The thrill of riding the open road appeals to many motorcyclists, yet operating a motorcycle can be a risky undertaking. Recent Florida driver studies have revealed that in just one year:
- 521 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes
- 7,934 motorcyclists were injured
- According to statistics from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): Head injury is a leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes and over 45% of fatally injured riders were not wearing helmets at the time of the accident.
- Proper helmet usage can reduce the likelihood of fatality by 37%.
- In 2008, if all motorcyclists had worn helmets , an additional 823 lives could have been saved.
You may be an experienced motorcyclist, obey all driving laws and take every safety precaution, but the negligence or careless decisions of other drivers can have disastrous consequences. As a motorcycle rider, you enjoy all the same rights and privileges as every other driver on the road. Because the motorcyclist body is exposed to direct contact with the colliding car and the road, motorcycle accidents often result in serious injury or even death to the motorcyclist. Despite being exposed to more physical harm or choosing to ride without a helmet, the at-fault driver is responsible for all of the motorcyclist’s injuries and damages.
Have you or someone you love been injured in a motorcycle accident as a result of someone else’s negligence? It is important that you contact legal counsel as soon as possible. The preservation of evidence needed to prove your claim is of utmost importance and may be lost or destroyed if not preserved immediately. Contact our office today to schedule your free initial consultation.