There are reports that motorcycle accidents are on the rise. Sadly, this probably is not surprising to anyone. Many drivers either are inattentive to the presence of motorcycles on the road, or they fail to yield the right of way to riders.
The failure to yield is particularly noteworthy concerning left-hand turns. This leads to many fatal crashes. And following such an accident, drivers of vehicles often explain that they did not see a motorcycle approaching.
One Florida rider reported injuries while riding a scooter when the driver of a car decided to do a U-turn right in front of her. A news source quotes her as saying: “I had the choice of either slamming on my brakes and flipping myself over the front of my scooter or try to brake in time and kind of hope for the best.”
What the statistics suggest
Florida law enforcement continues to express concerns regarding the number of motorcycle crashes. In one particular locality, motorcycle accidents were up 16 percent from 2015 to 2017.
Though motorcycle riders do need to abide by the laws, the number of citations handed out to motorcycle riders in that city were significantly lower between 20015 and 2017. This could suggest that other drivers on the road were greatly responsible for the increased number of motorcycle accidents.
Holding drivers accountable for accidents
Motorcycle accidents often lead to serious and catastrophic injuries. Injuries that motorcycle riders suffer are often permanent and include head trauma, broken bones, lacerations and paralysis. An injured rider often requires a lifetime of care.
Without holding negligent drivers accountable for such accidents, we are likely to see the number of motorcycle accidents grow. Personal injury attorneys can help victims and family members locate compensation. And they can investigate these accidents and hold the drivers who cause such accidents responsible.
There is no way to take back an accident, however. Still, compensation can reduce the additional worries of victims and family members about being able to afford medical care.