Rear-End Motorcycle Accidents

Miami Lawyers Helping Victims Injured in Vehicle Crashes

Rear-end accidents are commonplace on South Florida roadways, as motorists rush to get to their destinations, don’t pay proper attention to traffic conditions, and otherwise fail to adhere to safe practices on the road. When a motorcyclist is rear-ended by another, larger, vehicle, the results are more than just an inconvenience to those involved. Rear-end motorcycle accidents can cause significant injuries to victims, especially on highways or other fast-moving roads. Miami motorcycle accident attorney Robert Dixon represents those riders injured by negligent drivers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rear-end motorcycle collision, our team at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon can assist you in pursuing legal action to recover compensation for your losses. Our firm offers seasoned and compassionate representation to victims, as well as families who have lost loved ones in motorcycle accidents, with clients throughout Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Broward Counties, as well as other parts of South Florida. Those injured in a serious rear-end motorcycle collision often need financial assistance to deal with the costs that arise out of their injuries, and we are dedicated to holding the responsible parties accountable. If you have questions about your legal rights and options following a motorcycle crash, please contact our office to set up a free consultation to speak with an attorney today.

Causes and Factors Contributing to Rear-End Motorcycle Accidents

Rear-end motorcycle collisions are often caused by a driver who is not paying proper attention to the road or traffic conditions. Distracted driving practices can include texting or talking on the phone, trying to use a GPS system, eating, and applying makeup. These types of accidents can also be caused to another driver trying to pass, or even harass, a motorcyclist in front of them by following too closely. Other contributing factors include a motorist failing to stop at a stop light, intoxication by drugs or alcohol, and other failures in obeying traffic rules and laws. Motorcyclists and their passengers are much more susceptible to permanent, life-altering injuries and fatalities when involved in a rear-end collision, compared to those involving standard vehicles. Florida also has one of the most lenient helmet laws in the nation, which leads to more motorcycle fatalities. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has reported that one in every five fatalities related to a highway collision involves a motorcycle, when motorcyclists are only seven percent of all vehicles on the road.

Responsibility for Rear-End Motorcycle Injuries

Most of the time, fault for a rear-end motorcycle accident lies with the vehicle that strikes the other from behind. Motorcyclists who are injured in a rear-end accident can file a personal injury claim in order to recover damages for medical costs, time missed from work, diminished earning capacity where injuries are long-lasting, as well as pain and suffering. When one of these collisions leads to a death, certain family members can file a wrongful death suit in order to receive compensation for loss of support as well as burial or funeral expenses. Even if a motorcyclist is partly responsible for his or her own injuries, if another involved driver is also negligent, legal action is still possible. Florida follows a pure comparative fault standard for awarding damages for negligence. For instance, a motorcycle rider found 40 percent liable for an accident can still receive 60 percent of incurred damages from another liable party. If you’ve been involved in a serious motorcycle accident your first priority should be receiving proper medical treatment, but it is also important to contact a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible who can help you protect your legal rights.

Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Representing Miami Area Residents

Many motorists fail to respect motorcycles’ rights to share the road. When other drivers act carelessly and dangerously, they should be held accountable for the harm that results. Injury lawyer Robert Dixon of the Law Offices of Robert Dixon is devoted to holding those negligent drivers responsible. If you’ve suffered an injury or a loved one has died as a result of a motorcycle accident, please call our office today at (877) 499-4878 or contact us online to schedule a free, no obligation consultation and see how we can help. We serve clients in communities including Miami, West Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale.