There are many motorcycles on the Tampa roadways and drivers of passenger vehicles and trucks are encouraged to keep an eye on them to ensure everyone remains safe. Unfortunately, many drivers are distracted behind the wheel, behave recklessly or negligently and it places riders in jeopardy. Motorcycle awareness is imperative, but many do not adhere to it. The injuries that result can be severe and even fatal. After a motorcycle crash, the rider must be aware of how to recover compensation to cover for all that was lost.
Driver makes U-turn into motorcyclist’s path
A common way in which car-motorcycle accidents happen is if the vehicle turns into the bike’s path. One such accident happened to an 18-year-old rider. The accident happened at shortly after 9 p.m. The rider was at an intersection when a vehicle made a U-turn sparking a crash. The motorcycle went onto the median and then hit another vehicle on the road. The rider had a helmet on, but was seriously hurt and hospitalized.
Motorcyclists’ vulnerability can lead to long-term challenges
Because motorcyclists are so vulnerable and lacking protection accorded by a passenger vehicle, they can suffer spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, cuts and worse. The injuries can be so extensive that it leads to irreparable damage and death. This is not only a physical challenge, but it is a financial one as well with medical expenses, lost income and the need for family members to care for an injured loved one. Statistically, motorcycle accidents are spiking in the state. Despite emphasis on reducing distracted driving and attention to rider safety, these accidents continue to occur.
Professional advice can help with securing compensation
When a rider is injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to understand the potential long-term problems that can arise. Medical expenses may be massive with hospitalizations, surgery, treatment, medication and rehabilitation. Getting back to work or school can be difficult. The recovery period can be long and arduous and might not even yield results that help the person return to how he or she was before the collision. To cover for all that was lost and what may be needed in the future, a legal filing might be necessary. Consulting with professionals experienced in motorcycle accidents may help with seeking compensation in a legal filing.