Florida is scenic and the weather is great most of the time; a perfect combination for an enjoyable, fun-filled bike ride; however, these rides can take a deadly turn on the roadway resulting in tragic accidents and serious personal injuries. The most common cause of motorcycle accidents is the failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic. A motorcycle can be difficult to spot and may be in the driver’s blind spot. The single most dangerous situation for motorcyclists occurs when cars are making a left- hand turn. This accounts for 42% of all accidents involving a motorcycle and car while head on crashes account for 56% of motorcycle accident deaths. Other accident causing factors include motorcycle lane splitting, motorcyclists speeding and alcohol use, road hazards, sudden stops, and motorcycle defects. Motorcycle accidents can result in life-changing serious consequences requiring a lifetime of expensive treatment. If you or someone you know or love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact one of our attorneys at Anthony Smith Law for a free initial consultation. We will fight to get you the justice and compensation you deserve.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
The following steps may be difficult depending upon the severity of your injuries. Remember, your first concern should always be safety and medical attention for you and others involved in the accident. If at all possible, you should:
- Check For Injuries. If you are able to move without inducing further harm to yourself, make sure everyone is all right. If anyone is injured and needs medical attention, call 911 immediately.
- Get Out of the Roadway. Get out of further “harm’s way” to a safe location. Use hazard lights, flares, or any safe form of warning to alert any oncoming traffic.
- Call the Police. If anyone is injured and property is damaged, call the police. The police report can be vital in your efforts to recover damage to your motorcycle, clothing, or for injuries. Make sure to get identifying information on the officer and request a copy of the police report.
- Gather Information. Exchange information with other drivers involved. Use your cell phone to take pictures of the cars’ license plates, location of the accident, road conditions, speed limits and other road signs.
- Talk to Witnesses and Get Contact Information. If possible, talk to witnesses as soon after the accident as possible. Write the information down. Memories fade quickly.
- Don’t Admit Fault. The exact cause of an accident is often unclear immediately after the accident. Accidents tend to be unnerving but be very careful of what you say. You do not want your words to come back with negative consequences later.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, feel free to make an appointment with one of our experienced Motorcycle Attorneys at Anthony Smith Law. Let us review your claim during our free initial consultation to determine if you have a case. We will fight for you.