Fort Lauderdale Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Helping you seek the compensation you need after a motorcycle crash in Florida
Motorcycles of all types are a popular mode of transportation for visiting tourists and Florida residents alike. In 2011, more than 627,600 motorbikes were registered in Florida. However, because of their small size and relatively unprotected nature, motorcycles can be deadly. Nearly 7,500 motorcycle crashes were recorded in Florida in 2010, according to statistics from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. These crashes resulted in nearly 6,700 motorcyclists injured and another 350 killed, not to mention 725 motorcycle passengers injured and more than 30 passengers killed.
At Boone and Davis, PA, our Fort Lauderdale motorcycle accident attorneys take prompt action to help injured victims and surviving family members recover the compensation they need after an accident caused by the negligence of others. With more than 30 years of experience with personal injury law, our attorneys have a dedication to straightforward, open communication and to assisting victims injured in accidents involving a broad range of vehicles, including:
Causes of motorcycle accidents
According to statistics, in 2011 more motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher, which is above the legal limit, than drivers of any other type of vehicle. Impaired riders with a BAC of 0.08 percent accounted for 26 percent of fatalities, and impaired motorcyclists with a BAC of 0.01 percent or more accounted for 32 percent.
Drunk riding is not the only cause of motorcycle accidents. All types of negligence, faulty equipment and road defects can cause motorcycle accidents. At Boone and Davis, our Fort Lauderdale motorcycle accident attorneys assist motorbike riders, passengers and others who are injured from all types of causes, including:
- Failure of drivers of passenger cars and trucks to see or look for smaller motorcycles on the road
- Negligence or reckless driving by drivers, including speeding and sudden turns or lane changes
- Drunk driving
- Driver distraction, including texting, talking on a cell phone, talking to passengers or using the radio or MP3 player
- Manufacturing or design defects of motorcycles or motorbikes
Helmets and head injuries
Under Florida law, all riders must have eye protection when riding a motorcycle, such as goggles, glasses or a windshield, but most drivers are not required to wear helmets. Drivers who are age 21 or older and who carry a minimum medical insurance policy of $10,000 do not have to wear helmets. However, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, once Florida changed its helmet laws to exempt adult motorcycle and moped riders from wearing helmets, the fatality rate for accidents increased by nearly 50 percent.
Because of the unprotected nature of motorcycles, riders can suffer extremely serious or even deadly head injury and other injuries — even in accidents that would cause only relatively minor injuries for drivers and passengers of larger vehicles. In fact, traffic accidents are the leading cause of deaths resulting from traumatic brain injuries. In addition, auto and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal injuries and account for more than 40 percent of new injuries each year. Wearing a helmet, and other protective gear, can greatly reduce your risk for these and other injuries.
Contact Fort Lauderdale motorcycle accident attorneys who care about just results
Since 1981, our Fort Lauderdale motorcycle accident attorneys at Boone and Davis, PA have been committed to helping motorcycle riders and passengers obtain the compensation they need and deserve after accidents caused by the fault of others. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us online or call 954-566-9919 for a free initial consultation. From the moment we accept your case, our entire legal team is dedicated to being accessible, reliable and supportive.