If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident or moped accident in Winter Park, no doubt you have lots of questions about how to hold responsible parties liable for injuries and damages. The scope of your concern is obviously way too broad for a single Internet article, but this essay can hopefully serve as a primer to get you thinking in a productive direction.
What are some common causes of Winter Park motorcycle accidents?
- Drivers ignoring speed limits, driving DUI or driving distracted while on the cell phone.
- Maintenance failures — either failures with your own bike or failures with the system of the car or truck that hit you.
- Problems with the road itself, such as an improperly functioning traffic light, poorly marked construction area, or unclear signage.
Why are motorcyclists so vulnerable to getting hurt?
- Relatively small size – Motorcycles are the smallest regular vehicles on Winter Park roads – as such, they are also the most vulnerable. If a ½-ton motorcycle traveling at 40 miles per hour crashes into a 5-ton SUV traveling at 40 miles per hour head on, the motorcycle will get shoved back and potentially run over, while the SUV might remain completely unscathed. It’s an unfair fight, from a momentum perspective.
- Greater exposure – Even if you do wear a helmet and avoid driving during dangerous times – such as weekend nights or holidays like the 4th of July – you are still far more exposed to the elements. In a collision, you may be thrown off your bike and onto the pavement at speeds of 40 miles per hour or higher. Passengers in cars and trucks are obviously far more protected.
- Relative “invisibility” – Human beings have a reticular mechanism in the brain that allows them to see what they focus on. For instance, if you were to think about the color blue and then look around the room, chances are you would see blue objects. Likewise, a hairdresser can probably pick out the best and worst quaffs in a crowd of people. Same thing goes for drivers. If you drive a car, you’re instinctively going to pay more attention to other cars than you are to differently sized vehicles like mopeds and motorcycles.
How can I get effective legal representation with my Winter Park motorcycle accident case?
The Winter Park motorcycle accident attorneys at Farah & Farah will be happy to discuss your matter – call the office at (321) 274-9202 for a confidential and free first consultation. Farah & Farah has handled a plethora of motorcycle accident cases, and they know the law backwards and forwards both in theory and in practice. Farah & Farah lawyers are members of the American Association of Justice and the Florida Justice Association.