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What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident in Florida

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident in Florida

Florida is a fantastic place for motorcyclists to enjoy the scenery and the wind in their hair (or helmet). Unfortunately, statistics demonstrate that Florida also has the highest number of fatal motorcycle accidents than any other state in the U.S. Anyone who hits the road on a motorcycle is at risk of crashing and sustaining serious injuries, and it is important to know what to do in the aftermath of an accident to protect your rights. Get Medical Attention and Keep Up with Your Treatment Motorcycle accidents often cause severe traumatic injuries to motorcyclists, as they have little protection from another vehicle or the ground. In some cases, it may be immediately obvious that a motorcyclist is in serious condition and needs to be transported by an ambulance to the hospital. Even if you are uncertain of your condition, you should always allow medical personnel on the scene to decide whether such transportation is necessary for you. If you do not need an ambulance ride, it is still important that you go directly to the emergency department if you are feeling any signs of injury, such as soreness, stiffness, or even a headache. It is critical that any injuries – even relatively minor ones – be diagnosed right away so you can receive the treatment you need and minimize complications. Getting diagnosed as soon as possible can also make an insurance claim or lawsuit simpler as your medical records can clearly indicate the cause, nature, and severity of your injuries. When a doctor recommends a course of treatment, you should stick to it. Too many people fail to follow...
I was injured in a motorcycle accident – who is liable?

I was injured in a motorcycle accident – who is liable?

There are many potential ways that motorcyclists can be injured. And while motorcycle accidents are not as frequent as car accidents, motorcycle accidents are usually much more severe and can result in death due to the smaller size and less stable nature of the motorcycle. Furthermore, common road conditions such as potholes, dead animals, slick pavement conditions, uneven heights between lanes, and other hazards pose a serious safety risk to motorcycles and their riders. Below are a few common road hazards that motorcyclists should be aware of and look out for: Road Hazards 1. Bad roads: Rough and bumpy roads, either from disrepair, construction work, or resurfacing efforts. 2. Gravel: Accidents caused by gravel often occur when motorcyclists are speeding. 3. Animals. 4. Edge breaks: An edge break is when two traffic lanes are different heights. This can be problematic for unsuspecting motorcyclists, especially when traveling on the freeway at high speeds. 5. Standing water. 6. Snow and ice: Snow and ice are more hazardous for motorcycles than for cars. 7. Railway tracks and crossings. Motorcycle tires can get caught in a railway track, causing a crash. 8. Debris or objects in the road: Parts of tire treads, things fallen from trucks, branches, or rocks, are more hazardous to motorcycles than cars. 9. Slippery surfaces: The list of objects and surfaces that are, or can become, slippery is long. The following types of debris and road surfaces can be very slippery and dangerous for motorcyclists: leaves crosswalk lines trolley tracks other painted surfaces anti-freeze or oil Who is liable? In motorcycle accidents, like car accidents, liability is determined by...
Motorcycle Accidents can Cause Serious Injuries

Motorcycle Accidents can Cause Serious Injuries

The number motorcycles registered in the United States is continuing to increase. The United States Department of Transportation indicated that there were over 8 million registered motorcycles in 2012.1 As the number of motorcycles continues to grow, so too will the number of accidents involving motorcycles. Motorcycle drivers are at a high risk for serious injury or death if involved in an accident. This is largely because motorcycles lack the same protections as those of an enclosed vehicle.2 Motorcycle drivers involved in driving accidents may suffer some of the following serious injuries: Head Injury – Individuals involved in motorcycle accidents commonly suffer serious head injury, whether they were wearing a helmet or not. Head injuries are likely to occur given the lack of enclosure protection afforded by a vehicle. When the head strikes another object or surface, it absorbs the force of the impact. This can cause injuries to the head such as fractures, cuts, and even traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Any time the brain hits the inside of the skull, the brain risks suffering from TBI. TBI can lead to concussions, brain damage, and long-term loss of important brain functions tied to cognitive and physical abilities. This can directly impact or even limit an individual’s ability to engage in regular, everyday activities. Head injury can lead accident victims to require extensive medical care for treatment and recovery as well as possible medical attention for the remainder of the motorcyclist’s life. Additionally, the driver could suffer a loss of income and enjoyment of life due to having lost essential cognitive and physical abilities. Neck, Back, and Spinal Injuries –...