What Causes Motorcycle Accidents in Florida?
Motorcycle accidents are more dangerous than accidents in other vehicles. There are no safety features to protect the rider from injury. Motorcyclists are also at fault in only 26% of all accidents they are involved in according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). So what causes motorcycle accidents in Florida? The negligence of other drivers mostly.
The negligence of other drivers is the most common cause of motorcycle accidents. These are the types of negligence often involved.
Failure to Yield
It has been reported that as much as 41% of accidents resulted from a vehicle turning left and not noticing the motorcycle going straight. Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles and other drivers may not see them coming. In some cases, the angle of the sun has contributed as well as distracted driving or texting while driving.
Speeding and Reckless Driving
Drivers speeding or driving recklessly put everyone else on the road in danger. They may seem harmless, but these acts can prove fatal for a motorcyclist in the blink of an eye.
Driving Under the Influence
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol has serious consequences. Driving while impaired causes your reaction time to be delayed and blurs your vision, making motorcycles even harder to see.
In accidents where the motorcyclist was at fault, the most common reasons have been driver impairment, speeding, and reckless driving. Because a motorcycle is smaller than other vehicles, motorcyclists will often take risks like weaving through traffic or speeding around other vehicles. Already hard to see, taking such risks can quickly prove fatal.
Another cause of motorcycle accidents is equipment malfunctions. If this was the cause of your motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer.
Discussing your case with an experienced accident injury lawyer is the best way to determine how you should proceed. The lawyers at Casas Law are waiting to schedule your free case evaluation and provide you with the legal advice that you need.
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