Jacksonville Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyers In general, most Florida motorcyclists obey traffic rules and regulations as prescribed by law. Unfortunately, when involved in a crash those same motorcyclists are often blamed as the cause of the motorcycle crashes they are involved in. Statistically, the majority of motorcycle accidents are not the biker’s fault. There are numerous causes for motorcycle crashes. One factor that leads to many crashes or accidents is the motorcycle size and shape itself. Often, bikers / motorcycles are just not seen by other drivers especially those drivers in higher and larger vehicles. Some automobile and truck drivers fail to see bikers because they are distracted by such things as texting, cell phones, passenger conversations, impaired by drugs and or alcohol, or otherwise just not paying attention to the road ahead. Accidents are the result and oftentimes they are caused by someone else’s negligence other than the motorcyclist themselves. The law firm of Wood, Atter, & Wolf has experienced motorcycle attorneys who specialize in reconstructing motorcycle accidents and determining the root causes and identifying negligent behavior. Motorcycle Injuries Motorcyclists are at an extreme risk of being seriously injured when involved in a crash. More than 80% of motorcycle accidents result in the rider and/or passenger being seriously injured due to the lack of protection that otherwise would be provided in a typical motor vehicle. Accident victims and their families may face loss of income, high medical bills, permanent damage and the continued emotional distress as a result of these accidents. Motorcycle accidents may result in a number of medical conditions including: road rash, spinal cord injuries, brain damage, bone fractures or even death and dismemberment. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, Michael Atter and David Wolf have been representing motorcycle victims and their families for over 30 years. In 2015, there were over 2100 documented motorcycle accidents in the State of Florida, which is an extremely alarming statistic. It is very important for an injured motorcyclist to immediately seek legal advice from an experienced Jacksonville motorcycle accident attorney when these accidents occur. In over 40% of the accidents recorded, the cyclists themselves were seriously injured. With the rate of almost 3 in 5 motorcycle accidents resulting in a serious injury or fatality for motorcyclists, that rate of injury is significantly higher than those involving only automobiles. In 2015, there were numerous motorcyclist fatalities in Florida. All of the driver fatalities that occurred in these accidents were of the motorcyclists themselves. Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents The most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Florida are listed below. Often, these crashes are preventable. At Wood, Atter & Wolf we have seen just about every imaginable motorcycle accident scenario and have successfully defended our client’s rights to fair and just compensation for those injuries. Intersections The most dangerous traffic area that exists, for all vehicular traffic, is found at intersections. More motorcycle accidents occur at intersections than at any other place on our highways. The compulsorily motorcycle training adopted by Florida Statutes states “that intersections pose the greatest threat to life and limb where motorcycles are concerned”. Intersections present, 6 different accident posing positions for all drivers who enter them. Head-on collisions and left-hand turns, (crossing a motorcycle’s path), are by far the most documented causes often times resulting in a cyclist’s injury and sometimes death. When combined with other vehicles stopped at traffic lights and signs, automobiles and trucks turning across traffic patterns, combined with road surfaces debris and collected fluids are a breeding ground for accidents, injuries and death. Driver Impairment Any drivers, impaired by alcohol or drugs, are at an increased risk of being involved in an accident. Motorcyclists, who operate a motorcycle while impaired, are especially at the greatest risk. When operating a motorcycle, it is very important to be aware of every factor that could contribute to an accident occurring. From driving in another vehicle’s blind spot, conducting a lane splitting maneuver, passing between traffic at an intersection, passing vehicles on the right to driving over the speed limit, these are all factors that could contribute to a motorcyclist being involved in an accident. Cyclists need to exhibit extreme caution at all times when operating their cycle and can never assume another driver sees them. Cyclists, above all other drivers, need to anticipate another driver’s intentions at all times whether approaching or overcoming another vehicle in traffic. Road Conditions Bad weather, standing water, construction areas, uneven pavement and traffic congestion all contribute to creating unsafe road conditions for motorcyclists and their passengers. A small amount of road debris can spell certain danger for the average cyclists. Many accidents that occur are the result of road conditions outside of the cyclist’s control, but with exercising extreme caution cyclists can reduce the chance of being injured. Motorcycle Injuries that Can Occur All motorcycle accidents that occur have one thing in common and that is that motorcyclists and their passengers are the most vulnerable drivers on the road. Motorcycles, unlike cars, trucks and semi’s, provide no protection for their drivers. Wearing helmets and protective clothing only goes so far when a cyclist is involved in a crash. With the lack of airbags, an outside metal frame and 4 wheels of stability, motorcycles truly are dangerous vehicles. Because of this lack of protection, motorcyclists are prone to serious body and brain injuries when involved in a crash. Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Michael Atter and David Wolf are experienced North Florida motorcycle accident lawyers and have represented 100’s of motorcycle accident cases on behalf of the victims and their families. We understand the mentality of motorcyclists: the thrills, fears and levels of risk that are associated with riding a bike. Sadly, the injuries from motorcycle accidents are often catastrophic or fatal. The attorneys at Wood, Atter & Wolf have helped many families who have experienced the wrongful death of a loved one in a motorcycle accident receive just compensation. At Wood, Atter & Wolf we believe automobile and truck drivers have a responsibility to watch out for other vehicles but unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents occur because a driver did not see the motorcyclist. In Florida, we have great weather most of the year which lends itself to motorcyclists and their passengers hitting the road. Jacksonville Motorcycle Accident Lawyers If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need to consult with an experienced Jacksonville motorcycle accident attorney who can inform you of all your legal options. At Wood, Atter & Wolf, we have the experience and the resources - including access to accident reconstruction experts, medical specialists, and crash investigators - to obtain the compensation you need and deserve for your injury or the death of your loved one. Call the Law Office of Wood, Atter & Wolf at (904) 355-8888 for a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys who can answer your questions and help you with all your legal needs.
Servicing Motorcycle Accident Victims throughout Jacksonville, St Augustine, Jacksonville Beach, Fernandina Beach and Surrounding Counties.