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Motorcycle season in Florida is almost year-round, with the wonderful temperatures and pleasant wind in your face making the open road appealing without fail.
Unfortunately, some drivers won’t be pleased by the presence of more motorcyclists on the road and can fail to respect your rights, or even openly resent you. This hostility towards motorcyclists can lead to serious accidents and leave riders injured with permanent or long-lasting disabilities, and in the worst cases, dead.
Motorcycle accidents and fatalities have been rising in Ocala and Marion County as a whole, according to the Ocala Star Banner, and 2016 was no exception. Last year, six people died riding motorcycles, and more were injured.
We are pleased to have represented numerous motorcycle accident victims throughout Florida and are ready to help you and your loved ones to try and recover the compensation you are entitled to. Fill out our free case review form today.
Challenges Faced by Florida Motorcycle Riders
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Information Institute estimates motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die than passenger car occupants in motor vehicle accidents.
Motorcycles are smaller and less visible than cars and can get kicked to the curb when it comes to sharing the road. It’s far too easy for a careless motorist to allow motorcycles into their blind spot, to say nothing of misjudging speed and distance, or failing to see them entirely.
Common driver behaviors like a sudden left turn or lane changes can impact motorcyclists even if they cause a collision. Sudden maneuvers by cars can end up running a motorcycle off the road or force them to swerve dangerously to avoid getting hit. In such a situation, riders could fly over the handlebars, flip, or have to bring their bike dangerously close to the ground.
A motorcycle accident lawyer like those at Morgan & Morgan can help you assess and determine your position and fight for your rights in these incidents.
Common Motorcycle Injuries in Florida
Any motor vehicle accident can cause serious injuries. Some of the most common injuries affecting motorcycle drivers in Florida are related to the spine and head in particular.
It is true that traumatic brain injury and spinal injuries can occur in a motorcycle accident, even when a rider is wearing the proper safety equipment like a heavy jacket and strong helmet.
Even small accidents can cause devastating injuries, and brain or spinal injuries are particularly insidious. They might take weeks or months to appear, and your injuries could be understated by insurance companies to lower payouts unless you’re backed up with strong medical evidence.
For this reason, you should count on a strong, Ocala-based attorney who understands the city’s judicial system and can help you resolve your case successfully.
Some of Our Biggest Motorcycle Accident Verdicts
Our firm has had great success when it comes to representing motorcycle accident victims in court. Here are some of our biggest achievements for our clients:
- $47.5 million verdict awarded to a 27-year-old man whose motorcycle was struck head-on by a pickup truck going the wrong way, resulting in multiple broken bones, a shattered jaw, and a collapsed lung.
- $26 million verdict for an Iraqi war veteran who was in a motorcycle accident and sustained permanent brain damage.
- $1.35 million verdict after an SUV driver changed lanes, colliding with a motorcycle and causing closed head injuries for both riders on the motorcycle.
Contact Our Ocala Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today
It is an unfortunate reality that some motorists ignore, resent, or even take action against motorcyclists, even though they have just as much right to be on the road.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should consider seeking the help of a knowledgeable attorney. You and your loved ones should be able to experience Ocala’s country appeal in the comfort of your vehicle of choice.
Morgan & Morgan’s Ocala team of attorneys has had great success representing victims of motorcycle accidents, netting big settlements, awards, and successfully stewarding some cases to large verdicts. Fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form if you’re ready to seek justice for your accident today.