Especially with the warm weather in the state of Florida, you may be more inclined to take your motorcycle out onto the road. But with the minimal protection that a motorcycle offers, you may be more vulnerable to serious injuries and damages in the event of a crash. What’s worse is that your collision may have been due to no fault of your own. Follow along to discover how motorcycle accidents are commonly caused and how a proficient Tampa motorcycle accident lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A. can help you assign fault in a claim.
How do motorcycle accidents commonly occur?
There is a stigma against motorcyclists for being reckless thrill-seekers on the Florida roads. But the truth is that, even with exercising an abundance of care, a motorcyclist may still get involved in an accident due to the negligence of a standard motor vehicle driver. Examples of why motorcycle accidents commonly occur are as follows:
- A driver does not check their blind spot before making a left turn and collides with a motorcyclist.
- A driver does not check their rearview mirror before opening their door and clips a motorcyclist.
- A driver makes an unexpected lane change, so a motorcyclist has to drastically swerve.
- A driver’s tail lights are broken, so a motorcyclist cannot hit the brakes on time.
- A driver is generally inattentive on the road and crashes into a motorcyclist.
How do I assign fault after my accident?
After your motorcycle accident, you may have to pursue a personal injury claim to recuperate your damages. And as a plaintiff in a claim, you hold a burden of proof. Meaning, you are responsible for submitting evidence that ties your injuries and damages directly to the carelessness of the defendant. But due to the stereotype against motorcyclists, you may have to make extra efforts in collecting this proof. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:
- An accident scene analysis conducted by a law enforcement officer at the scene of your accident.
- Photos of your injuries and your motorcycle’s damages at the scene of your accident.
- Testimony made by an expert witness at the scene of your accident.
- Testimony made by a medical expert who can attest to the seriousness of your injuries.
- Testimony made by a loved one who can attest to how your injuries have diminished your quality of life.
- Testimony made by an accident reconstruction expert who can attest to the cause of your accident.
- Your past pay stubs to illustrate the extent of your lost wages.
Regardless of your specific circumstances, you must not second-guess your instinct to retain the services of a talented Tampa auto accident lawyer from Merricks Law Group, P.A. Schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.