With the warm weather in Florida it’s not surprising that riding a motorcycle is more common than it would be in other states. Unfortunately, our state leads the pack in motorcycle fatalities. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association there were 4,486 fatal motorcycle accidents in 2014. It has also been reported that one in every five people killed in highway crashes is a motorcycle rider, even though they make up only seven percent of licensed motorists. This is why it is so crucial for bikers to be aware of the dangers of riding and why it is so important to always wear a helmet.
Contrary to popular belief, most motorcycle crashes are caused by drivers in other vehicles and not by motorcyclists themselves. There are two important reasons why we should understand the common causes of Florida motorcycle accidents. First, we need to understand the causes so we can prevent future crashes. And secondly, it’s important to determine who is legally responsible for the accident so they can be held accountable for the victims’ injuries and damages.
Critical Information for Any Motorcyclist
Here is a list of the most common causes of Florida motorcycle crashes caused by negligent drivers of other vehicles:
- Driving under the influence
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving while tired
- Following too closely
- Changing lanes and failing to check blind spots
- Misjudging the speed of a motorcycle
- Dooring; opening a car door into the path of an oncoming motorcycle
- Cutting off motorcyclists; not looking for motorcycles
We understand that drivers aren’t the only ones to blame. Weather, poor construction of roadways, debris or construction in the road, and motorcycle malfunctions can all play a part in a bike crash.
Free Consultation with an Experienced Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Before you can recover damages for a Florida motorcycle crash, you are going to have to prove who caused the crash and how it happened. This will usually require an investigation at the scene where the accident occurred. In some crashes the police do a thorough investigation, but not always. Sometimes it's necessary for us to send an investigator to thoroughly investigate a bike crash to identify who was responsible and how the crash occurred.
Jim Dodson has 25 years experience helping Florida motorcycle accident victims like you recover compensation for their injuries, lost wages, medical bills, as well as for the repair or replacement of your motorcycle. There is never a charge to discuss your case. Our fee is simply a percentage of the settlement obtained. If your case does not settle for some reason, you will not owe any attorney fees.
Contact us online or pick up the phone and call us at 727-446-0840 to get all your questions answered. You may also fill out the contact form on this page. We promise to give you straight answers to your questions and let you know what it is we can do to help you.