Winter Haven Motorcycle Accidents
A motorcycle can be a fun, fuel-efficient, and frugal alternative to driving a passenger car. Motorcycles are also much more dangerous. They are far less crashworthy than closed vehicles, and riders who get into a wreck are directly exposed to heavy impact from other vehicles and the road. Motorcyclists and their passengers are more vulnerable to the hazards of road and weather conditions, and they must take more care to keep safe as a result. But that does not mean that motorcycle crashes are automatically the fault of the biker or that motorcyclists do not deserve compensation for injuries they suffer at the hands of other negligent drivers.
The experienced Winter Haven motorcycle accident attorney at The Turnbull Firm has years of experience representing bikers and other motorists injured in accidents involving motorcycles. Regardless of the type of vehicle involved in a crash, you need a seasoned, effective legal team in your corner to build your strongest case and maximize your recovery. The personal injury team at The Turnbull Firm takes an aggressive, results-oriented approach, and our priority is securing appropriate compensation for our injured Central Florida clients. We aren’t happy until you are.
Motorcycle Crash Facts
Motorcycle accidents are all-too-common, especially given the proportion of motorcycles vs. passenger cars on U.S. roadways. According to reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), 5,172 people were killed across the country in motorcycle accidents in 2017. That represents a drop from 5,286 motorcycle crash fatalities in 2016, although it is still a higher death toll than almost any other year in the past decade. Another 89,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2017, representing a ten percent drop from the 104,000 injured bikers in 2016, which is a positive step.
The majority of fatal motorcycle crashes involve collisions with other motor vehicles, as opposed to single-vehicle accidents or collisions with pedestrians. Of the two-vehicle crashes involving motorcycles, 76 percent involved motorcyclists being hit in the front, and only seven percent involved motorcyclists being rear-ended. Forty-two percent of two-vehicle accidents involved the other car turning left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing, or overtaking other vehicles. Bikers between the ages of 30-59 were at the highest risk of being killed in a motorcycle accident, although the proportion of drivers over 50 killed in motorcycle crashes has increased significantly since 2008. Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to be killed in a traffic accident than are drivers and passengers of other types of vehicles.
These are sad and alarming figures for any motorcyclist. Moreover, they suggest that the biggest danger bikers face on the road is other cars. If you were injured while riding your bike or another driver killed your family member while they drove their motorcycle, The Turnbull Firm can help you file a personal injury or wrongful death claim and recover the damages you are owed.
Recovering After a Florida Motorcycle Crash
Florida’s law and insurance schemes treat motorcyclists a bit differently than other auto drivers. Motorcycles are not technically considered “motor vehicles” in the State of Florida, and so they are explicitly excluded from personal injury protection (PIP) coverage under most insurance policies. However, if you were injured while riding a motorcycle, you may still be entitled to coverage from your health, auto, or motorcycle insurance provider. The motorcycle accident attorney at The Turnbull Firm spent years defending insurance companies before switching his focus to helping injured crash victims. Florida personal injury lawyer Sanga Turnbull knows how insurance providers think, how their policies work, and how to get them to pay what they owe.
Moreover, if you were hurt by another driver who was acting negligently, you have the right to recover. Auto drivers are often guilty of texting while driving, making aggressive maneuvers, driving drowsy, ignoring their blind spots, or driving while intoxicated. Often, motorcyclists are the ones to suffer; the small frames make them easy to miss if an auto or truck driver is otherwise distracted or impaired. The Turnbull Firm will investigate the circumstances of your accident, gather all the available evidence, and help you build a case that will prove the liability of the other drivers. Our Winter Haven motorcycle crash legal team will fight for you and your family to ensure you get compensated for the damages you have suffered, whether that means compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, or other forms of harm.
Helping Winter Haven Motorcycle Crash Victims After a Central Florida Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents are likely to involve serious injury and even death. If you or a loved one were hit by a negligent driver while riding a motorcycle, you are entitled to compensation for your harm. The talented and dedicated Winter Haven motorcycle accident attorney at The Turnbull Firm is ready to help you fight for the damages you are owed. Reach out to our Florida personal injury law firm for advice and representation after a Winter Haven motorcycle crash to get your case started and your life back on track. Call our motorcycle crash lawyer at 863-324-3500 for a free case evaluation.