December 21, 2021

Understanding Liability Factors in Florida Motorcycle Accidents

Determining liability in a motorcycle accident can be complex. Other drivers, municipal governments, and even repair shops may be held legally liable for negligent actions that contribute to a motorcycle accident.

Understanding Liability Factors and Common Causes of Florida Motorcycle Accidents: Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer Explains

The thrill of riding a motorcycle, especially on Florida highways and interstates, is unmatched by any other motor vehicle.  This is due to the unique nature of motorcycles which leave riders exposed to the air and close to the asphalt.  While these aspects of riding a motorcycle help increase the excitement, they also increase the danger.  Indeed, motorcyclists are more likely to be seriously injured or wrongly killed in a motor vehicle crash.  According to national statistics, 80% of all motorcycle accidents result in the injury or death of a rider or passenger.  Statistics from Florida reveal that, although motorcycles are involved in under 4% of all crashes, motorcycle riders account for roughly 15.5% of all traffic fatalities.  Our Tampa personal injury lawyer knows that many of these fatalities are due to the common causes of motorcycle accidents that are avoidable.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured or if a loved one was wrongfully killed in a motorcycle accident, call John C. Murrow, P.A. for a FREE consultation to learn how our tampa motorcycle accident lawyer can help you and your family recover the compensation you may be entitled to.  Our law firm can help you recover compensation for:

 

  • Past pain and suffering
  • Future pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future earnings
  • Home or vehicle modifications
  • Nursing care
  • Medication costs
  • Ambulatory assistance devices
  • Loss of consortium
  • Punitive damages
  • Property damages
  • Wrongful death damages
  • Burial costs and funeral expenses, and
  • Other damages caused by a motor vehicle accident in Florida
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents on Florida Highways

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Why Motorcycle Accidents Happen in Florida

The risk of a motorcycle accident is increased by a motorcycle’s inherent and unique attributes.  These vehicles are smaller and have a thinner profile, making them harder to see.  This makes them also harder to judge in terms of speed and distance, making intersections, lane changes, and merges more dangerous.  It also means that motorcycles will more easily hide in the blind spots of other vehicles.

These traits make motorcycle accidents not only more likely, but also more dangerous.  This is because motorcycle riders are not well-protected.  They do not have airbags, seatbelts, or even a steel shell around them like occupants of other motor vehicles.  Rather, motorcyclists just have a helmet (if they choose to wear one) and some bikes have slide-bars.  Otherwise, motorcyclists are exposed to direct physical contact in a crash with another vehicle.

 

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents on Florida Highways and Interstates

Our Tampa personal injury lawyer knows that there are many different ways that a motorcycle accident could occur in Florida, particularly on highways and interstates.  Most of these causes are completely avoidable and due to the reckless, careless, and downright negligent conduct of another motorist.  But that is not the only cause of motorcycle accidents in Florida.  Some of the common causes include a municipality’s negligence or a repair company’s mistakes in maintaining a rider’s motorcycle.  Any of these parties could be liable for injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents on Florida Highways

Common Causes of Florida Motorcycle Accidents Due to Other Drivers

Drivers who are reckless, careless, or negligent are the most common causes of motorcycle crashes on Florida highways and interstates.  The most common causes for these types of crashes include the following:

 

  • Improper lane changes
  • Unsafe merges
  • Speeding
  • Losing control
  • Failure to check blind spots
  • Drunk driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Fatigued driving
  • Following too closely
  • Vehicle rollovers
  • Unsecured cargo or improperly loaded cargo
  • Left turn accidents
  • Improper U-turns
  • Mechanical defects
  • Driver inexperience
  • Driving too fast for the weather conditions, and
  • Many other common causes of Florida motorcycle accidents that our Tampa personal injury lawyer may be able to help you identify so you can receive compensation

 

Common Causes of Florida Motorcycle Accidents Due to Municipality Negligence

Motorcycle accidents can also be caused by government entities such as municipalities like towns, cities, counties, and the state of Florida.  These crashes usually involve negligent roadway maintenance, but also improper construction repairs, roadwork, and other work on or around the roadway.  Sometimes these crashes could also be caused by negligent signage, traffic patterns, or poor roadway construction.

Some of the most common causes of roadway errors include due to government entity or municipality negligence includes the following:

 

  • Negligent roadway design
  • Unsafe traffic patterns
  • Negligent construction work (no flaggers, no signs, unsafe lanes, no cones, inadequate lighting)
  • Poor roadway maintenance
  • Lights out that have not been replaced making areas too dark
  • Debris on roadways
  • Inadequate shoulders
  • No guardrails or guide boxes
  • Signs, poles, or other objects in the clear zone of the roadway
  • Sharp turns with inadequate warnings
  • Potholes and roadway damage that is not repaired, and
  • Design, maintenance, construction, or other defects that our Tampa personal injury lawyer may be able to help you identify so you can recover compensation for your damages

Common Causes of Florida Motorcycle Accidents Due to Repair Companies’ Negligence

While many motorcycle riders also know how to repair certain issues with their vehicles, that is not always the case—especially for major repairs.  Thus, many motorcycle riders rely on repair companies, technicians, and other mechanics to inspect, maintain, and repair their motorcycles in a competent manner.  While this normally happens, that is not always the case.  Unfortunately, far too many repair companies fail to properly inspect and repair a motorcycle.  This can result in very serious mechanical defects resulting in a catastrophic motorcycle wreck.

Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents due to repair or mechanic negligence include the following:

 

  • Insufficient or inadequate repairs
  • Failing to properly change and stabilize a tire
  • Failing to properly install brakes
  • Negligent inspections
  • Using old or improper replacement parts
  • Failing to properly tighten components
  • Defects in workmanship, and other common causes of motorcycle crashes

 

Were You Injured in a Florida Motorcycle Accident?  Learn How Our Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You

If you or a loved one were seriously injured or if a loved one was wrongfully killed in a motorcycle crash occurring in Florida, learn how our experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer can help you recover compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.  We have a proven track record of success handling motor vehicle accident cases against negligent drivers, government entities, and businesses.

Here at John C. Murrow, P.A., our compassionate and skilled bodily injury law firm staff will work to protect your rights to compensation by working with defendants and their insurance adjusters to try to obtain a quick and fair settlement for you.  If a defendant fails to pay, we will seek your legal remedies in court against all possible defendants.

Learn how we can help you during your FREE consultation by dialing (813) 999-4950 or by sending us a secured message through our “contact us” box available here.  We want you to focus on recovering your health while we focus on recovering compensation for you.

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