Like car and truck crashes, motorcycle accidents can take a dramatic toll on your family, health, and finances. The injuries sustained in one of these wrecks can be lifelong, traumatic, and sometimes fatal. Common causes of bike crashes include: following too closely, turning in front of a motorcycle, and side-swiping a bike when changing lanes. If you have unfortunately been involved in a motorcycle crash, an experienced northeast Florida and Jacksonville Florida Motorcycle accident lawyer and law firm can help get the compensation you may be entitled to under the law.
Statistics support the largely held view that motorcycles are more dangerous than automobiles. According to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 13.10 cars out of 100,000 ended up in a fatal automobile accident. The rate for motorcycles, on the other hand, was shown to be 72.34 fatalities for every 100,000 motorcycles registered. 11% of all highway and roadway crashes involve motorcycles. Contact us today if you, or a loved one, has been injured in a bike crash, and need an experienced Jacksonville, Florida motorcycle accident attorney and law firm to protect your rights.
Motorcycles also have a much higher “per mile” fatality rate that that of automobiles. When broken down by per-vehicle-mile-traveled, a motorcycle is 35 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash that an automobile. Bikes also have 16 times the rate of serious injuries per mile. Similarly, studies also show that riders who were below 40 years of age are 36 times more likely to be killed on a bike than other vehicle operators of the same age. Similarly, nearly 80% of reported motorcycle wrecks result in injury or death versus 20% for automobiles. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wearing a helmet can reduce your chances of being killed in a bike crash by as much as 37%. Our Jacksonville Florida motorcycle accident law firm can help you go after those who caused your injuries.
The good news is the number of bike accidents decreased from 2008 to 2010. Many cite the implementation of Florida’s Motorcycle Safety Coalition and new rider training requirements that were put in place in 2008 to decrease the number of injuries and fatalities. On the other hand, since the repeal of the helmet law in 2000, the number of fatal crashes for every 10,000 registered bikes increased an astonishing 21 percent. This correlation strongly suggests that riders without helmets are more likely suffer serious or even fatal injuries.
Alcohol consumption also plays a significant factor in a rider’s risk of injury or death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations National Center for Statistics and Analysis, impaired riders with a blood alcohol level of .08+ accounted for 31% of all Florida motorcycle fatalities. In 2010, the highest percentage of any motorists killed in any type of crash involved impaired motorcycle riders among the 21 to 24 (34%) age group followed by the 25 to 34 (30%) age group. This data strongly suggests it is safest, and indeed wise, to wear a helmet and refrain for consuming any alcohol when riding a bike.
We have represented victims of bike accidents in the past. Call or email us today for your free consultation with an experienced Jacksonville Florida motorcycle accident lawyer and injury law firm. The consultation is always free and confidential. Moreover, you will get the personal representation you deserve.
Call our firm today if you have been the victim of a bike crash and need an experienced Jacksonville Florida motorcycle accident attorney to handle your case. We can be reached online via the email dialogue box or you can call us at 904-356-8618. Let us start helping you with your important claim today!