Motorcycle Accidents

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The number of motorcyclists on the road in Florida has steadily increased every year for the past decade. In addition to our resident riders, Florida is a popular tourist destination and a host to many motorcycle events throughout the year. 

Unfortunately, as the number of motorcycles on the road has increased, the likelihood and frequency of collisions with other motor vehicles have also increased. 

Too often, motorcycle accidents involve significant bodily injury and loss to the rider. If you or a loved one is involved in a motorcycle accident you should speak with a Jacksonville motorcycle accident attorney. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,612 motorcyclists were killed in 2011 and approximately 37% of those fatal crashes happened on the weekends during the months of March, April, and May.

To lessen the risks associated with riding a motorcycle, think “see and be seen.” When approaching intersections, anticipate and be prepared for “that car” about to make a left across your path. Using auxiliary or driving lights, in addition to your headlight, helps motorists notice you from all the other traffic – same with hi-viz colored and reflective gear. 

Wear eye protection and a DOT-compliant helmet. Ride within your limits and always ride sober. Finally, stay out of a vehicle’s blind spot and get away from any driver that is distracted by a cell phone.

That may sound like a lot, but it’s easy to get on track and stay on track when you’re dedicated to remaining safe. 

Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

As a motorcyclist, you’re well aware that danger is lurking around every corner. Even the safest and most knowledgeable bikers are at risk of serious injury or death in an accident.

On the plus side, understanding the top causes of motorcycle accidents may help you prevent trouble on the road. 

Consider the following:

  • Dooring accidents
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Aggressive driving
  • Speeding
  • Lane splitting
  • Left turn accidents
  • Dangerous road conditions
  • Inclement weather

With some of these causes, you can personally adjust your approach to reduce the likelihood of an accident.

For example, you have full control over how fast you drive and how you change lanes.

However, you don’t have control over other drivers or road conditions. If someone opens their car door into your path of travel, you only have a split second to make a decision. 

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

You hope you never find out what it’s like to manage the aftermath of a motorcycle accident, but it’s best to prepare for anything that could go wrong.

Here’s what you should do if you’re in an accident:

  • Stay where you are: While it’s okay to move to safety — if possible — don’t attempt to leave the scene. Stay where you are, call for help (see below), and treat your injuries until paramedics arrive.
  • Call 911: This is a must, as it’s the best way to inform the police that you need help. Also, the dispatcher can send an ambulance to the scene.
  • Receive medical treatment: Paramedics can treat you at the scene, as well as on the way to a local hospital. You must receive treatment for every injury, regardless of the severity.
  • Revisit the accident: Do so with the idea of collecting evidence, recording your thoughts on what happened, and obtaining a copy of the police report.
  • Protect your legal rights: For instance, if another driver’s negligence caused the accident, you can seek compensation through their insurance company. And if necessary, you have the legal right to file a lawsuit. 

Motorcycle Accident Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

There’s no shortage of motorcycle accident frequently asked questions, with these among the most common:

  • What’s the best way to seek compensation after an accident?
  • What types of damages can you seek?
  • What happens if the person who caused the accident leaves the scene?
  • What types of motorcycle accident injuries are most common?
  • Do you need a motorcycle accident attorney to guide you through the legal process?
  • How long does it take to obtain compensation for injuries and other damages?
  • Should you settle your claim or take it to court?
  • How much is your motorcycle accident claim worth? How do you maximize the compensation you receive?

Were you or a loved one recently injured in a Florida motorcycle accident? If so, it’s critical to learn more about your legal rights for seeking compensation from the negligent party.

At Terrell Hogan, we’re available to answer your questions, provide legal guidance, and help you seek compensation for all your damages. 

Contact us online or via phone at (904) 722-2228 to discuss your case with an experienced and knowledgeable Florida motorcycle accident attorney. 

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