Sport Bike Accidents in Plantation, FL
In the first nine months of 2011, 303 people died due to motorcycle-related accidents in Florida. The only state who had a higher fatality rate during those first nine months was Texas. Those who ride sport bikes have a death rate that is four times greater than those who ride regular motorcycles. A sport bike is a motorcycle designed for speed, acceleration, braking, and maneuverability. They are known for their tight turns and easy handling, and are made of lighter materials than other motorcycles. Sport bikes are essentially racing bikes that have been modified for people to use on the freeway, but that does not mean that everyone who owns a sport bike drives irresponsibly. Although some sport bike owners' drive as if they are on a racetrack, others are innocent people driving them as a mode of transportation. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a sport bike accident, contact the Plantation injury attorney at the Law Offices of Jason T. Corsover as soon as possible.
Dangers Associated with Sport Bikes
Due to the fast nature and reputation of a sport bike, insurance companies often try to blame the sport bike driver if an accident occurs. People assume that those who own motorcycles of any kind are young adults who enjoy danger and taking risks. In 2010, however, more than half the people who were killed in motorcycle crashes were over 40 years old. Owning a sport bike does not necessarily mean the driver purposely drives erratically for thrills. Cars are often to blame for accidents involving motorcycles. In 2011, 39% of two-vehicle fatal motorcycle crashes involved a vehicle turning left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing, or overtaking a car. This means that 39% of two-vehicle crashes involved cars striking innocent motorcyclists who were obeying the rules of the road. The average cost for a fatal motorcycle accident in 2010 was estimated at $1.2 million, while the cost for motorcycle accident-related injuries cost anywhere from $2,500 to $1.4 million.
The most common injuries sustained by motorcycle crash victims are road rash, disfigurement, fractures, spinal cord injuries, brain damage, concussions, and in severe cases, death. When a motorcyclist is thrown from their bike, any skin that is not protected by thick layers of clothing can sustain road rash. Road rash is not only painful, but can lead to permanent scarring. In extreme cases, a motorcyclist might have to undergo skin grafting in order to replace skin that cannot heal. Disfigurement often affects the face of motorcycle accident victims. Even if a rider is wearing a helmet, their teeth may be knocked out when struck by a vehicle. Their face that is not covered by a helmet may also sustain damage, and plastic surgery may be needed in order for the victim to live a semi-normal life.
Leg fractures are a common injury for motorcycle accident victims. Motorcyclists are usually thrown from their bike when hit by a vehicle, so any bone in their body has the possibility of being fractured. In some situations, tendons, joints, and nerves may be permanently damaged. If not properly taken care of, fractured bones can take years to heal. Depending on where and how a motorcycle rider is hit, they may endure spinal cord injuries. These are exceedingly dangerous, and can lead to permanent paralysis or loss of leg function. Brain damage and concussions occur when the driver's head hits the pavement or another object with an excessive amount of force. These types of injuries can compromise a person's overall quality of life, or can lead to death.
Contact a Plantation Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by someone else's negligence, you may be able to receive monetary compensation for your injuries. Again, insurance companies only look out for themselves and their bottom lines, and do not always offer the maximum amount of money you are entitled to for your personal injury claim. An experienced attorney from the Law Offices of Jason T. Corsover might be able to represent your case, and fight back against the insurance company and negligent driver. Personal injuries can drastically change a person's life, and we want our clients to know that we will do everything in our power to ensure that you receive a positive outcome for your claim.