Many residents in Florida enjoy the luxury of riding motorcycles year round. While these vehicles are an effective way to get around, motorcycles carry with them a multitude of risks. Even when a motorcyclist is driving safely, this does not protect them from a negligent driver that collides with them. However, motorcycle accident victims have legal protections available to them.
Due to the nature of motorcycle accidents, they can be devastating for victims. Making matters worse, motorcycle accidents can commonly be the fault of the other driver or passenger vehicle driver, such as in left-hand turn situations. When a vehicle is turning left, because they do not have the right of way, they may in many cases be liable for causing any accident that results. Unfortunately, this circumstance is common related to motorcycles because many passenger vehicle drivers fail to exercise due care to observe motorcycles, failing to see them and then turning in front of them.
If you are a motorcyclist or have a family member that is, you may wonder what are the top reasons motorcycles are involved in accidents. A total of two-thirds of motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle which is most commonly a passenger vehicle. The most common cause of these accidents is when a passenger vehicle makes a left-hand turn in front of a motorcyclist. Accidents between an oncoming motorcycle and passenger vehicle that failed to observe the motorcycle are dangerous because they oftentimes result is a head on or nearly head-on crash between the motorcycle and passenger vehicle.
Head injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents or car accidents can be serious for victims and their families. The repercussions of a head injury suffered in an unexpected motor vehicle accident can have a long-lasting impact on the health and earning capacity of a victim. Head injuries can be both internal and external. Internal head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, can be challenging to treat and can have a lifelong impact on victims.
Motorcycle accidents can cause a variety of serious injuries including neck, back and spinal cord injuries. The neck and back are important and vulnerable areas of the body and injuries to the neck, back and spinal cord can have a significant physical, financial and emotional impact on victims.
The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHST) has declared May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month; in Tampa, both local motorcycle riders and tourists are out in droves, enjoying the early summer weather. However, both motorists and motorcyclists need to be more aware of one another while on the road. In 2015 alone there were 571 motorcycle accidents in Pinellas County, 26 of those accidents were fatal. That's an average of over two fatal motorcycle accidents a month! In order to keep yourself safe while riding around Tampa, here are a few motorcycle safety tips to keep in mind.
Motorcycles encounter unique dangers and vulnerabilities on the roadways but residents of Florida communities may wonder about the incidence of motorcycle accident injuries in their communities. During 2009, there were 8,202 motorcycle riders and motorcycle passengers injured in Florida. In 2008, 9,402 motorcycle riders and motorcycle passengers were injured in Florida. With the exception of 2009, which saw a small decrease, motorcycle accident injuries have been increasing in Florida since 2002.
Victims of motorcycle accidents have protections against negligent drivers. In a Florida community less than two hours southeast of the Tampa Bay area, a motorcycle accident recently resulted in several injuries to different victims.
Motorcyclists in Florida are undoubtedly aware of the possible dangers that they face when out on the open road. Those risks can be mitigated by adhering to the rules of the road, wearing protective gear, being visible and riding safely. Contrary to conventional belief, a motorcycle accident does not necessarily have to happen because of a rider acting irresponsibly. A motorcycle accident victim can face devastating injuries that can lead to a lifetime of struggle and pain. It can even result in a fatal motorcycle crash. When there is a motorcycle accident, it is important that the person who was hurt or the family left behind has legal assistance in conducting a full investigation to determine what happened.
Motorcycles are a prominent sight on Tampa roadways. This includes people who ride them as part of a recreational activity. Some, however, ride motorcycles as part of the performance of their jobs. This is the case with law enforcement personnel who are stationed on motorcycles. The same dangers that are present for civilians on motorcycles are present for those who ride the motorcycle for work. Given the vulnerability of a motorcyclist, a motorcycle collision can lead to severe injuries and even death. When this happens, it is important that those who were affected know how to move forward with a legal filing after being injured in a motorcycle accident.