As a Fort Lauderdale motorcycle accident attorney’s, we have seen a lot in 20 years. Let us help explain your rights. If you have ever ridden on a motorcycle, you but as fun, as it is, it can also be dangerous. The latest data on TheNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA shows that “per vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclists accident victim’s are about 28 times more likely than people in passenger cars to die in a automotive crash. Motorcyclists continue to be overrepresented in traffic-related fatalities, accounting for 14 percent of all traffic-related fatalities, while representing only 3 percent of the entire registered motorcycle vehicles fleet.”
Motorcycle Safety First
Safe motorcycling requires balance, coordination, and good judgment. Although motorcycle safety equipment has been advancing recently, riders are still at high risk of suffering serious injuries in the event of a collision. Motorcyclists do not have the same protections in traffic accidents as drivers of automobiles. There are no metal frames or seat belts to protect them or prevent them from potentially being ejected from the motorcycle. Because of this, along with other contributing factors, Florida has become one of the most dangerous states in regard to motorcycle crashes.
Most motorcycle crashes are completely avoidable. You can reduce your chances of getting into an accident or being injured by putting an effort into preparing self and avoiding these common causes of motorcycle wrecks:
The first example is when cars turn left. Almost half of all collisions that involve motorcycles and other vehicles happen because of this. These accidents are particularly common at intersections and when riders attempt to pass passenger vehicles. Motorcyclists should always approach intersections carefully regardless of if they have the right of way and never try to get ahead of a vehicle when proceeding toward an intersection.
Impaired driving is another leading cause of accidents for all vehicle types, but statistics show that motorcycles involved in an excessively high number of drunk driving incidents. Roughly 30% of riders who die in motorcycle accidents have had a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher.
Because motorcycles aren’t as big as other motor vehicles, it makes it easier for them to disappear within other vehicles’ blind spots. Motorists need to know this and make an effort to remain visible.
When it comes to lane splitting, the act of riding between two lanes used to bypass traffic jams can be especially risky since other drivers are not anticipating the motorcyclist to enter the flow of traffic at a faster speed than everyone else. It may be tempting to squeeze through the congestion when you are stuck in the Florida heat, but doing so will raise the likelihood of you crashing.
Motorcycle Accident FAQ
Because of their two-wheeled structure, motorcycles are unstable when compared to automobiles. Dangerous road conditions such as potholes, slippery surfaces, and uneven pavement can be life-threatening for riders. To lessen your risk, avoid riding in unfavourable weather, and stick with the routes you know, especially when cruising at night.
Arms and legs should be completely covered when riding a motorcycle, preferably with leather or heavy denim. There is also protective gear that helps to hinder dehydration. Boots or shoes should come high enough to cover your ankles, while gloves allow for a better grip and help protect your hands in the circumstance of a collision. Wearing vibrant clothing with reflective material will make you more visible to other vehicle drivers.
You can also increase your visibility by applying reflective materials to your motorcycle and by keeping your motorcycle’s headlights on at all times, even using high beams during the day.
Under the Florida Statute 316.211 for equipment for motorcycle and moped riders, “a person may not operate or ride upon a motorcycle unless the person is properly wearing protective headgear securely fastened upon his or her head which complies with Federal Motorcycle Vehicle Safety Standard 218 promulgated by the United States Department of Transportation. A person may not operate a motorcycle unless the person is wearing an eye-protective device over his or her eyes of a type approved by the department. A person over 21 years of age may operate or ride upon a motorcycle without wearing protective headgear securely fastened upon his or her head if such person is covered by an insurance policy providing for at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of a crash while operating or riding on a motorcycle. A person under 16 years of age may not operate or ride upon a moped unless the person is properly wearing protective headgear securely fastened upon his or her head. Each motorcycle registered to a person under 21 years of age must display a license plate that is unique in design and color.”
Riders who abstain from dangerous scenarios are considerably less likely to get involved in an accident, but some collisions are purely inevitable. When the cause of the crash is someone else’s negligence, you need assistance from an experienced and trustworthy attorney to hold the liable party accountable for his or her actions. In these types of complex situations, making sure you have someone by your side to help protect your rights throughout the process would be a tremendous advantage on your end.
No matter how responsible you may try to be on the saddle, it only takes one drunk, preoccupied, or negligent driver to induce a devastating wreck. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, our personal injury attorneys who specialize in motorcycle collisions can evaluate your case and help you determine the most strategic way to proceed.
At Wolf & Pravato, our motorcycle accident lawyers are help the compensation are entitled to aftera motorcycle crash. We know that there is a plethora of factors to consider when taking on these kinds of cases, and we are determined to make sure you fully understand your rights and options every step of the way. We medical bills, lost wages, as well as other woes associated with your injury. Our legal team will some peace of mind through our expertise and loyalty.
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