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Motorcycle accidents account for a disproportionate number of traffic fatalities. According to federal government estimates, the number of deaths in motorcycle accidents was more than 26 times the number of deaths in car accidents, per vehicle mile traveled, in a recent year. In 2014, there were 4,295 motorcycle fatalities in the U.S.
Motorcycle riders face greater risks for obvious reasons. Motorcycles are smaller and less visible than passenger vehicles. They are also less stable, with higher performance capacities, and motorcyclists lack the protection an enclosed vehicle provides.
Other Drivers Cause Most Motorcycle Accidents
Findings of a recent study, known as the Hurt Report, were prepared for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In this study of motorcycle accident cause factors, researchers found that:
- 75% of all motorcycle accidents are collisions with other vehicles (passenger vehicles in most cases).
- In two-thirds of those collisions, the driver of the other vehicle caused the accident by violating the motorcyclist’s right-of-way.
- The predominating cause of motorcycle accidents is the failure of other drivers to observe the motorcyclist in traffic soon enough to avoid a collision.
- In the most frequent motorcycle accident configuration, an automobile makes a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle that is proceeding straight, with the right-of-way.
Motorcycle Accident Claims
If you have suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident, it is in your best interests to speak with an attorney as soon as you can. Under Florida insurance regulations, recovering compensation after a motorcycle accident can be a complicated task. An experienced lawyer can make a significant difference in the value of the compensation recovered.
Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance laws in Florida do not apply to motorcycles. Unlike car accident victims, injured motorcycle riders are not required to show permanent injury to recover compensation for pain and suffering.
If your injuries were sustained in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver, you may be entitled to seek damages from the negligent driver who caused the crash. Your attorney may contact the negligent party’s insurance company to negotiate a settlement for all of your losses, both personal and financial.
If negotiations do not lead to a satisfactory offer, our seasoned trial lawyers will not hesitate to go to court to fight for the compensation that is deserved.
What Our Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Do For You
After a motorcycle crash, it is important to contact an attorney immediately so evidence to support your claim can be collected and preserved. When you call Morgan & Morgan office in St. Augustine, our motorcycle accident lawyer may do any or all of the following:
- Photograph the scene of the accident
- Collect the police and scene reports
- Obtain witness statements
- Reconstruct the accident scene
- Recreate the accident
- Investigate the other party’s driving history
- Review medical records
- Consult with experts
- Negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf
Motorcycle Accident Damages
As motorcyclists lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, a collision can result in very serious injuries, with extensive medical bills and other significant losses. After a serious motorcycle crash, it is important to recover the maximum compensation, particularly when the injuries have led to permanent disability or the need for extensive medical care.
Damages you may be entitled to claim after a crash include:
- Medical expenses, past and future
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium (if married)
St. Augustine Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Our motorcycle accident attorneys at Morgan & Morgan are well-versed in the laws governing motorcycle accidents, which differ significantly from the laws governing car accidents. We have experience dealing with insurance companies and a successful track record recovering compensation for our clients, including a $47,500,000 verdict for a motorcycle rider who sustained serious injuries in a head-on collision.
We work on a contingency fee basis, so you pay us no fees until we recover compensation for you. Contact us for a free case evaluation. Our goal is to seek justice and the maximum possible in compensation.