Motorcycle accidents are a serious problem in Florida. With our year-round beautiful weather and scenic views, it’s no surprise that many Floridians choose to ride motorcycles. In fact, motorcyclists account for 7 percent of all motorists in the state. The large number of bikers doesn’t entirely account for Florida’s #1 ranking in motorcycle fatalities, though. Those 7 percent of motorists account for 19 percent of the state’s traffic fatalities.
One reason motorcycle accidents result in a disproportionate number of fatalities is that the rider is exposed, and thus more vulnerable in an accident. Motorcycle accidents account for a significant percentage of traumatic brain injuries. The likelihood and severity of a TBI is somewhat reduced by helmet use, but the risk is significant even for helmeted riders.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Many motorcycle accidents occur through the motorcyclist’s own fault, while others are the result of conditions such as an unexpected wet or icy patch. However, many motorcycle-related injuries occur due to someone else’s negligence. The most common type of motorcycle accident involves a car making a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle.
Other car/motorcycle accidents that are often the automobile driver’s fault include:
- Drivers failing to notice or accommodate motorcycles while changing lanes
- Drivers misjudging distance or failing to notice a motorcyclist stopped at a stop sign or stoplight and hitting the bike from behind
- Many of these accidents occur because drivers simply aren’t aware of or alert to the presence of motorcycles, or fail to appropriately judge distance and timing.
Motorcycle Accidents are Often More Serious than Car Accidents
Being rear-ended at a stop sign or stoplight is a fairly common occurrence for drivers of other types of motor vehicles as well. However, when that type of accident occurs between two automobiles, the damage is often minimal. What is typically referred to as a “fender bender” between cars can result in serious injuries or even death for a motorcyclist
Recovering Damages after a Motorcycle Accident
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident through someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to recover damages for your injuries. Some common expenses and losses you may be compensated for include:
- Lost work time
- Medical and physical therapy expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Damage to your motorcycle and other property
Protecting Yourself after a Motorcycle Accident
What you do immediately after a motorcycle accident matters. Of course, your first step should be to seek medical attention. However, as soon as you are able, you should seek advice from an attorney experienced in handling motorcycle accident cases. Although you have up to four years to file a personal injury case in connection with your motorcycle accident, there are some significant downsides to waiting.
- Mistakes you make, such as failing to follow up with a physician, may impact the damages you are entitled to
- You may be unable to locate witnesses, or their memories of the events may have grown hazy
- Physical evidence may have been lost
- Insurance company representatives may take advantage of the time before you seek legal advice to trick you into hurting or giving up your claim
Talk to a Tampa Motorcycle Accident Lawyer as Soon as Possible
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident through someone else’s negligence or you have lost a loved one to a motorcycle crash, schedule your free consultation today to learn more about your rights and the compensation you may be due.
Just call 1-800-253-5523 or fill out the free consultation form on this page.