Injured in a motorcycle accident in Miami?
When you have suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, it is important that you contact a Miami personal injury attorney from our firm as early as possible to discuss your options for pursuing compensation. You may be contacted by the insurance company with an offer of a settlement, but you should not accept any type of payment before receiving a consultation with our firm, as there is a high likelihood that your injuries are worth more than you have been offered. Insurance company representatives usually try to settle a claim for the lowest possible amount, but we will review the situation to determine what would constitute a fair settlement.
When you work with the team at Klemick and Gampel, P.A. you will have more than 95 years of experience on your side, and we provide our services on a No-Recovery, No-Fee basis, so you will pay us nothing unless we win your case. We pride ourselves on being approachable and personal, and sincerely care to help you at this difficult time. Motorcycle injuries can be extremely painful and may require extensive medical care and a long period of recovery, and whether you have suffered road rash, a spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis, a brain injury or any other type of catastrophic injury, your life may never be the same.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 34,000 people were killed in motorcycle accidents between 2001 and 2008. During this time, about 1,222,000 people were treated in emergency rooms across the nation for injuries sustained in motorcycle-related accidents. Statistically, individuals between 20 and 24 years of age are at the highest risk of sustaining an injury or being killed in a motorcycle accident.
25 to 29 year olds are the second most likely age group to sustain injuries in a motorcycle accident. Between 2001 and 2008, motorcycle death rates increased significantly. In fact, deaths increased by 55% over this period of time. Additionally, the number of nonfatal injuries treated at emergency rooms across the United States increased from an estimated 120,000 a year to 175,000 a year. Motorcycle injuries and deaths are an important issue in the United States today because of the number of motorcycles on the road.
Keeping Motorcyclists Safe
Motorcycles are innately dangerous. However, the U.S. government has instigated laws and guidelines to help keep motorcyclists safe on the road. For example, motorcyclists should always wear protective helmets. This helmet should be DOT-approved. Beginning in May of 2012, 19 of the 50 states recognized universal helmet laws. Another 28 states have partial helmet laws and only three states in American have no laws related to motorcycle riding and helmets. Because they are difficult to see, it is important for motorcyclists to avoid tailgating other cars. Many accidents are caused by motorists who failed to see a motorcyclist. The economic impact of motorcycle crashes and injuries is significant, costing the U.S. economy and estimated $70 billion in 2005 alone. Motorcycle accidents are extremely dangerous and can be caused by a variety of factors. If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident because of someone else’s negligence, contact our firm today.
Aggressive Defense You can Count On
Statistical studies of motorcycle accidents, such as the Hurt Report, demonstrate that the driver of another vehicle is at fault in the majority of motorcycle accidents, usually as a result of failure to grant right of way to the rider. If a motorist ran you off the road, struck you in a sideswipe while changing lanes or collided with you at an intersection, it may be possible to prove that the driver’s negligence was the cause of the accident. Whether you were injured while riding a sport bike, touring bike, cruiser or chopper, we will review all available information regarding the incident to develop a strategy for pursuing your claim. Contact a Miami motorcycle accident lawyer if you believe that another person is responsible for your motorcycle accident and want to claim compensation.