Typical road hazards include potholes, badly-lit streets, poorly-marked construction areas. However, other factors can greatly affect driving conditions for motorcycle riders. These factors include wet streets, uneven road surfaces and road debris.
Since the definitions of road hazards vary, negligence law can be used to determine exactly WHO is liable for the motorcycle rider’s injuries.
While difficult to believe, the Florida Helmet Law – 316.211(3)(b) stipulates that motorcycle riders can ride without helmets, provided they meet certain insurance requirements. However, if a motorcycle accident is caused by the negligence of the other driver, the wearing of safety equipment should not influence the legal decision.
At The Fenstersheib Law Group, P.A. we strongly recommend that motorcycle riders wear both helmets and other safety gear, including gloves, reinforced jackets, sturdy neck collars and boots.
Depending on the severity of injuries and how the injuries may affect the victim going forward, damages may include compensation for medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering, lost wages and punitive damages.
Investigations and reenactments can accurately establish the sequences of events leading to the accident. They can also clear up details that are crucial to insurance claims and litigation.
However, it is also extremely important for the motorcycle accident victim to gather and preserve as much evidence as possible to support his argument. After ensuring that all involved individuals are safe and are receiving proper medical care, use your cell phone to take photos of the accident. Photograph both the motorcycle you were driving (or in which you were a passenger,) and all parts of of the accident scene.
If you have suffered injuries, photograph your injuries. Do this as soon as possible, since a photo taken immediately after the collision is worth more than one taken any time later. Also, a photo of your bruises taken soon after you were injured will tell more than pictures of the same bruises after they have begun to heal.
The Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at the Fenstersheib Law Group, P.A. can also help you determine the potential benefit of an investigation. Always hire a qualified expert to conduct a thorough investigation and reconstruction of the accident if needed.
To ensure you are properly compensated for your losses, always seek legal representation. Not having proper legal representation can lead to complications in your case, and you may not get as much as you deserve from the insurance company.
Many issues need to be resolved in a motorcycle accident case, such as liability, motor vehicle regulations, traffic law compliance, and medical treatment. Only a personal injury attorney experienced in motorcycle accident liability can address these issues readily. An experience attorney can also help the victim determine whether he has a valid legal claim for damages and make sure justice is properly served.
The Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at the Fenstersheib Law Group, P.A. have that experience, which they readily share with their clients.
For more information on Road Hazards Leading To Motorcycle Accidents, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling 800-835-5762 & 954-456-2488 today.