Orlando Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
It should come as no surprise that motorcycle enthusiasts flock to the State of Florida year round. With over 8,000 miles of stunning coastline, balmy temperatures, and plenty of sunshine, Florida was made for riding.
Unfortunately, our state also leads the nation in motorcycle accident fatalities. In 2018 in Florida, there were 9,122 motorcycle crashes and 502 motorcycle fatalities. In Orange County alone, there were 594 motorcycle crashes and 29 fatalities during the same time period.
If you or a family member have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be experiencing physical pain, emotional trauma, and financial hardship as a result. If another party caused, or contributed to, the collision, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Although there is no way to turn back the clock and prevent the collision that caused your injuries, it is possible to hold the party responsible for the collision accountable for their negligence and recover damages for your injuries.
Motorcycle Accident Facts and Figures
There is nothing like the feeling of the sun on your face and the wind in your hair that comes with riding a motorcycle. Unfortunately, however, there is a price to pay for that feeling of freedom. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), your risk of a fatal crash when riding a motorcycle is 27 times greater than when riding in a passenger car, per vehicle mile traveled.
In the State of Florida, there were 502 motorcycle fatalities in 2018, representing approximately 100 fatalities for every 100,000 registered motorcycles. As a motorcyclist, you are four times more likely to suffer injury or death in a collision than your counterpart in a passenger vehicle.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents occur for a variety of reasons. Many of those reasons apply to all motor vehicle collisions, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Some, however, are unique to motorcycles.
Among the most common reasons, for example, is failure to notice the motorcycle. Despite a concerted effort by governmental authorities and advocacy groups to raise awareness of the presence of motorcycles on the nation’s roadways, drivers of four-wheeled vehicles continue to routinely claim they never saw a motorcyclist prior to a collision. Other common causes include:
- A vehicle turns into the motorcycle
- Rider inexperience
- Lane-splitting (riding between two lanes of slowed/stopped traffic)
- Distracted driving
- Hazardous road conditions
Are You Entitled to Compensation for Your Motorcycle Accident Injuries?
In Florida, motorcyclists are not required to have specific motorcycle insurance, but they are required to have at least $10,000 in healthcare benefits to pay for injuries. Some motorcyclists also have uninsured motorist coverage to help pay expenses if they are hit and injured by an uninsured or underinsured motorists. However, motorcyclists who are seriously injured in a crash often do not receive adequate compensation for their medical and rehabilitative care expenses.
If you or a family member is confronted by this type of frightening circumstance and your crash was caused by someone else’s negligence, it’s important to get legal advice from an experienced personal injury attorney. A skilled trial attorney may be able to help you get the full compensation you deserve for medical expenses, lost income, pain, and suffering.
Get the Help You Need from Experienced Orlando Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, or you are a surviving family member of someone who was fatally injured in one, you could have medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life. At Bailey Fisher, we understand how devastating the effects of a motorcycle accident can be and want to help you and your family during this difficult time.
Our experienced Orlando motorcycle accident attorneys have a wealth of legal knowledge, successful courtroom experience, and a strong sense of commitment to obtaining justice and full compensation for people who have suffered serious, often life-changing injuries due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing.
Call us at 407-628-2929 or submit our online form today for a FREE EVALUATION and advice on your Orlando motorcycle accident case. For viable personal injury cases, we will follow up with the necessary legal action to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence and recover the financial compensation you deserve for your pain, suffering, and losses.
U.S. Department of Transportation. National Highway Traffic Administration. (2019, Aug.). Traffic Safety Facts: 2017 data.
Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Florida crash dashboard. (2019).