Orlando Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

While motorcycles offer riders a feeling of freedom and thrill, they also lack the safety features of a standard passenger vehicle. For this reason, motorcycle accidents leave people with severe injuries, often associated with being thrown from the bike or crushed beneath it. 

If you get into a motorcycle accident, it’s even more important to hire an experienced accident attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve. With severe injuries, compensation is usually trickier and higher, meaning you’ll need a smart, well-versed attorney on your side. Osborne and Francis has helped numerous victims recover full compensation. We’re eager to help you do the same.

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Our attorneys are dedicated to seeking justice for motorcycle accident injury victims. Contact our firm today to see how we can help.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics for Orlando, Florida

Unfortunately, there’s only so much motorcyclists can do to keep themselves safe before it’s out of their hands. No matter how safe they ride, a negligent driver can always come out of nowhere. 

In the United States, there were 83,000 motorcyclists injured and 5,579 injuries in 2020 out of just over eight million registered bikes. That’s 67.08 fatalities per 100,000 registered motorcycles, a 22.3% increase since 2011. 

In Florida, there were 35 fatalities, 143 incapacitating injuries, and 393 other injuries in 2020. 69% of fatal two-vehicle accidents involving motorcycles were head-on collisions. 

Both country-wide and in Florida, motorcycle accidents haven’t been decreasing over the last ten years. More and more people are learning how to ride, and accidents are increasing alongside these new riders.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are caused by the same reason as two-vehicle passenger accidents, for the most part. However, since motorcycles are smaller, they’re even easier to miss—making them even more vulnerable to negligent drivers. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Distracted drivers: It only takes a few seconds of driving while distracted and looking away from the road to cause an accident. Drivers who text, daydream or don’t check their mirrors frequently can and likely will cause an accident at some point in their lives. 
  • Drunk or high drivers: Driving while impaired causes a severe decrease in judgment, reaction time, and decision-making skills. Impaired drivers may drive on the wrong side of the road, follow too closely, run lights or stop signs, or speed. Because of impaired vision, they may not even see a motorcyclist they’re about to hit. 
  • Inexperienced drivers: New drivers don’t have as much experience checking their surroundings constantly and may make maneuvers that put bikers in danger. 
  • Speeding and aggressive driving: Speeding drivers cause accidents because they don’t have enough time to adapt to changes in traffic. Aggressive drivers may make unsafe maneuvers simply because they’re annoyed or angry. 
  • Following too close: When drivers follow a motorcyclist too close, they reduce the time they have to react to changes in traffic. If they don’t have the time to stop when a motorcyclist stops abruptly in front of them, they’re likely to cause a rear-end accident. 
  • Improper lane changes: Improper lane changing is often a result of another problem, such as inexperience, aggression, or an impaired driver. If a driver doesn’t check before changing lanes or attempts to speed up and change lanes anyways, they could sideswipe a motorcyclist. 
  • Car-door opening: If a driver is parked on the side of the road and they don’t check before opening the door to their vehicle, they may open their door into a motorcyclist or open it without giving the motorcyclist enough time to change course. 
  • Left-turns: At left-turn yields, drivers may fail to see an approaching motorcyclist. If the motorcyclist doesn't have time to change course, they could hit the side of the vehicle head-on, or the front of the vehicle could hit their side.

Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents

Injuries from motorcycle accidents often lean more severe because of the lack of protection for riders. Injuries occur when a rider is thrown from the bike or pinned between their bike and another vehicle or object. Because of this, injuries are more common in the extremities and mid-section. However, when thrown from a bike, injuries can occur anywhere. 

Severe injuries of any type can cause high medical bills, a great change to one’s quality of life, job loss, and much more. While the pain of an injury obviously sits at the forefront, there are so many other consequences people don’t realize. With Osborne and Francis, we’ll be able to help you get compensation for all of your damages, not just your medical bills. 

Common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injury 
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Burns and road rash
  • Amputations

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Understanding Unfair Motorcycle Bias

Motorcyclists are stereotyped, and seen as thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies. Because of this, people may believe that they’re “deserving” of their accidents because they chose to ride a dangerous motorcycle. This is called unfair motorcycle bias, and it can affect your case in two ways. 

  1. Judges and jury members don’t have the same general knowledge of motorcycles as they do passenger vehicles. For example, they may not know that motorcyclists have to speed up to make a turn safely. They may instead see this as dangerous behavior. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney will be able to explain these instances to the jury, preventing it from affecting your case if it goes to trial. 
  2. Insurance companies will try to lowball your settlement because of unfair motorcycle bias, and your attorney must be ready to combat these claims. To get the settlement you deserve, make sure you hire an attorney with experience negotiating high settlements with slimy insurance companies. 

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Do I Need to Hire a Motorcycle Accident Attorney?

In short, yes. Hiring an experienced and successful motorcycle accident attorney will help to ensure that you get the most compensation possible, leaving you with the least amount of stress following the accident. To speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney at Osborne and Francis today, contact our Orlando office online or at (561) 293-2600. We have helped our clients recover maximum compensation for their damages through a personal injury claim. We can help you recover not only physically but also financially from your motorcycle accident injuries.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are common causes of motorcycle accidents?

Common causes of motorcycle accidents include distracted, intoxicated, or inexperienced drivers, speeding, aggressive driving, improper lane changes, among others. Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to injuries in a collision involving another motor vehicle so everyone on the road owes each other a duty of care to prevent potentially severe, lifelong, or fatal injuries. When a driver does not carry out this duty of care, their negligence could result in a motorcycle accident.

What is motorcycle bias?

Motorcyclists are often stereotyped as irresponsible thrill-seekers or reckless adrenaline junkies whose motorcycle accident was deserved or else caused by their "unwise" actions. This bias against motorcyclists is unfair and can possibly lead to unjust settlement offers from insurance companies or unfavorable court decisions. This is why it's so crucial that the attorney you hire for your personal injury claim is experienced representing clients who've been injured in a motorcycle accident. At Osborne & Francis, we've successfully represented motorcycle accident injury victims and advocated for just compensation for their damages. Contact our Orlando office today to see how we can help you recover maximum compensation for your injuries.

How is a motorcycle accident different from a car accident?

Compared to car accidents, a motorcycle accident often results in severe injuries or fatality because of the lack of protection that a closed vehicle would provide. Motorcyclists are also often victims of injuries resulting from an accident caused by a driver failing to notice them. A smaller vehicle is always at greater risk of damage and injuries compared with larger vehicles. It's important that everyone on the road carries out their duty of care to others to prevent injuries caused by negligent driving practices.

Do I need to hire an attorney for my Orlando motorcycle accident?

After being treated medically following a motorcycle accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away. A motorcycle accident attorney can help you establish fault against the negligent driver(s), summarize damages incurred due to the accident, and negotiate on your behalf to secure compensation for your injuries. At Osborne & Francis, we have the skills, tact, and connections to successfully advocate for maximum compensation for injuries caused by a motorcycle accident. Don't hesitate to contact us to schedule a free case evaluation.