Common Causes and Injuries of Motorcycle Accidents

Learn More About the Most Common Causes and Injuries of Motorcycle Accidents in Florida such as Lane Splitting, Defective Equipment and Brain Injury.

At Rue & Ziffra we have a passion for motorcycles and we know that there is no substitute for the open road and the sense of freedom and enjoyment that we as riders and enthusiasts have ourselves. We are also lucky to enjoy several bike events in Volusia County such as Bike Week and Biketoberfest in which riders from all over come to enjoy our fun in the sun on their bike. With 30 years of experience in our field, we are committed to protecting the rights of each rider. Unfortunately, along with riding comes certain risk that regardless of experience and safety on the road sometimes cannot be avoided. If you or a family member has been injured in a motorcycle accident, seek experienced lawyers that will thoroughly investigate your case and work diligently to provide the most help and aggressive guidance that you need to pursue compensation to help with medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and lessen pain and suffering as quickly and painlessly as possible.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the state of Florida had a total of 400 motorcycle fatalities in 2010. Riders who are 21 and older with a minimum of $10,000 in medical coverage are not required to wear a helmet. With this law in place many motorcycle riders take advantage of this and chose not to wear a helmet. We understand the freeing feeling of the wind in your face on the open road; however, this leaves riders vulnerable to even more serious head injuries that could otherwise be avoided. Since the repeal of the helmet law there has been an increase in accidents for riders that are life-changing and in some instances life-threatening as the number of fatalities has increased. Approximately 100,000 motorcycle accidents occur each year in the state of Florida. Motorcyclists these days not only use their bike as means of transportation but it has become a way of life for many Floridians. This way of life is loved and enjoyed by countless Floridians, and unfortunately sometimes accidents happen to the best of riders.

Some of the most common causes of these motorcycle accidents include:

  • The Unseen Rider – The car or truck simply does not see you
  • Road Hazards – The road conditions were not kept in proper order
  • Bad Weather – Weather conditions prevent proper visibility
  • Defective Equipment – Your bike manufacturer produced defective, low quality equipment that resulted in your injury.
  • Driving Too Fast – Speeding leads to a collision
  • Lane Splitting – Sharing a lane with another biker leads to trouble

The Unseen Rider

One of the most common reasons for motorcycle accidents around the United States is simply because drivers failed to recognize a motorcyclist on the road. This problem stems from the obvious fact that motorcycles are much smaller than cars. Most of these accidents occur in situations where the motorcyclist comes out of nowhere and collides with a driver.

Common causes are:

  • Quick U-turns
  • Lane-changes
  • Being in the driver’s blind spot.
  • Inattentive drivers (Often cell phone usage)

These types of accidents result in $1-$3 million dollars in personal injury settlement and the driver of the vehicle is at fault. Some safety precautions to increase visibility and help prevent this type of accident include: bright or reflective clothing, and a bright headlamp for dark conditions.

Road Hazards

The road isn’t always the perfectly smooth surface that you expect, and a two-wheeled motorcycle can’t absorb the same shock a four-wheeled car can. Roadway defects, grading highways, uneven pavements, potholes, unsigned curves, and dangerous intersections all pose a serious threat to every motorcyclist. These road conditions make the road a dangerous obstacle course for bike riders, and many times police may not pay attention to the road conditions in their report, leaving you entitled to settlements from the state due to their negligence. The best way to avoid this “double-whammy” is to make sure you know the road and be extra cautious. Don’t ever get too comfortable with any road, because the weather erodes the asphalt and conditions can change. Every motorcyclist has to be ready for anything the road has to throw at them.

Bad Weather

Hazardous weather conditions can lead to slick roads and poor visibility for all persons on the road regardless of the vehicle. However it is even more dangerous for the rider on a motorcycle, who is more vulnerable being exposed to these conditions. With such poor visibility it hinders the ability to safely change lanes and see motorcycles, sometimes leading to the rider getting cut off or causing a collision for both the cyclist and the driver.

Defective Equipment

Another very common cause of motorcycle accidents is a failure in equipment due to a defect.

Some of the most common problems include:

  • Brake failure
  • Tire failure
  • Shock absorber failure
  • Improper derailers
  • Defective pedals

The only way to avoid these accidents is to know your bike inside and out, and be ready for anything to happen at anytime on the road. Because a defective product failure is so unpredictable, these accidents are obviously not the fault of the rider and you are not held liable for them, but your safety is the most important thing in case of a motorcycle accident.

Driving Too Fast

Motorists who fail to slow down when approaching a motorcycle and end up causing a collision. Many scenarios occur from speeding such as trying to make the green light, speeding up to make a lane change or catch an exit. All of these can lead to serious accidents.

Lane Splitting

Another very common cause of motorcycle accidents on the highway is lane splitting, or when two motorcycles share one lane. The common practice of lane splitting can be fun when riding alongside a friend, but it greatly increases the risk of an accident. Be very cautious when lane splitting and make sure to keep a safe bubble between you and your friend. Whenever possible avoid lane splitting and just ride one behind the other to maximize safety.

Some common motorcycle accident injuries include but not limited to:

  • Head Injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Broken Bones/ Fractures
  • Neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Amputations and /or disfigurement
  • Facial injuries
  • Eye injuries
  • Severe road rash and/or severe burns
  • Knee injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Severe scaring

The laws in Florida state that as a victim of a motorcycle accident has a period of four years from the date of injury and two years in a wrongful death claim.

Here at Rue & Ziffra we understand the need for experienced lawyers when it comes to motorcycle riders and the many different types of approximately 100,000 injuries that occur each year. As motorcycle enthusiasts ourselves, we understand the enjoyment and the sense of freedom that few other experiences can match. Unfortunately, motorcycles also come with many risks and many riders are the unfortunate victims of accidents caused by careless or negligent drivers who fail to give riders the proper right of way they deserve. Many of these accidents can result in life changing and sometimes even life threatening injuries. We realize how difficult and frightening it can be when it comes to addressing legal issues related to motorcycle accident injuries. Unfortunately due to the severity of these injuries it is imperative that you seek experienced lawyers that specialize in motorcycle accidents. At Rue & Ziffra we are committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that you receive the best medical attention and representation to help you recover from these injuries.