An automobile or motorcycle accident can turn your life upside down in the blink of an eye. While some people are fortunate enough to escape a fender bender with only a few bumps or bruises, others find themselves facing serious injuries and the substantial medical expenses that come with them.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 400,788 automobile accidents were reported statewide in 2018, resulting in 253,864 injuries and 3,092 fatalities. Accidents can occur for any number of reasons, but some of the most common include:
The leading cause of accidents in the US, distracted driving can include everything from texting on a cell phone to talking to other passengers.
Driving at high speeds makes stopping more difficult, increasing the likelihood of collisions.
Substances like drugs and alcohol reduce reaction time and the ability to focus, greatly increasing the risk of an accident.
Changing lanes without warning, accelerating too quickly, tailgating, and similar behaviors can easily result in unexpected collisions.
In Florida, heavy rains and fog can reduce visibility and make road surfaces slippery, making accidents more likely.
Being involved in an automobile accident can be a confusing experience. Important decisions involving medical care and insurance claims often need to be made quickly in the aftermath of a physically and emotionally traumatic event. Finding legal representation you can trust is crucial to protecting your rights and securing any compensation you are entitled to by law.
While the Sunshine State has great weather for motorcycling, it also consistently ranks among the top three states for motorcycle fatalities every year. Even experienced riders who practice responsible, defensive driving habits can be involved in an accident due to the inattentiveness of other drivers on the road.
The consequences of those accidents can be severe. On the whole, motorcycle accidents are 28 times more likely to result in a fatality. Without the protection of an automobile around them, motorcyclists are also more likely to suffer serious injuries in non-fatal crashes. Although helmet use is 37% effective in preventing death and 67% effective in preventing severe brain injury, Florida law does not require riders to wear a helmet if they are over 21 years of age and are covered by an insurance policy of at least $10,000 (FL Statute 316.211).
Being involved in a motorcycle accident can lead to major medical costs. Broken bones, spinal damage, head trauma, and road rash (skin abrasions) are the most common injuries, some of them potentially resulting in long-term disability. When faced with these medical costs, it’s important to understand your legal rights and know what compensation you may be entitled to in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident.
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The lawyers at Mulligan & Associates can provide the knowledge, experience, and support you need to pursue your personal injury case. With services in Hernando, Citrus, and Sumter County, we’re committed to meeting the legal needs of motorcyclists throughout the Nature Coast of Florida. Contact us today for an initial consultation.