If you ride your motorcycle in Orlando, FL, you’re at risk just by being on the road.
Motorcycle accidents have caused thousands of fatalities and injuries in Florida. Based on the most recent statistics by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the state has had more than 10,000 motorcycle accidents. Worse yet, the number of motorcycle accidents continues to uptick annually.
Riding your motorcycle in Orlando, FL, you’re just one negligent motorist away from a catastrophic motorcycle crash.
Call our motorcycle accident lawyers if you’ve experienced injuries at the hands of another motorist in Orlando.
How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Orlando and Other Parts of Orange County?
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has recorded hundreds of motorcycle crashes in Orange County. In 2021, there were around 500 motorcycle crashes. More than 85% of the crashes led to severe injuries, with the remaining 15% resulting in the deaths of riders.
In total, Orange County has been at the epicenter of more than 2,100 motorcycle crashes since 2018. These statistics confirm the prevalence of motorcycle accidents in many parts of the county, including Orlando. Most importantly, they also foreshadow the likelihood of you getting in a motorcycle crash.
Why Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen in Orlando?
Motorcycle crashes in Orlando happen for many reasons. The causes of motorcycle accidents can range from inclement weather to poor road conditions. However, for the most part, other drivers cause accidents due to their negligence on the road.
Below are the most common forms of negligence seen in motorists in Orlando:
Motorists can take their eyes off the road to answer their phones or send messages. When this happens, the results are catastrophic. Distracted drivers may run over motorcycle riders, causing severe injuries and extensive damage to the motorcycle.
Tailgating a Motorcycle
Most of the time, motorists follow a motorcycle too closely, almost to the point of nudging the motorcycle’s rear. By tailgating a bike, a motorist does not give the motorcycle rider room to maneuver or stop.
As soon as the rider stops, the car behind will collide against the motorcycle. The resulting collision can send the rider flying to the pavement, injuring and endangering the motorcycle rider.
Recklessly Changing Lanes
Motorists tend to view motorcycles as less significant vehicles. As a result, many drivers will switch lanes without regard for a motorcycle. Recklessly changing lanes can lead to catastrophic motorcycle crashes, especially when drivers do not signal their intentions to change lanes.
Alcohol intoxication can impair a driver’s perception and judgment on the road. These impairments can endanger other motorists — especially motorcycle riders. The risks are even greater at night since motorcycles are less visible.
Can Other Parties Besides Motorists Be Blamed for Motorcycle Accidents?
As mentioned earlier, other motorists are the most frequent culprits behind motorcycle crashes. Nevertheless, there are times when other parties are to blame for a motorcycle accident.
You may get in a crash if your motorcycle malfunctions mid-ride. In such a situation, another motorist may not be at fault. Rather, a third party is liable for your crash and injuries.
You can file a lawsuit against third parties if you get in a crash due to a defective motorcycle part. Third parties, in this case, would be the manufacturers of your motorcycle. A third party can also be the manufacturer of the defective component.
With our Orlando motorcycle accident lawyers, you can file an injury claim against manufacturers.
A drunk motorist will have come from a business establishment like a bar. In this case, you may also hold the establishment liable for your injuries.
However, you must prove that the intoxicated motorist is a habitual customer of the establishment. You can also maximize your chances of getting a settlement for proving that the motorist was underage at the time of the accident.
By proving either, our Orlando motorcycle accident lawyers can establish the establishment’s negligence. As a result, you stand to receive compensation from the motorist and the business establishment.
Roads can become unsafe when there is a public construction project taking place. For this reason, signs must be in place to warn oncoming motorists and motorcycle riders about ongoing construction.
Failure to do this will render government contractors liable for any resulting accidents or injuries.
The Employer of a Negligent Driver
You can also file a personal injury claim against a negligent driver’s employer. Of course, you can only file a lawsuit or claim with the employer if the negligent driver caused your motorcycle accident while performing contractual duties.
What Are the Most Common Accidents Following Motorcycle Accidents in Orlando?
Even with a helmet, you can sustain catastrophic brain and skull injuries after a crash. The lack of padding or safety equipment like seatbelts and airbags also makes you vulnerable to impact injuries like chest trauma.
After a motorcycle crash, you can expect these injuries and more:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Multiple fractures
- Road rash and lacerations
- Facial injuries
- Limb loss
- Punctured internal organs
- Internal bleeding
Besides severe physical injuries, you might also suffer from cognitive and sensory defects following the accident. Some of the cognitive and sensory impairments you can suffer include:
- Amnesia from head trauma
- Blindness from significant eye damage
- Facial paralysis from extensive facial nerve damage
And these injuries make up just the tip of the iceberg. Let’s not forget the psychological and emotional after-effects of the accident like:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Anxiety and fear preventing you from driving or getting on a motorcycle again
- Depression if the motorcycle accident resulted in permanent impairment
The physical, cognitive, and psychological effects of a motorcycle accident can take a toll on you. Hence, it is in your best interests to seek compensation from a negligent driver and other third parties liable for your accident.
Let us represent you in your motorcycle accident claim, and you can recover compensation that pays for all your injuries and damages.
Reach out for your free case evaluation today if you have gotten into a motorcycle accident in Orlando.
How Our Orlando Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Can Help
When you pursue compensation alone, you will face an uphill battle. We won’t let you go through your claim’s proceedings alone. Reach out now and experience legal representation only our firm provides.
We can maximize your chances of a favorable outcome by doing the following for you:
Establishing and Proving Who Was Negligent for Your Motorcycle Accident
You must prove the negligence of another motorist or third party. Negligence is what allows you to have a justifiable cause for filing a claim.
By going through evidence and eyewitness testimonies, we can prove who breached road laws and endangered the lives of others on the road. As a result, we can determine who you must sue for compensation in Orlando.
Negligence is the first step. The next is proving that another motorist’s negligence caused your accident and injuries.
Our Orlando motorcycle accident lawyers have a wealth of experience in establishing connections between roadside negligence and accidents. We are here to prove that another driver or third party’s negligence led to your accident and injuries.
Getting Your Claim Moving
In Florida, there is a time limit for claims. Florida has a four-year statute of limitations. In other words, you have four years to file a personal injury lawsuit against a liable party.
Four years might seem like a long time. However, it quickly passes, especially after the other side mounts a legal defense. Also, investigations and the procurement of documents can take time, delaying your claim’s proceedings even further.
Do you want to get your claim moving along at full throttle? We are here to ensure that it does. Reach out to us for representation and counsel that gets you timely results.
Negotiate and Fight for a Full Settlement
Insurance companies acting on behalf of negligent parties will try to offer you a settlement. At a glance, the settlement offers will seem generous. Don’t be fooled. The amount offered is likely lesser than what you deserve.
Leave the insurance companies to our Orlando motorcycle accident lawyers. Our attorneys will negotiate and fight for the best settlement amount.
Call us today for legal representation that gets you what you truly deserve.
Why Choose Us?
We at Zimmet and Zimmet have served Florida’s residents for more than four decades. Experienced in personal injury law, our attorneys have built a reputation for success and professionalism.
For more than 40 years, our firm has recovered injury settlements totaling millions of dollars. We have helped our clients receive compensation for:
- Motorcycle accident injuries
- Car accident injuries
- Wrongful death from automobile accidents
- Medical malpractice injuries
We let our results speak for themselves.
Have you been in a motorcycle accident? Reach out today for your free case evaluation.
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