Left Turn Collisions
While motorcycles often provide a thrill on the road, riding them may also result in devastating accidents. These crashes tend to leave riders with particularly serious injuries, since there is no steel construction protecting them, as is the case with people in a car. If you were injured in a left turn collision that was not your fault, it is important to seek the help and guidance of a skilled Fort Myers motorcycle accident lawyer who can assess the merits of your claim. At Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano, we can zealously advocate for your rights at every step of the way.Seeking Compensation for Injuries Sustained in a Left Turn Collision
Left turn accidents may lead to serious injuries and even a needless death. They arise from many potential causes, including distracted driving, aggressive driving, starting a left turn too early or too late, poor visibility, and ignoring a stop sign.
If your motorcycle accident was caused by the carelessness of another driver, you may be able to file a negligence claim against that person. Negligence requires establishing four basic elements. First, a plaintiff motorcycle rider must show that he or she was owed a duty of care by the defendant driver. Also, the driver must have breached the duty owed to the motorcyclist, and the defendant’s breach must have been a direct cause of the victim’s injuries and damages. The duty of care refers to the obligation to act as a reasonably prudent person would behave in the same or similar circumstances. For example, a person who makes a left turn at an intersection while disregarding a stop sign would not be considered to be acting reasonably. This is because an ordinary, prudent person would understand that violating a stop sign could cause an accident and injure others on the road.
Florida uses a pure comparative negligence standard in personal injury cases. This means that any damages award is reduced according to the extent that the victim contributed to the crash, if at all. For example, if you are suing another driver because he made a left turn while failing to yield at an intersection, that driver may be deemed 80 percent negligent, while you may be deemed 20 percent negligent if you were speeding. As a result, your total recovery would correspond to 80 percent of your damages. However, it is important to be aware that your right to compensation would not be barred unless you were completely responsible for the crash.
Typically, a plaintiff will be able to recover damages related to medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, disability, pain and suffering, lost income, and property damage, among other costs and losses.Explore Your Options with a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Fort Myers
If you or someone you know has been hurt or killed in a left turn collision, our Fort Myers motorcycle accident attorneys can help you pursue compensation for your injuries or your loved one’s wrongful death. At Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano, we have helped many Southwest Florida victims bring personal injury claims, and we can help you as well. We serve people in Naples, Port Charlotte, Lehigh Acres, and Sarasota, among other cities. Call us toll-free at (800) 283-7442 or contact us through our online form to set up a free appointment with a motor vehicle collision lawyer who can help you explore your options.