Motorcyclists are unprotected by the metal surroundings that cars and trucks offer. As such, they are extremely vulnerable. It’s no surprise that motorcycle accidents generally result in more catastrophic injuries than car accidents.
Motor Vehicles, Not Motorcyclists, Contribute to Most Crashes
Contrary to popular belief, the majority of motorcycle collisions are not caused by motorcyclists. According to researchers at the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research, motorists in cars and trucks are at fault 60 percent of the time for motorcycle accidents. Researchers explain that other drivers generally don’t look out for motorcycles and therefore don’t expect to see them when changing lanes and making other movements.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries Are Usually Devastating
Motorcycles offer very limited protection, so it’s no surprise that most motorcycle injuries are often catastrophic. From severe road rash to amputation, even a single crash can leave a motorcyclist incapacitated. Because these injuries are so severe, it’s important to identify the parties responsible for the collision as soon as possible after the accident. At Emerson Straw PL, we help accident victims obtain the compensation they need to recover and move on after their accident.
Motorcyclists Can Be Negligent, Too
Although car and truck drivers can be responsible for motorcyclists’ injuries, the reverse is also true. Motorcyclists have the same obligation to use reasonable care when driving, and have a responsibility to operate their vehicles in a safe, lawful manner.
There Is a Limited Time to File a Lawsuit
State law limits the amount of time in which you have to file a lawsuit. Generally, motorcycle negligence cases follow the same rules as other auto accident negligence claims, however, it’s important to contact a personal injury lawyer to determine the appropriate statute of limitation in your case. If you miss the window of opportunity in your case, you will be forever barred from bringing a claim, so it’s important not to wait too long.
Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Florida is home to warm weather year round, so drivers are always sharing the roads with motorcyclists. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, we can help. Contact our office today at 727-821-1500 to speak to an attorney about your case.