Cruiser bikes are the type of motorcycles that mimic the design style of American Machines, and popular cruiser brands include bikes made by Harley-Davidson, Indian, and Henderson. Cruisers have grown in popularity over the years, and these bikes now make up 60% of the U.S. market. In fact, other popular brands such as BMW, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Victory, and Triumph have all designed important models that are depictive of cruisers.
Cruisers are known for the position of their riders. Riders usually place their feet forward and their hands higher up, with the spine erect or learning back slightly. Some of the more modern cruisers have slightly more neutral positions, and other cruisers have even been called "baggers" because they are outfitted with luggage for touring abilities. Cruisers are also known for having limited performance and turning abilities, and riders who enjoy the thrill of cornering at higher speeds might choose to ride a sport bike instead.
Motorcyclists share the road with cars, trucks, bicyclists, and other motorcyclists as well. With so many vehicles on the road and in such congested areas, it is no surprise that there are a large number of accidents and fatalities every year throughout the United States.
In 2009, there were 33,808 motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States. Also during that year, motorcycle fatalities broke their continuous 11-year-increase with a decline in the number of fatalities in that year, and continued to decline in 2010 as well. Because Florida is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, it is home to a number of motorcycle enthusiast events every year.
Licensed motorcyclists accounted for only about 7% of Florida's motoring public, but motorcyclists and their passengers represented 14.3% of all fatalities on Florida's roadways in 2011. Because cruisers have a low-slung design and sit lower to the ground, their riders are at great risk for injury and harm if they are in an accident.
When a car or truck has a collision with a motorcycle, the motorcyclist and any passengers are automatically at the greatest risk for catastrophic injury because they are not protected by the metal body of a car. In many cases, the other vehicle is so much heavier that it usually flings the motorcycle onto the roadway, throwing off the rider and placing him or her in danger of being hit by other drivers.
Motorcycle accidents often result in injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, soft tissue abrasions and bruising, brain injuries, fractures and more. In the worst cases, the victim will never have a normal life again and may suffer from paralysis or traumatic brain injuries that affect their ability to think clearly or remember their past.
In the period of time following a serious motorcycle accident, you and your loved ones may be under both physical and emotional trauma. Injury victims can also suffer financial hardships because of medical expenses, treatments, and continuing rehabilitation expenses.
Thankfully, personal injury law protects the right of accident victims who have been injured by the negligence of another driver. Proving negligence is one of the key factors in winning a personal injury claim, and a Coral Gables injury lawyer at the Mesa Law Firm can help you seek the compensation you need and deserve.
Are you looking for an attorney for your motorcycle accident case in Coral Gables? Contact the Mesa Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your cruiser accident with a talented legal professional who understands what you are going through and how to help. We pursue the maximum amount of compensation available for each and every client, and will fight hard to help you.