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Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Port St. Lucie
Port St. Lucie’s beauty and warm weather make it a motorcycle rider’s paradise. But, just as elsewhere in Florida and the United States, riders in St. Lucie County run a risk of injury and death whenever they take their bikes out. Motorcycle riding has its own risks, but too many motorcyclists are harmed by other drivers’ carelessness and recklessness.
The size and design of a motorcycle leave motorcyclists more likely than the drivers of other motor vehicles to be injured in a collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that, compared to car drivers, motorcyclists are about 30 times more likely to die in a crash and five times more likely to be injured.
Motorcycle victims and their families have legal rights. To make sure they are fully protected, it’s important to contact an experienced Port St. Lucie motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after a crash.
Our Port St. Lucie office location:
2400 SE Veterans Memorial Pkwy
Port St. Lucie, FL
How Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen?
The 2011 Florida Crash Statistics report says seven motorcyclists were killed in motorcycle accidents in St. Lucie County during the year. Over five years from 2007 to 2011, 23 motorcyclists died in crashes in St. Lucie County. Statewide, there were 413 motorcycle accident fatalities and 7,194 motorcyclists injured in crashes.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a 2012 report there were 1,999 two-vehicle fatal crashes involving a motorcycle and another type of vehicle in 2010. In 75 percent of these crashes, the motorcycle was struck in the front. Only 6 percent were struck in the rear. In 39 percent of these crashes, the other vehicle was turning left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing, or overtaking another vehicle. Both vehicles were going straight in 22 percent (446) of fatal two-vehicle crashes involving a motorcycle in 2010.
In many cases, a motorcycle accident involving another vehicle occurs because the other driver failed to follow one or more rules for sharing the road with motorcyclists.
- Failing to check mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before entering or exiting a lane or before making a turn.
- Trying to ride alongside or pass a motorcycle in the same lane instead of allowing a motorcyclist the full lane’s width.
- Failing to allow appropriate following distance – three or four seconds’ worth – when in a vehicle behind a motorcycle.
These types of motorcycle accidents do not have to happen. Motorcyclists have the same right to the road as other drivers. Not adhering to the rules for sharing the road is negligence. “I didn’t see him” does not excuse a driver who was not paying attention or who was driving recklessly.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Because a motorcycle does not provide the protective enclosure that a car or truck provides, motorcyclists are more likely to be injured in a wreck. The NHTSA says motorcyclists are about 30 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash and five times more likely to be injured. In 2010, motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of total traffic fatalities, the NHTSA says.
Motorcycle injuries may range from cuts and scrapes (“road rash”) to broken bones and critical injuries like facial fractures and disfigurement, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Motorcyclists involved in bad wrecks are also more likely than car and truck drivers to suffer the loss of limbs, fingers and toes.
The most important thing motorcyclists can do to protect themselves from critical injury in an accident is wear a U.S. Department of Transportation-compliant helmet. The NHTSA says helmets are estimated to be 37 percent effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle riders and 41 percent for motorcycle passengers.
Our Lawyers Strive to Help Port St. Lucie Motorcycle Accident Victims
Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, has years of experience in representing victims of motorcycle accidents and other types of vehicle crashes throughout the Treasure Coast. We bring the full extent of our skills and resources to each and every case. Our goal is to maximize the amount of money that our clients can recover for their losses.
If you have been harmed in a motorcycle accident, contact us today through our toll-free number or online contact form. We provide free case reviews, by appointment, through our Port St. Lucie satellite office. We can get started on your case without delay.