Fort Lauderdale, Florida: If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in Ft. Lauderdale, it’s best to speak with a personal injury attorney who has experience handling motorcycle accidents of any kind. The founding lawyer at our firm has handled complex motorcycle accident cases. He’s handled cases where the victim was wearing a helmet as well as cases where the victim was not and has achieved successful results. If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident in Ft. Lauderdale, call us now to see if we can help you. We handle cases that happened in Ft. Lauderdale and all across South Florida.A BRIEF LOOK AT SOME OF OUR SERVICES:
Although helmets provide protection in lower speed impacts, they do not always prevent or reduce brain injury or death in high speed impacts involving angular rotation of the brain. The fact is that even at a speed of a little over 17 miles an hour, a person may still sustain a brain injury depending on how the head hits the ground or any other solid object. Many articles have been published pertaining to the angular rotation of the brain during the impact at higher speeds. However, testing for angular rotation has not yet been adequately developed; therefore, helmet testing is limited to dropping the helmet from a certain height, which only tests for what’s called translational forces.
So while it is true that helmets can help prevent brain injury at low speed, the amount of protection at higher speeds is limited when there is an angular rotation in the impact with the ground or solid object. And at very high speeds, a helmet will not prevent brain injury or death no matter how good the helmet is.
We recently represented a young woman who suffered a significant brain injury on her moped here in Ft. Lauderdale in the case, Mary Lenhart as Guardian & Conservator of Abby Chronister v. Christopher Basora, and our main argument was that her brain injury may have not been prevented even had she been wearing a helmet. Legitimate and credible helmet testing experts will agree that brain injury is likely to occur at higher speeds even if the motorcyclist wears a helmet.MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYER-FT. LAUDERDALE
Many vehicle drivers (and ultimately, potential jurors) are under the impression that motorcyclists are reckless drivers and are therefore at fault for the majority of collisions that occur with motorcycles. However, several studies have proven otherwise. One study conducted by the University of South Florida reports that vehicle drivers are at fault 60 percent of the time when there is a collision with a motorcycle.
Further, the study found that the increasing number of motorcycle accidents are due to distracted vehicle drivers that fail to see motorcyclists on the road. In fact, that statistic is backed up by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reports that 80 percent of all car accidents are due to inattentive driving such as reaching for something, texting, interacting with other passengers and other distractions.
As a result, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) made a campaign for motor vehicle drivers to look twice for motorcycles. Bikers should also be responsible for being conspicuous on the road. For example, it is suggested by the FDOT that motorcycle drivers place reflective stickers on the highest part of their heads, which is the biker’s helmet. However, for motorcyclists that do not wear helmets, it is recommended to use reflective vests or reflective patches that can be added to their clothing.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, due to anybody’s negligence or fault, phone our office NOW toll free at 1-877-853-7466 for your free consultation. Even if your loved one was not wearing a helmet at the time of his/her collision, call us to determine if we can help you. We have extensive experience handling motorcycle, moped and bicycle accidents. Call now and talk to us today about your situation.