Florida’s famously moderate climate makes it an ideal place for motorcycle enthusiasts to live and visit, as they are generally able to ride their bikes year round. As a result, on any given day there are likely thousands of motorcyclists riding on Florida’s various roadways. While riding a motorcycle is undoubtedly a thrilling and fuel-efficient way to travel, it also exposes riders to a significant risk of injury every time they ride. Because motorcyclists are not secured to their vehicles in any way, they can often be thrown from their bikes in the event of a collision. In addition, the lack of a vehicle body protecting motorcyclists often results in significant injuries when they are involved in accidents with other motor vehicles or if the hit stationary objects.
Fortunately, in many cases, victims of motorcycle accident can recover for their injuries and other losses by filing a Florida personal injury claim. An attorney can help victims make sure that they obtain as much compensation as possible after a motorcycle accident and prevent insurance companies from pressuring victims into taking unreasonably low settlement offers and giving up their right to sue. To schedule a free consultation with an attorney at The Dolman Law Group, call our office today at (727) 451-6900.
Data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that more than 90,000 motorcyclists were injured in traffic accidents during 2012. These accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common are detailed below.
The negligence of other drivers
In many cases, the negligence of other motorists is a direct cause of motorcycle accidents. Examples of the types of driver negligence that can cause an a serious accident include distracted driving, speeding, failure to yield the right of way, and driving while impaired, as well as many others.
Defective vehicle design or manufacture
Defective vehicle design or manufacture of a motorcycle can result in serious accidents, as can defective vehicle design or manufacture of other vehicles that cause accidents involving motorcycles. In these situations, victims can often recover for their losses from the manufacturer or retailer that provided the vehicle that caused the accident. The kinds of vehicle defects that often lead to serious accidents include brake defects, tire defects, steering defects, and defects involving accelerators.
Negligently designed or maintained roads
Some accidents are attributable to poor road maintenance or design. For example, malfunctioning stoplights, inadequate signage, poor road drainage, or inadequate lane markings all could lead to serious accidents involving one or multiple vehicles. Because government entities are generally responsible for road design, construction, and maintenance, a special set of legal rules will often apply when pursuing a legal claim arising from an injury resulting from problems with Florida roadways. As a result, it is extremely important for victims to consult with an experienced attorney who has experienced pursuing personal injury claims against the government.
Individuals who have been injured in motorcycle accidents that were caused by the negligence of another person or party may be able to recover substantial compensation for their injuries and other losses. Typical damages that are available in a motorcycle accident case include compensation for medical bills that arise from injuries sustained in the accident, physical and emotional pain and suffering, lost income, property damage, and future medical expenses. The lawyers of the Dolman Law Group are dedicated to helping people injured in St. Petersburg motorcycle accidents and other preventable accidents recover for their losses. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at (727) 451-6900 or send us an email through our online contact form available here.