May 30

Avoiding the Most Common Motorcycle Accidents

There are many benefits to riding a motorcycle. Besides being more fuel efficient and more environmentally friendly than cars, they are arguably more fun to drive. However, because they are so exposed to the outside world, riders must remain cautious and prepared for anything to happen on the road. Motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a crash compared to a passenger vehicle, and more than five times as likely to be injured.

Here are some of the most common motorcycle accidents and how to avoid them:

Taking a Turn too fast, or Hitting Sand or Debris when Turning a Corner
Although motorcycles are designed to be fast and easy to control, taking corners too fast is a common error for riders, and can be deadly. Sharp turns or sand on the road can cause you to lose total control of your motorcycle.
How to avoid an accident:
If there is a turn coming up, ride slow and steady, and remain on the brakes. After you hit the apex of the turn, let off the brakes and begin to accelerate. Also remain cautious of any debris or other dangers on the road.

Left-hand Turns in Front of You
One of the most common motorcycle accidents occurs when an oncoming vehicle makes a left hand turn in front of (or into) a motorcycle. Motorcycles run the risk of being less visible than motor vehicles due to their smaller size.
How to avoid an accident:
As a motorcyclist, you must always be aware of your surroundings and be prepared to make evasive actions in any foreseeable circumstance. Why? Because your life could depend on it. Motorcyclists must be able to see other drivers and anticipate what they could do. Be prepared for drivers to misjudge right-of-ways or simply not see you, and prepare accordingly.

Cars Merging into Your Motorcycle
Many drivers on the road have trouble seeing motorcycles either due to blind spots or inattentive driving. It is easy for a motorcycle to be overlooked when a vehicle is changing lanes or merging. Drivers are more accustomed to glance in their blind spots looking for automobiles than motorcycles, and it can be difficult to tell if they can see you at all.
How to avoid an accident:
Try to spend a minimal amount of time in other drivers’ blind spots. As a general rule of riding a motorcycle, always try to anticipate any situations that could become dangerous. Keep an eye out for signs of lane changing, such as wheels beginning to turn or the driver checking his/her blind spot.

Being Rear-ended
When stopped at a traffic light, it may seem you are helpless to vehicles behind you who are not paying attention or simply do not see your motorcycle. However, there are a couple actions you can take. Whereas a 15 MPH rear end collision is usually a minor inconvenience for automobile drivers, a motorcyclist involved in such a crash could be killed.
How to avoid an accident:
When you come to a stop at a traffic light, stop towards the side of the road instead of in the middle of the lane. This way, if you see a car coming up fast behind you, you have a way to escape danger. If a car is coming and you don’t foresee it stopping, flash your brake lights to show the driver that you are there, and then pull off the road to avoid impact if you must.

Locking up the Front Brake
Emergency situations can happen without notice. There are many situations where you may have to brake abruptly, such as an accident, an animal in the road, or sudden stopping of traffic. Most of the bike’s stopping power comes from the front brake, so using the rear brake more will result in a longer stopping distance. But relying on the front brake could result in overbraking. If the front brake locks up, it could lead to your weight shifting the bike enough to lift the back wheel and throw you over the handlebars.
How to avoid an accident:
Make sure you spend time getting to know your bike. Find an empty parking lot to practice if you need to. Test the sensitivity of both brakes, and learn how to use them smoothly. This way, you will instinctively be able to react to sudden braking safely.

Drinking and Riding
Though this should go without saying, it is worth mentioning, as it is a factor in up to 50% of all motorcycle wrecks. Not only do motorcycles require more balance and coordination than cars, but a minor lapse in judgment while riding could send you flying off the bike and getting severely injured, or worse.
How to avoid an accident:
Don’t drink and ride. Don’t take the risk. It’s not worth it.

Because motorcycle riders are so exposed, being involved in any type of motorcycle accident can be dangerous, and there can be serious consequences such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, road rash, muscle damage, and more.

Have you or a loved one been injured in a motorcycle accident? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg motorcycle accident attorney at Jones Law Group today. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and rehabilitation costs. When you contact our office we will immediately set an appointment where you will meet your attorney and be provided with his/her personal contact information. If you do not have transportation or you cannot drive, your attorney will travel to meet you and discuss your case with you.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another, you should immediately call an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Petersburg at Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours. We will evaluate your case for free and you will never pay us a dime unless we recover compensation for your injuries.

Jones Law Group
5622 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33707

http://jlgtampabay.com/personal-injury/

May 8

Emotional and Mental Distress from a Car Accident

After a car accident, most people will focus on physical pain. Is anything broken? Are you hurt? Do you need an ambulance? You may end up in a hospital having your physical injuries treated. But how do you handle your mental and emotional well-being after an auto accident?
Often after an accident, you may be in shock. This is not surprising, as accidents happen unexpectedly and can be life-changing in an instant. You may feel helpless or unprepared, even though there was nothing you could do to prevent such an event. In order to make a full recovery, you must address your mental distress as well as your physical pain.

Some symptoms of mental or emotional distress after a car accident can be:
• Anxiety
• Guilt
• Mood swings
• Fear of driving or other activities
• Nightmares and sleep issues
• Loss of appetite
• Loss of interest in activities you enjoyed prior to the accident
• Depression
• Post-traumatic stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Memory loss
• Being emotionally withdrawn

These symptoms sometimes can improve over time, or they may require psychological treatment to get better. Some treatments may include medication, psychotherapy, or counseling.

If you are experiencing mental or emotional trauma due to your accident, it is best to document what you are going through. If your distress is keeping you from getting in a car or getting enough sleep, write it in a journal. Keeping track of what you are experiencing can not only help if you need an accurate diagnosis, but can act as evidence of how the accident affected you.

It is best to find an experienced attorney as soon as possible after the accident to help navigate you through and ensure you receive the damages you deserve for your mental and emotional injuries as well as the physical ones.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney at Jones Law Group

Have you been in an accident? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney at Jones Law Group today. When you contact our office we will immediately either put you on the phone with one of our attorneys, or set an appointment where you will meet your attorney and be provided with his/her contact information. If you do not have transportation or you cannot drive, your attorney will travel to meet you and discuss your case with you. Call an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Petersburg at Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours. We will evaluate your case for free and you will never pay us a dime unless we recover compensation for your injuries.

Jones Law Group
5622 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33707

Personal Injury

https://www.alllaw.com/articles/nolo/personal-injury/emotional-distress-damages.html

https://injury.findlaw.com/car-accidents/emotional-trauma-after-a-car-accident.html

April 11

Personal Injury Protection Insurance

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance is a type of car insurance coverage that covers medical expenses. Every Florida resident who owns a vehicle is required to have PIP insurance, as each person’s PIP insurance is responsible for that person’s injuries.

PIP Insurance is also known as no-fault insurance because it can help pay for costs associated with car accident injuries regardless of who is at fault. Florida vehicle owners are required by law to have a minimum of $10,000 in PIP coverage. This means if you are injured in an accident, your insurance company will pay you up to that amount, regardless of who the at-fault party was. The benefit to this is you will receive money to cover your medical costs sooner than taking the issue through the court system to assign fault. In order to take full advantage of PIP benefits, you must receive medical treatment within 14 days of the accident.

What Can PIP Coverage be Used For?

After deductibles are paid, PIP will cover up to 80% of expenses for medical bills or expenses such as:
• Hospital costs
• Rehabilitation services
• Ambulance fees
• X-rays
• Dental work
• Out-of-pocket prescriptions

Pip can also cover up to 60% of lost wages caused by your accident.

Have you or a loved one been injured in a car accident? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg car accident attorney at Jones Law Group today. When you contact our office we will immediately set an appointment where you will meet your attorney and be provided with his/her contact information. If you do not have transportation or you cannot drive, your attorney will travel to meet you and discuss your case with you.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash, you should immediately call an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Petersburg at Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours. We will evaluate your case for free and you will never pay us a dime unless we recover compensation for your injuries.

Jones Law Group
5622 Central Avenue
St. Pete, FL 33707

April 4

Road Rage Incidents Increasing in Florida

Florida has more cases of road rage than any other state, including larger and more populated states than our own. Not only does Florida lead the nation in road rage incidents, but there are also more road rage incidents involving guns than any other state.

Population in some Florida areas is definitely a factor. Studies prove that as the population increases, impulsive and aggressive acts increase as well. Some common signs of road rage include:

• Tailgating another driver
• Honking to express frustration or anger
• Yelling at other drivers
• Blocking another vehicle from changing lanes
• Cutting off another vehicle
• Intentionally bumping or hitting another vehicle
• Abrupt braking

Frustration behind the wheel is nothing unusual. There will always be drivers who are tired, impatient, anxious, or perturbed about something, whether related to the commute or not. Although you can’t help what another driver is feeling, there are a few ways to stay safe from frustrated or angry drivers on the road:

• Steer clear of erratic drivers
• Stay calm
• Avoid eye contact with an aggressive driver
• If another driver is attempting to pass you, do not remain in the left lane
• Do not challenge an aggressive driver
• Don’t take their behavior personally
• Do not be afraid to report road rage to the police

Remember: don’t encourage aggressive driving by driving aggressively yourself.

Have you or a loved one sustained injuries due to road rage from another driver? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney at Jones Law Group today. When you contact our office we will immediately either put you on the phone with one of our attorneys, or set an appointment where you will meet your attorney and be provided with his/her contact information. If you do not have transportation or you cannot drive, your attorney will travel to meet you and discuss your case with you. Call an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Petersburg at Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours. We will evaluate your case for free and you will never pay us a dime unless we recover compensation for your injuries.

Jones Law Group
5622 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33707

Personal Injury

https://www.idrivesafely.com/defensive-driving/trending/road-rage-incidents-increase-florida-drivers-are-cautioned-let-it-go

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/i-team-investigates/database-florida-leads-the-nation-in-road-rage-cases-up-71-from-2014-to-2017

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