Injured on a Motorcycle in Sarasota?

A Personal, Yet Aggressive Injury Lawyer Can Help You Recover for Your Injuries

motorcycle accidents Motorcycle accidents are far more likely to be fatal than accidents involving passenger vehicles only. Motorcycles expose the riders to the elements, and they have no safety restraints. If a motorcycle goes up against an 18-wheeler, the truck driver will not be the one who loses.

Sarasota injury lawyer Maria Gerber has helped many motorcycle accident victims and their families, and she and her staff at Gerber Law know all too well how tragic motorcycle accidents can be. Car and truck drivers often do not watch out for motorcyclists and do not exercise the care and caution necessary when sharing the road with the lightweight, two-wheeled vehicles. The results can be catastrophic, and Maria Gerber offers personal, yet aggressive representation throughout Florida's southwest coast. She can bring the at-fault driver to justice by skillfully representing her clients while providing them with the care and compassion they need in their desperate hour.

Call or email Gerber Law today if you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident. FREE consultation!

Motorcycles are an appealing option to many men and women, particularly in warm climates. Motorcycles are smaller than cars and cost less to fuel; they are easier to park, and they give their riders a thrilling individual experience that cars simply cannot provide. Florida is home to many retirees and is awash with tourists two segments of the population who want to enjoy the weather and their freedom, which motorcycles easily allow their riders to do. Motorcycles also have a much lower price tag than cars, and with gas prices rising and affordability fast becoming a virtue, motorcycles are increasing on Florida's roads. Unfortunately, an increase in motorcyclists means an increase in the risk of serious or even fatal accidents.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that motorcycle accident fatalities have increased every year since 1997. In recent years, motorcycle accident fatalities have increased more than motorcycle registrations. People between the ages of 20 and 29 are the most at risk for injury or death on a motorcycle, but motorcyclists are getting older every year.

Other statistics from NHTSA show that in 2006:

  • 3 percent of all registered motorists ride motorcycles, but motorcycles make up 8 percent of all traffic fatalities
  • 25 percent of all motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were not driving with a valid license
  • Motorcyclists are eight times more likely to be injured and 35 times more likely to die than passenger car occupants
  • Nationally, 88,000 motorcyclists suffered injuries from motorcycle accidents
  • Nationally, 4,810 motorcyclists died in motorcycle accidents
  • Nationally, 72 percent of motorcycle accidents were fatal

Alarmingly, military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are a group that has seen one of the largest increases in motorcycle accident injuries and fatalities. Young men and women returning home from harrowing and stressful tours of duty with lots of money to burn and a yearning for freedom might buy large sports bikes without learning how to ride them safely. Their traumatic pasts coupled with their joy at being home causes them to speed to get an adrenaline rush, which can lead to tragedy.

The number one reason people do not survive these kinds of accidents is because they are not wearing a helmet. The helmet is the only physical safety measure a motorcyclist can use to protect his or her head, and if the rider's helmet comes off in an accident or if the rider was not wearing a helmet at all, the likelihood of a fatality increases drastically.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Inexperience. Young people or new riders tend to immerse themselves in the exhilaration of riding a bike but might forget about safety. An inexperienced motorcyclist might not know how to tell if another driver cannot see him or her or how to control the bike if something unexpected occurs.
  • Speed. Motorcycles are fast and easily maneuverable, and many bikers are tempted to race down the roadway.
  • Alcohol or drugs. Intoxication impairs judgment and reflexes, and both are important when riding a motorcycle. If another driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he or she might not see a motorcycle riding nearby.
  • Road condition, weather and time of day.
  • Other driver error. Other drivers pose the greatest danger to motorcyclists. If a car driver or a truck driver is not paying full attention to his or her surroundings, he or she might not notice the motorcycle. A lane change at the wrong time can cause disaster. Motorcycles are fast and small, and other drivers may not see them until it is too late.

The injuries someone sustains in a motorcycle crash can be life-long. An injured biker may require constant care, and he or she may not be able to return to work. An injured motorcyclist may never ride again, and he or she may never again be able to enjoy the same quality of life he or she once had. Financial distress and emotional distress are common problems for injured motorcyclists, and Sarasota personal injury attorney Maria Gerber is ready to help. A personal injury accident victim herself, Maria understands how traumatic such injuries can be. Maria and her staff at Gerber Law are knowledgeable and assertive in representing their clients, but they also provide personal service and compassion for every client, whether the injury is great or small.

Please contact Gerber Law for an initial FREE consultation if you have been in a motorcycle accident. Unlike large companies, she treats her clients in a personal and caring way. You will always work directly with a lawyer. With offices in Sarasota and Venice, Florida, Gerber Law serves the southwest coast of Florida.