Dade City & Zephyrhills Motorcycle Accident Attorney
With ample sunshine, gorgeous scenery and miles of open road, it is no wonder that Florida is so popular with motorcycle enthusiasts. Unfortunately, Florida also sees thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths every year due to motorcycle accidents on the state’s roads and highways. In fact, Florida ranks very high in the country for motorcycle accidents and injuries, and consistently leads the nation in motorcycle fatalities. Even though motorcycles make up less than ten percent of the vehicles on the road, nearly one in five traffic fatalities in Florida involve a motorcycle.
At the Mander Law Group, we understand the serious injuries and challenging road to recovery motorcycle accident victims face, as well as the difficulty in uncovering the complex facts of the crash and overcoming the inherent bias against motorcyclists often found among insurance companies and even juries. Led by experienced and successful Dade City & Zephyrhills motorcycle accident attorneys, the Mander Law Group team fights aggressively for the rights of injured motorcycle accident victims to receive full compensation for their injuries, including present and future medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other legal damages.
Common reasons for motorcycle accidents
Despite the common misconception of motorcyclists as reckless, aggressive or dangerous drivers, most motorcyclists are skilled and cautious riders who understand the limitations of their machines and appreciate the dangers on the road. Many accidents involving motorcycles are actually caused by motorists who fail to notice or see the motorcycle in time to avoid an accident, who fail to yield the right-of-way to a motorcycle, or who drive recklessly around the bike and do not respect the right of the motorcyclist to share the road equally with cars and other motor vehicles. Common causes of Florida motorcycle accidents include:
- Making a left-hand turn in front of oncoming bike
- Making u-turns in the face of oncoming traffic
- Distracted driving
- Following too close/tailgating
- Failing to signal
- Stopping short
- Sudden opening of car door
- Failure to check blind spots
- Failure to yield
- Aggressive driving/road rage
Motorists and motorcyclists can help prevent motorcycle accidents
Motorcyclists have an equal right to share the road with other motor vehicles, and motorists should respect that right and leave ample room for motorcycles on the road. Car and truck drivers should also be aware that motorcycles may be on the road at any given time, and should look and listen for their presence. Bikers for their part can help avoid accidents and injuries by wearing DOT-approved helmets and other protective clothing. Motorcyclists should also ride visibly, including wearing bright or reflective clothing and riding with the headlamp on even during the daytime. Motorcycle riders should always signal their intentions in advance of a turn or lane change, and should ride defensively in regards to other vehicles on the road.
When Safe Riding is Not Enough, Call the Mander Law Group for Help
Unfortunately, the most careful motorcyclist in the world cannot always escape injury from a careless, reckless or distracted driver of a car or truck. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Pasco County motorcycle accident, call the Dade City & Zephyrhills motorcycle accidents attorneys for a free consultation about your claims at 813-948-1422 in Zephyrhills or 352-567-0411 in Dade City.