Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Coral Springs
Compensation for Your Medical Bills, Lost Wages, and Other Damages May
South Florida’s busy streets and highways are hazardous for anyone
driving or riding on a motorcycle. The city of Miami, in particular, is
known for its traffic congestion and aggressive drivers. Such conditions
increase the likelihood of motorcycle accidents.
We represented a moped rider who suffered serious brain injury and other
injuries in Fort Lauderdale, resulting in an $11.8 million dollar jury
verdict before reduction for the victim’s comparative negligence.
However, because the jury reduced the verdict substantially and was not
properly instructed by the trial judge, we were able to get the jury verdict
reversed on appeal for a new trial, with the hopes getting a much higher
verdict and judgment the next time we go to trial.
Call the Coral Springs motorcycle accident lawyers at
(954) 833-1440 or
contact us online for a free case evaluation.
People riding motorcycles have far less protection than occupants in a
standard vehicle, therefore, they are obviously at a greater risk for
injury. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, between
the years 2001 to 2008, more than 34,000 motorcycle drivers in the United
States were killed and well over 1 million people visited the emergency
room due to motorcycle accidents.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
For the most part, motorcycle accidents occur because vehicles or trucks
do not see them. Many innocent motorcycle drivers are injured or killed
by drivers that never saw the motorcycle.
Motor vehicle drivers may be distracted by their phones, music, and people
in the car. Car or truck drivers may also be driving recklessly, or under
the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If an individual is involved in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence
of a vehicle or truck, the motorcyclist and/or passenger in a motorcycle
may be entitled to file a claim. In other cases, motorcyclists are negligent,
weaving in and out of lanes and speeding past cars.
Aggressive driving by motorcyclists can often result in an accident. In
some situations, after the accident takes place, the motorcyclist is found
with alcohol in his/her system. We settled a case where a motorcycle driver
drove into a car in Weston, FL, causing injuries to the people in the car.
A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
determined the following facts pertaining to motorcyclists driving impaired:
- Having any alcohol in one’s body increases the chance of crashing
by 5 times
- Having a BAC greater than 0.05% increases the risk of crashing about 40-fold
- One-fourth of all fatal alcohol-related motorcycle crashes involve motorcyclists
running off the road, overturning, or falling from the motorcycle rather
than striking another object
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
The majority of injuries endured in motorcycle accidents involve the legs
and feet. Other injuries reported are head and neck injuries, upper and
lower trunk injuries, and injuries to the arms and hands. Bikers can take
preventive measures to reduce the risk of motorcycle accidents.
The Florida Department of Transportation suggests bikers become more visible
to motor vehicles by:
- Wearing brighter colors
- Placing reflective stickers on their helmets
- Wearing a bright colored helmet
Motorcyclists should also drive cautiously, making sure to stay out of
vehicle or truck blind spots and follow all traffic laws.
Florida Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Florida’s sunshine, tourist attractions, theme parks, and an array
of annual events draw millions of visitors to our state year-round. One
type of annual event Florida is known for is the many motorcycle events
that occur throughout the year, including the Poker Run in Coconut Creek.
Thousands of motorcycle riders participate in these events all around Florida.
The combination of residents and visitors in Florida, along with large
scale motorcycle events, means busier roadways and an increased risk for
According to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Palm Beach,
Broward, and Miami-Dade counties had some of the highest number of motorcycle
accident deaths in Florida in 2009. Statistics show that, in Florida,
the amount of motorcycle accidents and injuries increased significantly
from the late 1990s through 2008.
For example, in 1997 there were a total of 4,478 motorcycle accidents in
Florida, resulting in 3,930 injuries. In 2008, 9,618 motorcycle crashes
took place, with 8,519 injuries.
In 2009, however, there was a 13.6% decrease in motorcycle accidents and
a 12.7 percent decrease in the number of injuries. For more information, visit
Florida Motorcycle Laws
FDOT, two of the contributing factors for the decrease in motorcycle accidents
and injuries in 2009 were Florida’s Motorcycle Safety Coalition
and new laws for rider training that were actualized in 2008.
The Florida Motorcycle Safety Coalition works with the FDOT’s Motorcycle
Safety Program to decrease the number of deaths and serious injuries to
motorcyclists and passengers.
In an effort to reduce motorcycle accidents, Florida law requires motorcyclists
to successfully complete
the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Basic Rider Course before attaining their motorcycle license. The course provides bikers
with the necessary training to be a safe motorcycle driver. Florida law
also requires motorcyclists to wear protective eye gear at all times.
Florida Helmet Law
Also, motorcyclists are strongly encouraged to wear helmets. According
to the Florida Department of Transportation, ever since the helmet law
was repealed, the number of fatal motorcycle crashes increased by 21%.
As of now, Florida only has a partial helmet law, requiring individuals
16 years or younger to wear helmets. Individuals that are 21 years or
older may ride without a helmet as long as they carry proof of insurance
that covers $10,000 for injuries from an accident.
However, that doesn’t definitively prevent a jury from finding that
the failure to wear the helmet may be considered negligence and may reduce
the verdict. Of course, we highly recommend that all motorcycle drivers
(and moped drivers and other similar vehicle drivers) wear their helmets
to potentially reduce the risk of serious and permanent injuries such
as brain damage and paralysis.
Real-Life Case Example
Our attorneys have first-hand experience handling motorcycle accident cases
and know precisely what issues to consider in each case. For example,
Mr. Cytryn represented a motorcyclist who was involved in a collision with a taxicab
in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
The motorcyclist suffered severe injuries including a fractured femur that
required metal plates and screws and head injuries requiring 2 and half
weeks’ hospitalization, ultimately resulting in 3 surgeries. The
defendants’ best offer was $170,000; however, following a trial,
Mr. Cytryn was able to obtain a jury verdict of $510,000, which was reduced
by 25% because of the motorcycle driver’s negligence.
Florida Motorcycle Safety Tips
It is important for motorcycle riders to study and practice road safety,
as motorcycle accidents are widely known to be more dangerous than other
types of motor vehicle accidents, and in many cases, can lead to catastrophic
injury or death.
Studies show that 80% of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death
to motorcyclists, compared to 20% of
car accidents resulting in injury or death to car drivers and passengers.
Some of the dangers that riders and their passengers face include:
Accidents involving cars. Because of their size, motorcycles can be hard
for cars to see, particularly at intersections. According to
trafficsafety.org, in 2006, intersection accidents accounted for 51% of fatal motorcycle
accidents (where the motorcyclist was killed) involving passenger vehicles.
- Motorcycle drivers and their passengers are subject to more serious injuries
than other drivers. Because motorcycles don’t provide the same protection
that other vehicles do — seatbelts, crumple zones, and airbags —
it is important for riders and their passengers to wear helmets and other
safety gear to protect themselves from catastrophic injuries such as traumatic
brain injury and spinal cord injury.
Motorcyclists can keep themselves safe by:
- Always wearing a helmet to avoid serious injuries to the brain
- Wearing gloves, boots, and other protective gear to avoid injuries
- Wearing bright clothing to be more visible to other drivers
- Allowing yourself space when passing other vehicles
- Avoiding passing the vehicle in front when approaching turns
- Using your horn when you feel it is necessary or when in someone’s
- Not drinking and driving
Hiring a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Coral Springs
Since motorcycles offer little protection, the injuries sustained in motorcycle
accidents are often severe, such as injuries to the:
If you are hospitalized because your injuries or are unable to come to
our office, one of our lawyers or representatives will come to you if
we determine it is a case we can handle.
Our firm knows it is important for clients to be knowledgeable about their
case; therefore, we designate case managers to frequently update our clients
on the status of their case. In addition, our firm believes it is necessary
for our clients to feel comfortable communicating with our staff, thus
emphasizing to our clients to call us any time they have questions or
concerns regarding their case.
Get Started on Your Personal Injury Claim Today
If you or a family member has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you
may be wondering what your next step should be and where to go for help.
Motorcycle accidents tend to be complex cases and should be handled with
the help of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer.
An attorney with experience handling motorcycle accidents will begin the
investigation process and explore issues pertaining to liability (fault),
negligence, dealing with the insurance companies, damages, and seeking
ways to obtain the best possible financial recovery that you may be entitled
to for your case.
Contact the Coral Springs motorcycle accident lawyers at Law Offices Cytryn
& Velazquez, P.A. today for a free case evaluation at
(954) 833-1440 or
contact us online. Our attorneys will answer your concerns and protect your rights throughout
the legal process.