Ft. Lauderdale Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Motorcycling is an extremely popular activity in Fort Lauderdale. With hundreds of miles of coastlines, scenic rural drives, and fair weather year round, motorcyclists find ample time to hit the open road in the Sunshine State. Fort Lauderdale is a premier destination for local and traveling motorcyclists in the state. Unfortunately, this can mean high rates of motorcycle accidents in Broward County. The legal team at the Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik wants to extend its help if you find yourself in such an accident. Our motorcycle accident attorneys are dedicated to helping injured vehicle accident victims throughout South Florida.
Common Motorcycle Accident Causes
Driver error is one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. Passenger vehicle drivers might not look carefully enough for motorcycles before changing lanes or pulling out into traffic – especially when making left-hand turns. In other cases, drivers may be texting and driving or otherwise distracted at the time of the crash. Drivers who speed, drink and drive, or ignore the rules of the road can easily cause deadly motorcycle accidents. In these cases, injured motorcyclists may have the right to pursue a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
Some motorcycle accidents stem not from driver error, but from bike part failure or dangerous roadways. If a component of the motorcycle failed and caused the accident, the product manufacturer may be liable for damages. In the event of a dangerous obstacle in the road, such as a pothole or fallen tree, the entity responsible for roadway maintenance – the city of Fort Lauderdale – may have to pay for victims’ losses. You may need help from an attorney to assign fault and pursue compensation in Broward County.
How to Recover for a Motorcycle Crash
Pursuing financial compensation after a motorcycle accident begins with determining fault for the crash. Since Florida is a no-fault car insurance state, this only applies if the injured party wants to file a personal injury claim with the civil courts. If recovery is enough through an insurance company, the driver doesn’t have to assign fault. The injured motorcyclist simply has to file a claim with his/her own insurer.
If, however, the other driver doesn’t have insurance or someone else’s negligence had something to do with your crash, consider pursuing reimbursement through the civil court system instead of a simple insurance claim. A personal injury lawsuit can result in much greater compensation than an insurance claim in Fort Lauderdale. A civil claim is one way to fight for pain and suffering damages, mental anguish, lost capacity to earn, and lost enjoyment of life. An insurance settlement award will typically only pay for medical bills and lost income from missed work after a motorcycle crash.
It is worthwhile to speak to a Fort Lauderdale motorcycle accident attorney about how much your civil claim could be worth. If you suffered catastrophic injury or a loved one’s wrongful death in a motorcycle accident, a civil suit could be well worth the time and expense. Don’t let someone else’s negligent act go without legal consequences. Motorcycling should be as safe as driving, and, when we hold negligent parties accountable, we can work to achieve that goal.