Respecting each motorist’s right of way is essential to help assure accident prevention. Not following traffic regulations and being unaware of other vehicles are sure fire ways of endangering lives. This is especially true for motorcycle riders. In a motorcycle accident, riders can suffer catastrophic injuries, like neck and brain injuries, that can result in permanent disability. The likelihood of death in these cases can be very high as well. This was apparent in a recent accident south of Tampa.
In Sarasota, a 23-year-old man was riding northbound on his motorcycle at Swift Road around 3 p.m. when he was involved in an accident. A sedan driven by a 52-year-old female driver, a resident of Sarasota, was driving in the southbound lane when she turned left and entered the direct path of the motorcycle. The two vehicles collided and the man was ejected from his motorcycle. The woman suffered minor injuries. The rider was airlifted to a nearby medical facility, Blake Medical Center. He was in critical condition. The woman was charged by authorities after it was deemed that the accident was caused by her failure to yield to the motorcycle’s right of way.
In many motorcycle accidents, victims are left incapacitated by serious injuries. Despite facing criminal charges, a negligent party can also be held liable by the victim with a personal injury lawsuit. Injuries require medical treatment which can be extremely expensive for the victim. A successful lawsuit can result in a monetary award to help the victim pay for their medical expenses.
In a fatal accident, a Florida motorcycle accident victim’s family can file a wrongful death lawsuit in order to hold the negligent person accountable. This legal action may also lead to compensation that can help a victim’s family overcome their financial difficulties as a result of the accident.
Source: My Sun Coast, “Sarasota man in critical condition after crash,” Nov. 29, 2014