Motorcycle Accidents and Personal Injury
Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle accidents and injuries are steadily rising in America with the highest occurrences of accidents and deaths taking place in Florida. This is partly because of the year-round beautiful riding weather, but also because in Florida, wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle is not mandated by law. According to study conducted by the Florida Department of Transportation, the majority of motorcycle crashes involving another vehicle were caused not by the reckless driving of the biker, but of the negligence of the person driving the larger vehicle.
Some common types of accidents between cars and motorcycles in which the car is generally at fault include failure to yield right of way, not seeing a motorcycle in traffic, distracted driving, left turn collisions, driving while intoxicated and careless driving. Drivers are not usually looking out for smaller vehicles on the road and many accidents occur because a driver could not see a biker.
Unfortunately, whenever an accident occurs between a motorcycle and a larger vehicle, the person on the motorcycle is at a higher risk to be severely injured. Spinal injuries, fractures, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, disfigurement and even death are all common results of a motorcycle accident. Those riders who do not wear a helmet, like many in Florida, are forty percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury in an accident.
Motorcyclists are always encouraged to take extra steps to ensure their safety on the road. Remaining visible by keeping lights on and staying out of other driver’s blind spots is one way to reduce the chance of a crash. Dressing in appropriate gear like helmets and thick clothing can help mitigate injuries should a crash occur. Motorcyclists should always stay alert and drive defensively. It is better to assume that a car does not see you and stay safe.
When motorcycle accidents do happen, they can be devastating. It is common for the rider to suffer very severe injuries and often, they are not at fault for the accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident you should consult an experienced auto accident lawyer. You could be entitled to compensation for injuries, loss of quality of life and pain and suffering. You should never be left suffering due to another person’s negligence.
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