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The Risk of Following a Motorcycle Too Closely is Tremendous

As part of the warm South Florida driving culture, cars and motorcyclists share the road throughout the year. Although there are accidents that are caused by the biker, many times, it is the driver of the passenger car or light truck that causes the accident because of the decreased visibility of the biker, coupled with the more vulnerable position of the rider with no real safety protections on the bike. Following behind the bike without sufficient stopping distance is a common cause of serious accidents.

Bikers are very aware of the dangers of taking to the road with other drivers; however, the thrill of riding outweighs the perils. When there has been a collision and you have been injured in a bike accident, you need the hard-working Miami motorcycle accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano to fight for your rights and get you the damages award that you need to move forward.

The dangers of following too closely became tragically apparent on January 4, 2014, when a 64-year-old driver of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle was struck by a 23-year-old driver of a vehicle traveling behind him. According to the article in the Palm Beach Post, the driver of the car did not realize that the biker had slowed because of backed-up traffic. The impact ejected the biker, Joseph Comparetto, from the bike into the emergency lane, where he was struck by the driver of another vehicle, a Ford Edge. Mr. Comparetto died at the scene. This type of accident happens often between motorcycles and other motor vehicles.

Drivers owe a duty of care to other motorists on the road. This is especially true with motorcyclists who are not protected by the steel cage of a vehicle frame, airbags, or seatbelts. Drivers should be extremely careful around bikers, including doing the following:

• Providing a three second count to maintain a proper space between the bike and the following car, which means that the driver should identify a fixed object and start counting when the bike passes it and it should take a slow count of three before the car passes the same object;

• Adjusting speed when the weather or road conditions warrant it. Heavy rain, dense fog, or high winds should lead to an increase from a three count to a six or nine count, depending on the conditions;

• Avoiding aggressive behavior, including tailgating. A motorcycle is particularly vulnerable to cars that pass too closely or brake in front of them in a display of road rage. Although bikers do everything possible to avoid these drivers, sometimes it is impossible and tragic accidents occur.

The terrible accident that happened on the Florida Turnpike at the beginning of January was a somber reminder of what happens when motorists do not pay attention to the bikers who share South Florida’s roads with them.

South Florida Personal Injury Attorneys Work Hard for Injured Bikers

Having been injured in a motorcycle accident, you likely are struggling to get through ongoing medical treatment, trying to determine how bills will be pain, relying on friends and family members to accomplish even the most basic of tasks, and suffering from terrible pain. The knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano will advocate on your behalf while you focus on getting better. Our skilled attorneys have earned the firm an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell and an invitation to join Primerus, an international society of leading law firms. With more than 100 years of collective experience, our attorneys obtain the compensation that our clients need to reclaim the quality of life that they had before the accident, or come as close as possible. Due to this commitment, the Miami Herald has voted us one of South Florida’s top-rated law firms. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule a time to talk about your accident.

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