Statistics provided by A Safer Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles demonstrates that motorcycle accident s totaled for 6,884 injuries, 394 deaths, and 425 damages throughout 2010.
Of these accidents, it is evident that many of these crashes must have involved passengers riding on the motorcycle. Additionally, many of the deaths which occurred from motorcycle accidents were a result of riders not wearing a helmet. In fact, prior to the Florida law requiring riders under the age of 21 to wear helmets while riding, 45 percent of them were killed as a result of not wearing a helmet.
At Gordon & Doner, if you are suffering from a motorcycle passenger injury due to the negligent actions of another individual, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses and damages including; pain and suffering, loss of wages, medical expenses, and property damage.
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Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Many times, motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers not paying attention, or a motorcyclist neglecting to abide by traffic laws. Of course, there are several different causes of motorcycle accidents, due to a number of different factors. The following list demonstrates the most common causes of motorcycle accidents found on our Florida roadways and highways:
- Bad road conditions
- Bad weather conditions
- Careless driving
- Defective equipment
- Driver distraction
- Driver error
- Driving without a license
- Failing to stop at an intersection
- Rear-end collisions
- Reckless driving
- Riding in-between lanes
In any case, both motorcyclists, and all others operating vehicles on our roadways, must understand that motorcycles do not react the same as other automobiles. We also need to understand that motorcyclists are put at a higher risk of becoming injured during an accident because of the little protection they have against the outside environment and other vehicles.
Common Motorcycle Passenger Injuries
In 2008, there were 9,618 motorcycle accidents which resulted in 8,519 injuries throughout our Florida roadways. As the causes listed above are the most common causes of accidents for riders in Florida, there will likely be a variety of injuries sustained during an accident, some severe, some less severe, and some fatal.
Some common motorcycle passenger injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Concussion injuries
- Dental injuries
- Dislocated joints
- Facial injuries
- Head injuries
- Internal injuries
- Loss of limb
- Road rash
- Skull fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrist injuries
Although this list may seem long, there are dozens of other types of passenger injuries that can be sustained from being involved in a motorcycle accident. Of course, if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is advised to seek medical attention as soon as possible. In addition, these medical documents can be used to develop a case against negligent individuals in the court of law.
What to do After an Accident
Following a motorcycle accident, there are several steps that should be taken in order to secure your safety against these negligent individuals. These steps could result in saving a life and assuring the victims receive the compensation they deserve from the accident.
Some steps to remember following an accident include:
- Call 911
- Take care of any injuries which require immediate attention
- Report the accident to police
- Collect other motorists information
- Collect an witnesses information
- Take photos or video of the scene
- Don’t talk about the accident to anyone other than the law
- Notify insurance agency
- Contact our attorneys
By following these steps you will assure everyone safety and be sure that everyone is covered in the case of an accident. Of course, being a passenger on a motorcycle, the motorcyclists insurance should cover any injuries and damages sustained during the accident.
Contact Our motorcycle accident attorney s
At Gordon & Doner, our injury attorneys are proud to serve residents throughout the state of Florida and have been doing so for many years. Our motorcycle accident attorneys have been able to pinpoint what it takes to effectively litigate your claim, and we will put our experience and knowledge to work for all injured victims.
With offices in Stuart, Palm Beach Gardens, and Pembroke Pines, we are able to serve clients throughout the entire state of Florida.
Some local areas we serve include:
- Pompano Beach
- Fort Lauderdale
- Boca Raton
- West Palm Beach
- Port St Lucie
- Fort Pierce
If you would like to learn more about our attorneys, or to schedule a free case review, we welcome you to contact our firm at 1 (855) 722-2552 today. At this point a member of our intake team will answer your call and quickly connect you with one of our helpful attorneys ready to handle your specific case.
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