Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
Gainesville Accident Lawyers
No one can doubt that riding a motorcycle throughout Florida’s streets adds an exhilarating experience to what may otherwise be a tedious journey on the road. However, these thrilling bikes are the cause of numerous accidents, including many that result in death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 4,500 individuals die from motorcycle crashes each year. And with more than 8 million motorcycles on the road during a given year, the odds of getting into a fatal motorcycle accidents are only increasing. To learn about ways to protect yourself on your motorcycle, contact a Gainesville accident attorney.
At Warner, Sechrest & Butts, our Florida personal injury lawyers have seen the emotional, financial and legal implications of fatal motorcycle accidents and they are far from pleasant. If you are passionate about motorcycles, there are factors that you should be aware of to ensure your safety and wellbeing on the road.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
There are many factors that may contribute to a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle accidents may be the result of any of the following behaviors of drivers and motorcycle riders:
- Distracted driving (usage of cellular devices, eating, drinking)
- Failure to follow basic traffic rules (running red signs and stop lights, failure to yield)
- Failure to properly utilize turn symbols
- Driving/riding under the influence of alcohol and other drugs
- The presence of gravel and other harmful materials on the road
- Poor weather conditions
- Sudden opening of car doors
The structure and makeup of a motorcycle itself places riders at a considerable risk of danger and bodily injury. Unlike vehicles, there is no cage-like protection to shield riders from outside forces. There are no instilled safety devices, such as airbags, that prevent riders from being thrown off of a bike during collision. Further, the brakes of motorcycles are not nearly as strong as the brakes on trucks and vehicles. These factors make it considerably difficult to avoid serious bodily injury and death after a motorcycle accident. Contact an accident lawyer in Gainesville, FL to learn more about how motorcycle accidents occur.
Protect Yourself On the Road
Personal injury attorneys at Warner, Sechrest & Butts have served numerous clients after their loved ones have experienced a fatal motorcycle accident. If you own a motorcycle, there are preventative methods that you can practice to avoid being caught in a fatal motorcycle accident. Consider the following suggestions for ongoing safety on your bike.
Wear bright, visible colors. Many motorcycle accidents occur simply because drivers on the road are unable to see and detect motorcycle riders. This is why it is so crucial that motorists wear bright, visible colors on the road. Loud hues, especially during inclement weather conditions and nighttime, provide riders with extra protection on the road since drivers are more likely to see them.
Wear protective gear. As aforementioned, motorcycles are inherently dangerous because of their unique makeup. Therefore, riders are responsible for wearing protective gear and clothing. Items such as helmets, gloves, glasses and knee pads should be worn to prevent serious bodily harm (and death) if a collision occurs. Riders should also wear thick clothing, long sleeves and boots to protect their skin.
Follow basic traffic laws. As a motorist, you are entitled to operate on the road. Likewise, you are expected to adhere to the same Florida traffic rules as car and truck drivers. There are no special privileges provided to you as a rider. Failure to adhere to basic traffic rules presents a threat to everyone.
Operate your bike accordingly. If you are going to ride your motorcycle through Florida’s busy streets, it is an added bonus to be completely knowledgeable about your bike. Take a training course to discover how these bikes work and to ensure that you are operating your bike accordingly. The more that you understand about your bike, the less dangers you will face. In most cases, riders who receive training are able to detect and pinpoint errors, such as broken tail lights and failed engines. This allows them to repair and correct the error in due time.
How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents
If you are a car or truck driver, there are also tips that you should be aware of to prevent involvement in a motorcycle accident. Because most motorcycle accidents result from drivers’ inability to see motorists, it is crucial that car and truck drivers practice defensive driving techniques. You should always be on the lookout for motorists on the road and anticipate problems so that you may be able to react quickly. Further, it is crucial that car and truck drivers adhere to basic traffic laws and be considerate of motorists on the road. Driving under the influence of alcohol, excessively speeding and acting selfishly on the road are disastrous behaviors for you and motorists.
Wrongful Death Claims
If your loved one died while operating a motorcycle, it is possible to file a wrongful death claim. However, individuals seeking to file suit should be aware that there must be evidence and information available to prove that the death of the motorist was the result of the negligence of a car or truck driver. This can be especially difficult to prove, since there are so many factors that may result in a fatal motorcycle crash. If you desire to file a wrongful death claim, it is best that you speak to an accident attorney. With legal representation, you may very well be able to locate the evidence that you need to support your claim after thorough investigation.
Accident Lawyers in Gainesville, FL
Whether you are a car/truck driver or motorists, motorcycle accidents can be fatal for everyone involved. Contact Warner, Sechrest & Butts today to learn about creative ways to protect yourself on the road and to gain aggressive legal representation after a fatal motorcycle accident.