Helping Victims of Motorcycle Accidents in Ocala and Gainesville
Motorcycle Accidents in Florida
The leading causes, injuries, and liability issues surrounding motorcycle accidents are different from other common types of car accidents. Motorcycle riding can be risky as there are only two wheels and you are exposed to the elements with no enclosure to protect you. Compared to car accidents, motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in death or serious injury, especially in the state of Florida.
Motorcycles are smaller than cars and they do not enclose the rider with any protection. Because they are smaller, cars are less likely to see them, especially at intersections. Road debris, uneven road surfaces, small objects, or wet conditions on the road can all be factored in causing motorcycle accidents. Motorcycles do not have seatbelts, do not deploy airbags, and are not encased to protect the rider; these are other factors that are involved in the death or severe injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists often do not wear helmets or protective gear. Lighter and more powerful motorcycles such as sport and supersport bikes can encourage speeding, fast accelerating, and other high-risk behavior.
Riding motorcycles require more skill than driving a car. Unskilled riders account for many motorcycle accidents. However, bikers can take measures to reduce the risk of being involved in an accident. Get professional training, be aware and avoid road hazards, maintain the bike, do not share lanes with cars, or lane switch erratically. Other measures a bike rider can employ would be wearing protective clothing, wearing a certified safety bike helmet. and correct usage of protective gloves, eye protection, and footwear. These proactive measures can reduce the risk of injury in motorcycle accidents.
Liability and Negligence in Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle crashes are among the most serious when it comes to personal injury. Often drivers fail to exercise a duty of care while sharing the road with motorcyclists. If a driver acts recklessly and causes a motorcycle to crash, a claim of negligence may be filed. Because of the often-severe consequences suffered by the injured motorcyclists and the common attempts to undercompensate them, an experienced litigator needs to prove that the motorcyclist injuries were caused by negligence. Negligence comes from the defendant’s failure to use care to avoid injuring someone on the road. The defendant may have acted negligently by speeding, running a red light, or not yielding or looking before making a turn.
The AP Law Group Has Over 55 Years of Combined Legal Experience in Florida
Victims involved in a motorcycle accident should consider talking to a motorcycle accident attorney who can advise them of their options and what they should expect. The attorneys at The AP Law Group located in Ocala and Gainesville can help prepare legal documents, negotiate with insurance companies, and attend legal proceedings to assist in representing our clients’ best interests. Contact us if you are injured in a motorcycle accident in the Ocala, Gainesville, or surrounding areas. We have experience handling motorcycle accidents and will fight for your rights. Talk to Alavi & Pozzuto, our personal injury attorneys today at 352-732-9191.