Understanding Negligence in a Jacksonville FL Motorcycle Accident
Accident with a Reckless Driver
Motorists are obligated to Share the Road with motorcycles in Florida, but in reality it rarely happens that way.
The fact is that motorists are often negligent when it comes to looking out for motorcyclist. Most commonly we hear that the driver just didn’t see the biker.
Maybe the road was foggy or the biker was traveling in the vehicle’s blind spot. The size disparity between a car and a motorcycle may add to the motorcycle going unnoticed. And a driver may find it is difficult to estimate the speed of the motorcycle and the distance between them.
When a motorcyclist is the victim of a negligent motorist, it is the biker who is at an increased risk of injury and death from a collision with a vehicle. He does not have the safety and security of a metal cage, air bags, side curtains, and a seat belt to protect him.
The bulk of injuries – 98 percent – happen to the biker when a car and motorcycle collide. And those injuries are almost always serious involving trauma to the head and spinal cord, broken bones, paralysis, burns and road rashes, amputations, and death.
If you do survive your injuries there is a good chance you will be facing huge medical bills and the cost of rehabilitation. You still need to pay your bills, even if you are injured, and at a time when you are incapacitated and cannot work. That is when a Jacksonville negligent driver motorcycle accident lawyer can seek adequate compensation to cover your medical costs, damage to property, and pain and suffering.
Filing a Claim Against a Negligent Driver
If a negligent driver has caused your crash you may be able to file a claim because they:
- Failed to use due care when operating the automobile
- The negligent driver caused the collision
- Injuries resulted from the accident caused by the negligent driver
- Property damage, pain and suffering resulted from the accident caused by the negligent driver
- A negligent driver who was also driving drunk or was willful and malicious in his negligence can be sued for punitive damage
- Your future losses as a result of the negligent driver may be part of a claim
In Florida, new motorcycle riders are required to take a training course to prepare themselves for all eventualities such as maneuvering quickly in the event that vehicle sideswipes them, wearing a helmet, mental preparedness, the necessity of wearing protective riding gear, dangerous road conditions and being wary of negligent driver.
Get Help from a Jacksonville FL Negligent Driver Motorcycle Accident Attorney Now!
If you are involved in a crash, you will need to hire an accident attorney in Jacksonville to handle you case of negligence by another driver. Make sure they are well-versed in the causes of motorcycle accidents and have an investigator on staff to uncover the causes and determine the at-fault party as soon as they can after the crash occurs. For help, contact Farah & Farah at (904) 263-4610 today!