What You Should Know About Motorcycle Accidents in Florida?

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It is important to always stay prepared on the road, especially as a motorcyclist. Motorcycle accidents can lead to serious, life-changing injuries due to the lack of physical protection motorcycles provide. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney who will assess your legal situation. Contact our firm today to discuss our services and how we can assist your upcoming personal injury claim.

What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Florida?

Motorcycle accidents are commonly caused by negligence. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are as follows:

  • Driving while distracted
  • Driving under the influence
  • Failure to look before merging or changing lanes
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving while tired or fatigued
  • Eating, smoking, or navigating directions while driving
  • Tailing motorcyclists
  • Speeding
  • Failure to comply with traffic lights, signs, and other road rules
  • Texting while driving

Motorcycle accidents can also be caused by outside factors or the combination of the above list and the following conditions: road conditions, weather, or defective motorcycle or auto parts. If your accident was caused by a defective park, you may have a valid product liability case.

What should I do after a motorcycle accident?

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should have a plan in place to protect yourself. Follow each of the following steps to set yourself up for a successful personal injury claim:

  1. Call the police. Ensure that the police will also bring medical assistance to the scene. The police will conduct a police report to document the accident.
  2. Collect the other party’s insurance information.
  3. Collect any witnesses’ contact information including their name, phone number, and email address.
  4. Take photos of the scene including the damage done to vehicles and property. Take photos of your injuries.
  5. Once you have been treated for your injures, collect all of the medical documents relating to your injuries. This should include the date, time, and extent of your injuries.
  6. Reach out to an experienced Florida personal injury attorney who will help create your claim and achieve the compensation you deserve.

What are the motorcycle helmet laws in Florida?

Motorcycle helmet laws vary by state. In Florida, if you are over 21 years old and have at least $10,000 in medical coverage for injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, you are not required to wear a helmet by law. However, all motorcyclists under the age of 21 and without $10,000 in medical coverage are required to wear helmets. All Florida motorcyclists are required to wear eye protection.

What is the statute of limitations for motorcycle accidents in Florida?

The statute of limitations for motorcycle accidents in Florida is generally four years. This means that from the date of your accident, you will have four years to take legal action to avoid being barred from suing. Reach out to our experienced personal injury attorney today to begin this process and start your journey to compensation.

Contact Our Experienced Florida Firm

If you have been injured in an accident due to no fault of your own, you need an attorney who truly cares about your right to heal. Merricks Law Group handles a wide array of injury claims, including injuries sustained in auto accidents, slip and falls, and more. Contact Merricks Law Group today.

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