What You Should Do After a Motorcycle AccidentOctober 16, 2017 | Category: Motorcycle Accidents | Share
Motorcycles are enjoyed by many Floridians. Motorcycles offer riders and their passengers a sense of pride, freedom, and enjoyment. However, drivers who are not paying attention can pull into the path of, or fail to yield to, oncoming motorcycles.
According to “Traffic Safety Facts,” NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) traffic data of 2015 (updated March 2017), 4,976 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes, and an estimated 88,000 motorcyclists were injured during the same period.
What are the causes of motorcycle accidents?
The Sun Sentinel and the GHSA (Governors Highway Safety Association) reported the following:
Two thirds of all motorcycle accidents, according to the Sun Sentinel, are caused by negligent auto drivers. The most common negligent acts are:
- Swerving in front of a motorcyclist
- Cutting off motorcyclists at intersections
- Failing to follow posted speed limits
- Failing to yield when appropriate
- Failing to leave sufficient room between vehicles
- Failing to see a motorcyclist changing or entering lanes
- Neglecting to pay appropriate attention to other drivers
- Driving under the influence
In addition, fixed objects and road hazards account for at least 25 percent of motorcycle accidents.
The GHSA reports that there are 5 top risk factors which are:
1) Failure of motorists to see motorcyclists: The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents.
2) No helmet: 53 percent of motorcyclists were not wearing a safety helmet before a fatal crash.
3) Riding while intoxicated: Motorcyclists with a BAC of .08+ accounted for 26 percent of motorcycle fatalities.
4) Age: Roughly 26 percent of fatalities are among 20-29 year olds and 22 percent are among 50-59 year olds.
5) Lack of licensing or training: 22 percent of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were riding without a valid motorcycle license.
What to do if you are involved in a motorcycle accident?
The very first thing you need to do is see if anyone is injured, and if so, call 911 for an ambulance.
There is specific information which needs to be obtained following a motorcycle accident. This information includes contact and insurance information from all passengers, motorists or pedestrians involved. Also, getting this same information from witnesses is important.
Be sure to write down the make, model, and license plate numbers of all vehicles involved as well. If you can, using a camera or camera phone, take pictures of the scene which will be useful in any personal injury case.
Do not leave the scene of the accident before the police arrive.
“Regardless of the accident, it is always good advice to contact an attorney. There are no costs or attorney fees unless we make a monetary recovery for you,” said Fort Myers Motorcycle Accident Attorney, Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.
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.