If you were injured in a left turn accident that was not your fault, it is important to seek the help and guidance of a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer who can assess the merits of your claim.
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 motorcycle crash, if at all.
At Lusk, Drasites, & Tolisano, we can zealously advocate for your rights at every step of the way.
Causes of Left Turn Collisions
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 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 as acting reasonably. This is because an ordinary prudent person would understand that violating a stop sign could cause a motorcycle accident and injure others on the road.
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% negligent, while you may be deemed 20% negligent if you were speeding. As a result, your total recovery would correspond to 80% 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 motorcycle accident.
Damages for Motorcycle Accidents
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.
Our Legal Team
If you or someone you know has been hurt or killed in a left turn collision, our 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 victims bring personal injury claims after left turn accidents and we can help you as well. We serve people near Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and Naples.
To request your free legal consultation with one of our Florida motorcycle accident lawyers, call us toll free at (800) 283-7442.