Experienced motorcycle riders know that getting on a bike comes with a certain number of safety hazards. Reckless and aggressive drivers, harsh weather, and poor road conditions are just a few of the factors that can lead to accidents. For people on motorcycles, the risk of injury from a crash is heightened because much of their bodies are exposed. Some 5,000 motorcyclists die in crashes each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
That’s why it is so important that motorcycle riders operate their vehicles in the safest possible way.
Anyone looking for some pointers on how to ride safely can start by checking out a recent video of a Florida man who laid down on his bike and steered with his bare feet, all while traveling at speed down a busy highway. It’s a perfect example of what not to do.
The video, captured by a mom and her son who were driving on 1-95 near Jacksonville, shows the unidentified man, lounging on his back shirtless and directing the bike with his feet. He doesn’t appear to be the least bit nervous, despite operating the bike in traffic without a helmet.
Legal Rights for Motorcycle Riders in Accidents
Even if you ride your motorcycle in a completely safe and responsible manner, there is always the risk of a possible accident. The good news for Florida motorcyclists injured in a crash is that state law gives you the right to seek compensation from those responsible collision.
The state’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) program is “no fault” insurance system, designed to quickly resolve accident claims by making certain benefits available to people injured in a collision without having to determine who is to blame. Sunshine State drivers are required to carry a minimum of $10,000 in PIP coverage. That can be used to pay medical costs, missed wages and death benefits related to an accident.
In situations in which PIP coverage isn’t enough to fully compensate a person for his or her injuries, the injured rider can also file a lawsuit for negligence against those responsible for the crash. That’s not to mention seeking money damages from the motorcycle’s manufacturer in cases in which a bike defect may be to blame.
Speak With a Villages Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you have the right to seek compensation from those responsible for the crash. It’s important that you seek the advice and counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney, who can help you weigh your options and build the strongest possible case.
Villages motorcycle accident attorney Tim Babiarz has been representing people involved in collisions for more than two decades. Our office is conveniently located in The Villages. Our firm is proud to fight for clients in Ocala, Leesburg, Lady Lake, Wildwood, Summerfield and beyond. Call (352) 205-7599 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.