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Fort Lauderdale Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Many Americans enjoy motorcycling as a hobby as well as a means of conveyance, but it’s crucial to recognize the inherent dangers of riding a motorcycle. Even when riders exercise extreme caution, use the right safety equipment, and ride responsibly, motorcycles don’t offer riders the same protection as typical passenger cars. Motorcycle accidents often lead to serious or even fatal injuries. Motorcyclists in Fort Lauderdale, Florida should know the risks of riding and what to do after an accident.

Risks of Motorcycling

Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles and are therefore much harder for other drivers to see. When passing other vehicles, it’s imperative for motorcyclists to proceed with caution when passing through other drivers’ blind spots. Motorcycles also have faster acceleration than most four-wheel vehicles and are very maneuverable, tempting some riders to travel at unsafe speeds or make dangerous maneuvers like weaving between lanes of slower traffic.

Road hazards are also more dangerous for motorcycles than cars. Bits of debris that a passenger car could easily run over without issue could be fatal hazards for motorcycles. Vehicles with only two wheels aren’t as stable as vehicles with four or more wheels. Motorcycles also provide virtually no protection from external forces. While most cars are enclosed and protect their passengers to a degree, a motorcyclist has no protection from impacts and no barrier between the rider and the road.

Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

Due to the nature of motorcycles, accidents typically lead to serious or life-threatening injuries. Some of the most common motorcycle injuries include:

  • Broken bones. Impacts with other vehicles or the road after falling from a motorcycle can cause serious bone fractures.
  • Lacerations and cuts from debris.
  • “Road rash,” or friction burns, caused by sliding across asphalt at high speeds.
  • Brain injuries. Any impacts or penetrating wounds to the head can cause significant problems. Wearing a Department of Transportation-approved motorcycle helmet greatly reduces the risk of traumatic brain injury and death while riding. Florida state law requires anyone 20 years old or younger must wear a helmet while on a motorcycle.
  • Car accidents can easily turn fatal, but the risk of dying in a crash is much higher on a motorcycle, especially at high speeds. In 2015 alone, nearly 5,000 motorcyclists died in motorcycle crashes.

This is not an exhaustive list, and no one can accurately predict what may happen on the road. Motorcyclists need to recognize the inherently dangerous nature of their vehicles and act accordingly to minimize the risk of severe injury or death on the road.

Building a Case

While some motorcycle accidents happen due to riders’ irresponsibility, negligence, or intoxication, many occur due to the actions of other drivers. Cars making left-hand turns are one of the riskiest situations for motorcyclists. Drivers who fail to engage their turn signals and change lanes without checking their blind spots risk plowing into motorcyclists in the other lane who are harder to see.

If another driver caused your motorcycle accident, it’s important to retain the services of a qualified attorney and hold the responsible party accountable for their actions. Your attorney will advise you to secure copies of the police report from your accident as well as the medical report from your physician that outlines the extent of your injuries as well as the doctor’s expectations for treatment, recovery, and long-term complications. These will be valuable in building your case.

It’s also important to realize that any carelessness on your part may reduce your settlement amount or case award. Florida follows a pure comparative negligence law, meaning that if a judge deems a plaintiff to be partially at fault for an accident, his or her award reduces by a proportionate amount.

Motorcyclists in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the surrounding area can rely on Law Offices of David I. Fuchs to provide top-notch legal counsel for any motorcycle accident case. We understand the unique challenges facing motorcyclists and want to help responsible riders recover their losses after crashes with negligent drivers. Reach out to our team to schedule a free consultation and we’ll let you know how we can help.