Florida’s sunny and year-round temperate weather makes the state a popular hub for motorcyclists. The state has many residents and out-of-state visitors who pursue their passion for riding motorcycles; in fact, the state holds some of the country’s largest biking events. Despite the prevalence of bikers, many are not aware of their rights and remedies if they suffer injuries in a Florida motorcycle accident. Moreover, the law protects motorcycle passenger victims as well.
Many motorcyclists face undue biases when attempting to recover damages from a negligent motorist or through an insurance claim. However, under Florida Statutes section 316.208, motorcyclists maintain the same duties and rights as any other motorist. However, it is essential to note that the law distinguishes bikers and moped drivers.
Motorcyclists must abide by the applicable rules and regulations regarding their vehicle’s operation. First, the law requires motorcyclists to wear a helmet and ensure that their vehicle has specific safety equipment. Some of the required safety equipment includes, stop lamps, turn signals, headlights, and level handlebars. Additionally, motorcycle operators must obey protective gear requirements. Under these safety rules, bikers must maintain an active and valid motorcycle license, wear helmets if they are under 21-years-old, and wear approved eye protection.
These safety rules are crucial because motorcyclists tend to suffer the most severe injuries if they are involved in an accident. For instance, a local news report described a harrowing Bradenton motorcycle accident. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that a 17-year-old boy died after his motorcycle slammed into a car that turned in front of him. The sedan driver approached an exit when she tried to make a left turn from a westbound lane. Although the biker tried to slow down, he could not avoid the collision. Despite wearing a helmet, the young man suffered fatal injuries; the sedan driver did not suffer any injuries.
Although Florida laws protect motorcycle riders and passengers from others’ negligence, the rights are not absolute. Insurance companies and courts often hold biases against motorcyclists, and it is vital that these parties’ contact an experienced attorney to advocate on their behalf.
Unlike car and truck drivers, Florida motorcyclists do not benefit from personal injury protection coverage. Therefore, these parties must file claims against the negligent party. The negligent party may include another driver, a governmental entity, or the motorcycle driver-if the victim is the passenger.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a Florida Motorcycle Accident?
If you or someone you love has been injured or died in a Florida motorcycle accident, you should contact the Grife Law Firm. We handle various types of Florida accident claims, such as those stemming from car, motorcycle, truck accidents, medical malpractice, and premises liability. Our attorneys consistently provide clients with dedicated and skilled representation. Through our advocacy, our clients have recovered damages for their medical expenses, property damage, lost wages and benefits, and pain and suffering. Contact our office at 855-998-0770, to schedule a free initial consultation with a Florida accident attorney on our team. You can also reach us through our online form.