There are a lot of benefits to owning a motorcycle: they're fuel-efficient, they take up less space than cars, they're more affordable than cars and, of course, they're fun to ride. However, as almost everybody knows, the major drawback of riding a motorcycle is that both riders and passengers are much more at risk of experiencing a serious injury in an accident. Because of this, you should contact a motorcycle injury lawyer as soon as you are able to if you've experienced a motorcycle accident of any sort.
According to a study performed by The Jama Network, motorcycle riders experience traumatic brain injuries in 36 percent of all motorcycle crashes, while their passengers experience traumatic brain injuries in 40 percent of all motorcycle crashes. Even when wearing helmets, these numbers don't go down by very much.
The reason that traumatic brain injuries are so common in motorcycle accidents is that riders and passengers are likely to be ejected from the motorcycle. Passengers are more at risk because they sit higher up and don't have the protection of the motorcycle's windshield.
Unfortunately, the motorcycle accident rate is quite high in Florida, and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. According to Florida's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles department, there were 8,040 motorcycle accidents in 2014, resulting in 22 fatalities. That number went up to 8,256 in 2016. Fatalities also increased to 30.
It's extremely important that if you ride a motorcycle, that you take every safety precaution that you can. This means more than just wearing a helmet, since there is still a major risk of experiencing a traumatic head injury if you're in an accident even if you're wearing one. You need to follow all the laws of the road and be very wary of everyone that you share the road with as well.
Getting into a serious accident on your motorcycle can result in serious injuries that may require months of physical rehabilitation and can result in costly medical bills and missed work. Because of this, you should make sure to work with an experienced motorcycle injury lawyer if you get into a motorcycle accident. Here at the Law Office of Gloria Seidule, we will fight to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation and case evaluation.