Everyone admires people who are able to operate large motor bikes. These sorts of people are viewed as modern, adventurous, and even cool. However, an aspect that is not typically glamorized is the high rate and risk that accompany these large motor bikes. Motorcycle accidents occur at astounding rates each year, resulting in severe injuries, costly expenses, and extreme inconvenience. Learn how our motorcycle accident law firm can you following an injury.
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Motorcycle accidents should not be taken lightly. Here’s what to do if you are in a motorcycle accident:
- Check to see if you (and any other passengers) are safe. Check for injuries and blood. If there is excruciating pain and/or blood, contact a medical professional immediately.
- Avoid attacking the opposing party. Any unsatisfactory behavior may negatively impact your case in the future. Instead, kindly request the driver’s license, car registration information, insurance information and general contact information from the other driver(s) involved.
- Contact the local police department.
- Take pictures of the scene (such as street lights, street signs, damages, etc.). This can be extremely beneficial later during court proceedings.
- Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer!
Motorcycle Safety Tips | Orlando Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
At 911 Biker Law, our personal injury lawyers want to represent you after a motorcycle accident, but we also hope to educate you and your family in order to prevent future motorcycle accidents from occurring. Below are a few general safety tips that may reduce the risk of getting into an accident:
- Buy a bike that fits you
- Wear protective gear (like helmets, gloves, safety glasses, etc.)
- Do not drive on wet, slippery roads (if possible)
- Always be on the lookout for road hazards and pedestrians
- Drive defensively
- Follow traffic rules and regulations
- Avoid unnecessary distractions
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For more information on how to keep yourself safe and avoid damages to your motorcycle, you should contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.
Personal Injury Attorneys for Motorcycle Crash Victims
Many motorcycle riders think that they won’t be entitled to personal injury damages for accidents that do not involve actual contact with another motor vehicle, especially in cases where the other driver didn’t stop after forcing the bike off the road. At 911 Biker Law, our motocycle crash lawyers can advise you about the different ways to collect money damages in Florida for single-vehicle motorcycle accidents.
Attorney Michael B. Brehne is an experienced accident attorney who rides motorcycles himself. He’s also a former police officer and auxiliary state trooper who has investigated numerous bike crash scenes in the scope of his law enforcement duties. He knows that you don’t need to prove the details of a full-contact collision to recover damages for another driver’s negligence.
Contact 911 Biker Law in Altamonte Springs, FL, for a free consultation for insurance and injury cases, and learn about your right to compensation in single-bike accident cases. If you have uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage under your own motorcycle insurance policy, your case should be investigated and settled like any other hit-and-run accident claim. If your insurer refuses to accept your version of the accident, we can apply our investigative experience to support your right to money damages.
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The injuries characteristic of a non-contact, hit-and-run motorcycle accident case can be just as serious as they would be in an actual collision with another vehicle. We use our experience with the proof of damages claims to protect your interest in full compensation for such injuries as:
- Head, brain or facial injuries
- Multiple fractures
- Severe lacerations or road rash
- Extensive soft tissue trauma
- Neck, back or spinal cord injuries
- Amputation or loss of an organ
Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists in Florida are at risk of many types of motorcycle accidents. The Orlando motorcycle accident lawyers at 911 Biker Law frequently see these six types of motorcycle accidents in the Orlando, FL area year-round. If you or a loved one have been injured in any form of motorcycle accident, contact 911 Biker Law to discuss a personal injury claim.
Intersections are dangerous for all forms of traffic, but particularly for motorcyclists. Short traffic signals, inattentive drivers, and heavy traffic flow all combine to create an environment for motorcycle accidents. There are five prevailing examples of accidents in intersections.
Head-on collisions occur particularly when another vehicle is turning across traffic.
Rear-end collisions happen when the driver of the behind vehicle isn’t paying attention or is otherwise distracted and doesn’t realize the vehicle, or motorcycle, in front of them has stopped.
Many T-bone accidents occur as a vehicle runs a traffic signal such as a red light and collides with another vehicle which had the right-of-way under the signal.
Sideswipe accidents frequently happen when one or more vehicle is turning in the intersection or making a lane change. Often the driver making the move didn’t check their blind spot for another vehicle.
Pedestrian-involved accidents occur when a vehicle collides with a pedestrian, such as a vehicle making a turn while a pedestrian is in a crosswalk.
Ways to lower your chances of being involved in an intersection accident include:
- Never riding while impaired, including when drowsy or sleepy;
- Using extra caution during heavy traffic periods;
- Reduce your speed when traveling through areas where vision could be obscured by buildings, parked vehicles, and other obstructions; and
- Being cautious of and courteous to other drivers.
Intersection accidents can be complex situations and time-sensitive for information gathering. An Orlando motorcycle accident lawyer with 911 Biker Law has the skills to dig into law enforcement and medical reports to build a strong case for you to receive all due compensation for your injuries.
Motorcyclists may feel a sense of freedom when riding they’re not accustomed to when driving a passenger vehicle. But this freedom comes with a greater risk due to physical exposure to the surroundings. Riding impaired, whether by alcohol, drugs, or even sleepiness, lowers a motorcyclist’s ability to react in situations that happen on the road. Lane changes, navigating intersections with other traffic, and driving over the speed limit can be hazardous without driving or riding while impaired. Avoid riding while impaired by:
- Never ride or drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Call a friend or family member to pick you up if you’ve been drinking.
- If you become drowsy while riding, take a break at a rest area.
Road Conditions & Inclement Weather
Most drivers and motorcyclists think of road conditions as weather-related. But road conditions include traffic congestion, construction zones, and damaged roadways, such as uneven or broken pavement. Even a small amount of road debris can cause a catastrophic motorcycle accident, even if the motorcyclist is riding responsibly in poor road conditions or inclement weather. An Orlando motorcycle accident attorney with 911 Biker Law has years of experience building a case for motorcyclists injured in accidents caused by road conditions or inclement weather. Our firm is dedicated to protecting your rights and fighting for compensation due to you.
Ways to stay safe in these conditions include:
- Drive for the current conditions. It’s better to slow down, ride prudently, and arrive a little later than planned than be involved in an accident.
- If in doubt, pull off the roadway and wait out a storm.
Changing Lanes & Blind Spots
Blind spots on a vehicle are the areas along the vehicle’s sides that can’t be seen in the rear or side mirrors. Drivers are supposed to physically turn their head to look over a shoulder to check these areas before making lane changes, but many don’t. Those are the times when accidents occur.
Ways to protect yourself include:
- Ride responsibly by not speeding and weaving in and out of lanes.
- Look for turn signals in frequent passing zones and assume others won’t always signal a lane change before making the move.
- Avoid driving in other vehicle’s blind spots.
Open Road Accidents
Miles of open road, whether highway, interstate, or a backroad, appear free and clear for motorcyclists but still carry a risk of accidents. Because of the open area, you may be tempted to cruise along at a higher rate of speed than usual. But remember a split second is enough time for an accident to occur. Other vehicles pulling onto the road from a side road may not correctly judge the distance and pull out in front of you, requiring a quick stop or evasive situation.
Avoid open road accidents by:
- Always minding your speed.
- Being prepared for other vehicles to enter the roadway at all intersections, including cross streets.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an open road accident, consult with an experienced motorcycle injury lawyer at 911 Biker Law. Our firm has years of experience representing motorcyclists and protecting their rights following an accident while ensuring due injury compensation.
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Our Orlando personal injury law firm also represents families in Florida wrongful death litigation when single motorcycle accident injuries prove fatal. At 911 Biker Law, we combine a thorough understanding of motorcycle riding, motorcycle safety and motorcycle accident dynamics with advanced trial and negotiation skills for evaluating, developing and proving serious injury claims. To learn more about our approach to client service in single-bike accident cases, contact our motorcycle accident attorneys at 911 Biker Law.