If you do accidentally take a turn too quickly, don’t panic or you will end up straightening out and going off the road—or worse, into the oncoming lane. Stay calm. Trust your bike and lean into the turn. Keep your line-of-sight ahead of the turn; your hands will follow your eyes. Your bike is also more capable of taking a turn than you may be. Do not slam on the brakes; this may cause a loss of traction or throw you off. Stay calm and ride it out.
High-Speed Motorcycle Accidents
Lots of different people buy motorcycles for lots of different reasons. But two of the most common reasons are their cost-effectiveness and their ability to go fast. The first reason is not nearly as dangerous as the second. In 2014, 33 percent of all motorcycle riders who died in crashes were speeding.
High-performance motorcycles, although comprising a small portion of the overall number of motorcycles on the road, account for a disproportionate number of motorcycle accidents. These motorcycles are lightweight and can go extremely fast—some up to 160 mph or more. Most sportbike riders are also under the age of 30, which makes it even more dangerous since younger people are statistically less safe drivers.
The accident death rate among riders of sports motorcycles is two to four times that of riders of conventional motorcycles, like cruisers and touring motorcycles. (Depending on the type of sports bike).
Avoiding High-Speed Motorcycle Accidents
To avoid this common motorcycle accident, operate your motorcycle at a safe speed. Go the speed limit. Motorcycles can still be a lot of fun, even if you follow the law. Go find a place that is interesting to ride. Find roads with lots of turns and elevation changes to increase the thrill. If you need to satisfy that need for speed, look on the internet for special speed parks that allow riders to safely go fast on a closed course. You could also find somewhere that conducts legal drag racing for motorcycles.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries: Many bikers suffer blows to the head in accidents that can cause permanent damage to the brain. These traumatic brain injuries can cause lifelong disability and easily ruin someone’s career prospects and quality of life. All of this can occur simply because someone decides to forego wearing a helmet. It is legal to not wear a helmet in Florida so long as the motorcyclist is over the age of 21 and has insurance coverage.
Road rash: Motorcyclists can be thrown from their bikes in a crash and suffer road rash or road burn, as it is also known. This injury involves having the motorcyclist’s expeosed skin sheared away by the friction caused by being dragged along the asphalt at high speed.
Broken/fractured bones: Broken bones are common injuries in many accident types but can still cause significant damages. Motorcycle accidents can cause enough trauma that whole areas of the body have several bones broken at once and with enough severity that a person has permanent health issues.
Internal injuries: Motorcycle accidents can cause internal injuries which can vary widely. Depending on the area and the severity of the trauma, a person can deal with very different issues. Motorcycle accident internal injuries almost always are severe.
Contact Dolman Law Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorneys
Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA is an experienced motorcycle accident law firm that has successfully won substantial amounts for victims of motorcycle crashes. Do not assume anything about your accident or fault. Instead, call Dolman Law Group, who will investigate every aspect of the crash including a virtual reconstruction if necessary. We will determine the real liability in the case. Our motorcycle accident lawyers are here to help you after a serious motorcycle crash.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, call Dolman Law for a free evaluation of your case. You may be entitled to a cash settlement for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. Call today at (727) 451-6900.
*The above information was written and reviewed by either Attorney Matthew Dolman or another injury lawyer at the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA which has a combined 90 plus years of experience practicing Florida personal injury law. Matthew Dolman himself has been practicing personal injury law in Clearwater and St. Petersburg for the last fifteen (15) years. The information provided comes from extensive research and years of experience trying legal cases in courtrooms throughout Florida.