Motorcycle Accident: What's Next?
Unfortunately, being involved in a motorcycle accident is far too common, especially in Florida. Our beautiful weather permits year-round riding, but heavy traffic and simple mistakes can lead to tragedy. If you're involved in a motorcycle accident, it can be confusing to know what to do next. At Greco & Wozniak, P.A., our personal injury attorneys are here to help.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
It's important that motorcyclists be knowledgeable, practiced, and comfortable on their bikes before taking them on the road to ensure the safety of themselves and others. However, even the most responsible biker can fall victim to serious injury or death due to the negligence of other drivers. Some common causes of motorcycle crashes include the following:
- Failure to pay attention: With drivers more distracted than ever, many accidents are a result of motorcycles not being seen or looked for on the road.
- Left turns: According to Nolo.com, 42 percent of motorcycle accidents occur when drivers strike a motorcyclist while making a left-hand turn.
- Stationary objects: Motorcyclists are exposed to the elements and susceptible to being thrown from their bike or struck directly in an accident.
- Road hazards: Dangerous roadway conditions such as animals, grass clippings, and wet pavement can cause slippage or loss of control.
What to Do Next
As soon as you've been in a motorcycle accident, file a police report immediately. Make sure you gather contact and insurance information from the other driver and identify witnesses. Take photos of your injuries and any damage to vehicles and property, and of course, seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Then, when you're able, contact Greco & Wozniak, P.A.
Don't feel like you have to handle the legal end of your motorcycle accident on your own. Give us a call at 813-223-7849 for your free consultation.