North Tampa Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Many motorcycle crashes occur at intersections, where a rider is more likely to be struck by a careless driver. The North Tampa motorcycle accident attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC can provide the legal advocacy you need if you were hurt in a collision. Our lawyers have substantial experience representing accident victims, including those injured in a motorcycle crash. With over 50 collective years in practice, our attorneys can offer you seasoned legal guidance to help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
Motorcyclists are often struck by other vehicles as they pass through an intersection. Intersections are prime locations for accidents because drivers who are in a hurry or distracted may speed through them or fail to yield. The Federal Highway Administration estimates that half of traffic-related injuries occur at intersections. Broadside collisions, which can be particularly dangerous to a motorcyclist, are more likely to occur at intersections and leave a motorcyclist or passenger with devastating injuries.
By driving defensively, a motorcyclist may be able to avoid an intersection accident. A motorcyclist should stay alert at all times, slow down if an object obscures the line of sight, and wear reflective gear and clothing. But a car or truck driver still may strike a motorcyclist despite the motorcyclist’s efforts to avoid a crash.
Holding Drivers Accountable for Intersection Crashes
Motorcyclists have the same rights and obligations as other motorists on Florida roads. Although car and truck drivers are required to share the road with motorcyclists, many drivers simply fail to do so. If a driver’s failure to safely share the road with you caused an intersection collision, you may be able to hold the driver liable for your injuries.
Liability in many Florida personal injury claims depends on whether the victim can establish the driver’s negligence. If you are a victim, you must prove that the driver was negligent by showing that the driver:
- Had a duty to use care (parallel to a reasonably prudent driver in similar circumstances);
- Failed to use care (for example, if the driver was too distracted to notice you at the intersection); and
- Caused your injuries and damages.
Intersection collisions may cause serious injuries, including death in some cases. If you can establish the driver’s liability, you may recover damages if you file your claim in time. Florida has a four-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims and a two-year limit for wrongful death suits, which are filed on behalf of a relative who died in a crash. Filing a claim in a timely manner is crucial to both establishing liability and recovering damages.
A driver may turn around and blame you for the accident. Even if you are partly responsible for your injuries, you may be able to get a portion of your damages. Some states will bar a victim from recovering damages if he or she was more at fault for causing the injuries than the defendant. Florida, however, is a comparative negligence state. It permits a victim to recover damages regardless of his or her degree of fault. This means that you may get compensation for your injuries even if you were mostly at fault for your injuries. But your recovery will be in proportion to your degree of fault.
Compensation for Your Injuries
Personal injury claims allow a plaintiff to recover economic and non-economic damages for their injuries. If you can establish the defendant’s liability, you may potentially obtain compensation for your medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, lost wages, and more. Certain family members of fatal motorcycle accident victims may also obtain compensation through wrongful death actions. You may recover for your relative’s medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, and other damages, such as loss of companionship.
Experienced Legal Advocacy in Spring Hill
At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, our Spring Hill motorcycle crash lawyers have spent decades representing injured victims. We can advise you and represent your interests if you were hurt in an intersection collision. We can analyze your case, discuss your legal rights with you, and aggressively pursue your claim. Our attorneys can help you obtain a fair settlement and are prepared to advocate for you in the courtroom. We serve clients in Brooksville, Lutz, and many other nearby communities. Call us at (866) 597-0009 or complete our online form for a free consultation today.