The State of Florida is a biker’s paradise. With a seemingly endless coastline and year around gorgeous weather it is not surprising that both residents and visitors alike enjoy riding their motorcycles in Florida. Unfortunately, the increased number of motorcycle enthusiasts also means that there are a significant number of motorcycle accidents in the Sunshine State each year, with many of those accidents resulting in serious, even fatal, injuries. The number of serious injuries leads to the question “Why are motorcycle accidents usually so serious?”
Anyone who likes to ride a motorcycle enjoys the freedom of the open road and the feel of the wind on your face as you ride. Unfortunately, that is precisely what makes a motorcycle so dangerous and why motorcycle accidents are usually so serious. In a passenger vehicle the occupants have, at a bare minimum, a layer of steel between them and another vehicle during an impact. When a motorcycle is involved in an accident, the riders have virtually no protection.
In 2013, 485 people were fatally injured in a motorcycle accident in the State of Florida according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA. Of those, 237 were not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. While wearing a helmet does not protect a rider from all injuries in a collision, it does increase the likelihood of living through a collision. Some of the most serious injuries a victim can suffer in any type of accident are head injuries. A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, typically occurs as a result of a serious blow to the head. In a motorcycle accident, for example, a rider may be thrown from the bike and land on the pavement, head first, or may suffer a direct impact with another vehicle. Either way, if the impact is forceful enough it can essentially jar your brain lose inside your skull. That, in turn, can result in swelling of the brain. If the swelling is too severe, or the victim is not treated fast enough, it can be fatal.
A TBI is not the only serious injury a biker can endure in a motorcycle accident. Spinal cord injuries are also common when a motorcyclist is thrown from the bike as a result of a collision. Severe spinal cord injuries can lead to paralysis, or even death.
If you been injured in a motorcycle accident in the State of Florida it is imperative that you consult with an experienced Florida motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. Contact the accident team at Powers Sellers & Finkelstein PLC by calling 727-531-2926 today to schedule your appointment.