Tampa Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
With wide open roads, gorgeous scenery and wildlife from the Gulf Coast to central Florida, and days upon days of beautiful weather, Hillsborough County offers nearly endless combinations of breathtaking motorcycle rides. Whether you ride for pleasure or for your daily commute, you know the joys of motorcycle riding… and the dangers. Experienced riders know how to handle their bikes and respond to unexpected situations, but sometimes nothing can prepare you for the disastrous moves of an aggressive, reckless or distracted driver. At Rinaldo Law Group, our Tampa motorcycle accident lawyers have decades of experience helping victims of motor vehicle accidents recover compensation when they have been harmed by the negligence of others, even if they have suffered catastrophic injuries like brain injuries, spinal injuries, burn injuries or fractures. Read more about Florida motorcycle accidents below and how to stay safe, and contact Rinaldo Law Group if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Tampa.
Florida Motorcycle Accident Facts and Statistics
In 2016, there were 10,331 motorcycle crashes on Florida roads, resulting in 8,256 injuries and 515 fatalities. While this number is far fewer than the 395,785 motor vehicle accidents experienced that year, the rate of injury and death proves how dangerous traffic accidents are to motorcycle riders. Motorcycle accidents resulted in injury or death 85% of the time, and fatalities in five percent of the accidents (the rates of injury and death in Hillsborough County were significantly higher). In contrast, motor vehicle accidents as a whole only caused injuries 65% or the time, and death less than one percent of the time. Motorcycle riders are simply far more exposed and vulnerable to serious injury or wrongful death than passengers in a motor vehicle.
Motorcycle accident victims also face many hurdles to obtaining compensation for their injuries. Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance does not cover motorcycles, so bikers cannot look to their no-fault coverage for immediate help but must instead pursue claims against the at-fault driver. At this stage, motorcyclists face the bias of insurance adjustors and the general public that cast motorcycle riders as dangerous or reckless and somehow at fault for every accident. At the Rinaldo Law Group, our experienced personal injury trial lawyers know how to prepare and present a compelling case that clearly establishes the other driver’s negligence and keeps the injury victim from being unfairly blamed for an accident that wasn’t their fault. We can help in any type of motorcycle accident, including these common causes of motorcycle accidents in Tampa:
- Distracted driving
- Driver making left hand turn misjudges speed of oncoming bike
- Driving too close or crowding out a motorcycle
- Failing to check blind spots before changing lanes
- Aggressive or reckless driving around motorcycles
Safe Motorcycle Riding Tips
- Always wear a DOT-approved helmet
- Wear leathers or other protective clothing
- Always ride with headlamp on
- Signal intentions well in advance of maneuver
Let Our Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys Help You Obtain Compensation after a Tampa Motorcycle Accident
Unfortunately, no matter how safe or careful you are, you cannot always protect yourself from a negligent, reckless, aggressive or distracted driver. If you are harmed in a Tampa motorcycle accident through no fault of your own, call the Rinaldo Law Group at 813-831-9999 for a free consultation with a dedicated and successful Tampa motorcycle accident lawyer.