Motorcycle Accidents: An Overview
July 10, 2019
Getting into a motorcycle accident can often be a very tragic situation. Due to the nature of motorcycle riding and its limited protection to the rider, many of those involved in the accident get severe injuries, end up in a coma, or tragically pass away. Understanding the dangers of the road, motorcycle and helmet laws, and liability concerns can help with handling the aftermath of the accident and any personal injury claims you may want to have processed by your attorney.
The Dangers Motorcyclists Face On the Road
When on the road, driving on a motorcycle versus a car or truck, comes with it its own set of dangers. It is much easier to be thrown from a motorcycle than from the inside of car or truck due to the lack of protection surrounding you. Without being inside a vehicle and surrounded by a metal base, cushioning, and air bags, you can be injured much more seriously. The road, other vehicles, and flying debris are all much more likely to harm a motorcyclist than someone driving another type of vehicle. In fact, a motorcyclist is 35 times more likely of dying in a collision than those using another mode of transportation.
Other types of dangers motorcyclists face include:
- Drivers not paying attention to their blind spot or not being cognizant of sharing the road with motorcyclists
- Potholes, small debris and other road hazards
Common Injuries Involving Motorcycle Accidents
Because of the dangers of motorcycle accidents, serious injuries are often associated with the riders. The most common injuries involving motorcycle accidents include:
- Road rash
- Facial fractures and disfigurement
- Broken bones
- Limb loss
- Serious burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
Liability Regarding Motorcycle Accidents
In order to have a claim for an injury involving a motorcycle accident, you must be able to prove that the other rider was negligent. When it comes to motorcycle accidents, the other party is usually liable. They often don’t see a motorcyclist when they should or cause the accident by other means such as issues with turning, stop signs, red lights, etc. Proving the other rider caused the accident is how you will be able to get compensation for your injuries.
Helmet Laws Regarding Motorcycle Riding
It is important to understand that there are helmet laws for motorcycle riders. Because of how dangerous it can be to ride a motorcycle and how easy it is for a rider to get a head or traumatic brain injury, helmets are an important requirement. In Florida, you can choose not to wear a helmet over the age of 21, however, you must carry at least a $10,000 medical insurance coverage. Injuries, even if you aren’t negligent, caused to your head when you chose not to wear a helmet, are covered by an insurance policy you open for yourself instead of through the liable party.
Contact a Lake Worth Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Motorcycle Accident Case in Florida
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a motorcycle accident in Florida? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. represent clients injured as a result of a motorcycle accident in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, and throughout Florida. Call (561) 533-0345 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 813 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460, as well as an office in Pompano Beach.
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