Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Serving Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice and Throughout Southwestern Florida
Without question, motorcycles are popular in Southwestern Florida. Due to a favorable year-round climate and with roads such as Route 41 providing beachside access to motorcyclists from South Venice to Bradenton, motorcycles are not an uncommon sight on Florida roads and highways. An experienced Sarasota motorcycle accident attorney knows nearly all riders are aware of safety risks and ride defensively. If you're a rider, you might think an accident happens to other bikers. But even the safest riders can be injured or killed through no fault of their own. Accidents involving motorcycles happen every day in Sarasota and throughout Florida.
Motorcycle accidents rarely are minor. That's because even when wearing proper safety gear, motorcyclists have little protection when involved in an accident with a car or truck. We have handled cases involving serious injuries, including broken bones and head injuries. Florida ranks high in the number of motorcycle deaths. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study found there were 287 fatal accidents in the first nine months of 2012 in Florida. Florida is the third deadliest state for bikers - trailing Texas and California.
At Farrow & Pulice, our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience working to protect the rights of people injured or who lost loved ones in motorcycle accidents across Florida. Contact us today at 866-408-1220 for a free case consultation.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Florida?
In Florida, motorcycle enthusiasts often find that their accident is only the beginning of a complex legal process. That's because other drivers - and their insurance companies - are often quick to blame the motorcycle rider for the accident. A driver might claim he or she simply "failed to see" a bike while changing lanes. The driver may even try to claim that you were operating your motorcycle recklessly before the accident.
At Farrow & Pulice, we don't think that is fair. We understand that motorcycle accidents have a variety of different causes, many of which can be attributed to the error of the driver who struck the bike. Drunk drivers, distracted drivers and speeding remain top causes of motorcycle crashes in Florida. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Vehicle moves into path of motorcycle
- A texting driver runs into motorcycle
- Motorcycle gets hit by reckless or aggressive driver
- Motorcycle gets hit by a drunk driver
- Motorcycle comes across a road defect, such as loose gravel or a pothole, and biker loses control.
- Defective equipment such as malfunction brakes or tires
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Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle riders involved in even the most minor of accidents can find their lives turned upside down due to the injuries they've sustained. With motorcycle riders more vulnerable than drivers of larger cars and trucks, accidents involving a motorcycle and one of these vehicles can cause severe injuries in a matter of seconds.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) indicate that a motorcycle rider involved in an accident is 300 percent more likely to sustain an injury than the passenger of a car. A researcher with the Governors Highway Association said motorcyclists have a 30 times greater risk of getting killed on a motorcycle than riding in a car for every 30 miles traveled.
No matter what might have caused the accident, insurance companies often use statistics like this in order to deny claims for motorcycle accident injuries, regardless of whether the claim was filed by a motorcycle passenger or operator.
Common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Head injuries. You don't have to wear a helmet in Florida to ride, but studies found that wearing a helmet reduces your chances of getting killed by 40 percent. A helmet may also protect against traumatic brain injury.
- Nervous system injuries. Severe damage to the head or back can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or debilitating spinal cord injury. These injuries could result in paralysis or a loss of cognitive functions, altering the lives of victims permanently.
- Hand or feet injuries. Injuries to extremities can lead to broken bones, fractures, or even the amputation of a limb. Even if it's just a broken bone, it can still take months to fully recover and require ongoing physical therapy.
- Internal injuries. Damage to internal organs and blood vessels might require surgery and potentially incapacitate someone. Recovery can involve complicated prescription drugs that have harmful side effects that make everyday tasks much more difficult.
- Wrongful death. Due to the vulnerability of motorcycle riders, riders who take precautionary measures such as wearing helmets can still be involved in a catastrophic motorcycle crash that results in the death of the motorcycle operator or passenger.
Often, motorcycle accidents care caused by drivers who "fail to see" the motorcyclist moments before the crash. Not the negligent actions of the motorcycle rider. A driver could be distracted, speeding, or under the influence of alcohol, or otherwise driving recklessly. Sometimes, a driver simply fails to exercise good judgment when changing lanes. There are no excuses. No matter what the cause might be, the injuries a motorcycle rider can sustain in an accident can be severe or even fatal.
Let Us Protect Your Rights. Contact Farrow & Pulice Today.
Hold careless drivers accountable for their reckless behavior. The experienced legal team at Farrow & Pulice is ready to stand up for you. If you were injured in a Florida motorcycle accident or lost a loved one in an accident, call us today at 866-408-1220 or contact our firm online to schedule your free initial consultation. Our law firm has offices in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, Englewood, Lakewood Ranch and Port Charlotte that are centrally located to major hospitals for your convenience.