There is no solid data pointing to the main cause of motorcycle accidents. However, information from the Insurance Information Institute suggests that two of the leading contributors to motorcycle accidents is speeding and drunk driving.
Another factor in these collisions is low visibility. Drivers may not see motorcycles on the road simply because of their smaller size. Motorists should always check their blind spots while driving to avoid striking a motorcyclist. If these drivers fail to uphold their duty of care to not harm others, then they could be found financially responsible for any ensuing damages.
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Other Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Although the main cause of motorcycle accidents is speeding, drunk driving, and low visibility, they are not the only causes.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lists additional risk factors that can cause motorcycle accidents:
- Abrupt stopping. If a motorist suddenly stops on the road without warning, this can lead to a pile-up accident. If a motorcyclist is in the midst of this, they can sustain life-threatening injuries.
- Road conditions. There can be a variety of issues on the road that may lead to an accident. Poorly maintained streets, weather hazards, and other elements can make certain roadways hazardous for motorcyclists.
- Inexperienced riders. An inexperienced motorcyclist may not have the skills to employ defensive riding practices. This could result in mistakes that would not be made by an experienced rider.
If you decide to move forward with the help of a motorcycle accident lawyer, they will be tasked with determining what actions by the responsible party resulted in your collision. From there, they can start the process of pursuing the cost of your damages.
Your Rights in a Motorcycle Accident
Under Florida Statute §95.11:
- You have four years from the date of your motorcycle crash to sue the liable party.
- A qualifying family member or representative acting on behalf of a decedent has two years to file a wrongful death claim, starting from the death of their loved one’s passing.
If you do not take legal action within this period, you will likely be unable to pursue compensation through this method.
Florida Statute §316.211(b) does not require motorcyclists over the age of 21 to wear a helmet. You may have been told that you cannot pursue damages for your motorcycle accident injuries because you were not wearing a helmet. This is not true. If you are over the age of 21 and have the appropriate insurance coverage, not wearing a helmet has no bearing on your case.
A motorcycle accident lawyer can explain in more detail what rights and protections you are offered under Florida law.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Today
No matter what the main cause of your motorcycle accident was, our legal team wants to hear from you. When you work with us, we can employ certain measures on your behalf to get you and your family the compensation you need. At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we are committed to delivering responsive legal care that puts our clients’ interests first.
If your case is successful, you may be able to recover the cost of medical bills, lost wages, and various noneconomic damages. Our motorcycle accident lawyers are ready to hear your story and get started on your case now.
To start your free case review, call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733.