Even when riders take every motorcycle safety awareness, precaution and wear all recommended safety equipment, collisions between bikers and other vehicles rarely end well for bikers. Many motorists do not give bikers the respect that they deserve on the road, despite the heightened vulnerability of bikers and the legal obligation for drivers to care for the well-being of everyone else on the road.
Our Ocala motorcycle accident lawyer can work with motorcyclists to understand their rights as riders, and to seek out compensation if those rights are violated and they become injured. To learn more or discuss your motorcycle accident injury claim, contact us for a free case evaluation.
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Collisions between motorcycles and other vehicles are unfortunately common. Drivers do not always look carefully enough before turning or changing lanes and may fail to see bikers until it is too late to avoid hitting them. However, the law does not allow drivers to argue that they should not be held responsible for their actions simply because the other person was riding a motorcycle.
This is because most collisions between bikers and other drivers are pursued using the legal theory of negligence. This theory states that all drivers, whether they be driving cars, trucks, or motorcycles, have a responsibility—or duty—to look out for the well-being of everyone else on the road. When this duty is broken or breached, the person who breaks it is responsible for any damage that is caused.
For example, suppose that a biker stops at a stop sign, looks both ways, and proceeds through an intersection. Another driver is coming from the right, ignores a stop sign, and causes a collision when they enter the intersection.
Both the driver and the biker have a duty to protect each other. By stopping at the sign, the biker has fulfilled this duty. The inverse can be said for the driver.
In fact, an accident caused by a person violating a law makes them negligent per se. In cases such as these, the person violating the law is presumed to be at-fault for the accident and negligent.
Motorcycle accidents can be especially harsh on a biker. Even at low speeds, a collision may throw the rider from the seat and cause them to skid along the ground. This can result in severe physical injuries, including:
However, the damages in a motorcycle accident claim do not necessarily stop with physical injury. A biker may also demand compensation for lost wages, time away from their family, and mental anguish that prevents them from riding again. Ocala motorcycle accident lawyers can examine each case to properly evaluate the extent of the damages suffered by our clients so that our demand packages ask for appropriate compensation.
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People who have been involved in a motorcycle accident may be confused and intimidated. They may believe that they have fewer rights than other drivers simply because they were riding their bike, or they may think that they will have a more difficult time proving that a driver in a larger car was responsible for the accident.
Motorcycle accident attorneys can help put these fears to rest. We know the rights enjoyed by all motorists and help our clients exercise them for the fair compensation that they deserve.
By gathering the full evidence in the case and forming persuasive demand packages, many cases settle before needing to go to court. All Florida cases alleging negligence must be filed within four years of the accident, so don’t delay—contact an Ocala motorcycle accident lawyer at Glover Law Firm today.