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What is the Leading Cause of Death in Motorcycle Accidents?

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The leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents is head injuries. In addition, motorcycles are more dangerous as they lack the same basic protections that other enclosed motor vehicles can provide. To complicate matters further, Florida law does not require motorcyclists over 21 to wear helmets. However, they are legally obligated to carry insurance that provides at least $10,000 in medical benefits.

If you have lost a loved one due to a motorcycle accident or you have been injured in an accident, contact our law firm, and ask to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options.

How Do Head Injuries Occur in Motorcycle Accidents?

Head injuries, also referred to as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), are often the result of a motorcycle rider failing to wear a helmet. However, motorcyclists can experience traumatic brain injuries even when wearing a helmet if the force of the impact is great enough. A TBI can occur when the brain is violently moved from side to side in the skull, which causes damage to the brain tissue. The brain is unlike other body parts and cannot heal itself, meaning that brain damage is often permanent.

What are the Most Common Motorcycle Injuries?

As stated previously, the major cause of death in most motorcycle accidents is head injuries. A motorcyclist can suffer a head injury in various ways, such as striking their head on the pavement or other stationary object, blunt force trauma, or penetration of brain tissue.

Some other common injuries include:

  • Whiplash
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Amputated limbs
  • Internal bleeding
  • Organ damage

Can I File a Wrongful Death Claim if My Loved One Was Killed Due to a Motorcycle Accident?

If you have lost your loved one due to a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim to recover damages such as funeral and burial expenses. Additional damages may include medical bills, pain and suffering, and mental anguish, to name a few. However, it is essential to remember that only a personal representative of the deceased’s estate may file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Our law firm’s attorneys have extensive experience handling wrongful death lawsuits. We understand how difficult it is to suddenly lose a family member, especially if they were the primary source of financial support. Contact us today so that we can examine the facts surrounding your case and explore your legal options.

Is There a Time Limit to File a Claim?

If you have lost a loved one due to a motorcycle accident, Florida allows families to file a wrongful death claim up to two years from the date of death. If you file a claim related to a personal injury, the state allows an individual up to four years to file a claim.

If you need more information about filing any injury claim, contact our law firm by calling 772-773-6697 and ask to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

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