If you are a motorcyclist, you are among the most vulnerable motorists on the roadway. You are protected by very little, other than the clothes on your back and the protective gear you are wearing. There is no metal frame or airbag to cushion a blow and no seatbelt to prevent you from getting thrown on the roadway. When a motorcycle accident does occur, it often results in serious injuries or even death for the rider and his or her passengers.
When you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you are faced with a number of challenges – physical, emotional and financial. Dealing with lost income and mounting medical and hospitalization costs can be a daunting challenge. This is a time when it is crucial you understand your legal rights and options. Please contact our Jacksonville motorcycle accident lawyers at (904) 263-4610 to obtain more information about pursuing your rights.
According to the NHTSA, in 2013, 4,668 people died in motorcycle crashes in the United States.
Motorcycle Accidents on the Rise in Florida
Statistics in Florida and nationwide have consistently shown that motorcycle accident injuries and fatalities are on the rise. For example, in the year 2012, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), there were 287 deadly motorcycle crashes in the first nine months of 2012, making Florida the third most dangerous state for motorcyclists behind Texas and California.
Florida law requires only riders who are 20 and younger to wear a motorcycle helmet. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), helmets saved the lives of over 1,500 riders in 2010 nationwide and 700 more could have been saved if all riders wore a helmet.
Head-on collisions: According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), head-on collisions account for more than half of all fatal motorcycle accidents nationwide. These crashes almost always involve a passenger vehicle and more often than not, the driver of the passenger vehicle is at fault.
Left-turn accidents: These types of accidents are responsible for about 42 percent of motorcycle accident fatalities. They occur most often because a vehicle making a left turn at an intersection fails to yield the right-of-way to an oncoming motorcyclist.
Dangerous roadways: Motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable to roadway dangers such as potholes and uneven pavement. A motorcyclist may also lose control when there is debris or spills on the roadway.
Driver negligence: When the driver of a passenger vehicle is impaired, distracted, speeding or otherwise negligent, motorcyclists are in great danger. These types of negligence on the part of the other driver often cause serious injury motorcycle crashes.
Dangerous lane changes: This is yet another common cause of motorcycle accidents when drivers fail to look out for motorcycles before making a lane change.
Protecting Your Rights After a Motorcycle Accident in Florida
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important that you take the necessary steps to protect your rights. File a police report and obtain a copy for your records. Obtain contact information from all the parties involved in the collision as well as from those who witnessed the accident. Get prompt medical attention and treatment for your injuries. Contact an experienced Jacksonville FL injury lawyers who will help protect your rights and secure fair compensation for your losses.
Injured victims of motorcycle accidents can seek compensation for damages including medical bills, time away from work, hospitalization and rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering and other related damages. Our attorneys can help evaluate your case at no cost. Please contact us at (904) 263-4610 to find out how we can help you.
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Recent Motorcycle Accident Verdicts and Settlements
Seven Figure Recovery – Motorcycle Accident Case Resulting in Crushed Pelvis
$1,000,000 Settlement – Motorcycle Accident Resulting in Passenger Injury
$400,000 Recovery – Motorcycle Accident Case Resulting in Permanent Leg Deformity
Note: All cases are based on their own facts, so results will vary. Results are before attorney’s fee, costs, and expenses. Most cases result in a lower recovery. It should not be assumed that your case will have as beneficial a result.
The attorneys of Farah & Farah in Jacksonville, Florida have experience with personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, workers’ compensation, social security, injury and negligence lawsuits, family law and criminal defense. Eddie Farah and our team of Jacksonville attorneys are proud to represent working people and families throughout the country.
*Disclaimer: Not all results are provided and not all clients have provided testimonials, the results are not necessarily representative of results obtained by the lawyer, and a prospective client’s individual facts and circumstances may differ from the matter in which the results and the testimonials are provided.