Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that Florida leads the country with the highest number of motorcycle fatalities. In 2016, 606 motorcyclists were killed in Florida, with 67 in Miami-Dade County alone. If you have been seriously injured motorcycle accident or you’re coping with the death of a loved one, Fischer Redavid PLLC can help. Contact us today to talk to an attorney with years of experience representing motorcycle accident victims in Hollywood, Florida.
Motorcyclists have very little protection from external forces in a vehicle collision. They have none of the safety precautions that other motorists have, such as the car’s frame and exterior, safety belts, and airbags. Therefore, motorcyclists are highly likely to suffer serious to catastrophic injuries in collisions. A motorcycle accident can easily send a rider flying from his or her motorcycle, causing damage upon the impact of the vehicles as well as from the rider hitting the ground. The most common injuries include:
Motorcycle accident victims can also experience traumatic tattooing, a condition in which friction burns and embedded gravel from sliding on asphalt cause permanent scarring. In Florida, motorcyclists do not have to wear helmets as long as they are over the age of 21 and carry at least $10,000 in medical insurance coverage. Wearing a helmet, however, can reduce your risk of head injuries by 67% and risk of death by 37%. Still, this means qualified motorcyclists are free to ride without helmets. Lack of helmet-wearing will not translate into liability for injuries in a Florida crash.
One of the biggest concerns for motorcyclists on Florida’s open roads is visibility. Motorcycles are smaller, narrower, and more agile than larger passenger cars. This makes them more difficult to spot. Drivers making sudden lane changes, poor visibility, bad weather, aggressive driving, speeding, and failing to yield the right-of-way are all common causes of motorcycle accidents in Florida. Roadway hazards such as potholes and construction zones also pose risks to motorcyclists.
Drivers making left-hand turns frequently cause Hollywood motorcycle wrecks. If a motorcycle is driving straight through an intersection and a car traveling in the opposite direction needs to make a turn, the driver must look carefully before entering the intersection. Otherwise, the driver may believe the road is clear when really a motorcycle is coming. These common right-of-way crashes can be fatal for motorcyclists, who crash into the broad side of the vehicle.
Always talk to a lawyer after an intersection crash to discuss liability. Florida is a no-fault insurance state, meaning victims of motorcycle accidents will have to seek recovery through their own insurance companies. Exceptions exist, however, for crashes that cause “serious injuries.” Our attorneys can help you find out if you have grounds to bring a personal injury claim against a driver, the city, a product manufacturer, and/or other parties after a wreck.
It’s essential to know your options for legal action if you or a loved one sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident in Hollywood. Contact a lawyer as soon as you suspect the negligence of another driver. Depending on the nature of your crash, your case could have multiple defendants. It’s vital to know how to prove negligence in a personal injury lawsuit – a task our experienced attorneys can assist you with.
The best step you can take toward winning a motorcycle accident lawsuit is hiring the right attorney. The attorneys at Fischer Redavid PLLC focus on results. Trust us to get to know you and your case to maximize your recovery. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. Learn how our firm can help after a disastrous motorcycle accident in Hollywood, Florida.