What Happens When a Car Runs Your Motorcycle Off the Road?
When an aggressive driver collides with a motorcycle or moped or runs it off the road, the results can be catastrophic and sometimes deadly – usually for the motorcycle operator. This is because motorcycle and moped operators (and their passengers), with the exception of their helmets, have little to no protection while they are riding around on the roadway at a high rate of speed. Their bodies are directly exposed to the environment around them, and a hard impact will likely cause them to eject from the motorcycle, strike the ground, and sustain serious – and sometimes deadly – injuries.
Motorcycle accidents can result in extremely serious injuries and damages, many of which require immediate medical treatment. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, the very first thing you should do is to seek emergency medical attention. Your first priority after a motorcycle accident should be getting better and recovering from your injuries. After beginning your follow-up treatment, you should seek the services of a knowledgeable New Port Richey personal injury lawyer.
The experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at Dolman Law Group can help to maximize the value of your personal injury motorcycle accident case and can help you to obtain the monetary compensation that you need and deserve. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle or moped accident as a result of another driver’s carelessness, recklessness, or negligence, you should call the skilled lawyers at Dolman Law Group today.
Types of Aggressive Driving that Lead to Motorcycle Accidents
When car and truck drivers engage in negligent and aggressive driving, they can potentially run motorcyclists off the road. This is especially dangerous at the following locations:
- Sharp curves
- Single-lane roadways with no shoulder
- Traffic Intersections
In today’s increasingly mobile society, aggressive driving, unfortunately, has become commonplace. Aggressive driving can take many forms. Some of the most common examples of aggressive and careless driving on roadways and highways that cause motorcycles to run off the roadway include the following:
- Quick or careless lane changes
- Failing to use a turn signal
- Exceeding the posted speed limit
- Distracted driving (e.g., texting or using a cellular phone without a hands-free option while driving)
- Drunk driving
- Driving while under the influence of illegal drugs
- Fatigued driving
When motor vehicle drivers engage in any of these activities while on the roadway, they create the perfect storm for accidents with other drivers, including motorcyclists. Moreover, they increase the likelihood that they may collide with a motorcycle or moped and run it off the roadway, resulting in serious injuries.
If you have been injured while you were operating or riding a motorcycle or moped and sustained injuries and damages as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should immediately seek the services of an experienced Florida motorcycle accident lawyer. A knowledgeable lawyer will be able to investigate the facts and circumstances behind the crash and will be able to help bring your case to a favorable resolution.
Injuries Sustained in Florida Motorcycle Accidents
When motor vehicle drivers are negligent and run a motorcycle off the roadway, serious accidents can occur, resulting in catastrophic (and sometimes deadly) injuries to motorcyclists and their passengers. Motorcyclists and their passengers have very limited protection on the roadway, with the exception of their helmets, and are more likely to make direct contact with the ground than car or truck drivers. Given that motorcycles are much lighter and weigh much less than an automobile or truck, the impact alone may cause the motorcycle to overturn completely, also resulting in serious injuries.
Some of the most common types of injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents include traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s), spinal cord and back injuries, paralysis, fractures, broken bones, soft tissue injuries, permanent and lifelong damages, and death, in the most serious of cases.
Negligence Standard in Florida Motorcycle Accident Cases
In order to recover damages in a motorcycle accident case where a motor vehicle driver was negligent, the injured plaintiff motorcyclist (and/or the motorcycle passenger) must prove that the driver owed a duty to follow the rules of the road and that he or she breached that duty by driving in an aggressive, careless, or reckless manner. The driver’s negligence must be the cause of the injured plaintiff motorcyclist’s injuries and damages. A knowledgeable New Port Richey motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to help you prove the elements of negligence in your case.
An injured plaintiff motorcyclist may be able to recover some or all of the following types of damages against an aggressive driver:
- Medical bills and expenses
- Physical therapy costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental Anguish
- Emotional Distress
- Loss of earning capacity
- Permanency damages
- Damages for inconvenience
- Wrongful death damages (where applicable)
A skilled motorcycle accident lawyer can help you to prove damages in your personal injury case and can help you to maximize the amounts of those damages.
Contact a Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case
In any motor vehicle or motorcycle accident case where an insurance company is involved, the insurance company may try and settle your case for an amount that is far less than what your case is actually worth. This is because the insurance company does not really care about making you whole or about doing the ‘fair thing’ or the ‘right thing.’ Rather, the insurance company’s goal is to do the ‘cheap thing’ by paying out as little money as possible, in order to keep as much of its money in-house as possible. This allows the insurance company to distribute this money to its shareholders and make them richer.
An experienced Florida motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to investigate the facts and circumstances of your case, negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, and assist you with obtaining full and fair compensation for your injuries and damages.
To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a New Port Richey motorcycle accident lawyer, please call us or contact us online.