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Florida can be paradise for motorcycle enthusiasts. It can also be dangerous.
Every year, thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts flock to Florida to experience events like Bike Week. With so many motorcycle riders comes an increased risk of motorcycle injury. Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous, especially when drivers of larger vehicles pay little attention to motorcycles.
There’s a common stereotype that motorcycle riders are reckless, drive fast, and do not care about the rules of the road. This is untrue.
The University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research released a study reporting that 60 percent of motorcycle crashes involving another vehicle were due to the negligence of the other vehicle rather than the motorcyclist.
Injuries sustained from an accident while driving a motorcycle can be catastrophic and deadly due to the lack of safety between the rider, the road, and a larger, heavier vehicle. If you or someone you love suffered injuries due to a motorcycle accident, you should seek legal counsel from the team at Loutos Law Firm today.
Who Is To Blame: Drivers Or Motorcyclists?
There is a common misconception that motorcyclists are dangerous drivers, drive recklessly fast, and “come out of nowhere.”
The reality is that drivers are actually responsible for most serious motorcycle injuries and deaths. The University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research recently released a study reporting that 60 percent of motorcycle crashes involving another vehicle were due to the negligence of the other vehicle rather than the motorcyclist. The majority of these crashes were the result of the other vehicle not appropriately yielding the right of way to the motorcyclist.
One common example of such incidents is when a truck or car driver pulls over from a side road directly in front of an oncoming motorcyclist, either because they’re not paying attention or because they expect the motorcyclist to yield its right of way to the cars on the road. Another example is when drivers turn left across oncoming traffic right in front of a motorcyclist. Unfortunately, oftentimes the reason drivers “fail” to spot a motorcyclist is that they did actually see the motorcyclist, but decide to turn or pull out in front of them regardless. This is due to the fact that drivers mentally associate size with speed and intimidation- they may choose to pull out in front of a motorcyclist since it doesn’t pose any physical risk, but wouldn’t pull out in front of a pickup truck that is going 10 miles slower than the motorcyclist.
How We Help
Injury victims are often unsure of what to do after a car accident.
Not only are motorcycle accident victims burdened with medical bills from all of the treatment they need, but also regularly lose out on income. Other damages resulting from the injuries include emotional trauma and rehabilitation costs. Since these losses are often so significant, it is vital to know your rights as an accident victim.