Motorcycles are a great alternative to a passenger vehicle, especially when you are hoping to take advantage of the great St. Augustine weather and scenery. However, there are many additional risks when it comes to driving a motorcycle when compared to a passenger vehicle, starting with the fact that there is very little protection available for a motorcycle driver or passenger. In addition to the lack of protection, there is the added problem of limited visibility because of the smaller vehicle. Motorcycles can be lost in blind spots easily, putting them at an increased risk of lane-change accidents, left-turn accidents, and more.
If you have been in an accident while either driving or riding on a motorcycle, especially if someone else caused the accident, then you deserve compensation for your injuries and the damages that you have suffered from this terrible experience. Filing an insurance claim is a simple task, but getting the money that you deserve for a settlement is more complicated than meets the eye. In fact, you will be shocked when you see the difference between the insurance company’s initial offer and the calculations that we arrive at as your personal injury attorneys.
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The award-winning team at Fasig | Brooks is available for a free initial consultation as soon as possible, where we can discuss your motorcycle accident, the impact that your crash has had on your life, and how we can help you move forward with your legal needs in order to recover the damages that the other driver is responsible for.
While it may seem like the insurance company should be working to cover all of your damages, the reality is that they will be working to protect their own financial interests above all. That’s why it is so important to work with an experienced and aggressive personal injury attorney to help you recover the damages that you have suffered as a result of someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior on the roads.
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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in St. Augustine, Florida
The following are just a few of the many ways that a motorcycle accident can happen. No matter how defensive, alert, and experienced of a motorcycle driver you may be, you will always be at the mercy of the other drivers on the road, and unfortunately, it is often other drivers who cause these accidents.
When a driver goes to make a lane change, they check their mirrors, look at their surrounding area, and make the change. All vehicles have blind spots, though, and while many times a passenger vehicle may still be partially visible in the blind spot, a motorcycle is easy to lose in these areas of limited visibility.
When taking a left turn, the driver who is making the turn is responsible for checking the opposite lane to make sure that they are not cutting into anyone’s direction of travel. If a driver is distracted, in a hurry, intoxicated, or otherwise not giving their full attention to this check, it can be easy to miss a motorcycle because it is so much smaller than a passenger vehicle.
Inexperienced drivers tend to be distracted by the many new tasks at hand while they are driving, which makes them an especially high risk for motorcycles. In addition, inexperienced drivers may engage in risky behavior that is beyond their driving ability and can, therefore, lose control of their vehicle or put others at risk.
Texting and Driving
Texting while driving is an extremely dangerous decision that an unfortunately high number of Americans make each day, putting themselves and everyone else on the road. When a motorcycle is on the road, it can be even easier to be lost in a driver’s peripheral than a passenger vehicle, especially while they are starting at a mobile device.
Drunk and Drugged Drivers
Drugs and alcohol pose a significant risk to everyone on the road, and motorcycle drivers are no exception. When someone makes the reckless decision to get behind the wheel of a car after ingesting alcohol or other drugs, the risk of an accident increases significantly. If you are in an accident with an intoxicated driver, we will help you fight to get the money that you deserve to recover and move forward with your life.