Many of our Miami motorcycle accident attorneys ride for pleasure or to commute, so we know that left turn motorcycle accidents are particularly common. Motorcycle crashes involving a left turn usually involve a car executing a turn across the lane in which a motorcycle is traveling, such as turning at an intersection or pulling out of a driveway or strip mall parking lot. When the driver of a passenger car violates a motorcyclist’s right of way by turning immediately in front of a bike, the rider may be left with virtually no option for avoiding the collision. Under circumstances like these, the risk of a collision is almost unavoidable for the rider, so measures to mitigate the injuries suffered in such a motorcycle crash become especially important.
Motorcycle Helmet Use Has Fallen Dramatically Since Florida’s Universal Helmet Law Repeal
Although many riders object to the notion of mandatory helmet laws, there is no question that Florida’s decision to repeal the state’s universal helmet law has resulted in more head injuries and fatalities in crashes like left turn motorcycle accidents. Chanyoung Lee, a senior researcher at the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research, told the SunSentinel that 98 percent of riders in the state wore motorcycle helmets before the state repealed its universal helmet law in 1990.
Many public safety experts would contend that since Florida riders were given a choice, the number of riders deciding to ignore this valuable piece of safety equipment has increased to alarming levels. According to a recent Florida Department of Transportation study, helmet use in among those who ride in Florida has plummeted to only 51 percent. This drastic decline suggests a difference between expressed attitudes about motorcycle helmet use and actual behavior. A Florida study conducted last year revealed that almost three in four riders considered it important for motorcycle enthusiast to wear a helmet.
Staggering Economic Cost and Loss of Human Life from Not Wearing Motorcycle Helmets
While most of us who ride enjoy the freedom and carefree lifestyle that cycling represents, the costs in terms of fatalities, catastrophic injuries and economic costs from the drastic drop in helmet use cannot be ignored. One in three Florida motorcycle fatalities is the result of a traumatic brain injury according to the Florida Department of Health. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that helmets are 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle operators from suffering fatal head injuries, and they are 41 percent effective in protecting passengers from fatal head injuries.
For motorcyclists who survive a motorcycle accident, studies have revealed that helmet use substantially reduces the economic cost of motorcycle accidents. According to the NHTSA, motorcycle helmet use during one recent twelve month period resulted in a $3 billion dollar savings. The agency further estimated that universal helmet use would have saved an additional $1.4 billion.
Aggressive Representation of Florida Motorcycle Injury Victims
In each and every case our office handles, we make it our practice to go over each and every complaint our clients have from the top of their head to the bottom of their feet. We do this because patients often fail to tell their physician about all of their complaints, thinking that what they are feeling is not related to the injuries suffered in their case. We are not doctors, but we explain to our clients that they need to let the doctor know because he/she may feel that there is a relationship. For example, victims complaining of lower back pain may not tell their doctor that they are having tingling or numbness in their leg. If the doctor is informed of the symptom, the doctor can examine the patient and determine the cause of the complaint.
Our Florida motorcycle accident lawyers have handles dozens of Florida motor vehicle accident claims resulting in death and significant injury. We have recovered from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars for these claims. If you or a loved one is injured in a trucking accident, we invite you to contact the South Florida law office of Greenberg Stone and Urbano today. For over 120 collective years, we have aggressively represented the victims of motorcycle accidents across South Florida. Our commitment to excellence in providing legal services has earned us an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell, and it is why we have been asked to join Primerus, an international society of leading law firms. Moreover, the Miami Herald voted us as one of the top-rated South Florida law firms, and, we have earned the title of “Superlawyers,” designating us as being among the best lawyers in America. We want to put this dedication to work for you, so call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an initial consultation either in our main office, your home or hospital, or at one of the offices were we see client’s by appointment.