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Facts About Motorcycle Accidents

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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 Tallahassee personal injury lawyer is well-versed in the law surrounding motorcycle accidents, and we are prepared to aggressively pursue compensation on behalf of accident victims.

Call our firm today at (850) 629-7226 . We can get started on your case with a free consultation.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Here are a few motorcycle accident facts from Paul Shapiro, an experienced attorney at Shapiro Law Firm:

  • Motorcycle operators make up nearly 14 percent of all traffic fatalities and 4 percent 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 percent 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? According to the NHTSA, in 2017 for every 100,000 registered motorcycle drivers 1,018 will get injured in an accident and 59 will be 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 in Florida.

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.

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