Jacksonville Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Motorcycle riders, because of the nature of their vehicles, are more likely than other motorists to be injured or killed in an accident.
A motorcycle accident in Florida that involves a collision with a car or truck can easily result in death, traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injuries, loss of a leg or foot and broken bones, as well as other injuries.
Motorcycle accidents are of special concern in Florida, where many enthusiasts take advantage of weather that allows year-round riding. This contributes significantly to the fact that Florida is among the nation’s leading states for motorcycle accident fatalities and injuries.
Motorcyclists face unique dangers on road and highways and their accident cases require special attention and expertise from experienced lawyers who understand motorcycles.
Too often, motorcycle accidents are caused by negligence or recklessness on the part of another motorist. Too many drivers do not see and yield to motorcycles even when the bike clearly has the right of way: drivers pull out in front of motorcycles; turn into the path of cyclists; and run up on bikers from behind without ever even seeing them. This is not a valid excuse, and motorcyclists who have been injured in an accident that was not their fault deserve full and fair compensation for medical expenses and other losses.
All too often the biker suffers loss of life or limb, paralysis or brain injury. Insurance companies treat motorcyclists differently too. It takes experience and commitment to protect all the legal rights of an injured biker and to obtain full and fair recovery for him or her. The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic takes pride in the substantial recoveries our motorcycle accident lawyers have obtained for motorcyclists.
The Jacksonville personal injury lawyers and staff of The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic (some of whom are themselves motorcycle enthusiasts) assist riders who have been injured in motorcycle accidents, and have been doing so for more than 40 years. Call us now or fill out our online contact form to receive a free review of your case.
About Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles made up 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States in 2011 and accounted for only 0.6 percent of all vehicle miles traveled. But, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists were over 30 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash, and five times more likely to be injured.
In Florida, there were 8,621 motorcycle accidents in 2011, a 15.19 percent increase from the 7,484 motorcycle accidents in Florida the year before, according to the latest report by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Motorcycle accidents in Florida in 2011 killed 413 people, including 38 passengers, and injured 7,194, including 776 passengers.
Nationwide, the NHTSA says, in fatal collisions between motorcycles and cars or trucks:
- The other vehicle was turning left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing or overtaking another vehicle in 39 percent of crashes.
- Both vehicles were going straight in 22 percent of accidents.
- The motorcycle was struck in the front in 75 percent of accidents.
- The motorcycle was struck in the rear in 6 percent of accidents.
Between 2001 and 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed and an estimated 1.22 million were treated in emergency rooms for a non-fatal motorcycle accident injury, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Injuries, by primary body part injured, were to the:
- Leg / Foot – 30 percent. May include fractures of the femur (leg bone) or other bones in the leg or feet, or amputations.
- Head / Neck – 22 percent. May include TBI or damage to the spine or spinal cord, which may cause paralysis.
- Upper Trunk – 20 percent. Such as a broken sternum (chest bone) or ribs, or internal organ injuries (heart, lungs and liver, for example).
- Arm / Hand – 18 percent. May include broken bones and amputations.
- Lower Trunk – 8 percent. May include a broken pelvis (hip), spine or spinal cord injuries, or injuries to internal organs like the stomach, spleen, kidneys or bowels.
- Other / Unknown – 3 percent.
These injuries are in addition to lacerations (cuts), contusions (bruises), sprains, strains, tears and other serious soft tissue injuries that are common in motorcycle accidents.
Depending on the severity of the injuries, a motorcyclist or motorcycle passenger involved in an accident may need emergency medical treatment, hospitalization, surgery, physical rehabilitation and a lengthy recovery period. Their expenses will add up quickly and, for the most severely injured or disabled, may be ongoing for the rest of their lives.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney for Personalized Service
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that someone else caused, you may be entitled to compensation to help with medical expenses and other losses. With over 40 years of service in Jacksonville, The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic attorneys have obtained verdicts and settlements in more than 9,000 cases on behalf of people injured in motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle accidents. We have the skill and experience to help you.
Service. Experience. Results. You can count on The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic.
We provide courteous, personalized service to motorcycle accident victims in Jacksonville as well as on Florida’s First Coast, Georgia’s Gold Coast and in surrounding communities like Daytona, Gainesville or Savannah. Call us now or fill out our online contact form to receive a free review of your case.