Orlando Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycles are popular in Florida. Riding a motorcycle comes with significant risk. Some motorcycles can travel at more than 150 miles per hour. At such speeds, accidents are often fatal.
Accidents are not always the fault of the motorcyclist, often far from it. Motorcycle riders often go unseen by other car and truck drivers. Motorcycle accidents often occur because a passenger car changed lanes without warning, abruptly pulled out of the driveway or entered a highway without looking out for motorcyclists.
The lack of awareness of a motorcyclist’s presence is by far the biggest cause of motorcycle accidents. Other factors, such as road defects, lack of biker protection and weather conditions, come a distant second. The majority of motorcycle collisions could be prevented if car, bus and truck drivers paid more attention to the road.
Florida motorcycle accident statistics are sobering. The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reported more than 10,000 motorcycle accidents in 2015; an average of about 30 each day. These resulted in 584 fatalities (a staggering 30% rise from the previous year) and 9,045 injuries (a 2% increase from 2014).
If you or your loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident due to another road user’s negligence, seeking medical assistance should be the first priority. Do not brush aside the incident even if you are not experiencing pain or demonstrating outward injury. For instance, closed head trauma may only become apparent hours or days after the event. The faster you seek medical care, the better your chances of making a full recovery. While at the accident, take photos of the vehicles involved. Make sure you preserve as evidence all the protective gear you were wearing at the time of the crash.
Once you have started to receive treatment, you will want to pursue compensation for the medical costs, lost work hours and any other expenses you incur as a result. This is no small task. Insurance companies are primarily driven by profit so their goal is to pay as little in the way of claims as possible. The driver who hit you may want to reject blame for the accident as this can lead to multiple adverse consequences depending on the circumstances.
Contact Our Orlando Motorcycle Attorney Today
Pursuing a claim can be exhausting especially if you are doing it while healing from physical injuries from the crash. Badgley Law Group has an experienced personal injury attorney and a legal team that has handled a wide variety of motorcycle crash cases in Florida. We have developed a solid reputation for assisting clients involved in road accidents. Call us and talk to an Orlando motorcycle accident attorney about your case. Whether it involves accepting a settlement or taking the case to trial, we will find the best legal solution for your case.