Motorcycle Crash Liability in Florida
Motorcycle accidents are some of the worst roadway collisions that can occur in terms of serious injuries and fatalities. With Florida’s amazing weather, ocean-view roadways and busy tourist and commercial traffic, motorcycle accidents are sadly a common occurrence.
If you or loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle fatality in Florida, one of our experienced Clermont motorcycle accident attorneys can help your family during this devastating time.
Motorcycle Accident Facts
According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, in 2013, motorcycle deaths outnumbered those from car accidents 26 to 1, per mile traveled.
The most common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents are head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, internal injuries and so-called “road rash” skin injuries. About 4300 motorcyclists die each year on the road, accounting for about 13 percent of all motor vehicle deaths.
Many people believe that most motorcycle accidents are single-vehicle crashes, but this is not actually the case. About 42 percent of motorcycle crashes involve only a single vehicle, and 58 percent of motorcycle crashes are multivehicle collisions. Most motorcycle accident victims are male.
Helmet Laws in Florida and Contributory Negligence
Florida does not require helmets for riders who are 21 and older, and who carry motorcycle insurance. Only motorcyclists who are 20 or younger are required by law to wear a helmet, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Whether a motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of injury sometimes comes into play in Florida motorcycle accident personal injury cases, since Florida operates under the comparative negligence doctrine, which allows a victim’s compensation to be reduced by the proportion of fault he or she bears in causing the accident.
Unlike some states, however, a victim in Florida is not completely barred from recovery, even if the defendant successfully argues that had the motorcyclist been wearing a helmet, the injuries would not have been as severe.
Common Causes of Florida Motorcycle Accidents
Some common causes of motorcycle accident on Florida roadways include:
- Multivehicle pileups;
- Large commercial truck collisions;
- Drunk driving crashes;
- Road rage incidents;
- Head on collisions;
- Blind spot and poor visibility crashes;
- Poorly maintained roadways;
- Debris in the road;
- Animal collisions;
- Inclement weather conditions; and
- Uninsured motorist crashes.
Consult an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Florida
Regardless of how seriously you were injured, what caused the accident, or whether you were wearing a helmet, it is important to consult an experienced Florida motorcycle personal injury lawyer. Reach out to us at the Scoma Law Firm in Clermont as soon as possible in order to protect your rights to receive compensation from any negligent parties.