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Driver negligence is a compensable cause of motorcycle accidents

Motorcycles are popular modes of transportation throughout Florida. They are a great way to enjoy the sunshine and beautiful weather that the state has to offer. Many motorcycle riders take their operating duties seriously and practice safe driving when on their two-wheeled vehicles.

Unfortunately, not all other drivers use their best operating practices when behind the wheels of their automobiles. When drivers of larger vehicles allow distractions to cloud their attention, they can quickly become dangerous to motorcycles and their riders. This post will discuss some of the negligent driving behaviors that drivers can engage in that can harm motorcyclists.


One of the biggest mistakes that drivers make is to allow distractions to impact their driving. A distracted driver may not see a motorcycle riding next to them or may fail to check their blind spot for a smaller vehicle. Distracted drivers can miss intersection signage and can crash into motorcycles making legal turns and intersection maneuvers.

Traffic and roadway infractions

Some drivers fail to follow the rules of the road, and their missteps can put others, including motorcyclists, in the path of harm. For example, drivers who fail to signal and who do not stop at stop signs may drive into the way of motorcyclists. Speeding drivers can lose control and not have sufficient time to stop when encountering other vehicles, including motorcyclists. Breaking local and state driving laws can cause drivers to create dangerous situations for motorcyclists.

Failure to adapt to conditions

Florida can get a lot of rain and other hazardous forms of weather. When conditions are treacherous, drivers may have to adapt their speeds and operating practices to stay safe in wet or windy weather. Drivers who do not make these accommodations can be dangers to themselves and others when on the roads.

Motorcycles and their riders are small. They can easily become lost on the roads. When drivers do not do their best behind the wheel, they can quickly create dangerous for others. Motorcyclists who have been hurt in negligence-based accidents may have legal rights to seek compensation for their losses.

Crash numbers decreased but fatalities increased in Florida

The statistics on motor vehicle accidents in Florida have been surprising over the past few years. For example, according to the Florida department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles the total number of crashes in the state went down from 2018 to 2019 (the most recent year with available numbers so far). However, the number of fatalities has gone up. This is an indication that the crashes are more serious than the year before.

Side-by-side comparison of crash statistics from 2018 to 2019

Looking at statistics from 2019 and 2018, the total number of crashes decreased in 2019. Those numbers include injuries, fatalities, and property damage. The increases and decreases fluctuated in the different scenarios for drug & alcohol impairment and, in many cases, the numbers were almost equal. In the category of “vulnerable road users,” which includes motorcycles, pedestrians, and bicycles, the statistics did not consistently increase or decrease. There were some of each.

Getting proper support after a motor vehicle accident

Sadly, motor vehicle accidents are too common and the consequences are often dangerous and prolonged. If you have been involved with a motor vehicle accident, an effective lawyer is essential to your receiving the compensation that you deserve. If you go after compensation on your own, it is possible that you will not receive a fair and just amount. That is where a knowledgeable lawyer with expertise in motor vehicle accidents can really turn the situation around in your favor.

Florida is one of 12 “no-fault” states, which means that if you suffer injuries in a motor vehicle accident, your insurance will compensate you. Conceptually, that seems like a good thing; however, your compensation may not be enough to cover what you need based on the medical treatment that you must receive for your injuries. It is sensible to proceed with caution and speak with a lawyer before you accept whatever your insurance company wishes to give you.

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is essential that you protect your health, financial standing, and well-being over the long term. Serious injuries can affect your life for a long time and it is important that you have the proper support and protection going forward.