Motorcycle Accidents in Sarasota, Florida Can Lead to Serious Spinal Cord Injuries

August 20, 2020 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman
Motorcycle Accidents in Sarasota, Florida Can Lead to Serious Spinal Cord Injuries

Sarasota Motorcycle Accident Spinal Cord Injuries

Road traffic crashes, including motorcycle wrecks, are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. According to the World Health Organization, people with a spinal cord injury (SCI) are two to five times more likely to die prematurely than people without a spinal cord injury. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates that 17,700 people suffer a spinal cord injury in the United States each year.

The Spinal Cord Is Delicate and Easily Damaged

Spinal cord injuries can occur in many different ways. Motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, car wrecks, slip and fall accidents, sports injuries, medical malpractice, and many other types of trauma can lead to spinal cord injuries. Damage to the spinal cord or its nerves can lead to permanent changes in strength, sensation, and motor functions below the injury site. In severe cases, spinal cord trauma can cause permanent damage, paralysis, or even death.

Motorcycle Accidents and Serious Spinal Cord Injuries

Motorcyclists are especially at risk for a traumatic spinal cord injury because SCIs stem from a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes or compresses one or more of the vertebrae—the type of impact that commonly occurs in a motorcycle wreck. When a collision happens, a motorcyclist does not have the benefit of a protective steel frame, airbags, or other safety features seen in traditional vehicles like cars and trucks. Instead, when a collision happens, motorcyclists are often thrown from the motorcycle and slammed into hard surfaces or objects, suffering significant physical harm.

Causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Inattentiveness
  • Road hazards, like road work debris
  • Dangerous weather, like sleet and snow
  • Drunk drivers
  • Impaired motorists
  • Aggressive driving
  • Failure to observe blind spots
  • Failure to follow rules of the road
  • Opening a car door in front of a motorcyclist
  • Distracted driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 5,286 motorcyclists killed in 2016—a 5.1-percent increase from 2015. The NHTSA also reports that motorcyclists die 27 times more frequently than motorists in car or truck accidents. When motorcyclists do survive a crash, they typically suffer critical injuries like spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, amputations, lacerations and contusions, and internal bleeding.

Injured Sarasota Motorcyclist Compensation for Injuries and Treatment

Under Florida law, people who are hurt in accidents caused by the carelessness or negligence of others are often able to recover compensation for their injuries and losses. Negligence means a person's failure to act with the degree of care that would ordinarily be used by someone else in the same or similar circumstances. In the context of motorcycle crashes, other people, business entities, and government agencies may be responsible for causing a crash. The drivers of other cars, trucks, and motorcycles are possibly the most common at-fault party. When another motorist's aggressive driving, speeding, distracted driving, or drunk driving, for example, results in a motorcyclist's injuries, the motorist can be held liable. State and local government agencies responsible for designing and maintaining safe road conditions can also be found responsible if they fail to meet their duty. The manufacturers of a motorcycle can also be held responsible if a crash results from problems with a motorcycle itself, inadequate safety warnings, or the way the motorcycle was designed, built, or maintained. Injury accident claims require following a set of legal rules that, among other issues, require lawsuits to be filed very soon after a motorcycle accident has occurred. Every claim is governed by a unique deadline known as a statute of limitations. After that deadline passes, the injured person may forever lose his or her right to bring a lawsuit for the injuries sustained in that accident. For this reason, if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should speak with an attorney immediately to understand your options and evaluate what deadlines you face.

Contact a Sarasota Spinal Cord Injury Attorney You Can Trust

At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we understand the life-altering damage a spinal cord injurycan cause victims and their families. We aggressively fight for our clients and diligently advocate on their behalf. Our experienced and empathetic legal professionals know how to deal with the intricacies of a traumatic spinal cord injury lawsuit. We have been representing injured victims in Florida for many years and are committed to protecting the rights of those injured by negligent parties. We know that a motorcycle accident can happen when you least expect it and your life may never be the same. The last thing that any motorcycle crash victim needs to worry about is how they are going to pay for medical treatment and cover their losses. We step in and handle the legal process so your focus remains where it needs to be—on your health.

Contact the Attorneys at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA for a Free and Confidential Consultation Today

If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury as a result of the negligent or reckless conduct of another person or business, contact the Sarasota personal injury lawyers at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA for a free, no-obligation and confidential discussion. All of our Sarasota, Florida spinal cord cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means we only receive a legal fee when we succeed on your behalf. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA's Sarasota spinal cord injury attorneys can assist you with evaluating your case and determining what your legal rights are and whether or not you have a claim under Florida's personal injury law. Our team of highly skilled spinal cord injury lawyers has helped many victims obtain the recovery they deserve for their injuries and related losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life. We are conveniently located in University Park, Florida. Please call us today for a free case review at (941) 210-7586 or fill out a contact form online. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA 8039 Cooper Creek Blvd suite 105 University Park, FL 34201-3007 (941) 210-7586


Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has successfully fought for more than 11,000 injured clients and acted as lead counsel in more than 1,000 lawsuits. Always on the cutting edge of personal injury law, Matt is actively engaged in complex legal matters, including Suboxone, AFFF, and Ozempic lawsuits.  Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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