Careless Drivers Cause Motorcycle AccidentsFebruary 26, 2021 | Category: Motorcycle Accidents | Share
There were 591,267 motorcycles registered in the state of Florida in 2019 (latest available statistics from statista.com). This number puts Florida in second place behind California that had 808,377 registered motorcycles. U.S. statistics show 78.3 percent of motorcycle reported crashes result in injury and 4.24 percent result in fatalities.
Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. says, “Careless drivers often forget two very important rules of the road: ‘Look twice and save a life,’ and ‘Watch out - motorcycles are everywhere.’ When drivers fail to exercise due care, motorcycle riders are likely to suffer serious injuries and fatalities.”
Most motorcycle accidents are caused by careless motorists in cars. These accidents occur at intersections when drivers who make turns on a green light fail to see oncoming motorcycles. Motorists also pull out in front of motorcycles when entering a roadway from a side street, driveway, or parking lot.
Seventy-eight percent of the time, accidents happen with the car striking a motorcycle from the front. A car strikes a motorcycle from the rear only 5 percent of the time.
Motorcyclists can be at risk when drivers carelessly do any of the following:
It is important to maintain a safe distance between vehicles when driving. Experts say a safe distance would be at least two car lengths when following a motorcycle because motorcycles can come to a stop more quickly than other vehicles. Should a motorcyclist suddenly stop, there are some potentially serious consequences for the motorcyclist.
It is less likely a motorist will be able to avoid an accident if he/she is speeding. Excessive speed causes a significant majority of all collisions between motorcycles and other vehicles.
Driving while speaking on a cell phone, talking to passengers in the vehicle, or being otherwise preoccupied make it less likely a driver can stop in time to avoid a crash with a motorcycle. Motorcycles have a narrower frame which requires drivers to stay focused to look out for them. A distracted driver is not likely to look out for motorcyclists at all.
Drive under the Influence
If motorists drive while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, they are more susceptible to severe driving errors, thus increasing a motorcyclist’s risks of being injured or dying on our roadways. Alcohol and/or drugs can impair the ability to judge the speed and distance of other vehicles.
Florida laws protect motorcyclists when getting into accidents that enable victims to recover damages which include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of the enjoyment of life
- Long-term and short-term medical care expenses
- Lost wages
“If you or a loved one is injured because of the carelessness of another driver, please contact our experienced Fort Myers motorcycle accident legal team after seeking medical attention. There are no costs or fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you, and we are available to assist you 24/7. We limit our practice specifically to personal injury and wrongful death cases so that we can fully concentrate our efforts on gaining compensation for those who have suffered the most. We represent people involved in numerous types of personal injury and wrongful death accidents throughout the state of Florida. All of our clients have unique personal injury cases. Our firm provides personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation. To learn more about our results, please go to Case Results,” said Attorney Randall Spivey.
Fort 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 percent (1%) 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 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 at