Motorcyclists often suffer devastating injuries in collisions with cars, and some victims needlessly lose their lives. The Stuart motorcycle accident attorneys at Donaldson & Weston can help your family and you seek to hold a careless driver accountable.
Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Serving the Stuart Area
South Florida is a great place for motorcycle enthusiasts, but a pleasurable outing may take a tragic turn if drivers on the road do not afford cyclists the respect that they deserve. One of the most common causes of a crash involving a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle is a left turn collision. Often, the operator of a car, truck, or SUV tries to avoid liability in these cases, claiming that they did not see the motorcycle prior to the impact. The Stuart motorcycle accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston have many years of experience in motor vehicle collision cases and can work hard to pursue the compensation that you deserve if you have been hurt or lost a loved one in such an accident.
Seek Maximum Compensation for Injuries Arising from a Left Turn Collision
Left turn collisions usually happen when a motorist turns in front of a motorcycle because the automobile driver was not paying attention. These cases fall within an area of law known as negligence, which applies to most personal injury cases. In the legal sense, a defendant may be found liable for negligence if they failed to act with the degree of care that a reasonably prudent person would have exercised under comparable circumstances. There are actually four steps to proving a negligence claim: duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages. The duty element is established by identifying the relationship between the parties and then determining whether a legal duty arose in that context. Regarding people who share the road, such as motorcycle riders and drivers of other vehicles, the law imposes many duties, including the duty to keep a proper lookout and the duty to yield to others who have the right of way.
A defendant breaches the duty of care that they owe to the plaintiff if the defendant either does something that a reasonable person would not have done or fails to do something that should have been done under the circumstances. Negligence cases arising from motorcycle accidents often involve factors such as distracted driving, driving under the influence, speeding, or a failure to obey state laws and local ordinances setting forth the rules of the road. Any of these behaviors may help a plaintiff prove the breach element of a negligence case.
The element of damages requires the plaintiff to prove that they suffered actual, compensable costs and losses as a result of the defendant’s breach of duty. Damages may include not only economic losses, such as medical expenses and lost wages from work, but also noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering and diminished quality of life. However, to recover damages, it is necessary to show that the defendant’s actions were both the actual cause and the legal cause of the victim’s injuries. A certain degree of foreseeability must be present, connecting the defendant’s careless conduct to the crash.