Florida Motorcycle Accidents
Nothing beats the thrill of riding on a motorcycle – taking in the sights, feeling the wind on your face. Ah, the freedom of the open road – and off the road! And what better place to ride a motorcycle than here in Florida? We’re home to great weather and gorgeous scenery. Here, motorcycle riding can be enjoyed year-round, which is why we’re home to many motorcycle enthusiast events, such as “Bike Week.” But with so many motorcycles on the roads, sadly, our crash and fatality rates are higher than most other states.
A recent report in the Tampa Tribune states:
Florida continues to rank high in the number of motorcycle deaths…with 287 deadly motorcycle crashes in the first nine months of 2012. That ranks third behind Texas with 358 people killed and California with 318.
Even the most careful riders can become involved in an accident that could have catastrophic consequences. What happens in a split second can change lives forever. Unfortunately motorcycle accidents are more likely to end in serious injuries, or even death, than other motor vehicle crashes. That’s why it’s imperative that motorcycle enthusiasts practice safe riding at all times. Motorcycle versus car, truck, minivan or practically any other vehicle on the road usually ends more terribly for the motorcyclist – primarily because of the sizes of vehicles involved in the wreck. It’s a no-brainer that motorcycles don’t protect in crashes as well as other motor vehicles, but that’s all the more reason to ride more responsibly. It’s up to both motorcyclists as well as drivers of other motor vehicles to be cautiously aware of each other (and their surroundings) in order to make our roads safer for all who use them.
Safety and awareness are the biggest ways to avoid accidents on our roads. Motorcyclists can increase safety by knowing the common causes of accidents and by taking steps to reduce or avoid any risk, including anticipating road hazards and construction zones, being extra careful when lane splitting, or resisting the impulse to speed. Every motorcyclist should take a basic rider course, and should also wear proper safety gear. Safety gear, in bright colors, and if worn properly, can not only prevent injuries, but could possibly save your life.
Florida’s motorcycle laws differ significantly from those pertaining to car and other motor vehicle accidents. Did you know that Florida’s Personal Injury Insurance Protection (PIP) is only required for those vehicles that have four or more wheels? Motorcyclists are not permitted to carry any PIP coverage. If an uninsured motorcyclist is injured in a crash, paying for costly medical bills and other expenses may prove impossible – especially if the injury prevents them from working.
Injured motorcyclists may find it difficult to recover damages after a crash, especially if they don’t have the assistance of a lawyer. An experienced attorney is the best person to help with understanding your rights as a victim of a motorcycle accident. Having a full comprehension of Florida’s motorcycle laws, attorneys at Friedman, Rodman & Frank can set you up for a successful claim, using our extensive resources such as traffic, crash and motor vehicle experts, as well as medical specialists.
Have you, a friend or a loved one been injured in a motorcycle accident? Do you need help determining whether or not you have a valid claim? Would you like help filing a claim? If so, contact our South Florida law firm, and speak with a live attorney — no matter what time you call. We know that accidents don't just happen during business hours. We know that, sometimes, things that seem manageable during daylight hours keep people awake in the middle of the night. Don't be afraid to call. Contact our South Florida law offices by calling us at 305-448-8585 or toll free at 877-448-8585 or by contacting us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation.