Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable on the road than passenger cars, trucks and vans are. The exposed riders on a motorcycle have no protection against the tons of steel in other vehicles. Even if there was no collision with another vehicle, there may have been a situation or circumstance that contributed to the accident that was beyond the control of the motorcycle operator.
If you have recently lost a loved one to a motorcycle accident, you may have legal recourse to file a wrongful death claim. Contact us today to learn more.
In 2010, the latest year for which statistics are available, 350 people lost their lives in motorcycle accidents. The total number of fatalities dropped by around 7 percent from the previous year, but the number of motorcycle passengers who were killed rose more than 25 percent over 2009’s figures.
If your loved one was a passenger on a motorcycle and lost his or her life in an accident, it is likely that he or she did not cause the accident. As an innocent victim of the choices of those around them, survivors may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim.
Of those 350 lost lives, undoubtedly, some could have been saved. Wrongful death motorcycle accidents can happen in a number of ways. The most obvious is a collision with another moving vehicle, but there are other possible causes. If the motorcycle rider was cut off and lost control of the bike as a result, the other driver may be at fault. A faulty repair or piece may have caused a malfunction of a critical component and lead to a fatal accident. The repair shop or manufacturer may be liable for the accident and for compensating survivors.
If you have lost a loved one to a motorcycle accident in Florida and believe you may be eligible for a wrongful death case, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. While it may be difficult to think of legal matters while you are mourning, time is of the essence. Contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today to find out more about your legal rights in this situation. Call us at 407-425-2000, or toll free at 888-425-2004 for a free consultation.