysis, and broken bones not only lead to expenses related to hospital stays or doctor visits, but often require significant time spent away from work, or even a loss of a victim’s ability to do their job. As such, victims of these accidents often need financial compensation from those who have caused their harm through negligence. Mr. Dixon and his staff at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon help clients across South Florida, including in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties in personal injury and wrongful death claims, working tirelessly to pursue justice. Please contact our office to schedule a free consultation and to find out about your legal rights and options today.Causes and Injuries Involved in Head-On Motorcycle Accidents
A head-on collision occurs two vehicles that are traveling in opposite directions collide with each other, with both vehicles’ fronts striking the other’s. Head-on collisions that involve motorcycles are some of the most life-threatening and deadly types of accidents. Even in the best-case scenario where a motorcyclist is wearing a helmet as well as full protective clothing, the potential for significant injuries such as traumatic brain injury and paralysis is high. Depending on the size of the other vehicle involved, motorcycle riders can be ejected from their seat, as well as thrown into another object or vehicle.
Often, the careless actions of another motorist are the cause of a head-on motorcycle accident. Some of these common contributing factors include:
- Driver fatigue;
- Unsafe passing on a two-lane street;
- Distracted driving;
- Swerving to avoid a road hazard; and
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
One or more of these factors may lead to a devastating motorcycle collision, and where those factors involve negligence, the liable parties should be held legally accountable.Liability for Head-On Motorcycle Accidents
Personal injury and wrongful death cases arising out of head-on motorcycle accidents are based on negligence. A knowledgeable injury lawyer can review the facts of your case to determine whether you may have a claim under this theory. A party has acted negligently when he or she breaches a duty of reasonable care that they owe to another, causing that person’s injury or death and resulting in damages. All drivers owe each other, as well as other motorists, pedestrians, and road users, a duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would behind the wheel. Examples of unreasonable actions could include texting while driving, excessively speeding, or disobeying traffic rules in an unsafe manner.
When a driver is under the influence of alcohol and this leads to a head-on collision, a simpler “negligence per se” or “negligence as a matter of law” standard can potentially be used to establish liability based on the reasoning that the intoxicated driver violated a law that was enacted purely to prevent the risk of harm that drunk driving carries. Once liability is established, victims may be awarded damages for past and future medical costs, loss of income, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Families who pursue wrongful death actions on behalf of their deceased loved ones may also receive compensation for burial or funeral expenses and loss of support.Miami Lawyers for Motorcycle Accident Victims
If you’ve been involved in a head-on motorcycle accident, you may face months or even years of recovery for your injuries. Motorcycle accident attorney Robert Dixon can help make sure you pursue the compensation you need in order to aid in that recovery. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are dedicated to providing our clients with experienced and compassionate legal representation throughout the entirety of their cases. If you have questions regarding your legal rights following a serious motorcycle collision, please call (877) 499-4878 or contact us online to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We represent victims in areas including Miami, and West Palm Beach.