Of all the possible traffic accidents, motorcycle accidents can be some of the most terrifying and can cause some of the most severe personal injuries. When a person is involved in a car accident, they at least have the protection of safety restraints, airbags, and the frame of their vehicle surrounding them. Motorcyclists have none of these protective features. Only their helmet and protective clothing prevent them from injury, and these do not always provide the protection they need. In these situations, it is critical for victims to contact a personal injury attorney in Coral Gables for legal assistance. Together, you and your attorney can file a personal injury claim or pursue a case in court.
Motorcycle accidents have numerous causes, including dangerous roads, unobservant motorists, and distracted drivers. In high speed collisions, motorcyclists are often thrown from their bikes and land a good distance from the point of impact. When he or she hits the ground—or any other object—broken bones are not uncommon, and even with a helmet on, he or she could very well suffer a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury. Anyone who suffers such an accident should unquestionably seek medical attention immediately. However, medical bills for such catastrophic injuries can be astronomically high, so make sure to hire an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you are not stuck paying the expenses out of pocket.
It is an unfortunate fact that motorcycle riders are inherently put at many more risks on the road than are other drivers of standard sedans, SUVs, and other larger motor vehicles. The risks that are posed to motorcycle riders in Florida and across the nation are so apparent that they have actually resulted in 26 times more likelihood for fatality when a crash occurs as compared to other cars on the road.
Among the unique risks of the road as they apply to motorcycle riders are visual recognition impairments, speed wobbling accidents, road design hazards, and even riding skills. All of these are described in more detail below. If you suffered from an accident that was caused by any of the following, do not wait to speak with an injury attorney from our firm about the details of your case.
Visual Recognition Impairments: Motorcyclists are naturally much smaller in size and weight than all other vehicles on the road. Unfortunately, the discrepancy in size and weight between motorcycles and sedans / trucks / minivans on the road can make it easy for motorcycles to be obscured by other vehicles. Visual impairments have become extremely problematic at intersections, where it is estimated that approximately 70% of all motorcycle-related accidents occur.
Speed Wobbling Accidents: When a motorcyclist travels at high speeds, the front end of the motorbike can become unstable, causing wobbling. Sometimes, this is caused by misalignment, and other times it is for another reason. In any case, the accident should be thoroughly investigated because if it is a problem with the bike itself, then the manufacturer of the motorcycle can be held financially responsible for any injuries that result from the accident.
Road Hazards: Road hazards such as grooves and oil slicks that would be only minor irritations for other vehicles on the road can be major hazards for motorcycle riders. From potholes, to puddles, and even loose debris, any foreign object on the road can significantly off-balance a motorcyclist, effectively causing an accident and injury. Uneven pavement and railroad tracks can also cause problems for motorcyclists.
Riding Skills & Familiarity: Unlike other motor vehicles, motorcyclists are required to have a great deal more skill and familiarity to operate their bikes successfully. For this reason, motorcyclists are required to obtain a separate driver's license. If a motorist's skills aren't up to par, then an accident is much more likely to result.
Determining legal responsibility for a motorcycle accident is the job of an attorney who can assess the details of your accident to determine the best course of legal action to be made on your behalf. Typically, cases of this nature are governed by the tenet of negligence.
An attorney from our law firm can help you officially make a decision on how to move forward with a legal case, so don't hesitate to contact our office today.
If you have been injured in an accident such as a cruiser accident or a sport bike accident, you may very well be going through one of the hardest and most painful times of your life. At Mesa Law Firm, we understand the difficulties you are facing and want nothing more than to help you through it. By consulting with our firm today, you could soon learn how each client is cared for and treated like family.
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