One of the biggest dangers motorcyclists in Florida face is drivers of other vehicles. All too often, drivers of other vehicles simply fail to look for motorcyclists. One of the primary places this negligent behavior happens is at intersections or other areas where drivers are expected to yield to bikers.
When drivers fail to yield, they can slam into motorcyclists and cause serious, life-altering injuries. If you have been hurt in one of these crashes, it is important that you speak to a Gainesville motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. At Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., our team has more than 100 years of combined legal experience representing injured riders in these complex cases.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. Our dedicated attorneys can answer your questions and help you fight for the full compensation you need to recover from your injuries.
Who Is Liable for Motorcycle Crashes Caused by Failing to Yield?
Every driver and rider has a responsibility to watch for others on the road, to follow traffic signs and signals, and to operate their vehicle in a reasonable manner that keeps everyone safe.
One of the most negligent actions drivers take on the road is failing to yield. When a driver does not obey traffic signs, signals, or traffic laws, and this negligent behavior leads to a crash, the driver can be held responsible for any injuries and property damage caused.
Causes of Failure to Yield Accidents
There are many scenarios on the road when drivers fail to yield to motorcyclists, resulting in serious crashes. These include:
- Stop signs: Drivers do not always come to a full stop at stop signs, even though the law requires them to. When drivers roll through these stop signs or just ignore them entirely, they do not have time to see motorcycles and can cause a crash.
- Stoplights: Like stop signs, drivers do not always obey stoplights, particularly if they are driving while impaired or distracted. When this happens and a motorcycle is legally traveling through the intersection at the time, the larger vehicle can slam into the biker, resulting in catastrophic injuries.
- One-way sign: It is crucial that everyone obeys one-way signs because very serious accidents can result when these are ignored. Drivers typically only watch for other larger vehicles and may try to quickly cut the wrong way on a one-way street to get to their destination faster. This decision can have devastating results when drivers fail to see motorcyclists traveling toward them.
- Do not enter sign: These signs are often seen at the end of highway on and off ramps, as well as one-way streets. Like missing one-way signs, some drivers simply do not see these signs because they are distracted or otherwise negligent.
- Crosswalks: When approaching crosswalks, drivers are required to stop before the marked line. When they fail to do this and pull too far into an intersection, they may not see a motorcycle that is legally entering an intersection.
- Malfunctioning traffic lights: When traffic lights are flashing or do not have power, drivers and motorcyclists alike are expected to treat it like a four-way stop. When drivers do not know this, or simply refuse to do it, motorcyclists traveling through the intersection can be at serious risk.
Sadly, these are just a few of the most common causes of failure to yield accidents. No matter how you were hurt, if you believe another driver was to blame for your crash, you should speak with one of our attorneys about your legal rights.
Types of Damages in Failure to Yield Motorcycle Crashes
When motorcyclists are hit by negligent drivers, they can hold the driver liable for paying compensation for their damages, or losses. The most common damages available in these personal injury claims include:
- Medical expenses: Motorcycle accidents often result in very serious injuries that are costly to treat. Expenses can include surgeries, X-rays and other diagnostic testing, follow-up doctor visits, medications, rehabilitative therapy, etc.
- Lost wages: The serious injuries sustained in a crash often leave motorcycle accident victims unable to work. The wages and other benefits victims lose while they recover can also be included in a personal injury claim.
- Future losses: It is important to not only claim current and past losses, but also any future damages, such as future medical expenses and loss of earning capacity for the future.
- Property damage: A motorcyclist’s bike is often a total write-off after a crash, and victims can also claim compensation for damaged clothing and gear.
- Pain and suffering: Although this damage does not have an obvious dollar value, victims can still be compensated for this intangible loss.
These are just a few of the most common damages motorcycle accident victims can pursue as part of a personal injury claim. A Gainesville motorcycle accident attorney can advise on the full amount of compensation injured bikers can claim.
Why Motorcyclists Are at Risk by Left-Turn Drivers
One of the most dangerous scenarios a motorcyclist can find themselves in is when they are legally traveling straight through an intersection and a driver is turning left. In these situations, drivers typically look to ensure the intersection is clear of larger vehicles and that there are no cars or trucks that are heading toward the intersection.
Unfortunately, drivers do not always watch for smaller motorcycles in or approaching the intersection. When they fail to watch for motorcycles and make a reckless turn, drivers can be held liable for any damages and injuries they cause.
How Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Can Help
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash caused by another driver’s failure to yield, our Gainesville motorcycle accident lawyers are here to help. At Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., we understand the serious injuries bikers sustain in crashes and the level of support they need to get through these tough times. Our team is here to take the pressure off crash victims by demanding the maximum compensation they need to recover.
Contact us now to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys and learn how we can help you.