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Motorcycle Accidents And What You Can Do

There is no denying the exhilaration and joy that is associated with driving a motorcycle; taking on the open road, the cooling breeze, and of course the unexplainable freedom that you experience within yourself. Cruising is a wonderful privilege that we are certainly grateful for, but this privilege is not without its hazards. Florida leads the nation in motorcycle accidents, and even though bikers only make up about 7% of the state’s drivers, 1/5 of all vehicle accidents in Florida involved a bike. The most recent report from 2013 shows that nearly 7000 bike accidents had occurred, many of which were in Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg and surrounding areas.

The Additional Difficulties Associated With A Motorcycle Accident

We certainly hope this doesn’t occur to you, but in the unfortunate event of a motorcycle accident causing serious injury, or even a fatality, of yourself or a loved one, we want to make sure you receive the best help in dealing with all the additional difficulties that accompany these crashes. Insurance companies will do anything they can to prevent writing you the check you may need and are legally entitled to. It is not in their interests to pay out the full amount. The damage caused can, and often is, much more than only property damage to your bike. In the cases of a more serious crash involving injury, you are likely looking at expensive medical bills (including ambulance transportation, medical attention, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, etc), time off of work, having to pay for transportation while your bike is in the shop, and other trickle-down expenses.

What Options Do I Have In the Event Of A Crash?

These settlements can often be complicated to negotiate. The law can provide you protection. So we strongly urge you to seek legal help from an attorney if you’ve been in a motorcycle accident. A qualified motorcycle accident and injury attorney will be able to come to your aid. Not only can we assist you in receiving fair compensation due to our deep understanding of Florida’s personal injury laws, but we will also negotiate a fair settlement so you can get back on your motorcycle as soon as can.

Motorcycle Safety Tips

While we are always ready to assist you with your legal matters, we hope your life and loved ones are not subject to the devastating effects of a motorcycle accident and injury. In the interest of preventing these from accidents occurring, including minimizing the damages that could be involved, please see the safety tips we have listed out below:

  • Wear a helmet! This can’t be stressed enough. The most serious injuries in motorcycle crashes are due to hard impacts to the head. Brain injuries, trauma, and psychological issues can permanently alter your ability to enjoy life after a crash, assuming the impact isn’t fatal.
  • Wear protective clothing. Knee pads, arm pads, goggles or helmet visor, leather reinforced jackets and pants, gloves and footwear that cover above the ankle. Even road rash at slower speeds can still be a serious problem.
  • Become comfortable and confident in your riding skills before riding in denser traffic areas.
  • Avoid bad weather conditions and areas with low visibility.
  • Be aware and present of road hazards such as potholes, sand and gravel, wet roads and puddles, and areas with uneven lanes. Having only 2 wheels (as opposed to 4) leaves you much more vulnerable to spills and skids in areas with these hazards.

Riding a motorcycle is great. If you follow these safety tips, you should have a fun safe ride. However, if you do get into a motorcycle accident, contact , Goldman, Babboni, and Walsh. We have over 150 years combined experience representing accident victims in Florida just like you. So contact us today for a free consultation.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

Motorcycle Accidents And What You Can Do

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