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Motorcycles are one of our most popular modes of transportation and recreation. For enthusiasts, few activities provide the same thrill and relaxation as riding on a motorcycle in a scenic region. Unfortunately, even when a rider is doing everything he or she can to behave safely, some motorists simply fail to see motorcyclists on the roadway, or they may fail to drive safely when in close proximity to a rider. At the Acosta Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers have represented many people in Miami and beyond who have been struck by a careless driver.
Holding a Negligent Driver Accountable for a Motorcycle Accident
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, the first thing you should do is ensure that you seek prompt medical attention to address any injuries. If you are in sufficient medical condition immediately following the collision, it can be helpful to take pictures of the scene, get witnesses’ information, and write down any recollections about the events leading up to the accident. This information can be helpful when it comes to building your case and conducting a thorough investigation.
Seeking damages after a motorcycle accident typically involves bringing a personal injury claim against the driver who allegedly caused the crash. In a motor vehicle collision case, you must try to show that the driver who caused the accident was not driving with the same ordinary care and skill that an ordinarily prudent person would use in a similar situation, taking into account the weather, road, and other hazards that were present at the time of the crash. This standard of care encompasses any driving regulations and traffic laws that were in effect. For example, the driver may have failed to yield at a red light or may have cut off a motorcyclist during a reckless left turn. When this happens, there is a strong likelihood that the defendant will be found negligent. Most ordinary drivers take care to obey traffic laws and stay alert to their surroundings.
After showing that the defendant did not comply with the appropriate standard of care, the plaintiff must show that this breach was the direct cause of his or her injuries. This is a necessary step to recovering compensation. Causation consists of both factual and legal components, meaning that the defendant’s breach must be both a but-for cause and a foreseeable cause of the crash. Finally, damages must be reasonably quantifiable and not overly speculative. If the plaintiff can establish all of the elements in a negligence claim by a preponderance of the evidence, the defendant may be required to compensate the plaintiff for a variety of economic and non-economic damages. Some common examples include medical bills, out-of-pocket costs, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Explore Your Options with a Miami Lawyer after a Motor Vehicle Collision
At the Acosta Law Firm, we recognize how difficult it can be for you and your family to endure injuries caused by a careless motorist. Our attorneys have represented numerous victims of car accidents throughout the Miami area and elsewhere in South Florida. We have assisted injured individuals in Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, West Palm Beach, Homestead, Kendall, Doral, Key Largo, and Key West, as well as other communities throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe Counties. Call us at 305-858-8880 or contact us online to set up a free initial consultation.