Whittel & Melton, LLC

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents have the potential to cause serious and catastrophic injuries. Even the most minor of traffic collisions can deliver devastating blows to motorcyclists and their passengers due to the lack of a safety structure surrounding them. Injuries can range in severity from road rash to broken bones, spinal injuries, neck injuries, loss of limbs and death.

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 7,484 total motorcycle crashes on Florida’s roadways in 2010. A total of 350 motorcyclists were killed and another 6,686 suffered injuries. In addition to these numbers, 33 Florida motorcycle passengers died in motorcycle collisions in 2010 and another 725 were injured.

Many Florida motorcycle accidents are simply caused by driver negligence or inattention. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are due to:

  • Speeding
  • Failure to Yield
  • Driver Fatigue
  • Running Stop Sign
  • Running a Traffic Light
  • Rolling through an Intersection
  • Merging or Changing Lanes without Proper Signal

The Florida Motorcycle Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton understand how serious motorcycle accidents can be, especially if motorcyclists and their passengers are not wearing a helmet. The leading cause of U.S. motorcycle deaths is head injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that when helmets are worn properly, they can reduce the risk for traumatic brain injuries by 67 percent. In Florida, 141 people killed on motorcycles in 2010 were not wearing helmets.

A Road rider suffering from neurological injuries is always a concern in motorcycle wrecks. Injured cyclists suffering from head or brain injuries often face months of physical therapy, several surgeries and a lengthy and sometimes painful recovery period. The Florida Motorcycle Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton work with neurosurgeons, neurologists, psychiatrists, radiologists and physical and occupational therapists to ensure that any injuries suffered are determined and documented to the fullest extent so that insurance companies acknowledge the total costs associated with your recovery. Since insurance companies are out to make money, they often underestimate the costs associated with collision injuries and try to intimidate and confuse injured parties to settle a claim quickly. At Whittel & Melton, we can protect your best interests by fighting for nothing less than past, present and future medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering.

If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, you deserve to be rightfully compensated. Our attorneys work closely with experts and investigators to reconstruct an accident site, uncover driver error, interview eyewitnesses and obtain any road or vehicle evidence. If you or someone you love was seriously injured or killed in a motorcycle accident in The Villages or in Lake, Marion or Sumter County, contact the Florida Motorcycle Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton online or call 352-369-5334 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.