In the grand scheme of auto accidents, those involving motorcycles can be particularly devastating. This is mostly due to the lack of protection motorcyclists have against injury, and damages can be very high.
If your accident with a motorcycle was caused by negligence on either end, you may be able to file a lawsuit in order to compensate for your damages.
However, whether or not you can sue will greatly depend upon the circumstances that led to your accident.
Who Can Sue for a Motorcycle Accident?
Determining whether you can sue for a motorcycle accident depends on which party’s negligence caused the accident in the first place.
For example, if your vehicle is hit by a motorcyclist who ignored a red light, the motorcyclist will be held responsible for compensating your damages. On the other hand, if you answer a text while driving and hit a motorcyclist, you will be held responsible.
There are some circumstances in which both parties will have been acting negligently. The state of Florida follows “pure comparative negligence.” This means that if a motorcyclist is determined to have been 20% responsible while another driver is 80% responsible for the accident, each has a right to sue the other for their respective percentage of damages.
If you ride a motorcycle and are the only vehicle involved in an accident, there are still ways you can sue for compensation so long as it’s proven that either an equipment failure occurred on your motorcycle or an external condition like unmarked construction caused your accident.
Which Motorcycle Accident Damages Can I Receive?
Damages that can be compensated for in a motorcycle accident include:
- Physical injuries
- Mental injuries like depression or anxiety
- Loss of quality of life
- Lost wages over a long or short period of time
If you or someone you love have suffered due to a Florida motorcycle accident, the team at Lorenzo & Lorenzo will exhaust all efforts to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.