South Florida has a very active and growing community of motorcycle riders. It is easy to see why, with endless scenic roadways and year round summer, Florida has for years been a destination for motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world.
However, motorcycle riders face additional risk of personal injury due to the nature of the motorcycle. Unlike other forms of motor vehicles, motorcycles are not equipped with the most effective and common safety feature. Typical safety features such as restrains, airbags, crumple zones not available for motorcycle enthusiasts.
Most motorcycles accidents involve passenger vehicles. By a large margin, inattentive drivers of passenger vehicle who fail to detect motorcycle riders or fail to yield right of way. However, a large portion of injuries are the result of single vehicle accidents where the rider loses control because tire puncture. Road defects also play a role in causing serious injuries to motorcycle riders resulting from uneven pavement or potholes.
To address the issues of added risk to the safety of motorcycle owners, most jurisdiction mandate compliance with additional rules and regulations not applicable to operators of other motor vehicles. Jurisdictions require separate licensing requirement for motorcycles as well as mandating safety equipment not applicable to operators of other types of motor vehicles. Motorcycle riders may be required to wear helmets or protective eyewear as well as high visibility reflective vests, different types of footwear as well as padded clothing.
Additionally, some jurisdictions have enacted legislation increasing penalties for drivers who are involved in accidents with motorcycles. These measures are taken to increase awareness of car drivers towards motorcyclists who are at a much higher risk of serious injury or death in collisions.
It is important to familiarize yourself with all rules and regulations concerning the safe operation of motorcycles. If you were in an accident, it is important to first seek medical assistance. When and if safe to do so, take note of the time of the accident, weather and road conditions. Pay attention to any surveillance cameras in the area that may provide an accurate recording of the events leading to the incident. Take down the information of the responding police officers, medical personnel and any witnesses. Following the accident, keep a record of any medical treatment, therapy and any expenses incurred as a result of the accident.
Congested roads and inattentive drivers, place motorcycle operators at serious risk even when complying with all of the traffic rules. Collisions between motor vehicles and motorcycles often result the most serious injuries including fractures, disk herniations, brain damage and death. The Offices of Perazzo Law Firm have more years experience in representing seriously injured victims of such motorcycle accidents.
At Perazzo Law Firm, we have worked with countless seriously injured clients and provided the assistance they needed to get their medical bills and lost wages paid in addition to full monetary compensation for their pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been injured while operating a motorcycle, scooter or as a pedestrian, contact us online or call us at (786) 529-7411 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your case.