Motorcycle accidents

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident please call Mark Perenich today 727-386-9677 or fill out the contact form here.

Did you know that motorcycle accidents are a number one cause of fatal roadway accidents in this country? Although motorcycle accidents are not as frequently occurring as car accidents, the outcome of a motorcycle accident is usually more severe. Deaths and serious injuries are almost doubled when compared to passenger auto accidents.

Motor bike

Old restored motorcycle Picture taken by Personal injury lawyer Michael Perenich

Motorcycle though provide the riders with a Joy that no other vehicle or car can provide, are also 35 time more risky than a passenger car. We are not inventing that statistic for proving the point of this article but the statistic was actually released by U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2006, according to which the per-mile risk of fatal crash in a motorcycle is 35 times greater than that of a passenger car.

More about Motorcycle accident lawyers

In a car a driver or passenger has the safety associated with a seat-belt and possibly air-bags but motorcycle riders even with a helmet and PPE (Personal protective Equipment) are comparatively unsafe when compared to car riders or passengers. Motorcycle accidents are comparatively more life threatening than car accidents because of the same reason as mentioned above and the obvious reason that there is no outer body in a motorcycle to ensure safety in a collision or accident as is in other vehicles. A motorcycle accident normally results in severe injuries to different parts of body, specially the delicate parts like head (even with a helmet) which may result in the rider being permanently disabled, in a coma or in worst cases death. The reason most associated with a motorcycle accident is the carelessness (which can be termed as recklessness) on the part of the driver riding the vehicle (that caused the accident) to see and identify a motorcycle coming their way. There are also other factors that increase the chances of motorcycle accidents, which include –

  • Bad or potholed roads
  • The driver of vehicle causing the accident had alcohol intake
  • Low visibility due to factors like darkness or fog
  • Unpleasant weather conditions for driving
  • Going past the prescribed speed limit
  • Malfunctioning parts of the motorcycle
  • Failure to lead

The medical costs involved in recovering from a motorcycle accident can be significant and not to forget the loss of pay during the period of being treated. It can be hard for most of the regular folks to bear the full cost and associated costs that a motorcycle accident can compel them to do. An attorney who understands this can be of significant help in cases like these.

Lawyers Specializing in Motorcycle Accident Cases

The sub-heading might be misleading or confusing for many as they would be thinking of lawyers who specialize in defending the motorcycle riders in case of accidents. NO, an attorney who specializes in motorcycle accidents does not only defends motorcycle riders who met with an accident due to no fault of theirs BUT also victims who are injured by a motorcyclist.

A lawyer specializing in motorcycle accidents is basically a personal injury lawyer, who has a good understanding of how collision occurs, the mechanical parts and machinery that make a vehicle, different types and models of motorcycles their advantages and limitations and most importantly the understanding what a rider goes through when they meet with a motorcycle accident. A motorcycle accident can be one of the most unfortunate incidents that happen to a rider and his / her family. Most riders are gravely injured and even die in motorcycle accidents, for the lucky few who survive the recovery and the cost associated with recovery cause distress in their professional and personal life. An attorney specializing in motorcycle accidents provides the rider and their family with convenience and peace of mind while the attorney deals with the different aspects of the case and how to seek an adequate compensation for

  • Loss of Income due to time taken in recovering from the accident
  • Loss of property mostly which involves the motorcycle and any goods being carried
  • Damage to protective equipments like Jackets, Gloves, Helmets etc.
  • The medical costs involved in gaining full recovery after the accident

 

There are various reasons that can cause motorcycle accidents which have been elaborated above, an attorney owing to experience and knowledge can build a case on the reason (or reasons) that caused the accident which resulted in the rider facing injury and discomfort.

From the point of view of a by standee or victim who was injured by a motorcyclist, a Lawyer specializing in Motorcycle accidents can provide adequate support in catching the culprit (hit and run) and in seeking adequate compensation.

Friends and family often ask me: what’s the deal with Florida’s motorcycle law?  I want to lay out for you exactly what the law states and how you can abide by the law.  Below you can see the Florida statute in it’s entirety, however if it is confusing to you I will break it down for you.

  • The law demands that anyone that rides a motorcycle wear a helmet.
  • The the law makes exceptions
  • The first exception is if your moped or motorcycle that is powered by a motor with a displacement of 50 cubic centimeters or less or is rated not in excess of 2 brake horsepower and which is not capable of propelling such motorcycle at a speed greater than 30 miles per hour on a flat surface.
  • The second exception is for those 1) Above the age of 21 2) have at least $10,000 or insurance in medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of a crash while operating or riding on a motorcycle.

If you or a loved one is injured in a motorcycle accident, please call (727-386-9677) me if you have any questions, or you can fill out my contact Mark Perenich page 

The 2012 Florida Statutes

Title XXIII
MOTOR VEHICLES
Chapter 316
STATE UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL
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316.211 Equipment for motorcycle and moped riders.—
(1)  A person may not operate or ride upon a motorcycle unless the person is properly wearing protective headgear securely fastened upon his or her head which complies with Federal Motorcycle Vehicle Safety Standard 218 promulgated by the United States Department of Transportation. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shall adopt this standard by agency rule.
(2)  A person may not operate a motorcycle unless the person is wearing an eye-protective device over his or her eyes of a type approved by the department.
(3)(a)  This section does not apply to persons riding within an enclosed cab or to any person 16 years of age or older who is operating or riding upon a motorcycle powered by a motor with a displacement of 50 cubic centimeters or less or is rated not in excess of 2 brake horsepower and which is not capable of propelling such motorcycle at a speed greater than 30 miles per hour on level ground.
(b)  Notwithstanding subsection (1), a person over 21 years of age may operate or ride upon a motorcycle without wearing protective headgear securely fastened upon his or her head if such person is covered by an insurance policy providing for at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of a crash while operating or riding on a motorcycle.
(4)  A person under 16 years of age may not operate or ride upon a moped unless the person is properly wearing protective headgear securely fastened upon his or her head which complies with Federal Motorcycle Vehicle Safety Standard 218 promulgated by the United States Department of Transportation.(5) The department shall make available a list of protective headgear approved in this section, and the list shall be provided on request.(6) Each motorcycle registered to a person under 21 years of age must display a license plate that is unique in design and color.(7) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a nonmoving violation as provided in chapter 318.History.—s. 1, ch. 71-135; s. 1, ch. 76-31; s. 1, ch. 85-329; s. 23, ch. 87-161; s. 2, ch. 88-405; s. 321, ch. 95-148; ss. 4, 167, ch. 99-248; s. 6, ch. 2000-313; s. 13, ch. 2006-290.Note.—Former s. 316.287.

 

 

 

 

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 How we can help

A resident of Florida who has gone through a motorcycle accident or has become victim of a motorcyclist rage can now seek proper guidance and seek adequate claim by calling Mark Perenich on 727-386-9677. We assure you that no matter how complicated or gruesome the accident was, we will walk the last mile to see that you are properly compensated for the unfortunate incident.

 

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