The roadways throughout Pinellas County and the surrounding area provide motorcyclists with an ideal setting for taking long rides in the beautiful Florida sun. Sadly however, while taking in this picturesque scenery, many motorcyclists find themselves in a struggle to enforce their rights on the road against the majority of automobile drivers. The sheer volume of cars on our roadways today, combined with the ever increasing number of distracted drivers, poses a significant threat for the safety and well-being of motorcyclists.
In fact, distracted automobile drivers are the leading source of motorcycle injuries. Oftentimes drivers do not take the time to check twice for motorcyclist when pulling out into an intersection or changing lanes. As a result, even the most cautious motorcycle riders have found themselves suffering serious injuries as the result of another driver’s negligence. A distracted automobile driver, whether checking a text message, speaking with a passenger, or changing the radio, substantially jeopardizes the safety of motorcyclists and their passengers. Current statistics show that when a driver focuses on something other than the primary task of driving, they are 4 times more likely to be involved in an auto accident (http://www.flhsmv.gov/html/distracteddriver/2008DDR.pdf).
Although bikers enjoy great freedom on the open road, that freedom comes at a high price if a motorcycle is involved in an auto accident. A motorcyclist is much more vulnerable to suffering serious injuries as a consequence of being involved in a car accident. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, last year alone there were over 9,000 motorcycle crashes in Florida. Of these, over 425 motorcyclists were killed, with over 7,000 seriously injured. A motorcyclist is not the only individual who suffers as the result of another driver’s negligence. Passengers, family members, friends and society as a whole are all negatively impacted and detrimentally affected by these tragedies.
Currently in Florida a motorcyclist is not required to wear a helmet if they are over 21 years old and covered by an insurance policy providing for at least $10,000 in medical benefits to be paid as a result of injuries sustained while operating or riding on a motorcycle. While wearing a helmet can reduce serious injury, the truth is that even those who wear protective gear risk suffering life altering injuries if they encounter distracted drivers.
The attorneys at Dolman Law Group have ample experience representing those who have suffered harm as the result of a motorcycle accident. Florida motorcycle laws are very specialized and handling these types of claims requires the attorney to have an understanding of not only the law, but also of the physical, emotional, and economic impact that these accidents have on the injured motorcyclist and their families. The attorneys at Dolman Law Group possess that understanding. If you find yourself or someone you care about in the frightening and uncertain circumstances surrounding a motorcycle accident, know that you do not have to face these difficult times alone. Please contact the attorneys at Dolman Law Group for further information about how to move forward during this troubling time. I can be reached anytime at 727-451-6900 or via email; Julia@dolmanlaw.com