This past spring, Nick O’Leary, Florida State’s tight end and grandson of famous golf legend Jack Nicklaus was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. On May 2, O’Leary slammed his motorcycle into a vehicle that negligently cut him off, sliding for 75 to 100 feet with the remainder of his motorcycle smashing into the windshield of a passenger bus. According to the accident report, O’Leary luckily walked away from the accident with only non-life threatening injuries. Undoubtedly, it is surprising that O’Leary survived the accident, given photos of the accident depicting a motorcycle that is barely recognizable.
While O’Leary’s life was thankfully spared, some people aren’t so lucky. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2001 and 2008, over 34,000 people in the U.S. were killed in a motorcycle crash, with approximately 1.2 million others sustaining non-fatal injuries. In fact, our Miami motorcycle accident lawyers know that motorcycle accidents are on the rise, with a 55% increase in crashes from 2001. With these startling facts in mind, it is important to realize that safety is key to preventing these serious and sometimes fatal motorcycle accidents. Consider the following tips:
1. Wear a Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmet and protective gear. Wearing a DOT-approved helmet is an extremely easy yet life-saving step you can take to protect yourself. These helmets are made in accordance with certain safety standards set by the DOT. Also be sure to purchase a helmet that fits you properly. Helmets come in all shapes and sizes and as such, it is key to have one that is right for your size. In addition to wearing a helmet, it is also important to wear protective gear such as leather clothing that can protect you from the sun and help reduce injuries should you fall from your bike. While you may wonder why many motorcyclists will wear heavy leather gear on a hot Florida day, it is mainly for the purpose of keeping themselves safe and protected from the elements.
2. Follow all road rules. It is not uncommon to see a motorcyclist weave in and out of lanes, or drive between lanes on a highway. While many bikers do this, it is illegal and also, highly dangerous. Also, it is crucial that you follow the speed limit and avoid tailgating others, as this leaves you vulnerable to being involved in an accident and sustaining serious injuries. High speed motorcycle accidents most often lead to serious injuries and death, and can be avoided by obeying all speed limits.
3. Be as noticeable as possible to other drivers. One of the main reasons why motorcyclists are involved in accidents is because they are not visible to other drivers. Wearing clothing that is reflective as well as using signals can help other drivers see you coming.
4. Make sure your bike is in good shape. Many accidents are caused each year by motorcyclists who failed to check their bikes. This includes making sure that the braking system is in working order, and changing tires when they become worn. These are simply yet life-saving steps you can take to avoid accidents.
5. Do not drink and drive. Impaired motorcycle driving leads to many accidents each year. Be sure to take a taxi or have someone else drive you home before getting on your bike. Also, be sure not to get onto a bike with an impaired driver.
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Our firm has successfully represented cyclists and their loved ones for motorcycles accidents which have caused every injury from road rash to broken bones, para and quadrapalegia, brain injury and death. The key to successfully bringing a claim for a motorcycle crash is to start working on the file as soon as possible after a accident. After we are retained, we immediately start working on the case, gathering evidence to prove fault, injuries and insurance coverages,
The law firm of Greenberg Stone and Urbano employs Miami Motorcycle Accident Lawyers who have over 100 years of combined experience in advocating for their clients who have suffered personal injuries as a result of another’s negligent conduct. Our skilled attorneys have been named “Superlawyers,” giving them the title of being some of the best lawyers in America. Our Miami Motorcycle Accident Lawyers have also earned a rating of “AV” by Martindale Hubbell and have been voted “South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers” by the Miami Herald. They have also been invited to be members of Primerus, an international society of leading law firms. Call Greenberg Stone and Urbano today to schedule your free consultation. One of our dedicated motorcycle accident lawyers will investigate and evaluate your potential personal injury claim. You may contact us through our website or call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400.