Thanks to regular sunny weather and scenic highway views, Florida is a top destination for motorcycle enthusiasts around the globe. Statistically, the Sunshine State is also the most dangerous for bikers, and at Jordan Law, we want to offer some important insight to keep you safe this summer.
Understanding Florida’s Liability Laws for Motorcycle Accidents
If you or a riding partner end up in a severe motorbike accident while cruising the roadways in Central Florida, you must understand how Florida liability works. At Jordan Law, we have clients who experienced devastating injuries as a result of low-speed fender benders. Should you file a personal injury claim against the liable party, our team can help you create a comprehensive damages case against the at-fault party.
Any compensation you receive should cover some if not all of the below damages, if applicable to your case:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and Suffering
- Diminished work ability
- Wrongful death
- And more
Because Florida requires minimum insurance coverage, you may have to file a claim with your own carrier to cover any coverage gap. Usually, this can only be done through your own Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist policy, which you had to buy separately when initially purchasing your insurance.
Frightening Motorcycle Crash Statistics Shows the Dangers of Riding in Florida
Florida regularly makes the top ten list for states with the most motorcycle fatalities for all of its beauty. It was reported by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that there are currently over half a million motorbikes registered in the state alone. When you add in the multitudes of out-of-state riders coming to events like Daytona Bike Week, this number can quickly balloon to a million or more.
Every year, Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles report 500 or more deaths of motorcyclists in the state because of accidents. There is only one other state with this high number of motorcycle fatalities: California.
Top Tips for Motorcycle Safety While Riding in Central Florida
When reviewing the top reasons a motorcycle accident occurs, it often involves illegal left turns into a rider and rear-end impacts. One way drivers can minimize the chance of being in an accident is to follow some of the simple safety tips below:
- Drive sober. Just as drinking and driving a car is illegal, you should also never do so while operating a motorcycle or riding as a passenger.
- Stay in control of your bike. Avoid situations where you are uncomfortable, such as riding on roadways with sharp turns or in rainy conditions.
- Take note of the weather. Strong winds and heavy rain can increase your risk of losing control of your vehicle and experiencing an accident.
- Go out of your way to stick out. Because motorcycles aren’t as large as cars, it’s easier for riders to blend in with the scenery. Never ride in blind spots of other drivers, and make sure your clothing is brightly colored.
- Always wear safety gear. While Florida requires everyone to wear a helmet under the circumstances, you should also wear riding gloves, heavy clothing, and body armor if you have an accident.
Only Ride Motorcycles that You Can Handle Safely
Because motorcycles require constant balance, it’s essential you only operate a bike that you can handle. This means riding one that you can easily keep your feet flat on the ground. You should also not have to stretch too far to reach the vehicle’s controls. Also, consider the amount of power the engine has and if you can maintain control of it.
Get the Compensation You Deserve for Your Emotional Distress Claim
If you have survived a motorcycle accident, Jordan Law is here to provide you with sound legal advice and advocacy. We understand the pain you are enduring is excruciating, and you have a lot of concerns about what will happen if you are permanently unable to work. Our team of motorcycle accident attorneys can help you determine what the long-term consequences of your injuries will have. It isn’t your fault that someone recklessly struck you while riding, and you don’t have to shoulder the loss and damages you’re suffering on your own.
Trust us to thoroughly investigate your claim and build a solid case by using evidence and expert testimony to show how the trauma you suffered has altered your life for good. You shouldn’t be forced to live with the effects of debilitating distress.
Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation and learn more about what rights you have to compensation.