Motorcycle accident data for our area
Regardless of the time of year, you will find that Tampa is a popular place for motorcyclists to ride. Florida, in general, typically presents good riding weather and amazing scenery for motorcyclists. However, the scenery and weather do not come without risks. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, data shows that there were more than 9,000 total motorcycle collisions during the latest reporting year of data across the state. While that number may seem insignificant compared to the overall crash rate, we also urge you to consider the following statistics provided by the state:
- There were 531 motorcyclist fatalities
- There were 7,849 motorcyclist injuries
The data indicates that a vast majority of reported motorcycle crashes result in some sort of injury or a fatality for the motorcyclist.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents in Tampa
Ultimately, most motorcycle crashes are caused by the carelessness or negligence of either the motorcyclist or another driver on the roadway. However, even when a motorcyclist follows all of the laws and operates their bike safely, there are times when passenger vehicle operators fail to operate safely around the motorcyclist. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Vehicles following a motorcycle too closely and being unable to stop before rear-ending the cyclist.
- A passenger vehicle passing a motorcycle unsafely or changing lanes directly into a motorcyclist’s path.
Of course, many of the most common causes of accidents between passenger vehicles can also lead to severe incidents involving motorcyclists. This includes accidents that occur due to:
- Alcohol or drug-impaired driving
- Driving distracted by phones or other devices
- Other forms of reckless drivers
We should also note that motorcyclists are more vulnerable accidents caused by roadway defects or debris in the roadway. In some cases, a municipality or other agency in charge of roadway maintenance and inspection could be held liable in the event their actions, or inaction, causes a motorcycle crash.
Most common motorcycle accident injuries
Motorcyclists face a higher risk of sustaining injuries in the event they are involved in a collision than those inside of traditional passenger vehicles. Put simply, motorcyclists do not have as much protection around them. The risk of injury increases if a motorcycle rider is not wearing a helmet, and Florida does not have a universal motorcycle helmet law. Anyone over the age of 21 may ride a motorcycle without a helmet.
Attorney Paul Rebein regularly helps motorcyclists who have been harmed due to the negligence of other drivers. Some of the most common injuries motorcyclists in and around Tampa sustain in the event an accident occurs include the following:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe road rash or lacerations
- Traumatic brain injury
- Open head wound
- Spinal cord injury
- Other neck and back injuries, including whiplash
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
What is the time limit to file a Tampa motorcycle accident claim?
You need to report a motorcycle crash to your insurance carrier as soon as possible after the incident occurs. Most insurance carriers have strict reporting requirements about accidents that occur involving their policyholders.
However, in the event you do not receive a satisfactory resolution through an insurance settlement, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit against the alleged negligent driver. In these cases, the Florida personal injury statute of limitations will apply. This statute gives victims in these cases a four-year window from the date of the injury with which to file a lawsuit against an alleged negligent party. Failing to do so within this timeframe will likely result in an injury victim being unable to recover the compensation they need.
How much compensation is available for a motorcycle accident case?
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a motorcycle crash caused by another driver, there may be various types of compensation available for your claim. No two Tampa motorcycle crashes are exactly alike, and the total amount of compensation awarded will vary depending on the circumstances related to each particular situation. However, Tampa motorcycle attorney Paul Rebein is regularly able to help clients secure the following:
- All motorcycle-crash related medical bills
- Lost income if a victim is unable to work
- General household out-of-pocket expenses
- Loss of personal enjoyment images
- Pain and suffering damages
What will a Tampa motorcycle accident attorney do to help?
Some people wonder if they even need a car accident lawyer to help them handle their case. A Tampa motorcycle accident attorney is going to be an invaluable asset in these cases. An attorney will have the legal knowledge and resources to be able to:
- Obtain all evidence needed to prove liability, including any photo or video surveillance, statements from eyewitnesses, accident reports, and more.
- Ensure their client is evaluated by a trusted medical professional who can help calculate total expected losses.
- Handle all negotiations with insurance carriers or other parties in order to reach a fair settlement amount.
Contact us for a free consultation of your case
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a motorcycle crash in Tampa that was caused by the negligence of another driver, you need to speak to an attorney about your case today. Paul Rebein has extensive experience handling these cases and is not afraid to take on aggressive insurance carriers or other legal teams in an effort to secure the compensation you are entitled to. Contact us today when you need a Tampa motorcycle accident lawyer.