Florida Motorcycle Accidents and Your Rights
Motorcycles are a quintessential representation of the American way of life. The freedom of the open road, the ability to express yourself, and the rewards of working hard – these are all traits and values most Americans embrace. Motorcycles attract people from all walks of life, from bankers and teachers to construction workers and physicians.
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are common. Furthermore, fatal motorcycle accidents are much more common compared to fatal car accidents. No matter how carefully you ride, you are vulnerable on roads dominated by other motorists. When another driver’s negligence causes a crash, the injuries to the motorcyclist are usually severe. In fact, stories of motorcyclists walking away from an accident unscathed make the news specifically because they happen so rarely. More often than not, catastrophic motorcycle accidents are the norm.
At The Law Offices of Paul K. Schrier, PLLC, our attorneys have five decades of combined experience helping victims of motorcycle accidents. The motorcycle crash attorney works tirelessly to make sure our clients get the compensation they deserve. We also assist families who have lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash. If you have been injured in a motorcycle collision in Florida, we can help you get the money you need to pay your bills, replace your lost wages, and reclaim your life.
Law Offices of Paul K. Schrier, PLLC has a history of successfully representing clients in the following areas of Florida:
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
In most motorcycle accidents cases, the accidents are caused by another motorist’s negligence. It’s an unfortunate fact that many drivers intentionally cut off motorcyclists or “buzz” them as they pass. This behavior is not only dangerous – it is illegal. In our practice, we see all kinds of motorcycle injuries. Generally, these accidents are caused by one of four things:
- Distracted drivers. According to the CDC, eight people are killed every day by distracted drivers. Cell phones are a major contributor to the distracting driving epidemic that has gripped the nation. When a motorist is near a motorcycle, the margin of error is extremely narrow. Even a slight bump can unbalance a rider, causing him or her to lose control of the bike and suffer a serious crash. The average person needs about five seconds to read a text. To put this into perspective, it takes just five seconds for a car traveling 55 miles per hour to cross an entire football field.
- Aggressive drivers. Aggressive driving is a major problem on roads across the country. When people get angry behind the wheel, they can make poor decisions that put others in jeopardy.
- Drivers who follow too closely. Following too closely is a hazard no matter what type of vehicle you’re following. When you’re behind a motorcycle, however, a quick stop can send the front of your car slamming into the back of a bike, launching the rider in the air. These types of accidents are almost always devastating, and a high percentage are fatal.
- Excessive speed. Speeding is the second leading cause of all motor vehicle accidents, behind distracted driving. There is a good reason for speed limits. When drivers travel too quickly, they lose precious seconds needed to handle an unexpected hazard, such as a merging motorist, debris in the road, or a motorcycle that seemed to appear out of nowhere. The reality is that motorcycles are much smaller than cars and trucks. They are often difficult to see. When you’re moving too quickly, even 10 miles over the speed limit can mean the difference between life and death for a motorcyclist.
Motorcycle accidents can also be caused by defective equipment, road debris, and poor road maintenance. Whatever the reason for your accident, we will help you get the compensation you deserve.
Get Help from a Top-Ranked Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Our results speak for themselves. The motorcycle accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Paul K. Schrier, PLLC have received recognition from the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Florida Justice Association, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Get your free consultation today by calling 800-700-7285. Experienced motorcycle accident attorneys are available 24/7 to assist you.