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Bikers from all over the United States enjoy touring the state of Florida. Daytona Beach in Volusia County is also home to some of the largest bike rallies and shows in the United States. Bike Week & Biketoberfest are events that draw as many as 500,000 bikers to the Daytona Beach area each year. Florida also has a climate favorable for year-round motorcycling. The warm year-round climate as well as Florida’s lack of a helmet law (for riders over the age of 21) draws hundreds of thousands of out of state bikers each year.
Unlike a typical two-car accident where the occupants are protected by the latest safety devices, such as, steel reinforced frames, crumple zones, air bags, seat belts and anti-lock brakes, motorcycle riders are 16 times more likely to die in an accident. Motorcycle riders and their passengers also are three times more likely to sustain a serious or catastrophic injury than occupants of an automobile.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in the Daytona Beach area, you are likely experiencing a challenging and difficult time. In this time of crisis, you do not have to face the pending medical bills, lost wages and suffering alone. Sam Masters Legal is able and willing to advise you of your legal rights to fair legal compensation.
The most common injury is also the most catastrophic – head injuries. Head injuries are especially more common in Florida motorcycle accidents because of the lack of mandatory helmet laws. According to recent statistics, bikers and their passengers who wear a helmet automatically reduce their risk of fatal injury by 30%. The risk for receiving a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is reduced by 68% when a rider is involved in an accident but is wearing a helmet.
Florida law requires that motorcyclists under age 21 wear a helmet. Motorcyclists over the age 21 may ride without a helmet if they have at least $10,000 in medical insurance coverage. Proof of medical insurance coverage must remain on the rider at the time they are riding. If a motorcyclist does not comply with these laws and is involved in a motorcycle accident, these factors could reduce the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled.
As a Daytona Beach personal injury lawyer for 25 years, Sam N. Masters has represented individuals seriously injured in traffic accidents throughout Volusia County and Flagler County. Motorcycle accident injuries are unique amongst the types of traffic accident injuries sustained. Safety gear is very important when riding, since motorcycles provide no protection for their occupants and lack crash worthiness features. Motorcycles are especially unsafe because they lack roofs, fenders and do not have seat belts or airbags. Since motorcycles do not provide much protection, motorcyclists are usually ejected at high speeds resulting in impact injuries upon falling to the round, hitting signs, trees or other objects.
There are various situations in which a motorcycle accident can occur. The Hurt Report found that the number one cause of motorcycle accidents is the failure of other motorists to detect and see bikers in traffic. One-third of all multi-vehicle traffic accidents involving a motorcycle occurred when another motorist turned into the path of a motorcycle.
Inexperience and a lack of understanding of the limitations of a motorcycle also accounts for many bike accidents. In recent years, text messaging and cell phone usage while driving has dramatically increased the frequency of distracted driving accidents. Because many motorists have a hard time seeing motorcycles, drivers who are using a cell phone pose a particularly serious risk to bikers. Both federal and state legislatures have or are passing laws to prohibit the use of cell phones or text messaging while operating a motor vehicle.
There are several factors and Florida statutes that can make motorcycle injury claims very complicated and result in insurance companies rigorously defending such claims. For individuals to properly obtain all the compensation to which they or their family are entitled, it is critical that you or your loved one speak with an experienced personal injury accident attorney.
At Sam Masters Legal, Mr. Masters' firm collaborates to effectively prepare each personal injury case and protect the legal rights of his clients injured in Florida motorcycle accidents. Motorcycle accident cases require careful examination of facts and the collection of evidence such as pictures, witness statements and other important matters for constructing a legal claim. These matters and legal procedures include initially investigating the facts of the accident, properly documenting his client’s injuries, complying with legal procedure, such as, filing deadlines, meeting policy notice requirements, and recording the payment of accident related medical bills.
Sam Masters Legal has over two decades of personal injury litigation knowledge and experience to protect your legal right to compensation for property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, long-term physical therapy, home medical equipment and all other legally compensatory damages.
Sam Masters Legal is ready to fight for your legal rights and ensure that you or your loved ones receive the complete compensation to which you are entitled by law.