Fort Pierce Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Over the past few decades the number of registered motorcycles in the United States has increased dramatically. Today, there are more motorcycles on the road than ever before. As a result, motorcycle accidents have also increased significantly, particularly in Florida. From 2000 through 2008, the number of motorcycle crashes and injuries nearly doubled. According to the Center for Urban Transportation Research, motorcycle injuries have increased by 50 percent and motorcycle fatalities have increased by almost 90 percent during the past decade. This comes during a period when traffic fatalities and injuries actually were reduced.
Each state has certain laws that govern the operation of motorcycles within the state. Florida is no different and has its own set of rules. For example, “all motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a lane.” Furthermore, motorcycles cannot overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken. And a motorcycle cannot be operated between lanes of traffic or between or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.
Despite these rules, car and motorcycle drivers often fail to abide by the rules of the road. When this happens, serious injuries or fatalities can occur. The Law Firm of William E. Raikes III can help you obtain compensation if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident. Contact our experienced Fort Pierce motorcycle accident lawyer today.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycle accidents, more so than other types of automobile accidents, often result in devastating injuries and fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 80 percent of all reported motorcycle crashes resulted in injury or death to the motorcyclist. A primary reason is that a motorcycle, unlike a car, does not provide any head injury protection to the rider or the passenger. A common result in any motorcycle accident is that the rider or passenger will be ejected and will violently strike the ground or other objects. Common injuries in motorcycle accidents include:
- Head and brain injuries;
- Spinal injuries;
- Rib fractures and injuries to chest or abdomen;
- External injuries, including abrasions, contusions or lacerations;
- Lower-extremity Injuries, including broken foot, legs and ankles or knee tears;
- Hip injuries, such as dislocation of hip; and
- Pelvic fractures.
Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? Contact a Fort Pierce Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should reach out to an experienced Fort Pierce motorcycle accident lawyer who can help protect your rights. The Law Firm of William E. Raikes III has significant experience helping motorcycle accident victims obtain compensation for injuries sustained in an accident. From investigating a crash scene to handling medical bills to prosecuting a lawsuit, William E. Raikes III has the knowledge and experience to make sure that you recover the compensation you deserve.
Contact William E. Raikes III at 772-595-6654for a free initial consultation and case evaluation. William E. Raikes III has experience helping motorcycle accident victims throughout Florida, including Fort Pierce, Saint Lucie County, and the Indian River communities.