Common sense tells you two things about riding motorcycles in Florida: it is a wonderful feeling and it is dangerous. The Orlando accident lawyers of the Umansky Law Firm, P.A. have clients who, even following injury in a motorcycle accident, still enjoy riding in Florida's glorious good weather. The Umansky Law Firm doesn't want to discourage any capable driver from enjoying a motorcycle. We do want you to be aware of exactly how dangerous motorcycles are, in the hope that you will drive more safely once you recognize the risks.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

In 2008, 489 people died riding motorcycles in our state. In 2007, Orange County ranked fifth among the state counties with the most fatalities. True, Florida has seen a whopping increase in the number of motorcycle registrations. More riders mean more accidents, more injuries and more deaths. Still, no one wants to become a statistic.

Motorcycle Accidents

Riding a motorcycle is risky behavior even for the most responsible operators. Some studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (www.nhtsa.gov) and other transportation safety organizations report very high numbers: you are 35 times more likely to die if you are on a motorcycle versus in a car in a crash; 80% of motorcyclists in an accident with another vehicle die. Motorcycles don't weigh nearly as much as passenger cars and trucks. They don't have the four-square stability of cars or trucks. They don't protect their passengers with frames, roll bars, airbags, or seat belts.

Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcyclists in accidents are vulnerable to all degrees of damage, none of it pleasant to contemplate.

Head Injuries

In 2001, the State of Florida made it legal for adult motorcyclists to ride without helmets provided they carry medical insurance of $10,000. Some studies done in the wake of this change in law claim that death and head injuries have increased in Florida. There is no doubt that nationwide, most deaths in motorcycle accidents are caused by head injuries, and that head injuries have been much more expensive to treat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates the average hospital cost to treat a head injury at well over $45,000, more than four times the required $10,000 insurance that riders who choose not to wear helmets are required to carry.

Injuries to the Back and Spine

No matter how fancy the motorcycle or how many fenders and guards it has, a rider's back is totally exposed. Sometimes, motorcycle operators and passengers suffer back or spinal injuries that can, even when treated properly, lead to lifetime pain and disability.

Amputations

Sadly, motorcyclists in serious accidents are vulnerable to amputations, either immediately on impact or later in surgery because of injuries too severe to repair.

Burns

Burns are very serious injuries requiring intense medical care over a long period of time, even for the smallest deep burn.

Broken Bones, Dislocated Joints, and Sprains

On a motorcycle, a driver and passenger's hands, arms, feet, and legs are totally exposed. When they hit the pavement the wrong way, try to catch themselves in a fall, or get crushed under a heavy piece of equipment, they're very likely to break bones. In bad motorcycle accidents, riders sometimes suffer serious shoulder and hip injuries.

Lacerations

Cuts and puncture wounds caused in accidents are a serious threat to motorcyclists. Lacerations require medical treatment to stop the bleeding, stitch wounds closed, and prevent infection.

Bruising

Even internal organs can be deeply bruised in motorcycle accidents. There is little medical treatment for deep bruising, except, time and limited physical exertion.

Road Rash

Road rashes are the nasty abrasions motorcyclists get when they are thrown from their bikes to slide and scrape across rough pavement. Abrasions are difficult to clean and cover, and they are extremely painful.

Psychological Trauma

Motorcycle accident victims often are surprised by psychological trauma. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by experiences in which severe physical harm occurs or is threatened. Victims need help if they become emotionally numb, develop insomnia, or experience flashbacks of the accident.

Recovery from a Motorcycle Accident

Approximately 80% of all reported motorcycle incidents or accidents nation-wide result in injury or death. The motorcycle accident attorneys at the Umansky Law Firm are concerned about Orlando motorcyclists because we know they ride at risk of injury or death through no fault of their own. Sometimes accidents involve trips to emergency rooms for stitches or casts, a little discomfort and inconvenience, and a day or two out of work. Some devastating motorbike accident wounds require major surgeries, physical therapy, medication regimens, and vocational rehabilitation. Motorcycle accident survivors may lose significant time at work, or even lose their jobs. They may be severely traumatized by their accidents. Personal injury and death cause financial, emotional, and mental strain for victims and their families. The Umansky Law Firm is staffed by attorneys knowledgeable about Florida motorcycle accident law. We put our clients first, and give our energy and expertise to recovery of the maximum compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, and other motorcycle accident-related expenses.

Tell the Umansky lawyers the story of how a motorcycle accident changed your life. Call us at 407-228-3838 for a free consultation, or contact us by submitting our web form.

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