Ocala Motorcycle Injury Attorneys

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Ocala, Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Whittel & Melton, LLC
118 SW Fort King Street
Ocala, Florida
352-369-5334

Protecting Bikers Traveling All Around the Sunshine State
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“Bikers are so often the very tragic victims of the most basic of careless mistakes by other drivers on the road. Unfortunately, Motorcycles don’t have doors, roofs, seat belts, etc. Every tiny mistake made by other motorists on the road can result in a major injury or sometimes death to Florida’s Motorcycling public”
- Jason M. Melton, Esquire – Florida Motorcycle Injury Attorney

The fatality rate for motorcyclists in 2007 per registered vehicle was 6 times the fatality rate for passenger car occupants. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the injury rate for motorcyclists was 0.7 times the injury rate for passenger car occupants. Motorcyclists made up 14 percent of total traffic fatalities, 17 percent of all occupant fatalities and 4 percent of all occupants injured in 2008. With an estimated 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents resulting in death, it is important for all Marion County bikers to be aware of these figures and take precautionary measures when traveling on roadways.

According to the U.S Department of Transportation, bike accidents are most likely to occur after dark, in fact 60 percent of motorcycle fatalities happen at night. Motorcyclists face a lot more risks at night than other motor vehicles because bikers are considered defenseless road users and are more likely to be injured by collisions and street hazards. Motorcycles have smaller headlights, which gives riders lower visibility making it difficult for them to see any upcoming dangerous as well as making it difficult for other drivers sharing the roadways to see them. Most drunk drivers operate their vehicles when the sun goes down; intoxicated or inattentive drivers can drive unpredictably which can be perilous for any other drivers and bikers operating the same roads as them. Animals run into roads all the time in neighborhoods as well as highways, and motorcyclists who hit a large animal or even swerve to avoid hitting the animal are more likely to be severely injured from this than an automobile driver.

We proudly serve all injured riders from Marion County, Ocala, Dunellon, Summerfield, McIntosh, Belleview and of course The Villages.

If you or someone you care for is going to operate a motorcycle at night on the roadways of Ocala, Dunnellon or anywhere in the communities of Marion County, please practice these safety measures to lower your risk of an accident:

  1. ALWAYS wear reflective clothing when riding at night. A reflective jacket or vest can help other drivers see you better at night.
  2. DO NOT SPEED! Always follow the speed limits and slow down if your visibility weakens. When you speed, you lose your ability to stop suddenly or swerve around an impediment safely.
  3. Use your Brights when necessary. Consider using your Brights at night on empty roads or in rural areas so that you can see any obstacles ahead, such as animals crossing the road or cars not using their lights.
  4. Try your best to avoid distracted drivers. A driver is likely drunk, sleepy or not paying attention to the road if you notice their vehicle swerving, braking unexpectedly for no reason or driving without their lights on. If you see any road behavior like this, stay as far away from the vehicle as you can and pull over immediately and notify law enforcement officials.
  5. A cell phone is always handy to have with you when traveling at any time of day, so make sure you have one with you at night in case of an emergency. Programming local numbers in your phone to help if an emergency happens such as the fire department, police department and local hospital is never a bad idea.
  6. If you are involved in an accident, despite the severity, call 911 before doing anything else.
  7. Call Whittel & Melton immediately at 352-369-5334.

The Ocala Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a free consultation, and we even make house calls and hospital visits. Call us today without delay at 352-369-5334.

Ocala, FL Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyers
Whittel & Melton, LLC
118 SW Fort King Street
Ocala, Florida
352-369-5334
Don’t Face the Judge Alone!

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