Florida’s flat roads and beautiful weather make it a popular destination for motorcyclists. More than 600,000 motorcycles are registered throughout Florida, most of which are in the Florida and Treasure Coast areas. When a motorcycle and motor vehicle collide, the effects can be devastating. Weight differences and the limited protection riders have while on their bikes can cause debilitating injuries. Unfortunately, many bikers will suffer life-threatening injuries that can change their entire life.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation.
Injuries Caused By Motorcycle Accidents In Florida
Based on the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles, the number of motorcycle crashes in the state increased by 3.5% between 2014 and 2015. Nearly 8,000 people suffered motorcycle accident injuries throughout Florida in 2017.
Some of the most common injuries during a motorcycle crash include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Road rash
- Spinal cord injuries
- Cuts and scrapes
- Facial and/or dental damage
The number of motorcycle fatalities increased by 27%, while motorcycle passenger fatalities increased by 72% between 2014 and 2015. These numbers reveal just how dangerous motorcycle accidents can be.
A motorcycle injury attorney at Weinstein Legal is ready to help you if you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle crash. We understand how serious these types of accidents can be, and are dedicated to helping clients recover the maximum amount of compensation.
Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident in Florida
The immediate hours after a motorcycle accident are critical to both your physical and financial recovery. Here are some of the steps you can take to ensure your safety and to help your legal case.
1. Get to a Place of Safety
Unless you were thrown completely from the roadway, you’re not safe. Other drivers may not see you or the motorcycle, and you could be exposed to a second accident. Try to move to a position of safety if you’re not able to.
2. Call 911
Don’t assume someone else has called the police. Call 911. Remain calm and tell the dispatcher your location, injury types, and the description of other vehicles involved.
3. Talk to Witnesses
Witnesses will usually leave as long as you seem coherent and likely to survive. Try to get them to stay until the police can arrive. If not, take down their information or ask them to take a photograph of their driver’s license so you have their information.
4. Use Your Phone to Take Pictures
It will be much easier for your attorney to reconstruct the accident if they have photographic documentation of the scene. From a safe vantage point, take images of your injuries, damage to other vehicles, your motorcycle, damage to your helmet or clothing, locational indicators, etc.
5. Get Medical Attention
Allow EMTs to examine you on scene. If they want to transport you, allow them to take you to the emergency room. If not, follow up with your doctor as soon as possible.
6. Talk to an Attorney
It’s never too soon to involve an experienced motorcycle accident attorney in your case. Before you accept an inadequate settlement offer from an insurance company, talk to a lawyer about your claim. Once you sign a waiver of liability, you won’t be able to seek additional compensation.