An early morning crash on Interstate 95 has left one dead and two others injured. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a Toyota Corolla and two motorcycles were traveling in the southbound lanes of I-95 near Miami Gardens Drive. The two motorcyclists, Miriam Perez-Duarte, 21, and Christian Salazar, 24, were driving side-by-side in the lane. For unknown reasons, they collided and were thrown from their motorcycles.
Winnie Benjamin, 20, the driver of the Corolla, attempted to stop but collided with one of the motorcyclists, running over her leg. Perez-Duarte suffered serious injuries and was taken to Aventura Hospital. Salazar was pronounced dead at the crash scene.
Increased Risks for Motorcyclists
While motorcycle riding is an extremely popular pastime in the US, with nearly 8.4 million registered motorcycles on the road, it can also be a dangerous one. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,668 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2013. Another 88,000 motorcyclists were injured that same year. Experts estimate that motorcyclists are around 26 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a crash and are five times more likely to be injured. This is because motorcyclists do not have the same protection as occupants of a passenger vehicle. While some motorcyclists wear helmets, they do not benefit from other forms of protection like airbags, seatbelts or a metal vehicle frame.
What Should I Do If I am Injured in a Motorcycle Crash?
When you are injured in a motorcycle crash in Florida, you may be entitled to recovery of compensation for your damages. This includes damages like medical bills related to the accident, loss of income and pain and suffering. While there are many instances when a motorcyclist is at fault for an accident, there are also many instances when another driver is at fault. If you were hit by a negligent driver while riding a motorcycle, that driver may be held responsible for your injuries.
The motorcycle accident attorneys at Bernstein & Maryanoff in Miami have the right resources and experience to help you build a solid personal injury case and pursue the maximum compensation for your injuries. We have a principal office in Miami and numerous other offices across the state. We are also able to make house calls if you cannot come into our office due to your injuries. If you are suffering from injuries from a motorcycle accident that was caused by a negligent driver, the attorneys at Bernstein & Maryanoff are here to help.