Homestead Motorcycle Accidents
One of the best things about living in South Florida is our great weather. Sunshine prevails, and it’s great to get outside and enjoy the amazing outdoors. Riding a motorcycle is a great way to enjoy Florida's warm weather and naturally flat landscape, and it’s an activity that can be enjoyed year-round. With so many motorcycles on the roads, unfortunately our accident rates are higher than most other states. Florida continues to rank high (third, behind Texas and California, respectively) in the amount of motorcycle accident deaths and injuries. Here, a Homestead motorcycle accident attorney further explains the statistics of motorcycle injuries and accidents.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, motorcycle crashes killed 4,502 people in 2010; motorcycle-related deaths have increased by 55% since 2000; and motorcycle crash-related injuries and deaths totaled $12 billion in medical care costs and productivity losses. Those are some staggering statistics. However, riders and their passengers can protect themselves by wearing helmets. It is estimated that helmets prevent 37 percent of crash-related deaths among motorcycle operators and 41 percent of crash-related deaths for motorcycle passengers.
Being cautious and practicing safe riding habits is imperative for all motorcycle enthusiasts. What happens in a split second can change our lives forever. Motorcyclists can decrease their accident risk by knowing the common causes of accidents and by taking steps to reduce or avoid risk. Some things every motorcycle driver must be conscious of include: avoiding tailgating, anticipating road hazards and construction zones, being extra careful when lane splitting, or resisting the impulse to drive dangerously fast.
Our state’s motorcycle laws are significantly different from those pertaining to motor vehicles and cars.
- Florida’s Personal Injury Insurance Protection (PIP) is only required for vehicles that have four or more wheels. An individual operating a motorcycle is 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 difficult – especially if the injury prevents them from working.
- In Florida, a motorcycle license or motorcycle endorsement is required to operate any motorcycle with an engine greater than 50cc.
- Florida is one of 39 states that requires all riders under 21 years of age to take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course.
- Completing a motorcycle safety training course could help you qualify for motorcycle insurance discounts of up to 20%.
When you’re involved in an accident, it’s important to know the intricacies of Florida’s motorcycle laws. Injured motorcyclists may find it difficult to recover damages after a crash, especially if they don’t have the assistance of a qualified Homestead motorcycle accident attorney. It’s best to have a team of experienced attorneys help you understand your rights as a victim of a motorcycle accident. Collecting compensation through insurance companies can be complicated. At Friedman, Rodman & Frank, we will help you collect compensation beyond that which is provided through regular insurance claims. We will use our extensive resources to collect, organize and present evidence on your behalf. Our attorneys have the extensive knowledge, experience, and skills you need to determine your full legal options and seek fair compensation for your injuries or loss. Having a full comprehension of Florida’s motorcycle laws, our Homestead motorcycle accident attorneys can set you up for a successful claim.
We have offices in Homestead and have been helping South Florida families file motorcycle accident claims for years. Let us be the strong advocates fighting for you and your family. Please contact us online or at our Homestead law offices by calling 305-247-7887 or toll-free at 877-448-8585. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and all consultations are free and confidential.