Motorcycles are fast and fun, but when an accident happens it is usually serious. In Florida, more people than ever are taking to the road on motorcycles, scooters and the new 3-wheelers, like the popular Can-Am road bike. However, motorcycles are inherently more dangerous than the automobiles because of their smaller size compared to the other vehicles on the road. In addition, there is little to no protection for the rider of a motorcycle.
Being involved in a motorcycle accident can bring not only physical challenges to your life but financial and emotional challenges as well. Motorcycle laws are a unique area of the law and it is important to hire an experienced attorney who has the knowledge needed to protect your rights. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, contact our Tallahassee or West Palm Beach motorcycle accident attorney to learn more about your rights and whether you may be entitled to seek compensation for personal injuries.
What is the most common cause of a motorcycle accident?
The most common motorcycle accident occurs when a driver fails to yield the right of way to a motorcyclist. This can happen when the other driver fails to see the smaller vehicle, or when they are not paying attention, or if they are simply in a hurry and failed to look. An all too common statement following a motorcycle accident, is “I just didn’t see them”, which often results in a vehicle/ motorcyclist collision.
Other Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Cars turning left: The most common type of motorcycle accident is a car turning left striking a motorcycle that is continuing straight. Motorcycles simply aren’t as visible as other vehicles. While other drivers should be able to see a motorcycle, motorcyclists should pay close attention for the possibility of turning cars.
Lane splitting: Lane splitting has been the cause of numerous serious accidents as cars fail to predict a motorcycle quickly approaching while they are surrounded by other cars in heavy traffic. A car changing lanes or turning in front of a motorcyclist riding between lanes can cause devastating injuries. Lane splitting is illegal in Florida.
Lane changes: Cars frequently change lanes into motorcycles. A motorcycle can more easily disappear into a car’s blind spot and isn’t as easily seen by a driver looking for other cars. Always be alert for the possibility of other cars changing lanes and try to avoid riding in other vehicles’ blind spots.
Rear end collisions: A minor accident when between two cars, rear end collisions can turn deadly for motorcyclists. Any collision risks throwing the rider from the motorcycle and possibly into oncoming traffic. Be alert any time there is open space behind you.
Motorcycle Injury Claims
Medical expenses: Motorcyclists are entitled to recover for both immediate treatment and transportation as well as any ongoing care. This includes emergency room treatment, outpatient care, follow up visits, and any necessary medical equipment.
Lost wages: If a motorcyclist is unable to work temporarily or permanently as the result of an accident, they are entitled to recover for the wages lost as the result of an accident. This includes both time off from work during treatment as well as any disability that prevents the motorcyclist from working in the future.
Pain and suffering: Florida law does not require a motorcyclist to prove permanent injury before seeking pain and suffering. However, pain and suffering awards must still be proportional to the motorcyclist’s injuries. Factors that determine a pain and suffering award include the extent of the injuries and how long the victim is expected to take to heal.
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