Motorcycle accidents can be catastrophic, resulting in serious injuries. Florida's temperate climate and beautiful stretches of highway mean we are no stranger to these incidents. The roads in and around Bunnell, FL, in particular, draw a large number of riders. If you have been hurt as the driver or passenger of a motorcycle, our compassionate attorneys, W. M. Chanfrau, Sr., William Chanfrau, Jr., and Kelly Chanfrau, can help. With strong ties to the legal community which extend for generations, Chanfrau & Chanfrau works hard to protect the rights of motorcycle accident victims and other personal injuries. Learn more about how we can help you recover by calling (386) 258-7313 or messaging the firm today.
Motorcycle Accidents in Bunnell
U.S. Highway 1, running from north to south along the coast, is packed with scenic views, making it a well-traveled roadway for bikers. The number of motorcycles that share this road with motorists makes it prime real estate for an accident, as do the following major roadways:
- State Road 100: Running east to west for 153 miles, this state road intersects A1A near Bunnell, giving motorcycle riders a chance to see the sights but also exposing them to more motorists.
- Highway 11: This route runs north to south through Flagler County. It is slightly curvy and also becomes a two-lane highway for a brief period. These changes can catch a driver unaware, and contribute to a motorcycle accident.
In the fall of 2017, a rider on U.S. 1 was killed when they were hit by a semi-truck. This spot is especially dangerous, with 6 fatalities occurring in just one 9-month period. This particular accident shared a similar pattern to other fatal and severe accidents nearby. The collision was partially blamed on a dip in the east side of the highway, making visibility when crossing difficult.
Heightened Risk on the Road
Motorcycle riders face more risks than car and truck drivers, such as:
- Weather: When the roadway becomes wet from rain, a motorcycle can lose traction more quickly than a car, causing the cycle to slide out from under the driver and sending those onboard the bike skidding across the pavement.
- Safety features: Motorcycles are not enclosed by steel and lack seat belts. These basic safety features provide protection for victims involved in car accidents that are not available when on a motorcycle.
- Helmets: Helmets are optional in the state (with some restrictions), and when a rider makes the choice not to wear a helmet, the risk of head trauma is great.
- Decreased visibility: While many motorcycles are louder than cars and trucks, most are not as big. The difference in size makes it hard for other drivers to see a motorcycle in time to avoid an accident.
The lawyers at Chanfrau & Chanfrau help victims by establishing liability for the accident and then demanding damages which are sufficient enough to cover the losses suffered. Fair compensation typically includes payment for lost wages, payment for loss of future earning capacity, reimbursement for medical expenses, and the costs of ongoing care or therapy.
Choose Dedicated Attorneys
The personal injury law firm of Chanfrau & Chanfrau provides guidance and comfort to victims and their families. For more information about what to expect and how to get started, call our office at (386) 258-7313 or contact us online.