A motorist may not take the necessary precautions when making a left-hand turn, putting others on the road and particularly motorcyclists in danger of an accident. At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, our motorcycle accident attorneys in North Tampa have years of experience representing crash victims. We can discuss your left turn accident case and the possible legal options you may have if a driver’s failure to safely make a left-hand turn caused your injuries.
Left Turns Cause Danger to Motorcyclists in Florida
Motorists must take measures to execute safe left-hand turns. In addition to obeying traffic signals and the directions of traffic officers, there are several rules of the road that specifically apply to motorists making left-hand turns. For example, when a motorist attempts a left-hand turn, Florida requires the motorist to:
- Use the extreme left-hand lane when turning left at an intersection;
- Yield to other vehicles approaching from the opposite direction; and
- Yield to any vehicles approaching on the left.
A driver may not see a motorcyclist as he or she attempts a left-hand turn. When a driver fails to see a motorcyclist, a left-hand turn can quickly become a dangerous situation for the motorcyclist. Often, the motorcyclist will sustain injuries from the impact itself and possibly from other vehicles if he or she is thrown off the motorcycle and into oncoming traffic.
Holding Negligent Florida Drivers Liable for Left-Turn Collisions
If a Florida driver struck you while making a left turn, you may have a negligence claim against the driver. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to recover damages if you can prove that the driver’s negligence harmed you.
A negligence claim requires a victim to show that the defendant driver had a duty to exercise care, breached the duty of care, and caused injuries from which the victim incurred damages. In Florida, all motorists have a duty to operate their vehicles with care. This includes following the rules of the road and taking measures to make safe turns to avoid an accident. There are several ways in which a driver attempting a left turn can breach this duty. For example, the driver may fail to yield the right of way when required to do so, or may be too distracted to see a motorcycle when executing the turn.
Once you establish the driver’s breach, you have to show that the breach caused your injuries. You may also want to consider pursuing a claim against more than one party, or against the driver’s employer if you were hurt by a commercial driver. An employer will be liable for an employee’s negligence if the employee was acting within the course and scope of employment.
Oftentimes, drivers all too quickly blame motorcyclists for causing accidents. If the driver in your case argues that you were largely responsible for your injuries, you can still file a claim for damages. Unlike other states, Florida allows a person injured in an accident to seek compensation even if the victim is mostly at fault for the accident. A court will determine each party’s negligence, and you can get damages in proportion to the defendant’s degree of fault. These may include your medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more. However, you must file a negligence claim within four years of the accident to seek damages.
Advising Victims of Motorcycle Collisions in Spring Hill Florida
The Spring Hill personal motorcycle crash lawyers at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC have represented many victims of serious collisions. With over 50 years of combined practice in the law, our experienced team of litigators is prepared to assert your right to compensation. We can provide the seasoned and tenacious representation you need to hold careless drivers and their insurers accountable for your injuries. We provide our service to clients throughout Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus Counties. Call us today or complete our online form to schedule a free initial consultation.