Florida has the second-highest number of registered motorcyclists of all of U.S. states. Unfortunately, Florida also leads the country in the number of fatal motorcycle accidents each year. While the state has a lot to offer people who ride motorcycles, you should always stay aware of the risks of injuries and know what actions to take should an accident occur.
At the Dolman Law Group, our legal team has significant experience representing motorcyclists who have sustained serious injuries in crashes. We know that many crashes take place because other drivers or parties act in negligent ways that put motorcyclists at risk. We are here to help protect your rights after a motorcycle crash, so please do not wait to call our office to learn more about our services today.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Some motorcyclists crash because of their own errors. In many cases, however, a motorcyclist is not the one at fault in an accident. Others may cause motorcycle crashes, including:
- Distracted drivers – Motorcycles are already more difficult to see on the road than larger vehicles. Drivers who do not pay adequate attention to the road and surrounding traffic may easily miss motorcyclists around them. This may lead to dangerous lane changes, running a motorcyclist off the road, or rear-ending a motorcycle.
- Drunk drivers – Drunk drivers are a danger to everyone on the road, and motorcyclists are no different. Similar to distracted drivers, impaired people may not focus on the road well enough to notice motorcyclists in their paths—and may crash into those bikes.
- Aggressive drivers – Sometimes, a driver may become overly frustrated with traffic and may take it out on the vehicles around them. When an aggressive driver threatens a motorcycle, serious crashes can occur.
- Traffic violations – Drivers of all types of vehicles must follow traffic laws, including speed limits, lane changing procedures, yield rules, and more. When drivers violate the law, they can crash into motorcyclists.
- Defective motorcycle parts – Some motorcycle accidents are not the fault of another driver, but of the company that manufactured the motorcycle or its parts. When an important part of a motorcycle is defective, a motorcyclist may easily lose control and crash.
- Road hazards – Hazardous conditions on the road are particularly dangerous for motorcyclists, because motorcycles cannot navigate through potholes, large cracks, gravel, or uneven pavement as well as other larger vehicles. Hitting a sudden hazard can cause a motorcyclist to lose control.
The above are only some examples of how negligent parties cause motorcycle accidents that can change the lives of motorcyclists. Make sure to identify any possible negligence that occurred so that you can protect your legal rights to compensation. The Dolman Law Group can help you determine which parties you may hold responsible for your accidents and injuries.
Motorcycle Crashes Can Result in Severe Injuries
Motorcycle accidents are so serious because motorcyclists have little to no protection from injuries. Florida does not require that all motorcyclists wear helmets, and some people choose not to do so. However, even with a helmet, motorcyclists can still sustain life-altering injuries.
Common injuries from motorcycle collisions include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Skull fractures
- Fractured collarbones
- Fractured ribs
- Broken jaws, noses, or cheekbones
- Eye injuries
- Broken arms, wrists, or hands
- Leg fractures
- Soft tissue sprains, strains, and tears
- Neck or back injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Internal hemorrhaging
Such injuries can require emergency medical attention, including an ambulance ride to the emergency department. Some victims may need immediate surgery and other treatments to stabilize their injuries, as well as hospitalization for a period of time for monitoring. Other common medical treatments can include physical and rehabilitative therapy, pain medication, home health assistance, and medical equipment.
Motorcycle accident victims not only will incur medical bills for all of the treatment they need, but they also regularly lose out on income from missing work while they recover from their injuries. These financial losses can be devastating and can damage many areas of an accident victim’s life. Because the losses can be so substantial, it is critical to know your rights as an accident victim.
Your Rights After a Florida Motorcycle Accident
Your legal rights and options after a motorcycle accident will vary depending on the circumstances of the crash. Unlike drivers of cars, Florida law does not require operators of two-wheeled vehicles to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. In fact, even when motorcyclists have PIP coverage because they also own cars, those policies will not cover injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents.
Fortunately, if another party was negligent and caused your motorcycle accident, the law gives you the right to hold that party financially responsible for the injuries and losses they caused. Such parties may include other dangerous drivers, manufacturers that sold defective motorcycle parts, or even government entities that failed to maintain or repair roadways.
Our experienced attorneys can help you hold negligent parties liable in many different ways. For example, you may file a claim with that party’s insurance company, or you may need to file a personal injury claim against them in court. The process for seeking compensation from a government entity, however, is very specific and set out by Florida law. You always need the guidance of a lawyer who can identify the best method of seeking the compensation you deserve.
Discuss Your Situation With a Florida Personal Injury Law Firm
The skilled team of attorneys at the Dolman Law Group represents motorcycle accident victims who have sustained a wide variety of injuries and losses. The sooner you call our office, the sooner we can evaluate your situation and begin protecting your rights as an accident victim. To schedule your free consultation, please call our motorcycle accident lawyers at (727) 451-6900 or contact us online today.