Florida Motorcycle Accidents: Right of Way and Who Is at Fault
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Often the question in such accidents is who is at fault? There are numerous studies over the years that have shown that in a majority of the cases that the driver of the car and not the cyclist is responsible for these accidents.
Florida Motorcycle Traffic Crash Statistics
A Florida Traffic Crash Statistics Report published in 2010 offered information on over 8,000 motorcycle accidents over a decade-long period. The study revealed that almost 60% of the over 7,400 injuries were caused by the other driver, who was usually operating a car.
An earlier study by Harry Hurt, a researcher and expert on motorcycle safety, revealed that about 66% of motorcycle accidents were caused by the fact that the other driver did not yield to the cyclist’s right of way.
Both of these studies contradicted commonly held opinions that most accidents involving motorcyclists were the result of carelessness by the rider. The fact is that often the cyclist is not at fault.
Why Drivers Violate the Right of Way
The primary reason why car drivers don’t give way to motorcyclists who have the right of way has to do with the fact that they often don’t see the biker. One reason for this has to do with the fact that motorcycles are much harder to see because they have very little mass compared to cars and trucks.
The other problem has to do with car drivers being distracted. Even a minor distraction can be responsible for a driver not seeing an oncoming cycle and for that driver moving into an intersection and into the path of the motorcyclist.
Proving Who Is at Fault in a Motorcycle Accidents
Although statistics are helpful, it is still essential that in civil court your lawyer is able to prove who is at fault when you have been in a motorcycle accident. The most common reason for accidents involving a car and a motorcycle is the operator of the car not giving the right of way to the cyclist.
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The West Palm Beach motorcycle accident lawyer at Fetterman & Associates, PA will compile all evidence necessary to ensure that you are prepared for your day in court. Our investigative team will secure eyewitness testimony, accident reports, video and photographic evidence, along with other important information. That includes weather and road conditions at the time of the accident, visibility factors, driving behavior, such as speed and other factors.
Contact Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Jupiter and Stuart Immediately
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Fetterman & Associates, PA immediately. Through our investigative efforts, we will work to prove who is at fault and to determine if the other driver was negligent.
Injuries and damages in motorcycle accidents can be extensive, as bike riders find that their ability to work and enjoy life is greatly altered after a mishap.
Call us at 561-845-2510, so we can begin to put our expertise and knowledge of Florida personal injury law and motorcycle accident to use and successfully represent you in your personal injury case.
Additionally, we will work to settle your case with the defendant’s insurance company in an advantageous manner prior to it ever going to court. In all aspects Fetterman & Associates, PA will endeavor to ensure that you receive compensation for all of your physical and mental injuries, medical bills, loss of earnings, and other damages, including pain and suffering.