Florida residents who enjoy riding motorcycles should be aware of their rights if they get into an accident with another vehicle. They should also understand what the laws are so that they comply with them.
Many motorcycle accidents happen when other motorists fail to see oncoming motorcycles and turn left in front of them. Motorists who cause motorcycle accidents by turning left in front of them will generally be at fault unless the motorcyclist was traveling at an excessive speed or ran a red light. If an accident happens, the liability of both the motorcyclist and the other motorist will be determined according to comparative negligence rules.
Florida motorcyclists who are at or over the age of 21 are not required to wear helmets as long as they carry at least $10,000 in medical insurance coverage that does not exclude motorcycle injuries. It is still best for motorcyclists to wear helmets that are approved by the Department of Transportation so that they reduce their risks of suffering serious head injuries in accidents.
People who are seriously injured in motorcycle accidents may want to talk to experienced personal injury attorneys who can evaluate what happened and offer assessments of the claims' values and likeliness of prevailing. If they agree to accept representation, the attorneys may work with investigators in order to interview all of the witnesses to the accident. They may also hire accident reconstruction experts to document and measure the accident scenes in order to help to build strong cases for their clients. Attorneys may be able to prove that the motorists were liable in the accidents when liability is being disputed by the insurance companies. With an attorney's help, an injured motorcycle accident victim may recover fair compensation.