Tallahassee Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
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At Shapiro Law Firm, P.A., our Tallahassee motorcycle accident lawyer knows how dangerous it can be to ride motorcycles. Thousands of motorcyclists are killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. per year, and tens of thousands are injured. Many of these injuries and deaths could have been prevented if more motorcycle riders and their passengers wore helmets.
Currently, only 19 states require helmet use by riders of all ages. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that helmets save more than 1,000 lives per year and could save nearly double that amount if everyone who suffers an accident wears a helmet.
Motorcyclists Are at Greater Risk
It is an undisputed fact that motorcyclists are more likely than passenger car occupants to die or suffer great injury in a motor vehicle traffic crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,286 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2016, the highest number since 2008.
Although there are far fewer motorcyclists than passenger vehicle drivers in the U.S., motorcyclists account for a significant percentage of traffic deaths.
In Florida, Motorcyclists are subject to the same speed restrictions as other vehicles. All motorcyclists are required to drive at a speed that is reasonable and prudent. Fla. Stat. § 316.183.
Any speed in excess of the following speeds is evidence of unreasonable driving:
- 15 mph approaching a school crossing
- 25 mph in a business or residential district
- 65 mph in other location
Let Shapiro Law Firm, P.A. Fight for You
Our Tallahassee motorcycle accident attorney has the experience and skill necessary to fight for maximum compensation. We believe that if you have sustained an injury due to another person's recklessness, you deserve compensation to help with medical costs.
Facts About Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle operators and riders often suffer severe injuries when involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. Even when wearing a helmet, the injuries sustained by motorcycle accident victims can be catastrophic. That is why anyone injured in a motorcycle accident should get information about important motorcycle accident facts from an attorney experienced in these types of cases.
Seeking the counsel of an experienced attorney will help to ensure that victims receive full compensation for their injuries. At Shapiro Law Firm, P.A. our lawyer is well-versed in the law surrounding motorcycle accidents, and we are prepared to aggressively pursue compensation on behalf of accident victims.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Here are a few motorcycle accident facts from Paul Shapiro, an experienced attorney at Shapiro Law Firm, P.A.:
- Motorcycle operators make up nearly 14% of all traffic fatalities and 4% of all passengers injured in motor vehicle accidents.
- Nearly 2/3 of all motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle result from the vehicle's driver not seeing the motorcyclist.
- In Florida, only 44% of the motorcyclists killed in vehicle accidents were wearing helmets.
- Before 2008, the majority of motorcycle fatalities involved people 29 years and younger. But, as that number decreased, the number of fatalities in the 50 years and older group increased and has been the majority since 2008.
What percentage of motorcycle riders get into accidents? In 2017, according to the NHTSA, for every 100,000 registered motorcycle drivers, approximately 1,018 were injured in an accident, and approximately 59 were killed. While these numbers are specific to 2017, the injury and fatality rate have remained fairly consistent over the last decade.
Tips for Staying Safe on Your Motorcycle
- Wear a helmet. Not only could wearing a helmet save your life, but it can also prevent debilitating injuries to your brain if you survive the accident. In Florida, all motorcycle riders under the age of 21 are required to wear a helmet.
- Don’t drive drunk. This should be a fairly obvious one. If you are drunk, your sense of judgment could be severely impaired, making it more likely that you will get into an accident.
- Follow all driving rules. The number of deaths associated with motorcycle speeding is higher than for any other type of vehicle accident associated with speeding.
- Watch for hazards. Potholes, cracks, bumps, and oncoming traffic can be dangerous for you and your motorcycle. In addition, inclement weather conditions such as rain, sleet, and snow can increase your chances of being involved in a crash.
Get Legal Advocacy on Your Side
Often, the driver of the motor vehicle involved in the motorcycle crash will argue that the motorcycle rider would not have been injured, or the injuries wouldn't have been as serious, if he or she would have been wearing a helmet. Even if you were not wearing a helmet, however, you may still be able to receive compensation for your injuries.
To learn more about how these motorcycle accident facts may impact your case, call an experienced Tallahassee motorcycle accident injury attorney at Shapiro Law Firm, P.A., at (850) 629-7226 today.