Motorcyclists are a particularly vulnerable group of road users. While many follow safe driving practices, a substantial amount of other motorists are injured or killed in accidents involving negligent riders.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by a bike rider’s reckless actions, contact a Tampa negligent motorcycle rider accident lawyer at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers at (813) 879-3719. We are here to help you determine the most suitable legal options for your situation and persuasively negotiate a fair settlement for your injuries and other losses relating to the accident.
How Motorcyclists Put Other Road Users at Risk
While every road user can engage in reckless behavior behind the wheel, specific actions that represent the careless operation of a bike can include:
Riding a motorcycle can be more physically and cognitively challenging than driving a car. Age, rider style, engine power, and how many years of experience the rider has can affect the possibility of being involved in an accident.
Driving While Intoxicated
Any motorist who engages in this dangerous and reckless behavior puts other road users at risk. Driving under the influence of alcohol, prescriptions, or illegal drugs can severely impair a driver’s:
- Cognitive abilities
- Control over their vehicle
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three crash fatalities involves drunk driving in America.
Bike manufacturers are producing ever more powerful engines, enabling riders to quickly accelerate to unimaginable speeds. Speeding is a form of reckless driving that can result in accidents when a motorcyclist loses control of their vehicle if suddenly faced with a challenge on the road, for example.
According to the American Motorcyclist Association, every state except California has banned lane splitting, a description for a motorcycle passing between two cars on the road. If you have been stuck in traffic, you have likely witnessed a motorcycle cut between you and another vehicle. Under Florida Statutes §316.209, it is considered a noncriminal traffic infraction to maneuver a bike in this way.
Failing to Signal
Accidents can happen when a motorcyclist assumes they can quickly switch between lanes without signaling. Failing to communicate by signaling and suddenly changing lanes instead can confuse other road users and increase collision risk.
While uneven surfaces and minor debris in the road have little impact on a car, they can present a risk to riders and result in them losing control of their motorbike. If other vehicles or pedestrians are close by, they could be struck by the bike or the rider.
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Claiming Compensation After a Motorbike-on-Car Accident Can Be Challenging
Being involved in a bike-on-car collision can be a harrowing experience—on a physical, emotional, and financial level. Injuries can vary from minor to severe, life-changing harm that can leave victims in pain, unable to work, and facing an ever-increasing amount of medical expenses.
If you or a loved one was hurt in an accident caused by a negligent motorcyclist, seeking compensation can begin with a free case evaluation to determine your legal options. If we can represent you, our Tampa negligent motorcycle rider accident lawyers can help you recover damages. These could include:
- Current and ongoing medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs, including any necessary amendments to your home
- Lost wages
- Reduced future earning capacity
- Pain, suffering, and inconvenience
- Damaged property
- Funeral and burial expenses, in the event of wrongful death
- Other expenses related to your accident
If you have questions or concerns about a compensation claim, contact the friendly team at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers at (813) 879-3719 for further advice. We offer a free initial consultation. If we can represent you, our services are provided on a contingency fee basis. This means that we only request payment after we have achieved a settlement or verdict on your behalf.
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We Can Help You Prove Negligence and Negotiate a Fair Settlement
In Florida, injury victims must prove that the party responsible failed to do something a reasonably careful person would do—or would not do—depending on the circumstances. Proving negligence can be a real challenge, especially if multiple parties are involved. It is often one of the reasons many injured victims choose to work with the support of a personal injury lawyer.
A lawyer can provide the following services to help you with your compensation claim:
- Provide a thorough investigation into the cause of your accident
- Gather and review vital evidence to support your case
- Identify responsible parties
- Prove liability
- Estimate the value of your claim, taking into account any future expenses you may face
- Manage negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance company
- Reviewing settlement offers
- Representing you in court, if a fair settlement cannot be agreed upon
It is also important we highlight the importance of specific laws that could affect your right to seek compensation. Florida’s statute of limitations is a time limit that allows injured victims to file personal injury claims. Generally, you have two years from the date you were injured to begin legal action under Florida Statutes §95.11. Keep in mind, if you let this deadline expire, it is unlikely you will be able to pursue compensation.
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If a negligent motorist injured you or a loved one, a Tampa negligent motorcycle rider accident lawyer at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers could help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your accident-related losses.
We take time to understand each client’s concerns, goals, expectations, and needs to help us persuasively negotiate a fair settlement. Call for a free case evaluation at (813) 879-3719 to find out more about our services and how we can help today.
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