Florida Motorcycle Accidents and Your Rights
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you are not covered by Florida no-fault insurance. As a result, you will need to look for another way to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. If another person was at fault, you can seek compensation for all of your losses, including pain and suffering, through the civil justice system.
Protecting Your Way Of Life
Motorcycles are a quintessential representation of the American way of life. The freedom of the open road, the ability to express yourself, and the rewards of working hard — these are all traits and values most Americans embrace. Motorcycles attract people from all walks of life, from bankers and teachers to construction workers and physicians.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are common. Furthermore, fatal motorcycle accidents are much more common compared to fatal car accidents. No matter how carefully you ride, you are vulnerable on roads dominated by other motorists. When another driver’s negligence causes a crash, the injuries to the motorcyclist are usually severe. In fact, stories of motorcyclists walking away from an accident unscathed make the news specifically because they happen so rarely. More often than not, catastrophic motorcycle accidents are the norm.
Our lawyers work tirelessly to make sure our clients get the compensation they deserve. We also assist families who have lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle crash.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
In most motorcycle accident cases, the accidents are caused by another motorist’s negligence. It’s an unfortunate fact that many drivers intentionally cut off motorcyclists or “buzz” them as they pass. This behavior is not only dangerous — it is illegal. In our practice, we see all kinds of motorcycle injuries. Generally, these accidents are caused by one of four things:
- Distracted drivers. Drivers who pay more attention to their cellphone than the road are a leading cause of all types of vehicle accidents. When a motorist is near a motorcycle, the margin of error is extremely narrow. Even a slight bump can unbalance a rider, causing him or her to lose control of the bike and suffer a serious crash.
- Aggressive drivers. Aggressive driving is a major problem on roads across the country. When people get angry behind the wheel, they can make poor decisions that put others in jeopardy.
- Drivers who follow too closely. Following too closely is a hazard no matter what type of vehicle you’re following. When you’re behind a motorcycle, however, a quick stop can send the front of your car slamming into the back of a bike, launching the rider in the air. These types of accidents are almost always devastating, and high percentages are fatal.
- Excessive speed. Speeding is the second leading cause of all motor vehicle accidents, behind distracted driving. There is a good reason for speed limits. When drivers travel too quickly, they lose precious seconds needed to handle an unexpected hazard, such as a merging motorist, debris in the road, or a motorcycle that seemed to appear out of nowhere. The reality is that motorcycles are much smaller than cars and trucks. They are often difficult to see. When you’re moving too quickly, even 10 miles over the speed limit can mean the difference between life and death for a motorcyclist.
Motorcycle accidents can also be caused by defective equipment, road debris, and poor road maintenance. Whatever the reason for your accident, our lawyers will help you get the compensation you deserve.
Get Help From an Experienced Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a motorcycle collision in Florida, we can help you get the money you need to pay your bills, replace your lost wages, and reclaim your life. The motorcycle accident lawyers at Schrier Law Group have received recognition from the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Florida Justice Association, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Contact us to talk with one of our attorneys. We offer a free case evaluation.
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Acting quickly and decisively is always your best course of action, when you have a serious legal issue. The caring team at Schrier Law Group will listen to the facts of your case, answer your questions, and offer suggestions and strategies to protect your rights and recover the highest possible dollar award settlement for your case. Best of all, you pay nothing, until we win your case. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.