Aggressive Drivers No Match for MotorcyclistsJuly 24, 2017 | Category: Motorcycle Accidents | Share
“When it comes to accidents involving motorcycles and other vehicles, motorcycles usually lose. This is especially true of the accidents involving aggressive drivers,” according to Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney, Randall Spivey.
In June 2016 the Tampa Bay Times reported that an aggressive vehicle driver faced two counts of attempted murder along with charges of leaving the scene of a crash with injury following an accident where a 31-year-old driver backed up, yanked the steering wheel to the right and barreled forward over a motorcycle, knocking the motorcyclist and his passenger to the ground. The motorcycle riders were fortunately not injured.
Many motorcycle accidents, like the one mentioned above, are the cause of other drivers on the road. Motorcyclists can be doing all the right things and still be involved in accidents. There are some recommendations from Esurance to help motorcyclists when confronted by aggressive drivers:
- Stay calm – Keeping a healthy perspective and understanding how to defuse your personal road rage can help avoid an accident.
- Do not make eye contact – Making eye contact can be perceived as a challenge to the other driver’s superiority and can set them off.
- Avoid inflammatory gestures – These gestures include hand gestures and flashing lights. They can only inflame an already heated situation.
- Open a passing lane if you are on a multi-lane highway – Even if you may be tempted to slow down or speed up to avoid the aggressor, doing so could accidentally block a passing lane and further enrage the aggressive driver. Instead, put your blinker on and move over when it is safe to do so. Keep your eye on your rear-view mirror for impatient drivers moving forward.
- Build some bumper-to-bumper breathing room – Try to maintain a few extra feet if involved in traffic jams in case you need to make a quick escape.
- Pull over – Pulling over and calling 9-1-1 is always an option when confronted with an aggressive driver.
When motorcyclists are injured, they frequently have one or more of the following 5 injuries:
Head Injuries – These injuries include concussions and brain injuries.
Arm Injuries – Arm injuries can involve broken bones or nerve damage.
Leg Injuries – Leg injuries can also involve the knees and feet. These injuries can result in fractured or shattered bones and may, or may not, be permanent.
Road Rash – Road rash can be more than just a cut or scrape. It can involve skin irritations, nerve damage and infections.
Muscle Damage – Muscle damage can occur on any part of the body and may become permanent.
“Motorcycle accidents can result in visible and invisible injuries. Because of this, it is important to consult a doctor immediately following the accident, after which you should consult an attorney. We at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. have many years of experience in handling motorcycle cases and urge you to contact our office for a no-fee consultation,” said Randall Spivey, Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney.
Ft. Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney,Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%) percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.