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Recent Miami Motorcycle Accidents

When you are injured in a motorcycle accident in the Miami area, you need an accident lawyer who has experience. The motorcycle accident lawyers at Gerson & Schwartz serve clients with serious and catastrophic injury and death cases. In many injury cases, people injured in motorcycle crashed sustain extremely serious injuries, some of which can even be life threatening. Here are some of the more serious motorcycle accidents that have occurred in recent years in and around Miami. At Gerson & Schwartz, PA our lawyers have over 4 decades of experience in handling motorcycle crash cases for the residents of the greater Miami area. Let us protect your right to compensation so you can focus on healing from your injuries.

Below are some of the more serious motorcycle accidents that have occurred in recent years in and around Miami:

motorcycle_02The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) and University of South Florida report that motorcycle accident injuries have increased by 50 percent and motorcycle fatalities have increased by almost 90 percent during the past decade. During the same period, traffic fatalities have reduced by 20 percent and traffic injuries have reduced by 10 percent. Why such a disparity? Well, the fact is that when a motorcyclist is involved in a serious accident, he or she usually takes the brunt of the damage and suffers potentially life-threatening injuries. A seriously injured motor bike rider should strongly consider hiring a Miami motorcycle accident injury lawyer to possibly pursue a claim on his or her behalf.

Studies conducted by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that motorcycle riders have a have a higher fatality rate per unit of distance travelled as compared to four-wheeler automobiles, often as high as 35 times more than a passenger car. Yes, you read that correctly. If you or a loved one is operating a motorcycle, you are 35 times more likely to lose your life in an accident. This is mainly due to the fact that the operator of a motorcycle is largely exposed apart from his helmet-covered head, and naturally is at a much greater risk of severe injury upon collision with a larger vehicle, which is more than hundred times heavier than his own mass. Moreover, in maximum cases the car collides with the motorcycle in a head-on collision while taking a turn or cutting through an intersection, and results in immediate death.

If you or a loved one is the victim of a motorcycle crash caused by the carelessness of another driver, consider speaking to a Miami personal injury attorney with experience handling motorcycle accident cases.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has declared the month of May to be Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, in an effort to encourage motorists to be mindful of motorcyclists while simultaneously encouraging motorcycle safety. Our Miami motorcycle accident attorneys wish everyone in the state to exercise safety when going out for a ride.

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According to NHTSA statistics, in 2012, 4,927 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes, a continued increase from 4,630 in 2011. The 2011 deaths accounted for 15 percent of the total highway fatalities that year, despite motorcyclists representing only 3 percent of all vehicles on America’s roads.

As this blog has discussed before, motorcycle accidents are particularly dangerous due to the limited amount of protection they provide to riders compared to more traditional modes of transportation such as cars and trucks. Motorcycles are also far less visible in traffic than cars, resulting in an increased risk accident. One report concluded that the risk of a motorcyclists’ likelihood of being killed in a traffic accident is sixteen times that of the driver of an automobile.

According to a recent story published by the Herald Tribune last month, two people were seriously injured on October 9, 2013, in a motorcycle crash that required authorities to shut down the southbound lanes of U.S. Interstate 75 near mile marker 193 in Venice, Florida. The Florida Highway Patrol concluded that the crash occurred at approximately 6:00 pm when a 2012 Toyota Camry heading southbound in the center lane of I-75 failed to notice a 1994 Honda VXR motorcycle slowing in front of him and rear-ended the rider and his passenger.

The impact of the collision caused the motorcycle to become trapped under the car, which continued forward for another 400 feet. Both the motorcycle driver and passenger suffered critical injuries in the accident and were helicoptered to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton for treatment. The driver of the Camry was cited for careless driving, presumably under Section 316.1925 of the Florida Statutes which requires motorists to drive in a “careful and prudent manner…so as not to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person.”

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As this blog has discussed before, motorcycle accidents are particularly dangerous due to the limited amount of protection they provide to riders compared to more traditional modes of transportation such as cars and trucks. Motorcycles are also far less visible in traffic than cars, resulting in an increased risk accident. One report concluded that the risk of a motorcyclists’ likelihood of being killed in a traffic accident is sixteen times that of the driver of an automobile.

In June, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) issued a report prioritizing recommendations contained in its National Agenda for Motorcycle Safety (“NAMS”). Developed in 2000 by the NHSTA in collaboration with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (“MSF”) the NAMS is comprehensive plan to improve motorcycle safety across the United States and thereby decrease the incidence of motorcycle accidents.

The NAMS contains eighty two recommendations, addressing a range of topics and strategies related motorcycle safety, including, human, vehicle, environmental, and social factors to prevent crashes, reduce injuries in crashes, and care for people injured in crashes. The NAMS recommendations were prioritized in three groups: urgent (4), essential (56), and necessary (22).

Pursuant to a recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”), the NHTSA has prioritized the NAMS recommendations based on objective criteria. The recommendations were prioritized based on a complicated methodology designed to estimate each recommendation overall impact on safety outcomes.

According to a recent story published by Yahoo Sports, Florida State University tight end Nick O’Leary, grandson of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, was involved in a shocking motorcycle accident in May, fortunately walking away without any serious injuries.

The video posted along with the story shows O’Leary driving his motorcycle in Tallahassee, Fla., when another vehicle drivers directly into his path, impeding his right of way. O’Leary crashed his motorcycle into the side of the car, which shattered on impact and threw O’Leary to the ground where he slid almost a hundred feet down Mission Road. Incredibly, O’Leary walked away from the accident and was later taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries.

Motorbike.jpgAccording to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), one out of every ten fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States involves a collision with a motorcycle. With its beautiful scenery and temperate weather, the state of Florida sees a large number of motorcyclists traveling on its roadways each year. Unfortunately, there has also been an accompanying increase in the number of motorcycle accidents.

According to a recent story published by Yahoo Sports, Florida State University tight end Nick O’Leary, grandson of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, was involved in a shocking motorcycle accident in May, fortunately walking away without any serious injuries.

The video posted along with the story shows O’Leary driving his motorcycle in Tallahassee, Fla., when another vehicle drivers directly into his path, impeding his right of way. O’Leary crashed his motorcycle into the side of the car, which shattered on impact and threw O’Leary to the ground where he slid almost a hundred feet down Mission Road. Incredibly, O’Leary walked away from the accident and was later taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where he was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), one out of every ten fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States involves a collision with a motorcycle. With its beautiful scenery and temperate weather, the state of Florida sees a large number of motorcyclists traveling on its roadways each year. Unfortunately, there has also been an accompanying increase in the number of motorcycle accidents.

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