Have You Been in a Motorcycle Accident?
Motorcycle lovers yearn to explore highways, but sadly, Florida is not the safest state for them. In Florida, the roads and highways are considered the most dangerous than elsewhere in the United States. The federal traffic safety regulators have noted Florida as the most dangerous place for motorcycle crashes. The Governors Highway Safety Association says that motorcyclists are 28 times more prone to death than the passengers and drivers of other vehicles. The conditions for the motorcyclists are not the most favorable in Florida. Extra care and specific licensing are required to drive a motorcycle.
Deadly Florida Motorcycle Accidents
On U.S. 27, a Weston couple died when their tire blew out and caused a motorcycle crash. Stephen Gardella and Diana Mowatt were struck by almost three vehicles after losing control of their motorcycle in the northbound lanes of U.S. 27. In another Florida accident, a motorcyclist died after being hit by a car in Miami. The deadly accident took place on South Dixie Highway at the S.W. 17th Avenue’s intersection. The motorcyclist did not respond or breath when the first ambulance arrived. Efforts to save his life were continued while heading towards Ryder Trauma Center, and his condition was listed as critical upon arrival.
Compensation After a Florida Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents occur far too frequently in Florida. Alongside taking extreme care and using safety measures while riding your motorcycle, you still cannot make sure that a car does not hit you. For motorcyclists, getting compensation after a crash is almost identical to recovering damages after a similar accident that takes place in a vehicle. However, there is a specific difference between motorcyclists and other drivers in Florida. Motorcyclists on Florida roads, like other motorists, are not required to be covered by personal injury protection.
Under F.S. 627.736 of Florida Statutes, the auto insurance protection is for all registered vehicles with no-fault insurance law in Florida. In the no-fault state, the motorcycle is not listed in the vehicle category. Even if the motorcyclist already has PIP coverage for a car; he cannot attain the same coverage while riding a motorcycle Passengers can get a maximum of $2,500 for medical expenses and a maximum of $10,000 for an emergency medical condition, not keeping the fault in mind.
More Florida Motorcyclist Laws
A motorcycle rider in Florida is not required to wear a helmet if they are at least 21 years old. If anyone is riding a motorcycle without wearing a helmet, they must show proof that he/she has insurance of a minimum amount of $10,000 for injuries. They must also demonstrate an insurance certificate in case of bodily damage or property damage.
Contact an Experienced Attorney Today
Unfortunately, motorcyclists are prone to accidents on any highway, but it would appear to be especially so in Florida. It is both the duty of rider and the driver of any other passenger vehicle to take care of others on the road. In case of a personal injury after a motorcycle accident, contact the West Palm Beach motorcycle accident attorneys at Pike & Lustig, LLP to schedule a consultation. We will review your accident, help you understand your rights, and ensure that you get the compensation that you are entitled to.