Enjoying the open road is the main reason many people love riding motorcycles. Riders describe the experience as one of freedom. Motorcycles are easy to maneuver due to their lightweight design, agility, and small size—the same factors that make drivers and passengers vulnerable to accidents.
According to data from the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the National Transportation Safety Administration (NTSA), Florida leads the nation in motorcycle fatalities. More than 10,000 motorcycle crashes occurred in Florida during 2016, resulting in 515 deaths and more than 8,000 injuries.
Florida ranks among the highest in states with registered motorcycles. Add in 20.98 million residents and 116.6 million visitors per year and the danger of motorcycle accidents only increases. Traveling anywhere on busy roadways requires due diligence and an awareness of others, no matter what type of vehicle. Motorcyclists can implement safety tips such as wearing bright clothing and riding responsibly as a way to help reduce accidents.
More often than not, motorcycle accidents occur due to negligence on the part of another driver. Motorcycle injuries are generally catastrophic due to the limited body protection. The recovery process is lengthy and requires time off from work.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
A variety of factors contribute to motorcycle accidents—including weather conditions—however, a major factor is simply other drivers. Here are just a few reasons other motorists contribute to a majority of motorcycle accidents:
- They don’t leave enough room. Following too closely or braking suddenly is especially dangerous when traveling among motorcycles due to their short reaction time and space needed for quick maneuvering.
- Failure to yield the right-of-way. This failure leads to the top reason for crashes between a motorcycle and another vehicle. Intersections, where motorists fail to yield the right-of-way while making a left turn, see high incidents of motorcycle injuries and fatalities.
- Drivers remain distracted and unaware of motorcycles. Despite public service campaigns over the course of many years of stating the dangers of distracted driving and pleading for better motorcycle awareness, drivers continue to ignore both warnings.
- Not sharing the road. Florida roadways are open to all licensed drivers yet when it comes to motorcycles, many drivers do not share the road. Whether they harbor a preconceived notion about motorcycles or stereotype riders in a negative way, drivers endanger motorcyclists with their lack of regard. Cutting off riders when changing lanes, road rage, and crowding riders are just several examples of this type of behavior.
- Drunk driving. Drunk driving is a contributing factor to many motorcycle crashes.
In addition to other motorists, motorcyclists encounter injuries due to defective parts that cause them to lose control. Road hazards such as potholes and uneven roadways also cause motorcycle accidents. A lack of signs warning about road construction or an improperly repaired road are sometimes cause for litigation.
Common Types of Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles offer little protection during an accident, therefore, the types of injuries that occur are quite severe. Common types of injuries include:
- Fractured ribs
- Eye injuries
- Skull, leg, and arm fractures
- Neck or back injuries
- Fractured collarbones
- Internal injuries
- Spinal injuries
Florida law does not require motorcyclists to wear helmets. Some riders choose to wear a helmet anyway. Even those riders experience serious injuries during an accident, such as broken arms and legs.
Motorcycle injuries often require surgery, a lengthy hospital stay for monitoring, and physical therapy upon release. More permanent injuries may require a plan for long-term care such as additional surgeries, expensive medicine, or around-the-clock care.
Motorcycle Accident Lawyer With Proven Results
The attorneys at Sibley Dolman believes in holding motorists who cause motorcycle accidents accountable. We fight for justice for our clients. Each case is different. The results listed below do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding your own legal case. However, we believe that the cases are good examples of our commitment to our clients.
Motorcycle Accident with Cervical Fusion
Our client underwent cervical fusion surgery to repair a disc in his neck after other treatment failed to alleviate his pain. The insurance company initially offered $130,000 to settle. After 11 months of litigation, our firm, along with a co-counsel resolved the claim the day before trial.
Cervical Spine Fusion Surgery After Motorcycle Accident
Our client underwent cervical spine infusion surgery after a motorcycle accident. The insurance company’s offer never exceeded $215,000. After 8 months, our attorneys resolved the claim for $320,000.
Boca Raton, Florida, Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Recovering from a motorcycle accident takes time. Depending upon your injury, this often means time away from work. Florida law regarding motorcycle claims is complex. For example, Florida law does not require operators of two-wheeled vehicles to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. Even if a motorcyclist has PIP because they own a car, the policy will not cover injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents.
Our experienced lawyers can assist you with holding negligent parties responsible in other ways. We also know how to successfully negotiate, as shown in our proven cases listed above. Many times we can avoid trial by skillfully negotiating a positive outcome for our client.
The attorneys of Sibley Dolman believe every Floridian and visitor has a right to safely travel Florida roadways. Motorcycle injuries are often devastating and sometimes lead to permanent disability. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, or lost a loved one, due to someone’s negligence, call (561) 220-4963 today to schedule a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. The sooner you contact us, the faster we can get to work evaluating your case.
Sibley Dolman serves Boca Raton, the surrounding area, and cities throughout Florida. We work hard for justice on behalf of our clients so that you can focus on recovery. Reach out today.
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