No doubt, motorcycle riding is fun, but it’s also dangerous, and no one knows this more than the thousands of motorcycle accident victims who are injured on Florida roads each year. The extremely sad and frustrating fact about all these motorcycle accidents is that many of them are entirely avoidable if car and truck drivers watched out for motorcycles more carefully and consistently. We’ve all seen the bumper stickers—Look twice and save a life—but, too often, motorists don’t even look once. At Sholtes Law, PLLC, our motorcycle accident lawyers take injury claims arising from motorcycle accidents very seriously and work tirelessly to obtain maximum compensation for victims of motorcycle accidents.
Why Do Drivers Often Violate Motorcyclists’ Right of Way?
While motorcycles are popular in Florida, most vehicles on Florida roads are not motorcycles—they are cars and trucks, and many people who don’t drive a motorcycle rarely think about motorcycles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), when motorcycles and other vehicles collide, it’s usually the other (non-motorcycle) driver who violates the motorcyclist’s right of way. This frequently occurs for the following reasons, none of which are the fault of the motorcyclist. Motorcycles are relatively small, and drivers don’t see them; drivers don’t anticipate motorcycles’ movements; the driver’s view of the motorcyclist is obstructed (often by the vehicle’s blind spots or other vehicles); and the driver is distracted.
What Should I Do After a Motorcycle Accident?
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, seek medical attention right away. Severe injuries, like brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and broken bones, are common in motorcycle accidents, even if not readily apparent. It is critical to have your injuries diagnosed and documented by a doctor. Also, don’t admit fault or talk to an insurance company before speaking with an experienced Florida motorcycle accident lawyer. In taking your statement, the insurance company’s goal isn’t to find out how much they owe you, but rather how little they owe you. A personal injury lawyer will make sure your rights and interests are protected.
How Do I Know Which Injury Attorney to Hire?
For motorcycle accidents, it’s important to hire a lawyer with specific experience handling motorcycle accident injury claims. Andrew Sholtes is an experienced motorcyclist and understands the law and facts of your case. Some personal injury attorneys primarily handle car accident cases, while others focus on products liability or medical malpractice. A lawyer who regularly represents motorcyclists will have the best understanding of the Florida laws affecting your motorcycle accident injury claim and the biases facing motorcyclists which must be overcome. In the Fort Pierce area, call Sholtes Law, PLLC. Starting with a free initial consultation, we will analyze the facts of your case and help you obtain maximum compensation for your injuries and damages.