Motorcycle accidents that involve only one vehicle can lead to some of the most severe injuries, with drivers at a loss as to what to do next. Often, a dangerous condition on the road, another driver’s unsafe maneuver, or a defective part in the motorcycle can be contributing factors to a single-bike accident. In these situations, victims may have legal recourse against a responsible party. The motorcycle accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon assist people in the Miami area who have been hurt because someone else failed to take the appropriate care. Our firm can help you pursue proper compensation from an insurance company or from others who have created unsafe conditions on the roads.Asserting Your Right to Compensation through a Negligence Claim
Almost half of all motorcycle collisions involve only a single bike. These accidents can be caused by riders losing control or hitting an object in their path. Single-bike accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries for motorcyclists and their passengers.
Motorcyclists who injure passengers on their bikes can potentially be held legally accountable by their passengers, but other parties may also be liable for failing to maintain safe roadways if it is their responsibility to do so. For example, a municipality has a duty to keep roads and highways safe for drivers, such as repairing dangerous potholes or other hazards. If a city or town breaches this duty, leading to an accident, it can potentially be held liable for any damages that result. To recover compensation in a personal injury claim arising from a single-bike accident, a plaintiff must establish negligence on the part of the defendant, or defendants. To prove negligence, the plaintiff must show that the defendant breached its duty to exercise reasonable care, that the breach proximately caused the accident, and that it resulted in damages.
In Florida, motorcyclists who contribute to their own injuries are not completely barred from recovering compensation from other parties who are also responsible. This state follows a pure comparative fault theory of negligence, meaning that damages are awarded based on each party’s degree of liability for an accident. If a motorcyclist is found to be 40 percent at fault, he or she can still possibly receive up to 60 percent of the total damages from any other at-fault parties. Types of compensation that may be available in these claims include medical costs, lost income or earning capacity, vehicle repairs, and pain and suffering. If a motorcycle accident results in a fatality, certain relatives may also pursue compensation for burial costs, loss of consortium, and other damages. They would need to bring a wrongful death claim against those responsible.Explore Your Options with a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Miami
If you have been involved in a single-motorcycle accident in Miami or the surrounding cities, the injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon can help you assert your legal rights. Our firm assists motor vehicle collision victims throughout the entirety of the legal process, from investigations and insurance claims through trial if necessary. To start discussing your options, call (877) 499-4878 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation about your case. We also assist injured individuals in Fort Lauderdale as well as other areas of Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.