According to a recent study, Florida had the highest number of motorcycle fatalities in the country. In fact, approximately 467 fatal accidents occur every year. Despite motorcycle riding being nothing new here in the Sunshine State, many drivers still fail to fairly share the road with motorcyclists. Unfortunately, despite many motorcycle accidents being the result of another driver’s negligence, many motorcyclists still face the stigma of being responsible for what happened. As such, many insurance companies will try to resist paying out substantial claims for the significant injuries a motorcyclist can sustain in an accident. At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we believe that every injury should be taken seriously; we will fight for your right to compensation.
Below are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents, as well as what steps you should take to recovering compensation.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Many accidents are the result of driver error and as such, the following are the most common causes of motorcycle crashes:
- Driver runs a red light
- Driver switches lanes without checking to see if it’s clear
- Head-on collisions
- Drunk or fatigued driving
- Driver makes a left-hand turn when they shouldn’t have
Left-hand turn accidents are actually one of the most common causes of these types of accidents. This is because any driver who is making a left-hand turn has a responsibility to wait until the coast is clear to make their turn. These types of accidents may happen because a driver is in a rush and wants to make the turn before the light turns red or because they were distracted and failed to ensure it was safe to proceed with turning. Whatever the reason may be, accidents of this nature often result in catastrophic injuries for the motorcyclist. Motorcyclists don’t have the same level of protection that those in a regular vehicle do, so when an accident happens, it can change a motorcyclist’s life in a matter of seconds.
Common Challenges of Motorcycle Accident Claims
“I didn’t see them.” That’s one of the most common disputes drivers will claim after injuring a motorcyclist in an accident. While it’s true that accidents can happen even if everyone involved was obeying the law, the injured party’s bills will still need to be paid after being hurt in a collision. Motorcyclists in Florida are not required to carry personal injury protection, or PIP for short. In the case of any injuries sustained in an accident, a motorcyclist’s PIP coverage will not provide compensation unlike a traditional motor vehicle.
This means that one of a motorcyclist’s only form of recourse for recovering compensation is to move forward with a personal injury claim to hold the negligent part liable for the harm they caused. The experienced attorneys at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. can help you with this. Give us a call today to get started: 954-419-3719.
Contact a Fort Lauderdale 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 because of motorcycle accidents in Davie, Boca Raton, Sunrise, Plantation, 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 offices in Pompano Beach.
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