If you or a loved one recently experienced a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to damages if the accident was a result of another party’s negligence. A Miami motorcycle accident lawyer can help you build a case that supports your claim and handle the legal process on your behalf, so you can focus on feeling better.
The statute of limitations for motorcycle accidents varies depending on your case, so it can be helpful to begin the litigation process as early as possible. With more than 20 years of combined expertise, The Landau Law Group is ready to evaluate and defend your motorcycle accident claim. Get started with a free consultation today when you give us a call at (866) 703-4878.
Statute of Limitations for Motorcycle Accidents
Statutes of limitations represent the time frame in which you may file a legal claim to pursue damages after an incident occurs. It is important to get started with building a defense case as early as possible to ensure your lawyer has plenty of time to collect the evidence you will need to support your claim.
When you work with The Landau Law Group, we will explain your options and help you understand the litigation process along the way. Some examples of Florida statutes of limitations that may apply to your case are:
- Personal injury: 4 years from the date of your injury
- Wrongful death: 2 years from the date of your loved one’s passing
- Product liability: 5 years from the date of your injury
There may be exceptions to these limits depending on the details of your case. Your Miami motorcycle accident lawyer will understand which deadlines apply to your situation and inform you of the options that may be available to you.
Motorcycle Safety Laws in Florida
Motorcycle riders can be subject to more serious injuries than people riding in cars when an accident happens. Consequently, there are a number of motorcycle-specific laws designed to keep riders safe in the event of an accident.
- Riders should wear a helmet that meets federal safety standards, but there is motorcycle helmet exemption if the rider is 21 or older and are covered by an insurance policy that provides at least $10,000 in medical benefits in the event of an accident.
- Riders under 21 must display a state-mandated license plate indicative of their age.
- Riders must ride with both hands on the handlebars.
- Florida Statute §316.2085 stipulates that motorcycles should only carry the number of passengers they were designed to carry.
- Motorcycles are not to be used for racing on highways, roadways or in parking lots
Motorcycles are entitled to take an entire lane. Your Miami motorcycle accident lawyer can help you refute any claims by other parties that you were not following these and other laws at the time of the accident. This may protect your right to pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries, losses, and other expenses.
The Impact of Motorcycle Accidents
The consequences of motorcycle accidents can range in severity and may not be readily apparent until the statute of limitations has run out. It is important to consider the full scope of damages that may be associated with your accident before agreeing to any settlement offer.
Injury Claims with Immediate Impacts
Injuries with immediate impact can cause intense pain and suffering. These may include injuries to the following:
- Brain: Concussions are likely if you experience a crash, and could be linked to long-term traumatic brain injuries.
- Bones: Broken bones and fractures are common and could affect the collarbone, feet, neck, arms, and legs, depending on the nature of the collision.
- Skin: Aside from minor grazing and bruising, more serious accidents can cause road rash and potentially severe nerve damage.
- Back: You may experience a back injury, including damage to the spine that can result in permanent paralysis if not properly treated.
Another immediate impact of a motorcycle accident may be the passing of a loved one. If another person’s negligence contributed to their accident, we may be able to help you file a wrongful death claim to pursue compensation for your family’s loss.
Claims with Long-Term Impacts
When dealing with a motorcycle accident case, it is important to recognize potential long-term impacts for which you may be eligible to seek damages. When we represent you, we may consider any of the following long-term claims:
- Loss of income for the time you were unable to work due to accident-related injuries, and for future earnings lost if your injuries will prevent you from returning to work
- Diminished quality of life, for serious injuries and other implications
- Any rehabilitation expenses, from managing chronic pain to prescription drug expenses
- Emotional trauma and mental impacts caused by the accident
- Medical costs from continued medical treatment
- Financial loss from replacing your motorcycle
Every case is unique, and our team can evaluate the evidence surrounding your claim and help you build a case. We can determine the steps needed to pursue legal action, with your best interest and understanding in mind. You can help us get started when you call us for a free consultation at (866) 703-4878.
Motorcycle Accident Attorney Miami
The Landau Law Group is a service-oriented firm, with our client’s comfort and understanding of the litigation process being our priority. The earlier you give us a call, the sooner we can begin building a case that represents your interests.
If you were in a motorcycle accident in Miami, now is the time to take legal action. Call our office today for a free consultation: (866) 703-4878.