Victims of motorcycle accidents may suffer serious, debilitating injuries or worse. In fact, it may come as no surprise to hear that motorcycle riders are dozens of times more likely to die in a traffic accident than an occupant of a passenger vehicle. Many different factors may lead to motorcycle accidents, but often they are caused by the negligence of an aggressive, reckless or distracted driver. At the Law Office of J.J. Talbott in Pensacola, our injury attorneys help people who have been seriously hurt in motorcycle accidents across the Florida panhandle and in southern Alabama. We fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Motorcycle Riders Face Serious Injuries in Collisions
Many factors come together to make traffic and highway motorcycle accidents particularly dangerous. Of course, riders are exposed and vulnerable to an impact with another vehicle, the roadway or a stationary object, with little to protect them besides the bike they are on and perhaps a helmet and some leathers. But there are other factors as well. Bikers may have limited visibility to see what is happening with traffic around them and up ahead, and they are harder to be seen by drivers of cars, trucks and SUVs. The maneuverability of a bike means they often travel faster than the traffic around them and make lane changes more frequently, but at the same time, there are limits to their safe handling and stability which other drivers may not understand.
A major concern for motorcycle riders is the attention (or lack) paid to them by other drivers on the road. Distracted drivers may not see a motorcycle until it is too late to avoid a collision, or they may make sudden stops or turns that cause a crash. Some drivers simply do not respect the fact that they have to share the road with motorcycles, and they drive recklessly or aggressively around the bike.
Tips for Riding Motorcycles Safely
Many people who do not ride motorcycles have a bias against them and tend to think that motorcyclists ride aggressively or recklessly. This attitude can be disastrous to you in a case involving motorcycle accidents. Alabama’s laws of contributory negligence can bar you from recovery, and even in Florida, your chance at obtaining full compensation for your injuries can be significantly reduced if you are blamed for any of the fault in the accident. Following these common sense tips can help ensure that your own riding is not subject to blame for any accident that may happen:
- Watch out for other drivers on the road and ride defensively
- Adjust your riding according to the current traffic, weather and road conditions
- Obey all applicable traffic laws
- Keep your bike maintained in good condition
- Ride with your headlights on at all times
- Ride in the center of your lane
- Signal turns and lane changes
- Dress for safety and visibility
- Maintain a safe distance between you and the cars in front of you
Experienced Legal Help with Your Florida or Alabama Motorcycle Accidents
If you are a motorcyclist, practicing safe riding tips such as the ones above may decrease your chances of being injured in a collision with a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, no matter how careful you ride, you may still become the victim of a crash due to the negligence or recklessness of another driver. When that happens, you need representation from aggressive and effective personal injury lawyers who will go up against the insurance companies and fight for you in court to help you get the compensation you need and deserve. In Florida and Alabama, count on the Law Office of JJ Talbott to provide you with the representation you need. Call today at 850-437-9600.