By: David I. Shiner
“As an experienced rider, David I Shiner, has taken a keen interest in representing fellow motorcyclists when they have been injured in a motorcycle crash in Belle Glade, Florida. Because David understands the issues related to motorcyclists’ needs, he can not only help you get the results you deserve but understands the uniqueness riders face while on the highways and roads. If you were unfortunately injured in a motorcycle accident call and speak to Belle Glade Motorcycle Accident Attorney, David Shiner about your injuries and let him help you recover the money and justice, you deserve.” – David I. Shiner, Esq.
Belle Glade Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Driving a car and riding a motorcycle require different skill sets and knowledge, riding a motorcycle requires the rider to have the ability to balance a heavy motorcycle, good coordination skills and judgment. While each state is different when it comes to licensing, all states require a motorcycle rider to have a specific motorcycle license in order to operate a motorcycle, your regular driver’s license is not sufficient. To receive this specialist license, you will need to pass a written examination and an on-cycle skill test, and in some states, you may need an additional state-sponsored rider education course. In the State of Florida, you must hold a valid Class E operator’s driver’s license, complete a specialized motorcycle safety course rider course from an authorized state-sponsored provider.
Before you get out on the road to enjoy the Florida weather make sure you get to know your motorcycle, check the tire pressure, the breaks, ensure the headlights and singles are working properly, understand the specific laws of the road for motorcycle riders, ensure you have a valid motorcycle driver’s license, up to date and proper insurance coverage and that you are appropriately dressed for riding, including the all-important motorcycle helmet. While nothing guarantees your safety, wearing proper clothing and having a certified helmet may help provide some protection in some motorcycle crashes. Motorcycle helmets are 37% help lower the risk of fatalities in motorcycle accidents. Wearing protecting clothing, including boots can help reduce open wounds, road rash, scraps, and bleeding. Wearing a face shield or goggles can help prevent eye damage from debris flying in the wind.
The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration detailed that for every 100 motorcycle-related fatalities, 37 could have survived if they had word a certified motorcycle helmet. Helmets are extremely important to protect yourself from severe head injuries and Traumatic Brain Injuries (“TBI”). Helmets have a hard outer shell that protects the rider in an accident, which helps distribute the force of the impact in an accident, protecting the skull from hitting the pavement or other hard surfaces, such as another vehicle or a barrier, it may also help prevent objects from piercing the head.
The Expert Belle Glade Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Shiner Law Group has put together this article to help our clients better prepare for motorcycle crashes, if you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash in Belle Glade Florida, or anywhere in the state of Florida, call our dedicated team of motorcycle accident attorneys today at 561-777-7700.
Steps to Take After Being Involved in a Motorcycle Accident in Belle Glade Florida
If you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of being involved in a motorcycle crash you should consider taking the following steps, depending on your situation. For example, if you are severely injured, you will not be able to move your bike out of the way, take pictures and talk to the witnesses, you may have to go immediately to the hospital and that is ok after all your health and well-being are most important in these situations, however, if you are able to these steps will be helpful in any litigation that may come up. After an accident you may be upset or in shock, take a few minutes to relax, collect your thoughts and do not panic, once you have calmed down and gotten over the initial shock remember the steps below which may prove crucial in any legal action you may undertake.
- Step 1: Check for Injuries: Check to see if you are ok, can you move your limbs, is there any bleeding, can you get up and move around, check for injuries on others.
- Step 2: Call 911: ask for immediate help, provide a description of what just occurred, if you are injured and where, let them know others may be injured, provide the emergency operator an exact location and wait for the police and accident investigators to arrive.
- Step 3: Move the motorcycle: If possible, move yourself and your damaged motorcycle off to the side of the road, this will potentially help prevent further injuries if other drivers are not able to see you or your damaged bike in the middle of the road and stop in time.
- Step 4: Take pictures and video: Document the accident with video and pictures of the accident site, your injuries and the injuries of others, damages to the motorcycle and other vehicles, damages to surrounding buildings or structures. If you believe you are not injured and are able to record and document what occurred, do so now, this will help when discussing the injuries and damages with the insurance carriers and in any potential legal litigation cases which may come up after the accident.
- Step 5: File a police report: When the police or accident investigators arrive, allow them to document the scene and issue a police report, they will want to talk to all those involved as well as any witnesses. Try to avoid using the phrases “It was my fault”, “I didn’t see the other driver”, it happened so quickly I couldn’t react”, do not place the blame on yourself, but be honest and describe what just occurred.
- Step 6: Exchange information: Exchange pertinent information with other parties involved in the accident, provide them with your insurance documentation and take theirs down, get their name, type of car, color, year, VIN number as well as a copy of their licensee. Document as much information as you can including witness contact information and statements, the police accident report number, the officer’s name, badge number, and contact information.
- Step 7: Call the personal injury lawyers at Shiner Law Group immediately: Our lawyers and team will provide you with the options you need and will be there every step of the way of your recovery.
- Step 8: Seek medical treatment within 14 days of an accident, although seeing a medical professional may be time-consuming, seeking medical treatments for your injuries is extremely important, not only for your recovery but also to properly documents and evidence your injuries, sometimes you may not even feel your injuries, but they are just below the surface, explaining the accident to a medical professional allows them to examine your body to ensure you are treated properly. When you visit a medical professional keep detailed records of when you are treated, by whom as well as the diagnosis, these will be important when we speak to the insurance company looking to recover damages.
15 Motorcycle Injury Related Statistics:
Source – US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – Sharing the road – Motorcycle Safety – Traffic Safety Facts dated December 2020
Source – US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Traffic Safety Facts – Motorcycles dated November 2020
Source – US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Traffic Safety Facts – Motorcycles Helmet Use in 2019 – Overall Results dated June 2020
Source – US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Traffic Safety Facts – Motorcycle Safety Landing Page
- There were approximately 5000 motorcycle fatalities in 2019.
- 1,278 of the 5000 motorcycle fatalities were alcohol related.
- People injured in motorcycle accidents in 2019 jumped by 2000 from 2018 to 84,000.
- In 2019 Motorcycle fatalities occurred approximately 29 times more frequently than passenger car fatalities.
- In 2019 Motorcyclists were 4 times more likely to be injured in an accident than those involved in a car accident.
- 28% of motorcycle riders involved in fatal motorcycle accidents were riding without a valid motorcycle license.
- In 2018 motorcycles accounted for 25% of all the alcohol related fatalities in the US (21% for passenger cars, 22% for light and large trucks)
- 39% of all single motorcycle fatalities (no other vehicles were involved) were found to be under the influence.
- It was estimated that in 2017 helmets saved the lives of 1,872 motorcyclists and that another 749 could have been saved if they had word a helmet.
- 94% of all motorcycle fatalities were the riders and 6% were the passengers.
- 61% of all motorcycle fatalities occurred in urban areas.
- 59% of all fatalities occurred during the daylight compared to 37% at night.
- The leading cause of spinal cord injuries is due to vehicle related accidents
- Surprisingly a majority of motorcycle crashes, 96%, occurred on clear riding conditions, compared to 3% in rainy conditions and 1% in foggy conditions.
- 90% of all motorcycle crashes occurred city and state roads verses 10% occurring on interstate highways.
Choosing the Right Helmet For you
Fit – everyone head is shaped differently, which is why helmets come in various shapes and sizes, it is critical to determine your head shape and get the best one to fit your head, not your face, as well as the right size.
Safety Ratings – ensure that your helmet has a Department of Transportation (DOT) symbol on the outside back of the helmet, this indicates that the helmet meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
The Motorcycle Legal Foundation provides an excellent website to detail the various types of helmets for each rider
The Most Common Injuries Received after a Motorcycle Crash in Belle Glade Florida
- Concussion: a temporary “unconsciousness” type of injury to the brain typically caused by head injuries.
- Herniated Disk: when the spinal disc (spaces between each vertebra) ruptures and part of the spinal disc is becomes disjointed.
- Joint Damage: damage to the joints which may cause pain, swelling, inflammation, or the loss of mobility.
- Fractures: a “break” or more commonly called a “broken” bone.
- Whiplash: defined as a neck injury that is caused by a person’s head quickly moving backward and forward.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries: or “TBI.” A brain injury that can include concussion, diffuse axonal injury, contusions, anoxic injury, and even hypoxic injury.
- Neck and back injuries: injuries are the result of whiplash, slipped or herniated discs, and nerve damage. These types of injuries may require long-term recovery time.
- Spinal cord injuries:Severe impact may result in a spinal cord injury; this prevents the brain’s ability to communicate with the rest of your body. If you suffer from a spinal cord injuries you may experience numbness and muscle weakness.
- Road rash: Being dragged or scraped along the ground may result in various body abrasions called road rash if not properly clothed while riding a motorcycle.
- Cuts and bruises: If you are lucky and have been involved in a motorcycle accident you may only walk away with cuts and bruises, which maybe painful for a few days and may interrupt your daily life these injuries are slightly better than road rash or broken bones.
Even if you are able to fully recover from a motorcycle injury this does not prevent you from filing a lawsuit, your best course of action is to follow the steps listed above, seek medical treatment and call our Belle Glade attorneys to evaluate your accident and personal injury claims.
Medical Treatments after an accident
After a motorcycle accident, an injured rider may experience many different degrees of pain as each accident is unique, thus each injury is different and so are the ways to receive medical treatment for your injuries sustained from a motorcycle crash.
- Chiropractic Treatment after a motorcycle accident– seeing a chiropractic specialist who will manipulate your joints and focus treatment on your reducing pain and increasing your mobility.
- Orthopedic Treatment after a motorcycle accident–you may be evaluated by a medical professional who may determine that there is specific damage, and will send you to see an orthopedic specialist who will treat you by focusing on correcting bone, ligaments, joints, and muscle injuries.
- Spinal Injury Treatments after a motorcycle accident– in some motorcycle injury cases you may have received a herniated discs or other spine-related injuries. A spinal injury specialist may prescribe surgery to target these injuries.
- Rehabilitative Treatment after a motorcycle accident– In many motorcycle injuries, treatments may require additional therapy to help advance your recovery. These injuries may require the help of physical therapists or an occupational therapist.
- Kyphoplasty Treatment after a motorcycle accident– a type of treatment that is used to repair fractured vertebrae. In this medical procedure, a specialist will inflate a balloon that expands near the fractured bone, cement is then inserted inside the balloon which will provide support and relief from the pain sustained in your injuries.
- Spinal Cord Stimulation Treatment after a motorcycle accident– With this treatment, a spinal cord specialist will target the nerve pain using electricity, the specialist will attach electronic nodes either directly on or near the source of the pain, and controlled amounts of electricity will then be directed to the pain centers to help calm and relieve the injuries.
- Stem Cell Therapy Treatment after a motorcycle accident– Stem cells therapy targets the stem cells within the body which have the ability to divide and become other types of cells inside the body. This treatment helps heal other parts of an accident victims’ body, by replacing bad or depleted cells for healthier cells. Stem cell treatment does not repair the cells; they are applied to the location of the injuries through injections and new stem cells are then grown and developed on their own in order to repair the damages caused by the motorcycle injury.
- Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Treatment after a motorcycle accident– This treatment allows the body to regenerate quickly, by adding plasma directly to the injury site which was damaged during the motorcycle crash.
- Organ Disc Fusion Treatment after a motorcycle accident– This treatment is used to treat damaged disc or discs that may be out of alignment caused by the motorcycle accident. The damaged or misaligned discs may weaken the back. These treatments help fuse parts of the spin together in order to strengthen the damaged back.
- Trigger Point Therapy Treatment after a motorcycle accident– Trigger point therapy is commonly used with specialized massages; pressure is applied to the damaged or injured areas to help alleviate the pain and soreness.
When should you seek treatment from a Chiropractor after a motorcycle accident?
After a motorcycle accident, you may have sustained severe injuries and may want to seek relief for these injuries, usually pain in your lower back, neck, shoulders. You may feel dizzy, have continuous headaches, have the inability to stand, or have impaired vision, numbness, soreness in your neck or shoulders, back pain, or joint pain, if so, you may want to seek chiropractic treatment for these injuries.
If, however, your injuries are more serious, such as if there is blood loss, bone protrusions, swelling, cuts, or abrasions then you should seek medical treatment at an emergency room immediately.
When should a Motorcycle Accident Victim see a Spine and Neck Specialist?
After a motorcycle accident victim may have spine and neck injuries that cause severe pain seeing a Pain Specialist that specializes in back and neck pain to treat your injuries may be the next logical move. Neck injuries can severely limit your range of motion. Going to a neck specialist may help treat your injuries which affect your neck, back, and in general spinal cord injuries from the bottom of your head to the top of your shoulders (the top seven vertebrae of your spine). Seeing a Spine Specialist for spine injuries who will examine and help take care of these injuries which affect the entire length of the spine including the upper and lower back
These specialists handle injuries caused by motorcycle accidents such as Whiplash, Vertebra fractures and herniated discs. In fact, some of the most common spinal cord injuries our lawyers help our motorcycle accident clients deal with include:
Whiplash: is when the muscles are strained, because of torn ligaments or due to tissue damage, yet there are no broken bones. Symptoms of whiplash are neck pain, stiffness in the neck, limited motion or rotation of the neck issues, and headaches.
Vertebrae Fractures: is when the vertebrae fracture and causes bone fragments to scatter internally. Vertebrae fractures may be small but can cause severe pain and if not treated properly or timely may cause serious long-term effects. These fractures may cause a decrease in blood flow and can affect movement and quality of life.
Herniated Disc: is when one or more of the vertebrae which make up the spine are out of place, the shift in the discs will pinch the nerves, causing extreme pain due.
You may be asking if the type of medical treatment you receive matters after a Motorcycle accident in Belle Glade Florida?
In short, probably. There is a belief by insurance adjusters and the insurance companies they work for that not all medical treatments are equal, and they tend to evaluate your injuries based on these beliefs when they review personal injury claims. When you are injured in a motorcycle accident you should immediately see a medical professional to be diagnosed, also when being treated by medical professionals follow their advice, and continue treatment, insurance adjusters will consider not only the type of treatment but also the length of treatment. The belief by the insurance adjusters is that the longer you are treated, the longer it takes for you to heal from your injuries. This may determine the degree of pain and suffering you eventually receive.
Insurance companies also will evaluate documentation from medical professionals such as medical records from physicians, emergency room records, hospital, or medical clinic records. Although the insurance adjusters will consider records from physical therapists, occupational therapists, acupuncturists, and Chiropractors, during their evaluations, they will be treated differently.
As an example, although physical therapy is a common medical treatment after being injured in a motorcycle accident, insurance companies may use a lower multiplier when evaluating claims compared to a spine and neck specialist. Chiropractic and massage therapy treatments will be given even less weight than Physical therapists and occupational therapists.
You probably have typed in motorcycle accident attorneys near me and our Belle Glade, FL Shiner Law Group office came up in your menu, like so many others who are interested in knowing what to do when injured in a motorcycle crash in Belle Glade Florida, how do you handle the insurance companies and what treatments should you be utilizing after an accident. Your first priority should be your recovery thus allowing our attorneys to handle the negotiations with the insurance adjusters and the insurance companies. We have the experience and the expertise in dealing with personal injury accidents, we understand that you need to take care of yourself, to heal and work on your recovery, while we present your medical history and the accident details with these adjusters. We can help present the police reports, witness statements, pictures and videos, and other documentation which will describe what occurred and your medical records to detail your recovery. We work with the insurance adjuster as they investigate the claim and are prepared to respond to their questions and help them better evaluate the true value of the claim.
Call our Belle Glade Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
Our Belle Glade motorcycle accident attorneys will be able to provide details to evidence actual damages, lost wages, medical bills, property damage, and other damages that may not be calculated such as pain and suffering. In most situations, the insurance adjusters will offer a figure lower than actual damages, which is why selecting our attorneys to help you through this process is extremely important, as we have the experience necessary to respond. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation at 561-777-7700.