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Fort Lauderdale Motorcycle Accidents Lawyer

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS OVERVIEW

Fort Lauderdale accident attorney David I. Fuchs has more than 20 years of experience in South Florida successfully representing motorcycle accident victims and their families and friends who have suffered a death in the family or sustained serious bodily injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills because of the negligence of the driver of another motor vehicle.

Every year, more than 70,000 motorcyclists are injured. These accidents typically occur due to reckless driving, negligence, and speeding. Many times, a motor vehicle driver will check for cars and switch lanes; but, unfortunately, a speeding motorcyclist can move into the lane rapidly, unseen by that driver. This, paired with a lack of physical protection, makes motorcyclists inherently susceptible to serious injury or even permanent disability.

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 in Fort Lauderdale

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.

Below are several safety tips proved to reduce the likelihood of being injured in a motorcycle accident.

  • So other drivers can easily see you, keep headlights turned on and wear the proper protective and reflective gear and apparel. Nothing is more dangerous than being invisible to other drivers sharing the road.
  • Take riding classes. Learning the proper way to ride, bike safety rules, and bike maintenance results in being a more educated rider. This experience can mean the difference between riding recklessly and avoiding the collision.
  • Time and time again, riders hear others preach about helmet use. The statistics are clear—wearing a helmet is a critical factor in bike safety and a helmet is often the only thing between a rider’s head and the concrete in the event of a motorcycle accident. Helmets also provide a visor to keeps out wind, rain, bugs, and grit, all factors that can make riding more difficult. An appropriate jacket, leg and arm gear, and gloves also are beneficial.

Although these tips will help aid motorcyclists in avoiding an incident, accidents may still occur. Often when the loss is significant and financial matters become burdensome, people are unsure where to turn. After a motorcycle accident medical bills may add up, your bike may be totaled, and you may lose money by an inability to work. If you find yourself in this position, reach out to Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorney David I. Fuchs. He will fight for you and represent you for:

  • Injuries requiring surgery, sutures, staples
  • Traumatic brain injury, including those caused by oxygen deprivation
  • Severe burns resulting in significant and permanent scarring
  • Mental anguish and emotional distress, death
  • Those injuries caused by a collision with a driver that is drunk, impaired, or otherwise under the influence of narcotics or drugs

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

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.

After a collision with another party it is imperative to call the police to the accident scene, seek immediate medical treatment. It is then important to seek legal counsel to protect your legal rights by calling attorney David I. Fuchs who will take your call and speak with you immediately about your motorcycle accident.  David I. Fuchs will then stand ready to fight for you to see that you get compensation for your pain and suffering, any lost wages and medical bills.

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.

Call accident attorney David I. Fuchs at his Fort Lauderdale office toll-free at (800) 570-2858 for a free consultation to discuss your motorcycle accident case. You may also write to Lawyer David I. Fuchs by filling out the form on the “Contact Us” page.

If you cannot come to our Fort Lauderdale office, accident attorney David I. Fuchs will send a representative to see you. We speak English and Spanish. Se habla Inglés y Español.

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