South Florida weather provides a near-perfect background for motorcycle rides through Plantation and surrounding cities. Unfortunately, those leisurely rides sometimes take a turn for the worst when drivers on the road or even the condition of the roads themselves cause motorcycle accidents. With no protection for the body other than a helmet, motorcyclists often experience horrific injuries that they must deal with for the rest of their lives.
Poor judgment, recklessness or negligence on the roadway can lead to accidents that happen at the spur of the moment. If you have been harmed as a motorcyclist, either by another driver or due to debris in the road or highway defects, you owe it to yourself to speak to our Plantation motorcycle accident attorney. Bradley S. Hartman and his team have helped thousands of clients recoup damages in personal injury lawsuits, so they can get on with their lives after serious accidents.
Although motorcycle traffic amounts to only around 1 percent of the total of vehicles on the road, motorcycles are involved in around 15 percent of fatal accidents. When it comes to the number of motorcycle accidents on U.S. highways, Florida has earned the unfortunate distinction as being home to the greatest number of both injuries and fatalities, notes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And motorcycle accidents are more frequent now than ever before, notes the NHTSA. A study tracking the number of fatalities among motorcyclists analyzed data from a 20-year period ending in 2015. What the analysts found was shocking. Fatalities for motorcyclists more than doubled on roadways across the country, climbing from an initial number of 2,100 or so to a high of 5,000 each year. Motorcycle claims cost insurance companies around $1.5 million per single claim, making most serious motorcycle accidents high-dollar occurrences that insurers and their attorney fight aggressively in court.
Motorcycle Accident Causes
Sometimes a motorcyclist shoulders the blame for a motorcycle accident, but the top cause of the most serious accidents involving motorcycles is other drivers on the road. Often, operators of passenger vehicles fail to respect the rights of the motorcyclist on the road, or they may drive recklessly, putting everyone in their paths at risk. Sometimes drivers find it hard to gauge the distance between themselves and the motorcycle, resulting in the motorcycle being hit at stop lights or while passing them on the road. Drivers may also be inattentive to others on the road, distracted by cell phones and text messaging.
It is sometimes the case that defective equipment on the motorcycle may lead to a crash, such as a faulty part or tires. Dangerous conditions on the road, including uneven pavement, potholes, oil on the road or debris in the path of the motorcyclist can cause a crash. In these cases, it is often possible to file a motorcycle claim against the manufacturer of the bike or the parts on the bike, or against the department or entity whose job it is to keep roads safe and passable for all travelers.
Consult With a Plantation Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Due to the case complexities seen in many motorcycle accidents, it is important to seek out the services of a knowledgeable and experienced accident attorney. The Law Office of Bradley S. Harman and our Plantation motorcycle accident attorney offers free consultation with accident victims. We can review your case and determine how to proceed. Schedule your appointment today.