Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Boca Raton

The state of Florida is known for many things including its warm, tropical year-round climate and water temperatures that rarely go above 90 degrees. These are just a few of the many reasons why visitors and motorcycle enthusiasts from all around the world flock to the Sunshine State. Florida also has the longest coastline in the United States which makes it a motorcyclist’s paradise with its stunning coastal scenery for more than 1000 miles.

Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents in Florida happen frequently and are unpredictable. Even though a majority of motorcyclists do use an abundance of caution when operating a motorcycle in Florida, they are often still victimized by careless, reckless, or negligent drivers who are to blame for the accident. In fact, more than 8,200 people are hospitalized each year in the United States with serious injuries that were the direct result of a motorcycle accident. These injured motorcyclists and their passengers often sustain catastrophic injuries. These injuries can be life-altering and are often even fatal.

When a motorcyclist is injured in an accident caused by the negligent or reckless actions of others, he or she should seek legal guidance from a skilled and knowledgeable Southern Florida injury lawyer or a Central Florida personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

The knowledgeable team at Chad J. Robinson, PLLCare available to help you. Contact our firm by calling (561) 564-0233.

The Dangers of Motorcycle Accidents in Florida

There are more than 10,000 motorcycle accidents each year in Florida with more than 600 fatal motorcycle accidents reported every year. In that same time period, more than 8200 drivers sustain injuries in crashes involving motorcycles.

The statistics surrounding motorcycle accidents in the U.S. are alarming. Roughly 78.3% of accidents involving motorcyclists end in injuries and 4.24% of these accidents end in fatalities. The reason for this is because riders and their passengers remain relatively unprotected against outside forces. They have minimal to no protection when they are involved in a collision with an automobile of any kind. This makes them more likely to sustain severe injuries that require extensive medical treatment.

Not only is the injured rider forced to deal with serious injuries to his or her body, they also must endure overwhelming pain and suffering related to their Florida motorcycle accident. The financial consequences are often overwhelming and can create numerous challenges that extend to the victim and their family members. When motorcyclists are injured in accidents caused by the negligent or reckless actions of others, they should seek legal guidance from a skilled and knowledgeable Southern Florida injury lawyer or a Central Florida personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

There are so many reasons why motorcycle accidents occur in Florida. In many instances, the actions of one or more negligent drivers leads to a serious accident that involves a motorcycle. Injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident are often life-threatening.

There are various circumstances that contribute to motorcycle accidents throughout our state. Understanding the problems that motorcyclists face may help you protect yourself from the actions of others the next time you enter the road.

Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in our state include:

  • Unsafe lane changes: Drivers risk colliding with motorcyclists when they change lanes without checking for other vehicles. Changing lanes in an unsafe, fast, or spontaneous manner increases the likelihood that a collision will occur.
  • Car Doors: There are many instances where drivers open their doors quickly after parking. As a result, they open their doors in the pathway of motorcyclists, who crash into them. These accidents can result in riders being ejected and severely injured.
  • Speeding: One of the leading causes of collisions throughout our state is speeding. When drivers travel at a high rate of speed, they are less likely to maintain control over their vehicles. When they are traveling alongside smaller vehicles, like motorcyclists, they lose the ability to stop or move out of the way before causing life-altering crashes.
  • Driving under the influence: When drivers enter the roadway while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they are unable to make sound decisions. As a result, they may have delayed responses that lead to crashes.
  • Lane splitting: When people engage in lane splitting or driving between two lanes of traffic, they can cause accidents. This act is illegal in Florida, yet we continue to see the overwhelming consequences of drivers who engage in this practice.
  • Sudden stops: Vehicles can stop for any reason while traveling along our roadways. When drivers are distracted or not paying attention, they can rear-end vehicles that stop in front of them. Following too closely to a motorcycle can cause a driver to crash into a rider and eject them from their vehicle.
  • Inexperienced drivers: Drivers who are new to the roadway may have difficulties controlling their vehicles. As a result, we see an extraordinary number of collisions caused by drivers who make unsafe moves that compromise the safety of motorcyclists sharing the road.
  • Left-turn accidents: Drivers who make right-of-way errors often cause debilitating injuries for victims involved in collisions. When drivers fail to yield the right of way to others while making left-turns, they can be held accountable for their actions.
  • Dangerous road conditions: Unlike most vehicles, motorcycles balance on two wheels. As a result, these vehicles can be thrown off entirely by large potholes, objects in the road, and even grass clippings. Unsafe and dangerous road conditions cause thousands of accidents leading to injuries across our state each year.
  • Defective motorcycles: Manufacturers who rush to offer motorcyclists without ensuring the design and parts are effective and without error can create unsafe conditions for riders. When brakes fail, accelerators jam and other components on motorcycles do not function as intended, it can cause riders to lose control of their vehicles.

Motorcycles are much smaller than the average passenger vehicle or truck and only have two wheels make them much more unstable making the riders much more susceptible to being injured in the accident. Motorcycle riders and their passengers only wear minimal protective gear to stave off injury. This makes them particularly vulnerable when they are struck by vehicles driven by negligent and careless drivers.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Reports provided by theNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in collisions than those in passenger vehicles. They are also five times more likely to be injured. Not only are riders at an increased risk of being injured, but the injuries are often more severe as well. The fact that most riders use nothing more than helmets and riding leathers for protection leaves them vulnerable to life-threatening injuries.

Some of the most common injuries suffered by motorcyclists include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries: Reports from the NHTSA show that roughly 21% of riders without helmets and 15% of riders with helmets incur traumatic brain injuries in collisions. This injury can be life-threatening and often results in permanently disabling conditions for riders.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis are common among riders. Depending on the type of spinal cord injury, riders may suffer quadriplegia (the inability to use arms and legs) or paraplegia (the inability to use legs). Although some spinal cord injuries result in temporary paralysis, thousands of people are left with permanent damage.
  • Lower Extremity Injuries: People who use motorcycles are more likely to sustain injuries to their legs when compared to people who travel in other vehicles. Soft-tissue injuries, fractures, and full amputations are some of the most common injuries among riders.
  • Internal Injuries: Damage to internal organs and bleeding caused by blunt force trauma are severe injuries common among riders. In some cases, riders are penetrated by broken glass, vehicle parts, and other objects, resulting in life-threatening injuries that require immediate attention.
  • Bone Fractures: Riders involved in collisions are likely to sustain broken arms or legs in collisions. These exposed and unprotected areas of their bodies are particularly susceptible to being injured. In some cases, victims have to go through surgery and extensive therapy to recover.
  • Road rash: Cuts, scrapes, and abrasions are common injuries for riders in collisions. When riders are ejected, they are at an increased risk of sustaining these injuries.

When motorcyclists and their passengers are injured in collisions, they are often required to undergo extensive surgeries and extended hospital stays. Oftentimes, injured accident victims require years of physical therapy and will need long-term care to recover. Although many treatment options are available, there is no guarantee that a victim will fully recover.

There are many forms of treatment that can help to alleviate the pain and suffering victims that endure. Working with a skilled and knowledgeable Florida motorcycle accident attorney is in your best interest. A personal injury lawyer will help you to get the compensation that you will need to cover the costs of treatment as you work towards your recovery. Call Chad J. Robinson, PLLC today to learn about your options and protect your rights.

Should I Hire an Attorney After My Florida Motorcycle Accident?

In the aftermath of a Florida motorcycle accident, victims are often unsure of the legal options available to them as they move forward and focus on their recovery. As a result, they are often quick to accept settlement offers from pushy insurance companies because they don’t realize what their long-term care will cost as they work to recover.

What many victims fail to realize is that accepting a settlement offer prevents them from recovering full and fair compensation from all at fault parties. Rather than handle this complicated and complex matter without legal guidance, injured motorcycle victims benefit immensely from retaining the assistance of a knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney in Boca Raton.

Call the law office of Chad J. Robinson, PLLC today to discuss the specifics surrounding your Florida motorcycle accident at (561) 564-0233. There is no cost. We don’t get paid if we don’t win for you. Call us today to find out if you can file a Florida personal injury lawsuit.

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