Traveling by motorcycle is a widespread practice. However, due to distracted and negligent drivers on our roadways, motorcyclists in Fort Myers and the surrounding area may be at greater risk of an accident than ever. At Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano, our motor vehicle collision attorneys recognize how devastating these injuries can be for the victims as well as their families. Our lawyers help individuals throughout Collier County, as well as Sarasota, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, and other communities across Lee County.File a Negligence Claim to Seek Compensation
Motorcyclists are expected to follow the same traffic laws as any other driver and exercise caution in order to prevent an accident. For example, motorcycles are prohibited from riding between lanes or passing unlawfully in a lane. However, many car and truck drivers fail to recognize that motorcycles and their riders are afforded the same rights as any people in standard vehicles. Under Florida law, motorcycles are entitled to utilize a full traffic lane, and other motor vehicles are prohibited from depriving a motorcycle of the full use of a lane. Likewise, every driver must yield the appropriate right-of-way to other vehicles, including motorcycles, at traffic signals and signs.
In any auto accident case, the criteria for establishing liability are the same. A victim must prove that another motorist was negligent by breaching an established duty of care, and that the breach caused injuries and quantifiable damages. Motorcycle accident cases are no different. In order to go forward with a claim, an injured rider must show that a particular defendant, usually another driver, owed him or her a duty of care. This can often be accomplished by asserting well-established Florida law that requires a driver to use reasonable care in operating a vehicle in order to avoid foreseeable risks of harm. Once that duty is established, the motorcyclist must set forth sufficient evidence that the other driver breached the duty. The requirements in a Florida accident case may appear to be straightforward, but a defendant and his or her insurance company will challenge most claims.
In some serious cases, a motorcycle rider may suffer catastrophic injuries or even death as a result of another person’s negligence. While no amount of money can make up for the death of a loved one, a claim for wrongful death may provide monetary compensation to assist with medical and funeral costs as well as the lost potential to earn income. Wrongful death cases have several additional requirements in addition to proving negligence. Most importantly, a personal representative must be appointed within a certain amount of time in order to assert the claim. A surviving spouse or family members may seek damages for loss of support, loss of companionship, emotional pain and suffering, and medical expenses, among others.
If you have been involved in an accident, it is critical to act promptly to assert your claims against any negligent drivers and their insurance companies. The laws of Florida set forth time frames for filing various types of lawsuits. These rules, known as statutes of limitations, require a victim to initiate a case within four years of the date of the accident. A failure to do so could completely bar recovery of damages.Contact a Naples Attorney to Explore Your Options After a Motorcycle Accident
If you or someone you know has been involved in a collision near the Naples area or beyond, the motorcycle accident lawyers at Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano are on hand to help. We can facilitate communications with insurance companies and work to assert your right to the damages you deserve. To speak one of our qualified attorneys, call us toll-free at (800) 283-7442 or contact us online today.