Pompano Beach Motorcycle Accidents
The scenic city of Pompano Beach was named one of the best places to live in Broward County. The quaint city is located north of Fort Lauderdale and is home to over 110,000 residents. Many of the residence enjoy the local community which offers breathtaking beach views, a variety of restaurants, shopping centers, and a thriving market for new business.
Major highways such as I-95, the Turnpike, and Federal Highway, providing commuters with easy access to neighboring like Deerfield Beach, Coconut Creek, and Lauderdale-by-the-sea.
One of the many ways to travel around the beach city is by motorcycle, motorbike, or scooters. While motorcycles and scooters are a fun and easy way to get around, we are seeing a rise in motorcycle accidents at busy intersections like Sample Road and Federal Highway, Dixie Highway and Atlantic Boulevard or Powerline Road and Atlantic Boulevard.
At Frankl & Kominsky Injury Lawyers, we have helped over 6,000 clients navigate the claims and litigation process after they were injured in an accident. Our Pompano Beach Injury Lawyers encourage motorcyclists, scooter operators and motorbike drivers to get the proper education on Florida Helmet Laws, licensing and insurance coverage to protect themselves from potential accidents.Leading Causes for Motorcycle Accidents in Broward County
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, below are the leading causes for accidents involving a motorcyclist -
Unsafe Lane Changes - When an automobile driver makes sudden or unsafe lane changes without checking their surroundings or blind spots they could collide with a motorcyclist.
Speeding and Reckless Driving - Many of our clients are injured by reckless drivers who speed, make sudden stops, or illegal turns.
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol - Many drivers who are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs pose a serious threat to anyone traveling beside them, most especially motorcycle drivers.
Inexperienced Drivers - Young or inexperienced drivers are easily distracted and often fail to check their blindspots before switching lanes or making left-hand turns.
Dangerous Road Conditions - Motorcycle drivers and bicyclists are most at risk when driving on roads that have potholes, crumbling pavement, debris that may have fallen off a work truck or from a nearby construction site, or lack of visible signals and signage.
Injuries Sustained After A Motorcycle Accident
Similar to car and auto accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians, motorcycle drivers do not have much protection against injuries. Here are the leading injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident -
Head and Traumatic Brain Injuries - Symptoms of a concussion and traumatic brain injury include confusion or disorientation, difficulty remembering new information, blurry vision, nausea and vomiting, and trouble speaking coherently
Spinal Cord Injuries - these injuries can result in permanent disability, paraplegia, and quadriplegia
Fractures and Broken Bones - these are the most common injuries following a car crash involving a motorcycle driver
Internal Injuries or Internal Bleeding - an accident can cause blunt force trauma which may lead to internal bleeding, damage to the organs, or penetration trauma such as glass or debris that penetrates the skin during the accident.How Medical Treatment Helps Your Injury Claim
While minor injuries like road rash, scrapes and bruising may heal without immediate medical care, we encourage all victims involved in a motorcycle crash to seek treatment.
When you have been hurt or injured in a motorcycle crash, a doctor or medical professional can perform a thorough examination to determine the extent of your injuries. Our injury attorneys at Frankl & Kominsky cannot emphasize the importance of medical care enough.
Below are hospitals in Pompano Beach that can provide the medical care you may need following a motorcycle crash -
Open 24 Hours | Phone: (954) 941-8300
Open 24 Hours | Phone: (954) 776-8500
By seeking medical care, your doctor will document your injuries and recommended treatment to restore your health and improve your chances of full recovery. The medical records will support your personal injury claim and will play a major part in recovering a settlement.Types of Damages You Can Claim for after a Motorcycle Crash
Punitive Damages are awarded by courts when the at-fault party or defendant acted out of gross negligence such as being reckless, wanton, with the intention to harm, in the commission of a crime or while participating in criminal activity, and failing to stop at the scene of the accident.
General damages are defined intangible harm or injury you sustain such as pain and suffering, mental anguish or emotional trauma, and sadly loss of consortium. Insurance adjusters rely on a basic formula to assign a dollar value to these non-monetary damages.
Special damages compensate an accident victim for medical bills and expenses such as emergency transportation, emergency room or urgent care visits, extended hospital stays, surgery, rehabilitation, and in-home nursing care.
A claim for special damages would also include financial losses such as lost wages, reduced earning capacity, loss of total income, and cost of household services.What NOT to do After A Motorcycle Accident
Watch What You Say & Who Your Say It To
In an accident, the sudden impact may cause you to be confused and disoriented. You may feel that to some extent you are at fault for the crash, but it’s important that you DO NOT admit fault or take responsibility.
You should never say that you’re okay. The adrenaline in your body may prolong the symptoms of an injury so it you should NEVER say you’re okay or unharmed without a full medical evaluation from a licensed doctor.
What To Do After A Motorcycle Crash
Seek Medical Treatment - your health and well-being is the most important part of this process. Do not wait to see a doctor as doing so can result in delayed healing and recovery.
Report the Crash by calling 9-1-1 - if your injuries allow, be sure to call the local law enforcement and report the crash. The officer may determine cite the at-fault party at the scene of the accident. Make sure to get an incident report and exchange insurance information.
Document the Property Damage and Scene of the accident - take photos and video of the scene of the accident, this will support your claim should the police report suggests that you are at fault for the accident
Speak to Witnesses by collecting important information such as their name, phone number, address, and email.Personal Injury Claims in Florida
In the State of Florida, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is four years. If you or a loved one were injured by no fault of your own. You may decide to file a claim for damages, you need to act quickly. Most insurance companies will try to settle your claim by offering to pay for property damage and your initial medical bills.
The statute of limitations in Florida refers to litigating a case and not pursuing a claim with the at-fault parties insurance company. In some circumstances, the injured party may have a shorter deadline to file a claim for damages. For example: If an employee of a government agency is injured at work, they have a few months to file a claim.Free In-home and Hospital Consultations Available
At Frankl & Kominsky Injury Lawyers, we have over 40 years of combined legal experience handling motorcycle accident and other injury claims in Pompano Beach and throughout South Florida.
Our injury attorneys have helped over 6,000 clients recover from their injuries while earning them over $75 million in settlements and verdicts.
If you or a loved one was injured at work, let our legal team handle your personal injury claim and help you get your life back on track.
For those who have lost a loved one in an accidental death, our wrongful death attorneys can help you through this tragic time and fight for maximum compensation on your family's behalf.How Much Does It Cost To Hired A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
For a Free Consultation with our Broward Accident Lawyers, call 954-800-8000. We offer free in-home and hospital visits, and standby our superior client services. We speak Spanish and Creole.