In 2006, Florida had the unfortunate distinction of leading the country in motorcycle accidents. According to The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) there were 562 motorcycle deaths across the state that year. Accidents involving motorcycles often include cars, although some motorcycle accidents involve a single bike crash.
Motorcycle-car accidents are especially tragic because a motorcyclist has little chance against a car. While the driver is often protected from impact within the car, the motorcyclist may be directly hit by the car or may be thrown from the motorcycle some distance. As a result, many motorcycle accidents have an especially high rate of injuries. Broken bones, a high rate of fatality, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and permanent injuries are common with motorcycle accidents.
Florida does have laws to protect motorcyclists. All motorcyclists under 21 years of age must wear a helmet and all drivers over 21 must have medical insurance of at least $10 000 if they choose not to wear a helmet. Helmets can reduce brain injuries causing death by up to 40%. In addition to helmet laws, Florida motorcyclists driving a motorcycle with a 50 cc engine or larger must have a motorcycle license or must have a motorcycle endorsement on their drivers license. Motorcyclists under the age of 21 must take a course in motorcycle safety to get their license or endorsement, while older drivers must at least pass a safety test to get their license.
Florida motorcyclists are required to have personal injury insurance. However, motorcyclists may choose to get additional insurance as well, since motorcyclists may be held liable for personal injury and property damage caused by a motorcycle accident. Florida is a "comparative fault" state, so fault is determined in order to determiner financial liability.
Since Florida is a "comparative fault" state, speaking with a qualified Florida attorney is essential after a motorcycle accident. An attorney can work with investigators to determine whether driver fatigue, speed, substance abuse, weather, road conditions, motorcycle defects, or other factors were a cause in a motorcycle crash. A good attorney can protect you from accepting liability when other factors contributed to the accident.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident in Miami, Hollywood, Homestead, or the surrounding South Florida area, you need a qualified, experienced South Florida attorney. You can contact the experienced legal team at the Flaxman Law Group by calling 1 866 Flaxman. (1 866 352 9626). Our compassionate South Florida personal injury attorneys have extensive experience in successfully handling motorcycle accident cases.
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