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Orlando motorcycle accident attorneys know that riding a motorcycle is a riskier way to get around than driving a car, for a variety of reasons. A motorcycle offers less protection than a much heavier car. The motorcycle rider depends on the safe driving practices of others much more than the driver of a car does.
Drivers are not always alert to motorcycles. Bikers are less visible and drivers often violate their right-of-way because they aren’t looking for them and don’t see them. When it comes to recovering damages, motorcycle accident attorneys understand the legal differences between car and truck crashes. Experience counts. The Orlando personal injury lawyers at Martinez Manglardi know what it takes to fight for bikers who’ve been in a motorcycle crash. We’ve been doing it for 30 years.
According to recent studies, more people are killed and injured in Florida motorcycle crashes than in any other state. Motorcycle accidents kill nearly 600 people and injure as many as 9,000 in Florida every year. The Florida motorcycle accident lawyers at Martinez Manglardi represent bikers injured by inattentive drivers, dangerous road conditions, and defective equipment as well as those involved in single bike accidents and hit-and-run.
Regardless of the circumstances of your accident, please take the time to discuss your case with our motorcycle accident attorneys. The Florida motorcycle accident lawyers of Martinez Manglardi are ready to help those people whose lives have been affected by motorcycle mishaps in Orlando, Orange County, Kissimmee, Osceola County, Apopka, Seminole County, Palm Bay, Brevard County, Ocala and throughout Florida. Call us at 407-846-2240 for a free consultation.
Motorcycle accidents tend to result in severe injuries due to the fact that, by design, motorcycles are unable to provide much protection. Motorcyclists in a crash often hit the ground or slide into traffic. In fact, head injuries (including traumatic brain injuries) are the leading cause of death from motorcycle accidents, which has led many states to enact helmet laws. Florida requires helmets only for those riders age 20 and younger.
Other common injuries suffered by motorcyclists include broken bones, road rash, brain injuries, torn cartilage, and spinal cord injuries. Injuries in the lower extremities are especially common, leading to a study by the NHTSA, which found that most incapacitating and fatal injuries were sustained when the initial point of impact was the front of the motorcycle. Lower-extremity injuries were the most common injuries sustained by motorcyclists treated in trauma centers, followed by upper-extremity and head injuries.
Many factors can cause a motorcycle accident. Motorcycles are more vulnerable to careless drivers and to common driving hazards because motorcycles are less visible and less stable than vehicles with four wheels. Drivers operating a four-wheel vehicle who fail to check their side-view mirrors before changing lanes can cause a crash.
Other motorcycle accidents occur when motorists fail to see cyclists and pull out from or turn on to side roads, or cut off motorcycles in intersections. Hazardous weather and road conditions, including debris, blind corners, loose gravel and potholes cause motorcycle accidents. Defective equipment or mechanical failure is often to blame.
Statistically, motorcycle accidents are not actually the fault of the motorcyclist, but of the other driver. In a large percentage of cases, the other driver simply did not see the motorcycle. However, this does not excuse them from responsibility. People who drive cars, trucks and other motorized vehicles have a duty to share the road with motorcycles. If you have suffered injuries or property damage in a motorcycle crash, you may be able to recover your losses.
Contact us at 407-846-2240 for a free consultation.