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Common Causes of Florida Broadside Motorcycle Accidents

Posted on April 25, 2016

Florida was made for motorcycles. Our state has the weather, roads, and scenery to make any two-wheel rider smile. But, Florida can also be a dangerous place for the Sunshine State’s nearly 600,000 motorcycle riders.

What are Broadside Accidents?

Motorcycle riders are always vulnerable when in collisions with cars and other larger vehicles, but they are particularly vulnerable to broadside accident. Broadside accidents, also referred to as side impact collisions or T-bone collisions, occur when another vehicle hits a motorcycle from the side or pulls in front of a motorcycle at a perpendicular angle. Broadside accidents usually occur at intersections or when a cycle or vehicle is entering the street from a street or parking lot.

Causes of Broadside Accidents

Here are some of the most common causes of T-bone collisions our clients have endured:

Failure to yield right of way: Because motorcycles are smaller, many motorists fail to notice them at intersections and do not give them right of way. This results in the rider being hit from the side. •Distracted driving: Distracted driving has become an epidemic problem on roads everywhere, and cell phones are a major cause. Distracted drivers can roll through stop signs or run red lights and pull in front of a motorcycle. In such a case, the rider either hits the vehicle and is launched over it, or has to lay the bike down to avoid the collision. Either way, the rider is going to sustain significant injuries. •Impaired driving: Impaired drivers are a danger to everyone. Motorcycles are already harder to see than cars, and a driver who is drunk or on drugs is always less aware of their surroundings. •Poor visibility: Even sober drivers have trouble seeing motorcycles. This is why we recommend equipping your bike with running lights and wearing bright colors. Contact Farah & Farah If you are injured in a broadside collision, it is important that you contact an experienced Florida motorcycle accident attorney. Farah & Farah can be reached at (800) 533-3555 for a free consultation.