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Motorcyclist Suffers Critical Injuries After Going into a Slide to Avoid Crash on Jammes Road in Jacksonville Florida

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A motorcyclist was hospitalized in critical condition in Jacksonville, Florida, after a car pulled out from a side street causing the motorcyclist to fall into a slide. The motorcyclist, who is in his early forties, was traveling southbound on Jammes Road just before 5 p.m. when a vehicle began to pull out from Bartholf Avenue. The vehicle was able to stop before it was struck, but the motorcyclist leaned and put the motorcycle into a slide to avoid the collision. It was reported that the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and was transported to Shands Jacksonville after sustaining personal injuries. No traffic citations were reportedly issued by law enforcement officials. For more see Jacksonville, Florida, motorcyclist hospitalized in critical condition after sliding on bike, man not wearing helmet.
Although Florida law does not require those over 18-years-old to wear a helmet if there is adequate medical insurance / motorcycle medical coverage in place for the motorcyclist under Florida law, helmets can save lives or dramatically reduce the severity of personal injuries. The Brian Injury Association of America reported that helmets are 37% effective at preventing deaths in motorcycles accidents and 67% effective at preventing brain injuries. The agency also estimated a total of 1,829 lives were saved by helmets since 2009 and an additional 823 lives would have been saved had the cyclists been wearing helmets. If the motorcyclist failed to wear a helmet and DID NOT have medical coverage in place to meet the exception, the use or non-use of a helmet is relevant only if it can be proved that the wearing of the helmet would have in all probability prevented or lessened the injuries caused by the collision. For instance, if a person suffered a fractured leg as a result of the motorcycle accident, the wearing or non-wearing of a helmet would not have made a difference. Furthermore, not all head or brain injuries can be avoided by the use of a helmet. Each case must be evaluated on its own facts and circumstances. There are many technical considerations to evaluate in these cases both legally and medically. Because of this, it is important to get advice, counsel, and representation from a Florida Motorcycle Personal Injury Lawyer for issues including liability, Florida Helmet Laws, health insurance, motorcycle insurance, medical bills, and compensation.

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