On April 14, 2021, a 37-year-old Lehigh Acres motorcyclist was seriously injured when a car driven by a 21-year-old Fort Myers woman rear-ended him on Lee Boulevard, according to WINK News. The motorcyclist was slowing down because an emergency vehicle was crossing the intersection. The motor vehicle driver did not notice. Authorities reported the motorcyclist was transported to Lee Health in serious condition. This is just one of many motorcycle accidents that occur in Southwest Florida.
"May is designated Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The National Safety Council (NSC) offers tips to help drivers and motorcyclists stay safe this month and whenever riding on our roadways. We at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. see the devastation caused by negligent motor vehicle drivers to motorcyclists and their families when they are injured in motorcycle accidents. This is why we would like to share some NSC driver tips,” said Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney Randall Spivey.
- Passenger car drivers must allow greater following distance behind a motorcycle.
- Drivers also must show extra caution at intersections. Most crashes occur when a driver fails to see a motorcyclist and turns left in front of a motorcycle.
- Drivers should never try to share a lane with a motorcycle. Always give a motorcycle the full lane width.
“When motorcycles and other vehicles collide, it is usually the other (non-motorcycle) driver who violates the motorcyclist's right of way," according to an issue statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). "There is a continuing need to help other motorists 'think' motorcycles and to educate motorcyclists to be aware of this problem.”
The NHTSA says drivers must ‘think’ motorcycles when driving particularly since:
- Motorcycles are relatively small.
- Drivers do not anticipate a motorcycle’s movements.
- Drivers do not check potential blind spots for motorcycles.
- Drivers drive distracted.
Motorcyclists can suffer a broad range of injuries in motorcycle accidents, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries(including concussions)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Bone fractures
- Organ damage
- Road rash
- Soft tissue damage
- Facial injuries
- Loss of digits or limbs
- Fatal injuries
Our experienced Fort Myers motorcycle accident legal team leverages special laws and protections that apply to Florida motorcycle accident cases to help victims get compensation. Florida laws enable those injured to recover damages, including:
- Past, present, and future medical care expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of the enjoyment of life
“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. Here are some of our motorcycle accident case results:
- A verdict was obtained for a mother who lost her son in a motorcycle accident when a driver was fleeing from police and crashed into his motorcycle in Sarasota.
- A settlement was obtained for a Cape Coral motorcycle accident victim who received brain damage and other injuries in a motorcycle accident caused by a driver who pulled out in front of him.
- A settlement was obtained for a motorcycle accident victim who received vision loss and other injuries when a drunk driver crossed the centerline and pulled into the path of his motorcycle in Port Charlotte.
If you or a loved one is injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact our firm to assist you after seeking medical attention. There are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you, and we are available 24/7. Our commitment is to you and your family. Please see why you need us to protect your rights,” said Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident 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 239.793.7748.