Naples Motorcycle Accidents
Naples is a Collier County city that extends for about 12 square miles. In 2006, Conde Nast Magazine named it on its Top 20 list of Best Beaches in America. The vibrant Naples arts community is home to The Naples Players, Opera Naples, and the Naples Jazz Orchestra. As with any other place in the United States, there are many residents and visitors in Naples who enjoy the thrill of riding a motorcycle. Unfortunately, this also means that many riders are injured each year in horrific accidents. If you or someone close to you was hurt in a crash due to someone else’s negligence, you should enlist a Naples motorcycle accident attorney at Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano to advocate on your behalf.Motorcycle Accidents Cause Serious Harm
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 5,000 people died across the United States in motorcycle crashes in 2015. The NHTSA also reported that about 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2015. The Governors Highway Safety Association found that in 2013, Florida was the third-leading state in the nation when it came to motorcycle fatalities, behind only California and Texas.
Motorcycle accident victims often sustain serious injuries and face an extended period of hospitalization, as well as a long recovery process. As a result, bills may quickly pile up and put you in a challenging financial situation. Fortunately, Florida law allows victims of motorcycle accidents to seek compensation for medical expenses, therapy costs, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, lost income, property damage, and other costs and losses. If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to recover wrongful death damages as well, such as medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and more.
In order to recover compensation, a plaintiff must establish that their injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. Negligence may be established by demonstrating the following elements by a preponderance of the evidence:
- The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of reasonable care to drive safely;
- The defendant failed to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances;
- The defendant’s failure to use reasonable care was a direct cause of the accident; and
- The plaintiff incurred damages as a result.
It is important to be aware that Florida follows a pure comparative negligence standard, which means that a jury may apportion fault and reduce the plaintiff’s damages based on their percentage of fault. For example, if a plaintiff is deemed to be 20 percent at fault, they still may be able to recover 80 percent of the total costs and losses.Contact a Naples Attorney After a Motorcycle Accident
While any automobile accident is dangerous, motorcycle riders may be particularly susceptible to injuries, due to the fact that there is no cushion between them and the road. At Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano, our Naples motorcycle accident lawyers have years of experience representing victims. You can trust that we will make every effort to get you the compensation that you deserve. To learn more about your legal rights and options, do not hesitate to call us toll-free at (800) 283-7442 or contact us online for a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney.