Are Motorcycle Riders Reckless?

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July 11, 2017
Colson Hicks Eidson

Motorcycle accidents can happen for several reasons. In many cases, these accidents are not caused by motorcyclists. For example, our firm is currently working on a case involving a defective motorcycle gas system that causes the vehicle to slow down and speed up without warning. Motorcycle accidents may also be caused by drivers who collide with motorcyclists. Florida law requires motorcyclists to receive a special endorsement, meaning they likely know how to use motorcycles safely. In this video, attorney Julie Kane discusses how motorcyclists can be injured by the negligent actions of others.

Video Transcription

In the state of Florida, unfortunately, we’ve seen more and more accidents that involve horrible injuries arising from motorcycles. We’re working on a case with motorcycles where the gas system wasn’t working properly, causing a lag and leap. Meaning the motorcycle would slow down unexpectedly then take off, causing again catastrophic injuries. All sorts of problems can happen in a motorcycle that are caused because the motorcycle is defective. Part of what we do in our product liability cases is investigate defective components in motorcycles. So, that if there’s a problem with the motorcycle that caused our client an injury, we can involve the motorcycle manufacturer. Additionally, when motorcycles and cars are on roads together, car versus a motorcycle usually hurts the motorcyclist a whole lot worse. I’ve been involved in cases where a motorcyclist was hit by a driver who failed to yield on a left turn, causing severe injuries. Been involved in cases where motorcyclists have been in accidents with drivers of cars. The driver of the car walks away. The driver of the motorcycle doesn’t. Unfortunately, there’s a perception that perhaps motorcyclists are road hogs or go fast, that’s not usually the case. Motorcyclists are well trained. They have to have a special endorsement on their license under Florida law, and they know how to drive safely. When a motorcyclist is driving safely and an automobile driver causes an accident very often we can help that motorcyclist recover. To reach an attorney at Colson Hicks Eidson please call us at 305-476-7400 or you can find us on the web at