Motorcycle accidents result in a disproportionately high number of fatalities because motorcycles simply do not offer the same kind of protection that vehicles offer. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle fatalities represent approximately 11 percent of all highway fatalities each year, while motorcycles only represent 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States. This high fatality rate can be attributed to the fact that motorcycles are less bulky than automobiles and lack basic safety features like a roof, airbags, and seat belts.
A variety of different factors can lead to motorcycle accidents. Bad weather, such as rain, snow, hail, and sleet, can cause motorcyclists to lose control of their vehicle. Additionally, car drivers frequently fail to see motorcyclists, either due to a visual interference or simply because they are not looking out for motorcycles. Potholes, road debris, uneven pavement, and oil slicks are some of the common road hazards that are especially dangerous to motorcyclists. Motorcycle product defects, such as fuel system leaks, present an increased risk of a post–accident fire.
In Florida, those injured in any type of automobile accident, including motorcycle accidents, may be able to recover medical costs from their own insurance carrier. Personal Injury Protection, also known as “PIP,” allows injured parties to recover reasonable and necessary medical costs, regardless of who caused the accident. Thus, even if you were to blame for a motorcycle accident, your own motorcycle insurance may be able to cover a limited amount of medical costs.
A Florida personal injury attorney can be of tremendous assistance, even if you just choose to make a claim against your own PIP insurance. Negotiating alone with your insurance company can be costly and time consuming. Insurance companies are notorious for denying coverage to those who are not meticulous with every detail of the insurance claims process. A strong negotiator who knows Florida insurance law can help you to recover the compensation available to you under the law.
If you or a loved one was recently injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the Florida personal injury lawyers at Anidjar & Levine for a free initial consultation. Our experienced and diligent motorcycle accident attorneys can help you to assess your case after an accident. Call the firm's Fort Lauderdale offices today at (800) 747–3733.