Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are a common occurrence. Additionally, they can be more dangerous than other motor vehicle accidents. As a result, it is important to know the common causes of motorcycles, what to avoid, and what to do in the event of an accident.
What are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Another motorist’s failure to yield
- Rear-end collisions
- Potholes, road obstructions, and uneven pavement
- Poor weather conditions, such as torrential downpours that reduce visibility and control
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
What do I do if I am Involved in an Accident?
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you will want to call 911. The police can file a report, conduct chemical tests, and gather witness statements. Additionally, they will call an ambulance for you. While you wait for the ambulance, you should take photos and videos of the scene of the accident. It is important to provide proof of the negligence that occurred to cause your accident. Lastly, it is important to go to the hospital. Even if you do not feel like you have been seriously injured, it is possible to have sustained an injury without realizing it, or have an injury that does not show symptoms for days or even weeks.
What is the Statute of Limitations?
If you wish to pursue legal action for your accident, you will need to make sure you file your personal injury claim on time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In Florida, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally four years. This means, if you fail to file your claim within four years from the date of your accident, you will likely lose your opportunity to recover compensation. While four years may seem like a long time, it is easy to forget or put off important deadlines.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Florida, contact our firm today. If your accident has occurred due to some form of negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. We understand the toll an injury can take and we want to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Contact our experienced Florida firm
Here at Manuel & Thompson, P.A., we understand the potentially devastating effect that an injury can have on an individual and his or her family, which is why we are dedicated to helping all those who’ve been injured due to no fault of their own. Our firm also proudly handles insurance disputes, hurricane claims, fire loss claims, commercial litigation, and construction law matters. To discuss your case with our experienced Panama City personal injury attorneys, contact Manuel & Thompson, P.A. today for your free consultation.