A recent motorcycle crash in Miami has brought the dangers of riding on a motorcycle back into the spotlight. As reported by ABC 10, a motorcyclist was killed in July while traveling south on 137th Avenue when a red SUV made a left turn on 115th Street and headed north on 137th Street.
The motorcyclist died at the scene of the crime, while the driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The crash shut down traffic for several hours.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are not an unusual appearance on Florida’s roads. Because of the state’s scenery and beautiful weather, it is a magnet for bikers, which also makes Florida the site of many deadly collisions. According to the state’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 2016 saw 10,331 motorcycle crashes, resulting in 8,256 injuries and 515 fatalities.
These numbers are an increase over the previous years. For example, in 2014, there were only 9,854 motorcycle crashes, which resulted in 8,040 injuries and 427 fatalities. As you can see, the number of injuries and fatalities have increased dramatically in only a couple years. If you lose a loved one in a crash, you should know that help is available.
Speak to an Experienced Wrongful Death Attorney
Florida law lets certain family members sue for compensation if a loved one was killed because of the carelessness of another person. In a wrongful death lawsuit, you hold the motorist responsible who struck your loved one on his or her motorcycle. The key will be having sufficient evidence to show who was responsible for the collision. Conversely, if your loved one caused the crash, then you cannot receive compensation.
Wrongful death lawsuits are complicated, and you will need a qualified attorney to help you bring the lawsuit in an effective way. For one thing, you will need evidence, such as:
- A copy of the police report
- Witness information, such as what witnesses saw
- Any surveillance or other video that might have captured the deadly collision
- Your loved one’s medical records, which can show the severity of trauma as well as where they were struck
If your loved one survived for a period of time after the crash, they might have told you what happened. You should write down your memories of these conversations, which might include important information for assigning responsibility for the crash.
All this information can help us reconstruct what happened and whether someone else is responsible for your loved one’s death. If they are, then you can sue them for compensation to cover many economic and non-economic losses.
Call Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein Today
In this emotional time, you need steady legal guidance that only an experienced law firm can provide. Please reach out to one of our Miami wrongful death attorneys if you have questions about how to proceed with a legal claim. We have helped many grieving family members bring successful wrongful lawsuits, and we are eager to help you, too.
For more information, please call 305-371-2692. We offer a free initial consultation.