In 2017, 5,172 motorcyclists died in motorcycle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This makes motorcyclists 27 times more likely than occupants in passenger vehicles to die in traffic accidents per mile traveled. Another 89,000 motorcyclists suffered injuries in 2017, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III).
If you were injured in a motorcycle crash or lost a loved one in one, our Tampa motorcycle accident lawyers will provide responsive legal care and assist you with all aspects of your claim. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 to learn about your legal rights and options.
Dangers of Motorcycling
Riding a motorcycle poses unique dangers, including:
- Road hazards – While debris on the roadway can pose a danger to any drivers, motorcyclists are at particular risk because road hazards like uneven pavement, potholes, and oil spills can be deadly to motorcyclists.
- Lack of experience – Operating a motorcycle requires different skills and more coordination than driving a car. Inexperienced motorcyclists may cause single-vehicle or multi-vehicle accidents.
- Difficulty being seen – Motorcycles are much smaller than passenger vehicles, so other motorists may not spot them in time to avoid crashing into them.
- Weather conditions – Even a small amount of rain or other precipitation on the roadway can cause motorcycle tires to lose traction and hydroplane.
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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Some of the reasons cited by the NHTSA for motorcycle accidents include the following:
- Speeding – Motorcycles can become unstable and begin to shake or wobble when riders are speeding. The NHTSA reports that 32% of motorcycle riders involved in fatal accidents in 2017 were speeding.
- Age – The NHTSA reports that 53% of motorcyclists killed in motorcycle accidents in 2017 were age 40 or older and motorcyclists age 50 and older had the highest rate of motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents during weekend crashes.
- Alcohol use – 28% of motorcycle riders who were killed in accidents in 2017 were alcohol-impaired, according to the NHTSA.
- Lack of licensure – The NHTSA also reports that 29% of motorcyclists killed in 2017 traffic accidents did not have a valid motorcycle accident at the time of the crash.
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Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle riders and their passengers may suffer from a variety of injuries, including:
- Head injuries – Motorcyclists may be ejected from their bikes and hit their head on a hard surface, like another vehicle or the pavement. Many traumatic brain injury victims have difficulty leading independent lives after their accident.
- Spinal cord injuries – Motorcycle accidents can lead to injuries that interfere with signals between the brain and spine. Symptoms of spinal cord injuries include nausea, dizziness, and loss of sensation. Thoracic spine injuries may result in paralysis.
- Facial fractures – If a motorcyclist is not wearing a helmet, he or she may suffer fractures to the jaw, chin, cheek, or other facial bones, potentially resulting in disfigurement.
- Broken bones – Motorcyclists who are projected off their vehicles may suffer fractures of the leg, arm, wrist, hand, rib, clavicle, or other bone.
- Amputations – If a car crushes into a motorcyclist and the motorcyclist is pinned between the vehicles, he or she may suffer an amputation.
- Road rash – Road rash is not a simple skin burn. Instead, it is a very painful injury that results when the epidermis comes in direct contact with a hard surface, which may result in surface nerve damage, infections, skin irritation, and other related injuries.
- Psychological injuries – Motorcyclists may also suffer from anxiety, depression, and other psychological injuries.
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Who May Be Responsible for Motorcycle Accidents
When you retain our Tampa motorcycle accident lawyers, we will quickly get to work to determine who is liable for your motorcycle accident, such as:
- The other driver – One of the most commonly cited reasons for motorcycle accidents is that the other driver did not see the motorcycle. If the driver failed to keep a proper lookout, he or she may be liable for the accident.
- The motorcyclist – If you were a passenger and the motorcyclist was impaired, speeding, or otherwise not driving in a safe manner, you may have a claim against the motorcyclist.
- An employer – If the negligent driver was driving for an employer at the time of the accident, the employer may be responsible for the damages you sustain.
- Government – If the accident was due to poor road maintenance, the government entity responsible for maintenance may be liable for your injuries.
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Florida Insurance Laws
Florida is considered a no-fault insurance state, meaning that motorists generally pursue compensation from their own insurance policies if they are involved in an accident, regardless of fault. However, these rules do not apply to motorcyclists. Therefore, motorcyclists will have to prove that the other driver was at fault in order to recover compensation for the damages they sustain, such as:
- Costs to repair or replace their bike
- Medical expenses, including past and future expenses for medical needs
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Loss of household services
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
How Our Personal Injury Team Can Help
Our personal injury team will provide responsive legal care by:
- Thoroughly investigating your accident and determining all liable parties
- Gathering evidence of fault and damages in your accident, including photos and videos of the accident, the accident report, eyewitness reports, medical records, and employment records
- Handling communication with the insurance company
- Advising you of your legal rights throughout the process
- Negotiating a fair settlement for your claim
- Making recommendations on how to respond to settlement offers
- Pursuing other legal action
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Contact Us for Help
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident, the Tampa motorcycle accident lawyers from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will help manage your claim while you focus on your recovery. We offer a free consultation to discuss your legal rights in a private setting. Call us today at 1-800-747-3733 to get started on the claims process.
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