Since motorcycles don’t offer the type of protection that other vehicles do, motorcycle accidents tend to result in a disproportionately high number of fatalities. In Florida, motorcycle riding is particularly popular due to the state’s weather and landscape. However, the higher number of motorcyclists on the road also means increased chances for motorcycle accidents. Miami motorcycle accident lawyer, Robert Dixon, fights aggressively to represent motorcycle accident victims and their families throughout the state.
Basic Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports that in 2010:
- Motorcyclists and their passengers comprised 16 percent of the total number of traffic fatalities
- 3 percent of all traffic accidents in the state involved motorcycles
- The death rate was 11 percent higher among motorcyclists who were not wearing safety helmets
- Motorcycle accidents declined significantly after 2008 when Florida passed a law requiring motorcyclists to enroll in and complete a State basic rider’s course
Just as any other motor vehicle accident, motorcycle accidents can be caused by a number of factors. One common cause is poor weather conditions such as rain, hail or sleet, which can lead to the motorcycle slipping out of control. In other cases, visual obstructions can lead to car drivers failing to see motorcyclists. Alternatively, visual obstructions can lead to motorcyclists losing control. Lastly, road conditions such as potholes, uneven streets, oil slicks and other hazards can present dangers to motorcyclists.
Common Injuries Associated with Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can have devastating results. Serious injuries commonly associated with motorcycle accidents may include the following:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Skull Fracture
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe skin scrape
Although there are no guarantees in life, it is important for motorcyclists to try and minimize the risk associated with motorcycle riding by wearing appropriate riding gear, including gloves, long sleeves and a helmet that ensures proper protection for the eyes.
Compensation for Motorcycle Accident Victims
Motorcycle accident victims generally incur a lot more than just monetary damages. Victims often suffer disfigurement or scarring, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of ability to earn in the future and other losses that take a serious toll on the victim’s quality of life. Therefore, it is important to consult an experienced attorney who will assess your particular situation to ensure that you get what you need in the aftermath of the accident. Motorcycle accident victims may be entitled to the following compensation:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Future care
- Other expenses incurred as a result of the accident
Depending on the facts of your case, you may also have a valid wrongful death claim. While we understand that no amount of compensation can ever ease the pain of injury or losing a loved one, our goal is simply to gain justice for our clients.
If you or someone close to you who has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, it is imperative to consult an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. Florida personal injury lawyer, Robert Dixon, can help assess the merits of your case and help you get what you deserve. Contact us online or call us today at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) for a free, confidential consultation.