No matter where you are driving in the state, you’re bound to find numerous motorcycles on the road, as Florida has one of the largest numbers of registered motorcycle riders in the country.
Sadly, there is a direct correlation between this and the number of injury accidents and fatalities. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that motorcycle accidents are 28 times more likely to end with a fatality versus accidents with other types of vehicles.
Part of this can be attributed to vehicle drivers not seeing the motorcycle on the road. Perhaps it’s because they aren’t looking, while other times the motorcycle rider may be hard to spot as he or she is in the car’s blind spot. Drivers are typically looking for another vehicle, not necessarily a motorcycle.
It doesn’t matter what the reason is, all drivers have a duty to check for something that may be in their blind spot before pulling onto a roadway or changing lanes. Motorcycle riders aren’t exempt from the law, either. A motorcycle rider also has the duty to operate his or her motorcycle in accordance with applicable laws and always be on the lookout for hazards.
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident involving a motorcycle due to someone else’s negligence, it’s important to speak with a motorcycle accident attorney in Florida as soon as possible. At Emmanuel Shepard & Condon, we have years of experience handling motorcycle injury claims. Our team of Florida accident attorneys has represented countless motorcycle riders who sustained serious injuries in accidents caused by other drivers’ negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions. We are here to protect your rights, so it’s important to involve us in the case as soon as possible.