A motorcycle’s size and speed make it easy to hide in blind spots, while some riders’ penchant for exhilaration can lead to reckless driving. Collisions with motorcyclists run a terrifying risk of causing serious harm to the rider because motorcyclists are not protected from the force of impact.
If you’ve been involved in a collision primarily caused by a negligent motorcycle rider, you have legal rights. A Sarasota negligent motorcycle rider accident lawyer can guide you in protecting yourself and your family. Jason and Debi Chalik, the owners of Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers, work directly with every client to see the legal process through from start to finish.
With over 1,200 cases settled in the last five years, we pride ourselves on trust-based legal representation. Call (941) 315-4404 today to speak with a member of our team for free.
Regulations and Requirements for Florida Motorcyclists
According to Florida Statutes §316.211, riders must:
- Be in possession of a motorcycle endorsement or license,
- Carry property damage and injury liability insurance, and
- Wear both a helmet (if they’re under the age of 21) and approved eye protection.
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Equipment Requirements for Motorcycles
- Turn signals
- Headlights (these headlights must be on during the day)
- Handlebars level with their shoulders
- Stop lamps (a minimum of one stop lamp per motorcycle)
Motorcyclists must adhere to state and federal traffic regulations, exercise the same duty of care expected of all road users, and take all necessary precautions to prevent collisions. If you’ve been involved in a collision with a motorcyclist, Florida laws protect you.
A lawyer can help you start the process of standing up for your rights and the rights of your family.
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The Consequences of Negligent Riding
Like motorists, motorcycle riders are expected to behave responsibly on the road. This means not driving under the influence or while drowsy, responsibly changing lanes, and maintaining a proper distance between vehicles.
Lane splitting is a common offense and refers to motorcyclists riding between two lanes of traffic with no intention of integrating into either lane. This is prohibited by Florida Statutes §316.209. Drivers don’t expect a rider to be in between lanes and can hit a rider while switching lanes. When this is the case, the rider can be held accountable for their actions in the collision.
Sarasota motorcycle riders whose negligent riding causes injury, death, or property loss to other drivers are responsible for compensating victims for their losses.
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Compensation We Help Victims Seek
Help with Medical Bills
Your Sarasota negligent motorcycle rider accident lawyer will work with you to document and claim all medical expenses related to the accident. These expenses can include the cost of doctors’ visits, hospital stays, medication, specialist consultations, necessary rehabilitation services, and more.
Compensation for Pain and Suffering and Mental Anguish
The state recognizes the fact that injuries can extend beyond the physical pain you’re suffering. A lawyer can help you quantify and seek compensation for mental anguish and emotional trauma.
Recovery of Lost Wages and Future Earning Capacity
If your injuries are severe enough to prevent you from returning to work—or prohibit you from returning to work in the same capacity as prior to the accident– the other party can be held accountable for compensating you for this loss in income.
Coverage of Funeral and Burial Expenses
If you’ve suffered the most tragic of collisions and have lost a loved one, a wrongful death lawyer can fight to ensure you aren’t left to figure out how to afford the proper funeral and burial your loved one deserves.
If you’ve been involved in an accident caused by a negligent motorcycle rider, Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers understands that you’ve suffered enough already. You shouldn’t have to navigate the claims process alone. We are here to help, and we will collect nothing until you win.
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Legal Representation for Victims of Rider Negligence
Cases against negligent motorcycle riders can be complex and multi-faceted. Navigating these waters without representation can result in you accepting an offer that doesn’t fully compensate you for your losses.
Consulting an attorney familiar with state and federal regulations can mean the difference between a stressful experience that results in an unfair settlement and the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have an advocate in your corner.
Personalized Legal Counsel from Our Firm’s Partners
Jason and Debi Chalik will work directly with you to get to the bottom of your case. We will create an individualized legal strategy designed to promote a fair outcome for you and your family.
We Investigate Every Facet of the Accident
Our partners leave no stone unturned when it comes to investigating the events that led up to your accident. We will review medical records, police reports, video footage, eyewitness testimony, and more to establish fault and build a case.
Targeted Negotiations with Insurers and Litigation in Court
Understanding the fact that you need financial compensation as quickly as possible, our team does our best to negotiate a fair settlement outside of court. If an agreement can’t be reached, we will consult appropriate medical and financial experts to prove your case in court.
Act Today to Protect Your Rights
No one should feel alone in the aftermath of a collision with a motorcycle. Not only are you entitled to legal counsel, but you also deserve representation from a Sarasota negligent motorcycle rider accident lawyer dedicated to:
- Acting in your best interest;
- Handling your case fairly; and
- Fighting for the most comprehensive settlement possible.
Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers has secured thousands of dollars for clients across Florida. From start to finish, our legal team acts as your voice. The first consultation is free and, from there, you pay nothing until your settlement comes through.
Call (941) 315-4404 to speak to a member of our team today.
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