May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
Many motorists think that means it’s time for motorcycle riders to focus on safety. In reality, it’s drivers and vehicle occupants that need the reminder to share the road.
Nearly 600 riders are killed on Florida roads each year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Motorcycle deaths account for 1 in 5 of Florida’s road fatalities each year, despite there being far fewer motorcycles than vehicles on Florida roads.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers in Fort Myers and Cape Coral have been representing injured riders and their families in Southwest Florida since 1971. Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, is once again providing headline sponsorship for Cape Coral Bike Nights, the area’s largest family-friendly motorcycle event. You can also find us promoting rider rights and safety awareness at events throughout Southwest Florida.
Watch for Motorcycle Riders in Southwest Florida
The majority of motorcycle accidents that involve another vehicle are the fault of the other vehicle’s driver. And motorcycle riders are 30 times more likely to be seriously injured or killed in the event of a collision than occupants of motor vehicles, based on per-mile driven. While about one-third of motor vehicle occupants are injured in a collision, the injury rate for motorcycle riders is 80 percent, meaning a rider seldom escapes serious injury in a collision.
Motorcycle riders understand the risks better than anyone and typically do everything possible to ride safely and avoid a collision. National statistics show three-quarters of collisions involve a passenger vehicle, while only 1 in 4 motorcycle accidents involve just the motorcycle.
Most often a motorcycle collision occurs because a vehicle fails to yield the right of way to a rider and turns into the path of an oncoming motorcycle. A surprising number of collisions also occur as a result of a vehicle rear-ending a motorcycle rider, typically at an intersection. Motorists should realize that riders can be seriously injured or killed simply by falling off a motorcycle. Giving riders a wide berth and allowing extra time for them to pass is often the best bet for avoiding being blamed for a serious or fatal accident.
Dealing with Motorcycle Injury
Our experienced motorcycle injury lawyers in Fort Myers and Cape Coral will work to determine who was responsible for your accident, identify all available insurance coverage, and determine the full extent of your damages, including past and future medical bills, lost wages and the cost of rehabilitation or disability. These collisions typically result in very serious injuries, including concussions and brain damage, broken bones and joints, soft tissue injuries and road rash, scarring and disfigurement, and other injuries such as biker’s arm, which can result in nerve damage and limited mobility.
Too often, a rider is blamed or partially blamed for a collision. Our five decades of experience and use of outside experts and consultants, allows us to independently determine accident causation and pursue those responsible.
If you or a loved one is injured, call Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, at 1-800-646-1210.