Due to stereotypes, bikers are often unfairly maligned. Most motorcyclists are sensible, law-abiding drivers who regularly exhibit the immense skill required to ride a complex vehicle and to safely contend with inattentive drivers and road dangers. Bikers have additional reasons to ride cautiously, because the nature of their vehicles contributes to a disproportionately high fatality rate in the event of an accident.
Some dangers particular to motorcyclists are:
Motorcyclists treasure that feeling of freedom that cruising the open road gives them. Some also value the freedom of riding without a helmet. Under Florida law, riders over age 21 with $10,000 of insurance can ride without one. Note that most accidents occur at speeds less than 30 miles per hour, and statistics show that at these speeds helmets reduce both the number and severity of traumatic head and brain injuries by half. Aside from the increased safety of wearing a helmet, the decision to forego one tends to play into cultural stereotypes in and out of the courtroom. Bikers who suffer head injuries in an accident during in which they were not wearing a helmet generally receive much lower awards, even if they were not at fault for the accident.
To successfully combat any potential misperceptions in court, it helps to retain a sympathetic Florida attorney who has skillfully represented motorcycle accident victims in the Tampa area for more than 25 years.
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