As a Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorney, I have utilized this blog to discuss issues common to injury victims. Today I am going to discuss the factors we commonly see relating to motorcycle accidents.
1. Automobile drivers failing to see the motorcycle.
All too often we learn during a deposition that the driver of the automobile never saw the motorcycle. The driver simply veers into the lane and path of the motorcycle as a result of failing to check the mirrors and blind spot(s)
2. Distracted driving
This goes hand-in-hand with #1. Drivers often fail to take notice of a motorcycle in the adjacent lane due to being distracted. Distracted driving can take many forms. However, we often see drivers’ texting and driving which is every bit as dangerous as drinking and driving. In a recent blog, I discussed and linked to a study that illustrates just how dangerous texting and driving can be. On average, a driver diverts their attention for 4.5 seconds while retrieving a text message. Imagine taking your eyes off the road for in excess of four seconds while maintaining a speed of 40 miles per hour. You can cover the length of a football field in the time that your eyes are looking at the screen of your phone as opposed to the road.
3. Inexperienced motorcycle operators
Driving a motorcycle at excessive speed can lead to catastrophic injuries. The biker will have little time to adjust to hazards or obstacles on the road. Further, they can come up to quickly on an automobile changing lane, which accounts for many drivers failing to see the motorcycle.
In cases where there has been a motorcycle collision in the absence of a car or truck, we learn that the biker over braked, under turned or failed to properly reduce their speed. Due to the lack of metal surrounding them, bikers are clearly far more exposed to serious injuries than the operator of an automobile. Thus, it is essential to wear the proper safety gear and drive within five miles of the posted speed limit.
If you have been injured as a result of a motorcycle accident, call us today for a free case evaluation and consultation. Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA is your Pinellas County motorcycle accident and injury team.
Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA is a Clearwater based Pinellas County personal injury law firm. We focus much of our practice on representing injury victims with claims related to a motorcycle accident, car accident, trucking accident, traumatic brain injury, spine injury, insurance carrier bad faith and injuries related to drunk driving.
For an accessible and competent motorcycle attorney, call us today at: (727) 451-6900 or email me at: [email protected]