Open Door Motorcycle Accidents
Open Door Motorcycle Wrecks in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Hernando County
The number of dangers a motorcyclist faces on the road are numerous: slippery or poorly maintained roads, other drivers…the list goes on. It is well-acknowledged that motorcyclists face sharply increased risks of injury and even death. But one of the more overlooked and unexpected sources of serious injury is a suddenly-opened car or truck door. This type of motorcycle accident is more common in urban areas like Tampa and St. Petersburg, but can still occur in smaller or more rural areas such as Brooksville, Spring Hill and other areas in Hernando County.
Motorcyclists often stay to the side of the road. Sometimes they may not see or have to time to see an open or opening automobile door. This obviously forms a fixed obstacle, and that spells trouble for a rider. Sudden crashes can eject the driver from the seat of the bike and cause severe injuries such as brain damage, spinal cord fracture, concussion, road rash, facial disfigurement, broken bones and many other types of injuries. Lowman Law Firm recommends responsible riding, but Florida does not mandate that the operator of a motorcycle wear a helmet. Therefore, the reality that the increased risk of the above-mentioned injuries exist at a high rate is undeniable.
- Spinal cord injuries
- Road rash
- Permanent facial disfigurement
- Plastic surgery
- Brain damage
- Head trauma
- Broken bones
Awareness is Prevention in Open Door Motorcycle Wrecks
Probably the best way to safeguard against open door motorcycle accidents in Spring Hill or anywhere else in Central Florida is to simply be aware of your surroundings. Smaller towns like Brooksville often have road-accessible parking on narrow streets where doors often extend into the roadway. Similarly, urban areas like Tampa exhibit the same parking situations, but more frequently. Plus, as traffic density increases in those urban settings, it is more likely that an impatient motorcyclist might try to split traffic and advance unsafely between parallel parking spots and the moving flow of lane traffic. Still, many riders are very cautious and realize that they are practically invisible to a large portion of truck and car drivers on the road and do not risk such maneuvers. According to the oft-cited Hurt report, “The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of the other vehicle involved in collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision.” The same holds true for open door motorcycle accidents. All too often, riders are simply ignored.
For motorcyclists and automobile drivers alike, being aware of your surroundings, your proximity to the thoroughfare, the distance between the parking space and the road are all key factors in the prevention of open door motorcycle wrecks.
Lowman Law Firm is Central Florida’s Open Door Motorcycle Accident Attorney
For insightful and shrewd representation when seeking justice and compensation for injury and lost wages due to an open door motorcycle accident, contact Lowman Law Firm serving Spring Hill, Florida and make an appointment to discuss your case details with our capable, experienced attorneys.
Your team at Lowman Law Firm serving Spring Hill, Florida and surrounding areas such as Brooksville and Hernando County are ready to assist you and your family in the event of such a horrible motorcycle crash. Let our tenacious, experienced motorcycle accident attorneys handle your case for you.