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Tampa Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
The mild climate in and around Tampa makes it a great place to ride a motorcycle, but busy streets and distracted drivers increase the chances of being in an accident. Rarely is there such a thing as a minor motorcycle accident. Other than perhaps a helmet, nearly all motorcycle riders are exposed and unprotected. There isn't a steel body with a frame surrounding them, and there aren't any crumple zones either. Air bags and seat restraint systems are non-existent.
Whether you were injured by a negligent driver while cruising on your Harley Davidson Road King or zipping around on a Kawasaki Ninja, you're going to want to speak to the RHINO Lawyers after any crash caused by a driver who failed to share the road or didn't look twice.
The Most Dangerous State for Motorcyclists?
As per the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) about 5,000 motorcyclists die in accidents in the United States every year. It's estimated that another 100,000 are injured. Motorcyclists are about 29 times more likely to die in an accident and six times more likely to be injured than drivers or occupants of passenger cars. Florida is perennially at or near the top of all 50 states in motorcycle accident injuries and fatalities.
The Hurt Report
The University of Southern California Traffic Safety Center was commissioned by the NHTSA to conduct a motorcycle safety study. Professor H.H. Hurt was the study's primary writer. The Hurt Report remains the most comprehensive motorcycle accident study ever conducted in the United States. Although the report was published in 1981, nearly all of the findings reported in it remain valid today.
Hurt Report Findings
Only about 25 percent of the motorcycle accidents studied were single vehicle crashes involving the motorcyclist hitting the pavement or some type of fixed object like a tree, fence or building. The other 75 percent involved a collision with another motor vehicle, most of which were passenger cars. In those crashes, the other vehicle failed to yield the right-of-way to the motorcyclist and caused a crash about 66 percent of the time. The drivers of the offending vehicles often stated that they either didn't see the motorcycle approaching, or they didn't see it until it was too late. That was usually when the driver of the passenger vehicle turned left in front of the motorcyclist.
Intersections were found to be the most common sites for these accidents. Often, the driver of the passenger car violated laws in connection with traffic control devices. Conspicuity of the motorcycle and rider are critical to being seen. Lights should be on even during sunny daytime hours, and bright clothing should be worn by the motorcyclist. The average time for a motorcyclist to attempt to avoid a crash was less than two seconds. The median speed before an impact with another vehicle was 29.5 mph, while the median speed at the time of impact was 21.5 mph. The Hurt report found that 98 percent of all motorcyclists suffered injuries in crashes with other vehicles.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has documented well over a million people who treated in emergency rooms for motorcycle accident injuries. It then recorded the injuries as to where they were located on the victim's body. About 30 percent of all injuries were found to be to the legs and feet. These consisted of fractures, dislocations and joint damage. About 22 percent were to the neck and head in the form of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Those were followed closely by what were characterized as "upper trunk" injuries to the chest, shoulders and spine. Hip and pelvis injuries were then followed by arm and hand injuries. As per the Hurt Report, most motorcyclist fatalities were caused by injuries to the head and chest.
Unless you otherwise overcome the no-fault threshold, the first $10,000 of your medical bills and other losses will come from your own insurance company under your personal injury protection coverage. After that, you're allowed to seek damages directly from the party who was responsible for your accident. Expect the medical bills and lost time from work to be financially and emotionally overwhelming. Under Florida law, those damages ordinarily consist of the following:
- Past and future medical bills.
- Past and future lost earnings.
- Any permanent disfigurement.
- Any permanent disability.
- Pain and suffering.
- Loss of a normal life.
- Other substantial damages in the event of a wrongful death.
Contact a Tampa Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today.
Expect the insurer of the person who caused your motorcycle accident to try and push some or all of the blame for your accident over onto you. Some potential jurors might even have certain prejudices against motorcyclists. You need an experienced Tampa motorcycle accident lawyer who can overcome these obstacles. Our objective is to obtain the highest possible settlement or verdict for you. Don't give a statement of any kind to the opposing insurer. Florida law doesn't require you to help that insurer defend your case against its insured person.