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Motorcycle Accidents

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURIES

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Are Motorcycles Really That Dangerous?

Motorcycles are the primary choice of transportation for millions of Americans nationwide, and continue to grow in popularity and usage every year. In Florida alone there are over 620,000 licensed motorcyclists who ride everyday across the state. Motorcycles, and motorcycle safety, however, has been a huge concern for lawmakers and everyday vehicular commuters since they have been around, and there are statistics which rationalize this fear. 

 The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety begins their certification course for motorcyclists by clearly stating that “Riding a motorcycle is inherently more dangerous than driving a car”. A study by the Insurance Information Institute found in 2021 that 65 % of motorcyclists report wearing helmets, and that in 2020 there were over 83,000 motorcycle related injuries on the road. New York Police Department reports that Motorcyclists in highly populated cities with a lot of traffic, such as New York City or Miami, FL, are reported to crash nearly twice as much as those riding outside in less urban districts.

Driving a motorcycle requires a unique set of skills otherwise unnecessary in regular closed-vehicular travel. Motorcyclists must be keenly aware of all of their surroundings; traffic, speed, visibility, etc on a level far beyond what typical transportation requires. Motorcycles themselves are also especially susceptible to weather hazards, like rain and snow. Oftentimes, these elements, and the dangers they introduce, can be undermined which can unfortunately lead to accidents and even fatalities. 

Over the course of the past decade, motorcycle related deaths have increased 20% while death rates have increased 27%: in 2020 the National Highway Transportation and Safety Association tallied 5,579 country-wide motorcycle fatalities, and in 2021 the number increased to over 6,000. Most motorcycle accidents happen in the evening between 3-6 pm, when traffic rushes from people driving home from work are at their peak. 13 cars out of every 100,000 are involved in a fatal accident, but motorcycles have a fatality rate of 72 per 100,000

COMMON VICTIMS OF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

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Statistically, 57-year-old riders are most likely to end up in a hospital with a non-fatal injury. While motorcycle riders age 25-34 are more likely to be fatally injured. The majority of injured motorcycle enthusiasts are actually Florida residents. Even though Volusia County is Florida’s biker’s paradise, it is statistically the most dangerous place to ride a motorcycle in the State of Florida. Palm Beach, Orange County, Miami-Dade County, Broward, Brevard, Duval, and Hillsborough Counties also have the highest number of fatal motorcycle crashes in Florida.

Our South Florida motorcycle injury law firm strongly recommends that all Florida bikers use helmets when riding. Currently about half of Florida’s bikers use helmets. In 2000, Florida became one of five states to repeal the helmet law. Florida Statutes §316.211 allows any person over 21 years of age to operate or ride a motorcycle as long as they have an insurance policy that provides at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of a crash.

COMMON CAUSES OF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

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Dangerous Cargo: Motorcycles with additional passengers, food deliveries, and other extraneous cargo can impact the balance, weight, and overall stability of the bike, possibly leading to dangerous accidents. 

Bad weather conditions: Fog, snow, sleet, rain, and smoke are all factors that cause bad driving conditions.

Road Rage: Car drivers and motorcyclists can sometimes clash on the road when either party interferes with one another’s course of travel. It is important to be relaxed and at ease when driving a motorcycle, as emotional safety on the road is never guaranteed.

Fatigue: Drivers often push themselves to reach destinations faster by depriving themselves of sleep. Inevitably, fatigue catches up and accidents happen. Some drivers with sleep apnea, narcolepsy or other medical conditions can cause more accidents.

What Should I Do If I Have Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?

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Motorcycle accidents are relatively complicated and often very serious situations which require intense analysis, medical care, and legal representation. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident it is vital that you first seek the proper medical care concerning any injuries or lack thereof. Injuries sustained from accidents might not appear immediately, and can sometimes take days, weeks, or even months to manifest. 

The second crucial step is not to admit fault to the police or other parties involved. You may think you are responsible for the accident, but lawyers and doctors might find other variables which might relieve you of any culpability, even if you think otherwise. 

Thirdly, you should contact our office to see how we might be able to ameliorate the situation. Aronfeld Trial Lawyers has been helping motorcyclists and their families involved in serious and sometimes fatal accidents for decades. We are a team of skilful, diligent and experienced advocates who will fight for you until justice is served.  

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For over 30 years, we have represented families of people injured and killed across the State of Florida in truck accidents. If you have been involved in a traffic accident in Florida while operating a truck, call Aronfeld Trial Lawyers for a free initial consultation regarding your legal rights as an accident victim.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

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Only 6% of Florida’s motorists are motorcyclists, yet nearly 18% of all Florida traffic-related deaths occur annually on motorcycles. Florida’s tropical weather, beautiful beaches, and magnificent roadways, like the Overseas Highway linking Miami to Key West, attract motorcycling enthusiasts from around the world.

In addition, Florida hosts several of the preeminent motorcycle events in the country. Daytona Beach, Florida is located in Volusia County and hosts both Biketoberfest each October and Daytona Bike Week each March. These events alone attract thousands of bikers to Bike Week Events in Daytona, Deland, New Smyrna, and Ormond Beach. Unfortunately, they are also very dangerous and have often been marred by crashes and injuries.

DO YOU HAVE A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CLAIM?

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For over 25 years, we have represented families of people injured and killed across the State of Florida in motorcycle accidents. If you have been involved in a traffic accident in Florida while riding a motorcycle, call Aronfeld Trial Lawyers for a free initial consultation regarding your legal rights as an accident victim.

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FLORIDA MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAW

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Motorcycle accident claims are difficult and complex traffic cases for lawyers to win because it is often very difficult to prove how they exactly happen. When our personal injury law firm in Miami investigates a motorcycle crash, we utilize experts in accident reconstruction and biomechanics to help us understand how and why the accident occurred.

It is important for motorcycle accident lawyers to reveal and exchange the opinions of their experts with the defense team well in advance of the trial or they run the risk that the trial judge will not permit the jury to hear the testimony. Accident reconstruction testimony is very invaluable in determining the speed and direction of the motorcycle and the other vehicles at impact and whether or not the accident could have been prevented.

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