Florida is a destination spot for motorcyclists who want to enjoy the warm weather, scenic roads, beaches, and events such as Daytona Bike Week. With so many motorcycle enthusiasts on the streets, Florida also experiences a high rate of motorcycle accidents. The Governors Highway Safety Association reported 504 motorcycle fatalities in the state in 2017, which accounts for 18.5 percent of all road fatalities that year. Those who do survive a crash are often faced with severe injuries and will need extensive medical attention to make a full recovery. If you or a loved one have been involved in a collision while riding a motorcycle, it is time to enlist help from our motorcycle accident lawyer so that you can recuperate the costs of being injured.
Motorcyclists are considered vulnerable road users according to Florida Statute 316.027 because they do not have the protection of airbags and a car frame in the event that they crash. As a result, the injuries motorcyclists face can be life-threatening and lead to permanent disability. Examples of common motorcycle injuries include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries –Florida Statute 316.211 requires motorcyclists to wear a helmet unless they are over 21 years of age and can prove they have $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) insurance to cover them if they are in a crash. Unfortunately, the cost of a traumatic brain injury over a person’s life can be anywhere from $85,000 to $3 million according to Northwestern University.
- Burns and Road Rash – If a rider is wearing all the protective gear, their chances of receiving third degree burns from the motorcycle landing on top of them is reduced. However, many riders in Florida chose apparel that is comfortable for riding in the hot Florida sun, leaving them unprotected from the road and motorcycle when a crash occurs. Both burns and road rash can result in disfigurement, nerve damage, and even disability.
- Thoracic Spine Injuries – Since motorcycles don’t have seatbelts, the driver or passengers can be ejected during a crash and land several feet away on their backs. Any thoracic back pain should receive immediate medical attention as injuries in this area can lead to paralysis.
The Costs Of A Crash
The costs of a motorcycle crash extend beyond the immediate medical bills. You may require additional surgeries or physical therapy for years after the incident. Severe injuries will require time off work and depending on your circumstances, returning to work may not be possible. All of this, in addition to the pain and suffering the crash caused, must be taken into account when compiling a personal injury claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance. Let an experienced Stuart attorney guide you through the process and look out for your best interests during this stressful time.
The Stuart Attorneys at Sholtes Law Firm Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle crash, the motorcycle crash attorneys at Sholtes Law, PLLC are ready to help you. We understand the challenges of recovering while also facing massive medical bills and will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.
Call us at 855-534-2509 to set up your free consultation.