With its year-round sunny weather, it’s no surprise that Florida actually has the second highest number of registered motorcyclists per states in the nation. Unfortunately, Florida also has the highest total occurrences of motorcycle accidents in the country each year. In one recent year alone, almost 11% of motorcycle fatalities in the United States occurred in Florida.
Because motorcyclists don’t have the protection of a vehicle in a crash, motorcycle accidents tend to lead to very serious and life-threatening injuries. If you have been seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident and you believe another driver’s negligence contributed to your injuries, you may have a claim.
For the most part, the majority of motorcycle accidents in Florida are caused by negligence. One extensive study found that as much as 60% of all motorcycle accidents in Florida were caused by the other driver, not the motorcyclist. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes in Florida include:
We all know just how serious motorcycle accidents can be. Being out in the open, motorcyclists have virtually no protection when an accident occurs, despite wearing a helmet and protective gear. Florida doesn’t even require motorcyclists to wear helmets, and many choose not to.
Some of the most common injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents include:
Injuries such as these may require immediate medical attention, and many victims require emergency surgery and invasive treatment. On top of this, other medical treatments like physical and rehabilitative therapy, pain medications, medical equipment, and home health assistance can also be necessary.
There are five primary steps you should take immediately after you are injured in a motorcycle accident:
Step 1: Make sure the accident is reported. Whether it’s a one-person accident or another driver is involved, it’s integral that 911 is called when there are injuries. Even if you aren’t injured, a police presence should be requested.
Step 2: If necessary, seek medical attention immediately. Any pain or discomfort after the accident should never be ignored, as what could seem minor at the time may very well be the first signs of something serious.
Step 3: If possible, snap a few photos of the incident. Be sure to get photos of all vehicles involved, the extent of the damage, including any pieces that may be in the road, along with any hazards that might have contributed to the accident, such as potholes, debris, or poor road markings.
Step 4: Gathering one another’s personal information is a must, including that of any witnesses. Witnesses can often make or break a case and can help your case to seem more credible in a court of law.
Step 5: Call an experienced motorcycle accident injury lawyer. A Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer can guide you through the process of filing an injury claim and, if need be, prepare your case for trial. Your lawyer will work on your behalf to protect your legal rights, build a strong claim, and fight for the fair compensation you deserve while you focus on recovering.
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to get experienced legal counsel as soon as possible to protect your rights and begin building your claim. GMV Law Group, LLP represents motorcycle accident injury victims in Fort Lauderdale and North Palm Beach. Call GMV Law Group, LLC to schedule your free consultation today; we have English and Spanish speaking representatives ready to help.