In Florida in 2013, there were 485 motorcyclists killed, 133 bicyclists killed and over 12,000 injured in accidents involving either a motorcycle or bicycle. Becoming involved in an accident while you are riding a motorcycle or bicycle is extremely dangerous because there is little to no protection for the rider. Even with proper protective gear, the outcome of motorcycle accidents or bicycle accidents frequently are serious injuries or fatalities. Adding insult to injury, Florida does not require medical payment insurance on motorcycle owners/riders so paying for medical care after your accident can be very difficult.
Reports show that negligence is a common cause of motorcycle accidents. The risk of accidents is greater with increased speed, alcohol involvement and lack of protective gear. There are things that motorcyclists and motorists can do to help to prevent motorcycle accidents and the serious injuries or death that may result. These preventative measures include observing the posted speed limit, wearing proper protective gear, anticipating traffic situations, leaving plenty of space around you and driving sober. This last measure is particularly important, given that nearly half of all motorcycle accidents involve alcohol. It is important for both motorcyclists and drivers to take the proper safety measures when sharing the road.
If you become involved in a motorcycle or bicycle accident, remain calm and follow these steps to ensure your rights and safety are protected. Immediately following the crash, move out of the roadway if possible and contact the police. If necessary, seek immediate medical care or assistance. Once you or the injured party have been stabilized, file a detailed police report of the accident and exchange contact and insurance information with the other party. Take photos of the accident scene and, if possible, draw diagrams of the scene. These photos and diagrams are essential in assisting your accident attorney in evaluating your claims.
If you or a loved one have suffered serious injury or death in a motorcycle or bicycle accident due to another driver’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be eligible to recover your losses and damages. Our experienced and qualified attorneys can help you to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit in order to seek compensation for your damages and losses including: property damages, lost wages, past medical care, future medical care, future loss of income, pain and suffering, disfigurement, traumatic brain injuries, funeral costs, emotional trauma, mental anguish, grief, relationship losses and more.
While another driver’s negligence is typically the cause of motorcycle accidents, others may be culpable in these tragic situations. Some common examples of other negligent acts are failure to properly maintain the road, poor lighting, obstruction of road signs, etc. In addition, if a motorcycle accident was the result of a defective auto or cycle part, the manufacturers or repair personnel may also be held liable.
It is important to know that motorcycle accident claims are subject to a statute of limitations. These statutes limit the amount of time that a person has to file a personal injury claim. Wittmer | Linehan have represented many cyclists and their families. Our attorneys understand special insurance laws and regulations that may help you maximize your recovery and pay for medical care.