Motorcycle riding in the State of Florida can be very enjoyable especially with the majority of days being sunny and with our warm climate. Riders can enjoy the roads throughout the year, whether alone or in groups of cyclists. Obviously this is a recipe for a lot of motorcycle accidents.
In a study by Chanyoung Lee Ph.D.,PTP at the University of Florida in 2001 motorcycle fatalities accounted for about 8% of all traffic fatalities in the State. By 2008 that percentage had increased to 17.8%. By 2010, motorcycle fatalities dropped to 15.7% of all traffic fatalities. In 2013 motorcycle crashes represented 3.1% of all traffic crashes while being responsible for 4.1% of traffic injuries and 19.2% of traffic fatalities.
Motorcycle accidents in Fort Myers and throughout the state of Florida can occur for a variety of reasons, including negligence of motor vehicle drivers, negligence of other motorcycle drivers and improper engineering or maintenance of a roadway. Motorcycle accidents often involve accident scenes with a lot of roadway evidence that needs to be preserved. This will help to determine who was at fault for the accident. This is why it is important to contact an attorney as soon as you can after such an accident – so evidence can be preserved and experts consulted.
There are also some unique insurance laws dealing with motorcycles. Florida law requires the owners of vehicles with 4 or more wheels to carry personal injury protection insurance. Florida is known as a no fault state; meaning that Florida drivers with personal injury protection must seek compensation from their own insurance before filing a claim or lawsuit against another driver. However, this does not apply to motorcyclist; the law does not require them to carry personal injury protection. If the cyclist is not at fault they can seek compensation for injuries and other damages from the party at fault. They can also file a claim with the others drivers insurance company and even file civil suit.
Motorcycle accidents are usually accompanied with serious injuries. It is important to hire experienced attorneys to protect your rights if you are involved in such an accident. At Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz our experienced team in motorcycle accident cases is here to help you. Contact a motorcycle personal injury attorney.