Florida is motorcyclists’ paradise. There are more motorcycles per person in Florida than anywhere else in the country. With all of this activity, and a large number of drivers not sharing the road, it is easy to see why a serious motorcycle accident is a daily occurrence in our area.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Southwest Florida
Locally, Southwest Florida’s bike-friendly communities result in very heavy motorcyclist traffic. Unfortunately, this leads to a high number of motorcycle accident injuries on our local roads.
Moreover, according to our Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there are motorcycle accident injuries every week. Here are some local statistics:
- Charlotte County: nearly 80 motorcycle injuries per year
- Collier County: nearly 60 motorcycle injuries per year
- Hendry County: roughly 12 motorcycle injuries per year
- Lee County: nearly 200 motorcycle injuries per year
- Florida: approximately 7,600 motorcycle injuries per year
Various highway safety agency studies show that a motorcyclist does not the cause the accident in most vehicle versus motorcycle accident incidents. Rather, drivers of cars, vans, and trucks, are often at fault in crashes with motorcycles.
There are certainly instances where single-motorcycle crashes occur due to rider error. However, most experienced motorcyclists know open road dangers and strive to protect themselves.
Motorcyclists are at Great Risk in Every Motorcycle Accident
Motorcyclists are in the open on their bikes and are exposed to dangers from which motorists are protected. Autos are moving steel cages weighing several tons. Cars and trucks are equipped with additional safety devices such as seat belts, airbags, crumple zones, and even rollover protection.
No so for motorcyclists. Riders are open to the weather and other vehicles on the road. Motorcycle riders do not have any safety zone between them and the road or cars and trucks on the highway.
Consider, for example, that even just tapping a motorcycle on the road can result in a catastrophic motorcycle accident.
A Driver Must Share the Road to Avoid A Motorcycle Accident
Motor vehicle drivers most often cause serious motorcycle crashes which involve at least two vehicles. While bikers know to be looking for larger vehicles on the road, sadly, drivers of cars, vans, pick-ups, and larger vehicles fail to look out for motorcycles.
Every motor vehicle driver must obey the rules of the road. This means sharing the road with motorcycles and looking out for them when changing lanes. Florida law confirms that motorcycles are entitled to full lane use and that no other motor vehicle may encroach on the bike.
Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Seeks Maximum Compensation for Victims
A motorcycle accident often has tragic consequences. Death is common in motorcycle crashes, but even when the rider survives, he or she usually sustains catastrophic personal injury. Major injuries include spine injury, paralysis, paresis, traumatic brain injury, amputation, degloving skin, road rash, and bone fractures.
If a careless driver caused your motorcycle crash, leaving you seriously injured or resulting in the death of your loved one, then contact Fort Myers motorcycle accident lawyer David Harris to seek justice. Every case is personal, and you will know quickly that David is an experienced and determined lawyer. David seeks full money damages compensation for you.
Your consultation is free, and if David takes your case, then there is no fee unless we win. Start our discussion now. Fill out our simple contact form.