Unsafe Lane Change Accidents
Motorcyclists face a serious risk of injury each time that they hit the road. Even if you are driving as carefully as possible and obeying the rules of the road, other drivers may make careless mistakes or act recklessly and put your life in danger. One of the most common situations in which motorcyclists may find themselves at risk is when other motorists make unsafe lane changes. There are a variety of reasons that a motorist may make an unsafe lane change, including texting or other forms of distracted driving, drunk driving, or road rage. The Naples motorcycle accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Adam Baron understand the stress and pain that results from a preventable collision. We are prepared to investigate the details of your situation and hold accountable a driver who struck you.Assert Your Right to Compensation for an Unsafe Lane Change Accident
To recover damages from a careless driver, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant operated his or her vehicle without using the same level of care that a reasonably prudent driver would exhibit in a similar situation. An unsafe lane change occurs when a motorist or a trucker changes lanes without ensuring that his or her path is clear of other vehicles. Since motorcycles are substantially smaller than most cars and trucks, they can be more difficult to see. This is especially true if the vehicle making the unsafe lane change has large blind spots. To make a safe lane change, a driver is required under Florida law to check his or her rear- and side-view mirrors and to physically look over his or her shoulder before executing the lane change. Failing to take these precautions likely indicates a breach of the duty of care.
After establishing the defendant’s carelessness, you will also be required to show that the defendant’s breach was the direct cause of the injuries that you suffered. This means that the accident was not an unforeseeable event or something that would have happened regardless of the defendant’s behavior. If the defendant can show that you were partly responsible for causing the crash, the jury will be asked to assign a percentage of fault to you. Any award of compensation in your favor will be reduced by this percentage, if any, although a victim’s carelessness does not eliminate his or her right to compensation under Florida’s pure comparative negligence system. This compensation may account for both economic and non-economic losses, potentially ranging from lost wages and medical costs to pain and suffering and diminished enjoyment of life.Contact a Naples Lawyer for Your Motorcycle Accident Case
At the Law Offices of Adam Baron, we have seen many times how devastating a motorcycle accident can be for a victim and his or her family. Our Naples motorcycle accident attorneys have assisted injured individuals throughout Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, including in Coral Springs, North Miami Beach, Tamarac, and Fort Myers. The legal process can be complicated, especially if you are coping with devastating injuries and feeling anxious about how you can continue to support your family. We provide a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney to help you explore your options. Call us now or contact us online to schedule your appointment. We can be reached in Broward County at (954) 247-4878, in Miami-Dade County at (305) 770-2131, or in Naples/Fort Myers at (239) 352-5511.