While it is common knowledge that driving a motorcycle or motorbike is relatively more dangerous than driving a car or other four-wheeled motor vehicle over the same distance, the difference in safety is starker than you might think. According to some sources, riding a motorcycle can be up to 26 times more likely to die in an accident than someone in an automobile over an identical trip. The heightened level of risk present in motorcycle riding should put car drivers on alert to exercise extreme caution when out on the road. The unprotected nature of motorcycles and the lighter weight and small profile while driving means that car drivers should be hyper-vigilant and aware of motorcycles so as to avoid crashes when driving. A recently published news report detailed a fatal motorcycle crash in Pasco County, Florida, from last month.
According to the recently published news report, the Pasco County motorcycle accident occurred on the afternoon of Thursday, February 16, when an 83-year-old driver of an SUV was traveling northbound on Oakmont Ave and failed to stop at the intersection. Subsequently, a 63-year-old Tarpon Springs man who was driving a motorcycle westbound on Anclote Blvd approaching Oakmont Ave collided with the SUV and collided with another vehicle. The driver of the motorcycle was transported to a nearby trauma center, where he died from his injuries.
Florida makes use of the pure comparative negligence standard. Comparative negligence is the legal concept that parties in an accident are assigned the calculated percentage of fault that they were responsible for in a given accident. Under the pure comparative negligence model, an accident victim can recover money from an equally or less negligent party. That means that in the state of Florida, accident victims can recover compensation from the other party, even if the victim is partially at fault, including fault that exceeds 51%. In practice, this means that even if the victim is found to be mostly at fault for an accident during a trial, they can still seek compensation for personal damages from the other party. If a claim is successful, the total damages awarded will be reduced by the victim’s percentage of fault. It is vital to have an experienced accident attorney to navigate this complex process.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a Florida Motorcycle Accident?
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