Our wonderful Florida climate, combined with a very permissive helmet law invites lots of motorcycle riders to take to the roads. Florida has one of the largest populations of motorcycle riders in the country, and sadly, is usually one of the top three states for motorcycle accidents and fatalities. New required safety training is helping to reduce the numbers of injuries and fatalities, but the number of accidents continues to rise.
Since the universal helmet use law was repealed in 2000, most riders are not required to wear helmets. Riders and drivers under 21 and riders under 16 are required to wear helmets. Over 21, you may ride without a helmet if you can show proof of medical insurance of at least $10,000 that may be used in the event of a motorcycle accident. Fatalities in motorcycle accidents have increased since the repeal of the helmet law. Not being required to wear a helmet may have led to more serious injuries in riders, but it is not against the law. Other factors contributing to the high number of motorcycle accidents are the density of the population, which equals lots of traffic, and the fact that the motorcycle season is year round.
It is often difficult to see motorcycles, and statistics have shown that many accidents result from lane-change situations, where the driver of a car has pulled in front of or into the motorcycle rider. Sometimes there is a high speed collision on a highway because the driver of the vehicle misjudged the distance between their car or truck and the motorcycle, and the resulting injuries can be quite serious. Intersections are another common place for accidents, as it is not always easy to see the motorcycle coming through the intersection. Even though these intersection accidents are at lower speed, the injuries can be just as serious because a motorcycle rider does not have the protection of a vehicle around them.
Often, no matter how careful the motorcycle rider is in driving, they are involved in a serious accident that is not their fault. The injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident can range from painful brushburn to catastrophic injuries or death. The medical bills can mount up exponentially, and you may be missing work as well. One brief instant can change your life dramatically, but help may be available.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident which was the result of someone else’s negligence, or if a loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident, you need to speak with an experienced attorney. They will be able to provide the experts you need to reconstruct the accident and work with the insurance companies to ensure you are compensated for the accident.
The attorneys at Brill & Rinaldi, The Law Firm, have the necessary experience and will be able to assess your particular situation. Our free initial consultation will help determine the merits of your case, and guide you in the right direction.