When someone is involved in a car collision, there is a possibility that
they will sustain some sort of injury. When there is a serious motorcycle
crash, injuries are almost a certainty. Motorcyclists are not afforded
the same protections as drivers of passenger vehicles. There are no metal
frames or seat belts to protect them or keep them from being ejected from
the motorcycle. Unfortunately, Florida is one of the most dangerous states
when it comes to motorcycle crashes.
Under Florida Statute 316.211, if a motorcyclist is over the age of 21
and has insurance that covers a minimum of $10,000 in medical benefits
to cover injuries from a potential motorcycle crash, the individual may
ride on or operate a motorcycle without a helmet. Riding without a helmet
increases the potential for serious injury, or even death, in the event
of a motorcycle collision. In fact, some believe this is a factor in the
seriousness of injuries and the number of fatalities related to motorcycles
Here are some statistics from the last decade regarding motorcycle collisions:
In 2012, there was a total of 9,384 motorcycle crashes in the state of Florida. Of these crashes, there were 8,648 individuals injured and 457 motorcyclists
or passengers killed.
- The total number of collisions was up from 8,621 the year before, which
saw a total of 7,970 injuries and 451 deaths.
In 2009, fatalities from motorcycle crashes involving individuals age 45
to 54 accounted for nearly 23% of the total number of motorcycle collision deaths.
- 40% of the total motorcycle crash fatalities in 2009 occurred on two-lane
highways, which is about 9% more than those occurring on four-lane roads.
- Of the 376 total motorcycle fatalities in 2009, 37% involved alcohol.
Nationally, between 2009 and 2012, there were 18,574 fatalities from motorcycle
crashes. In the same time period, Florida experienced 1,667 fatalities
from motorcycle collisions, equivalent to 9% of the national number. This
goes to show the big problem in Florida regarding motorcycle collisions.
All Drivers Have a Responsibility to Share the Road
It is important for all drivers and motorcyclists on the road to show each
other respect. This means that motorcyclists should follow all of the
same laws that drivers do, and drivers should pay close attention to those
on motorcycles. Some of the common causes of motorcycle collisions include
speeding, failure to check blind spots, turning in front of motorcycles,
and colliding with a motorcycle while changing lanes.
These types of crashes can result in serious injuries such as damage to
the spinal cord and neck, broken bones, amputations, or traumatic brain
injuries. As the statistics show, there is also the potential for death.
When the cause of the crash is someone else’s negligence, you need
help to hold the liable party accountable for his or her actions. In these
situations, it is beneficial to make sure you have someone on your side
to help protect your rights during the process.
At Vanguard Attorneys, our
Tampa motorcycle accident lawyers are dedicated to helping injury victims seek the compensation they need
after they have been involved in a motorcycle collision. We know that
there are a number of factors to consider when dealing with these types
of cases, and we want to make sure you understand your rights and options
every step of the way. We may be able to help you secure compensation
to cover the medical bills, lost wages, and other losses associated with
your injury. You can have peace of mind knowing that our experienced team
is on your side.
Call us today to discuss your potential case.