Recovering from a Motorcycle Accident Tampa
Though one of the most gas-efficient vehicles, motorcycles involve a significantly increased risk of an accident that leads to serious injury or death. Compared to other automobiles on the road, motorcycles provide minimal protection to riders, adding to the already high risk of involvement in an automobile accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycles make up only 2 percent of all registered motor vehicles in the country, but motorcycle accidents comprise roughly 5 percent of all fatalities that occur on highways. Overall, the risk of becoming involved in a fatal motorcycle accident is 35 times higher than that of automobiles. Out of a sample size of 200,000 vehicles – 100,000 motorcycles and 100,000 automobiles – 72 motorcycles were involved in fatal accidents; only 13 cars faced the same outcome. There’s clearly a higher risk of accident involvement for motorcycle riders as evidenced by the high demand for a motorcycle injury attorney as people become seriously injured every day.
Look Twice, Save a Life
The significant risk of injury or death as a motorcyclist has led to many riders to unite within organizations to increase safety awareness for motorcyclists. One of the campaigns championed by motorcycle safety organizations is “Look Twice, Save a Life,” which encourages non-motorcyclists to remain aware of motorcycles, which can often be more difficult to spot due to their smaller stature. Statistics show that raising non-motorcyclist awareness could be the most effective method of reducing the risk of involvement in a motorcycle accident Tampa.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Approximately two-thirds of accidents that involve multiple vehicles (including at least one motorcycle) were the fault of the driver of the passenger car due to a disregard for the right of way of the motorcyclist. It is generally assumed that many of these accidents are merely due to a common problem exhibited by motorcycle riders. The slimmer build of motorcycles decreases the chance that drivers will notice a motorcyclist in their proximity. Drivers may merge into a different lane, brake suddenly, or take similar action without knowledge of nearby rider’s position, leading to a potentially serious accident.
How a Motorcycle Injury Attorney Can Help You
Due to the minimal protection offered by motorcycles, even the most minor of accidents can lead to serious injury (or worse). A serious injury can stop you from living your life as normal due to the stress of growing medical bills and a lack of income due to an inability to work. In the most tragic of circumstances, a motorcycle accident Tampa can lead to death, which creates a rift in the lives of the loved ones of the deceased. In this case, medical bills are replaced with funeral costs, but the sudden lack of income remains constant. Fortunately, a motorcycle injury attorney can provide the legal representation you need to present your case and receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled so you and your loved ones can do your best to return your life to normal.
Hopefully, you will never be in a position in which you need the legal services of a motorcycle injury attorney to help you recover from a motorcycle accident Tampa, but in the event that you do, please give Hoag Law Firm a call or complete your online Free Case Evaluation. A free consultation can help you understand your rights. With honest advice and an experienced attorney at your side, you can recover the largest possible settlement and get back to living your life.