March is the biggest month of the year for Florida motorcyclists. March 7 through the 16th is official “Bike Week” in Daytona and nationwide.
With riders are eager to descend upon the city, now is the time to consider safety to prevent accidents and injuries on the road. Whether learning defensive driving techniques, ensuring that your bike is operating safely, or simply remembering the rules of the road, being prepared and aware can help keep you safe through Bike Week and throughout this motorcycle season.
Bike Week 2014 in Daytona Beach had barely officially begun, when a spate of injury accidents were reported.The 10-day event has been profitable for local businesses, but bikers and other motorists should be aware of the danger of accidents during this busy time. Our Palm Beach motorcycle accidents attorneys encourage motorists to give riders a break as they arrive in the area.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle accidents are up since 2010. In 2011 there were 4,612 motorcyclists killed in motor vehicle traffic accidents. There were also 81,000 motorcyclists injured during the same period. Motorcycle accident victims face additional risks when on the road. Because they are more exposed in the event of a collision, many accidents will result in catastrophic injuries and fatality. In 2011, motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities, even though they make up only 3% of registered vehicles.
Riders from all over the country have made the journey to Daytona Beach for Bike Week festivities. Tragically, there have already been reports of multiple accidents and interstate shutdowns resulting from motorcycle accidents. In addition to at least one death, there are multiple accidents under investigation by local law enforcement teams. Visitors and locals should follow traffic laws and be careful when sharing the road. Of course, drivers should never drink and drive and be wary of road congestion that may be heavier because of the event.
Victims of motorcycle accidents often suffer severe life-altering and even fatal injuries. In the event of paralysis, spinal cord, brain injury, or loss of limb, a motorcycle accident victim may need lifelong care and assistance. We are dedicated to helping victims and their families recover the support they need immediately after an accident and in the long term. If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle collision, do not settle your case without consulting with an experienced legal advocate about your rights.
Motorcyclists are often unfairly targeted and blamed when the clear culprit of an accident is the driver of an at-fault vehicle. Unfortunately, riders are also at a higher risk of injury or wrongful death when they are involved in a collision. In the event of any accident or collision, an independent investigator should review the facts and evidence to determine the cause of the accident and identify responsible parties.
Call Freeman Injury Law — 1-800-561-7777 for a free appointment to discuss your rights.
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