Motorcycle Accident Lawyers & Scooter Accident Law Firm
West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach County
BREAKING NEWS: Motorcycle Deaths Surge in 2012
The motorcycle and auto accident lawyers at the West Palm Beach law firm of Murray Guari Trial Attorneys have been achieving exceptional results for Florida motorcycle accident victims for more than 20 years.
The motorcycle community is experiencing astounding growth. Motorcycling popularity is making its comeback as Baby Boomers are hitting the open road in record numbers and high fuel costs are causing more people to replace their cars with scooters. New unit sales of on-highway motorcycles and scooters have increased approximately 91 percent since 1997 and this number is expected to increase over the next five to seven years.
More than 120,000 motorcyclists have died in traffic crashes since the enactment of the Highway Safety and National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966. Every year approximately 2,000 people are killed in motorcycle accidents, and another 50,000 motorcyclists suffer physical injuries as the result of accidents. Some of the injuries that can result from motorcycle accidents include: brain and spinal cord injuries, concussions, fractures, abrasions, internal and soft tissue injuries, burn injuries. And sometimes, the injuries can be fatal.
Motorcycle and scooter accidents are deadly. Per vehicle mile, motorcyclists are about 26 times as likely as passenger car occupants to die in a traffic crash. According to 10 years of data, researchers at the University of South Florida's Center for Urban Transportation Research found that 60 percent of the time motorists in other vehicles were at fault when they collided with motorcycles. These accidents are often caused by the negligence of another driver (awareness, making a left turn, or pulling out in front of a motorcycle going straight), dangerous roadways (visibility and hazards), or defective motorcycle parts.
The motorcyclist needs to be aware of the many dangers they face when they take their bikes out on the road. It is important for motorcyclists to protect themselves with the proper clothing and motorcycle gear as well as adequate insurance. And if an accident occurs, it is important to record all the facts, and make sure all potential causes of the accident are revealed.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident and would like to learn more about your legal rights, please contact us here.