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Motorcyclists can be severely injured by negligent drivers. If you were hit by a car while riding your bike in Florida, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Always consult with an experienced Plantation motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible after a wreck.
Florida is the national leader in motorcycle fatalities. Bike-related accidents account for 20% of all motor vehicle-related deaths in the state. The great riding weather, congested highways, and traffic-packed city streets of Florida are partially responsible for this staggering statistic. Motorcyclists are severely injured every day in Florida by negligent drivers and some don't realize that they can file a lawsuit against the party responsible for causing them harm. If you're among the huge number of accident victims in Florida, here's what you need to know:
One of the most common contributors to liability for motorcycle accidents in Florida is negligence. Negligence generally refers to carelessness and irresponsibility which leads to accidents happening. Vehicle operators owe other people on the road certain duties. Negligence constitutes a breach of duty. For this reason, bikers may be entitled to compensation if the driver who hit them was clearly displaying negligence in their driving duties. Here are a few examples of negligent driving that we've seen in motorcycle accidents.
'I didn't see him!'
We can't tell you how many times we've heard this one. The driver claims that the motorcyclist came out of nowhere. To the driver, this may seem true; however, that's often not what actually transpired. Many accidents occur when a vehicle is turning as a bike is driving by. As the vehicle pulls out, the bike rider is unable to stop and smashes right into the side of the vehicle that's decided that they were safe to go. This is because most people are conditioned to look for large objects the size of a car instead of smaller vehicles going at the same speed. The result? Someone stopped at a stop sign pulls out prematurely causing a biker to crash. Impacts like these can cause life-altering injuries. In many cases, side impact collisions result in the death of the rider.
'They were in my blind spot!'
Here's another common phrase that we hear all of the time. Drivers on the interstate or highway who merge into motorcyclists will often claim that the biker was in their blind spot. However, even if you were in the blind spot of a driver, it's still their responsibility to maintain a proper lookout before merging or changing lanes. In many cases, drivers who merge into bikers and effectively run them over are speeding or trying to weave in and out of traffic.
'That bike came out of nowhere.'
This one often translates to, "I was distracted behind the wheel." Motorcycles don't just materialize out of thin air. In many cases, they are loud enough to be heard by other vehicles on the road. Drivers who are on their phones or messing with the radio are 30% more likely to hit a rider than drivers who are paying attention to their surroundings.
'I only had a few drinks.'
All too often, motorcycle accidents are caused when a vehicle operator is under the influence of mind-altering substances such as drugs or alcohol. This isn't just negligence, it's recklessness. If the driver who hit you was intoxicated in any way, you may have more than just a lawsuit on your hands. You may be entitled to restitution and other legally mandated financial constitution.
It's a common misconception that the biker is always to blame
Many people operate under the false assumption that related accidents usually are the rider's fault. The argument is that riding a motorcycle at all is a dangerous act in an of itself and the biker should be aware that they are taking their lives into their own hands. However, these days, motorcyclists are safer than ever. Most responsible riders wear helmets, spine protecting jackets, thick elbow and knee pads and more.
Almost all motorcyclists are well aware that drivers may not see them. Bikers who follow all of the traffic laws must also drive alertly and maintain a constant state of vigilance on the road. Contrary to popular belief, most bikers do this. Bikers have a right to use the interstates, city streets, and highways in Florida. Automobile drivers have a responsibility to watch out for bikers when they're turning, merging, or simply driving from point A to point B.
Bikers have rights in Florida
In the Sunshine State, bikers have the right to drive anywhere that motor vehicles are permitted. Just because you were hit on your bike doesn't mean that you were responsible for the accident you were in. Bikers are treated the same as anyone else driving any other motor vehicle. The thing is, you may need a qualified and experienced personal injury attorney on your side to get this point across in court. That's where The Ellsley Law Firm can help you. We know what arguments will most likely be brought against your claims and can build a solid strategy to help you prove them wrong.
It's pretty obvious that bikers who get hit by cars will sustain far greater injuries and losses than the people behind the wheel of a car. Motorcyclists can be permanently disfigured, severely injured, and even killed while automobile drivers walk away without a scratch on them. If you've been hit on your motorcycle, there's a good chance that a motorcycle accident lawyer in Plantation will be able to take on your case and help you get the compensation that you're entitled to.
We can help you win your motorcycle injury case in Plantation
If you've been injured while riding, the best thing you can do is contact an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney right away. Our Firm has been defending the rights of motorcyclists for years and we can help you with your personal injury lawsuit as well. If you've been hit by a car who failed to maintain a proper lookout or was responsible for your injuries in some other way, you may be entitled to significant compensation. We fight for the rights of injured riders in Plantation, Florida. Remember, the sooner you seek legal representation, the better the chances of winning your motorcycle-related lawsuit will be.