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Liability in Motorcycle Accidents

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As a motorcycle rider, you know the exhilarating sensation of the wind in your face as you cruise on the open road. What you may not know is the frequency of motorcycle accidents or how often other drivers are not paying attention when operating a vehicle in your vicinity. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that motorcyclists were 28 times more likely to be killed in an accident than those operating other vehicles. Due to this overwhelming statistic, it’s a good idea to work with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Vero Beach to help if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident.

Who is Liable in a Motorcycle Accident?

Establishing liability in an accident can be a challenge, especially in traffic accidents and even more so if that accident involves a motorcycle. Accident liability is typically governed by the determination of who was negligent, or behaving in a thoughtless or careless manner. That carelessness results in the injury of another person. Both the operator or a motorcycle and the driver a vehicle must use caution so they can avoid injuring other parties on the road or passengers in their car. If a driver of a motor vehicle is not reasonably careful and injuries result, the driver can be held liable.

In many situations where a motorcycle is involved, the driver of the car or truck is the one who has exhibited negligent behavior. Drivers can be found exhibiting negligent behavior such as running a red light or speeding through a stop sign. They may even be found negligent if they fail to do something a reasonable driver would have done. For example, if a driver doesn’t check all of their mirrors before making a left or right turn, an accident could occur. In fact, cars making left hand turns are one of the most common causes of accidents involving motorcycles.

Motorcyclists may be found at fault, too. An inebriated person can hop on their motorcycle just as easily as an intoxicated person can get behind the wheel of their car. If a motorcyclist is negligent in a crash, they may be held accountable as well. In either case, you need a sound defense.

Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Vero Beach Can Help

If you were injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident that resulted from the negligence of someone else, the Florida attorneys of at Vocelle & Berg, LLP can help with your case. We can assist you in getting the monetary award to which you are entitled. Needless to say, medical bills and rehabilitation can be expensive. You don’t want to bear that financial burden when you don’t have to.

The insurance industry is filled with for-profit companies designed to protect their interests and bottom lines. They aren’t concerned with the health and safety of your or your family. Having an experienced lawyer at your side could be mean the difference between you receiving compensation to pay for accident-related costs and putting you in a financial bind from which you may never recover.

Resource:

nhtsa.gov/road-safety/motorcycle-safety#95761