Left-Turn Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Tampa
Tampa is a great place to get out and ride your motorcycle. The sun is always shining, and the roads are welcoming. Though hoping on a bike and hitting the open road is enticing, the unfortunate truth is that motorcyclists are the most vulnerable motorists on the road. Unlike other vehicles, motorcycles don’t have any protections like doors to protect their riders.
The danger increases when someone makes a left turn in front of a motorcyclist. When a driver makes an improper turn by either failing to yield or misjudging the speed of the motorcycle coming the other way, the biker can slam into the car, causing devastating injuries and property damage.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver making an improper left-hand turn, you have legal options. At Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, our experienced Tampa motorcycle accident lawyers know how dangerous riding can be. We have been helping bikers in the Tampa area get the compensation they deserve for over 20 years.
Don’t let the insurance company bully you into taking a low settlement offer. Our attorneys can fight for every dime you rightfully deserve and help you navigate personal injury protection laws and other complicated matters. Call us at (813) 774-3341 or contact us online today for a free, no-obligation consultation with a Tampa left turn motorcycle accident lawyer.
Why Left Turns on a Motorcycle Are So Dangerous
When a person approaches an intersection to make a left turn, the safest way to do so is to wait for a left arrow. However, the majority of intersections allow drivers to turn left after that arrow has disappeared, or they may not have arrows at all. In these situations, drivers who are turning left are required to yield to oncoming traffic, according to Florida law.
However, they may not realize how fast vehicles coming in the opposite direction are traveling, they may not see an oncoming motorcycle, or they may try their luck in turning before the coast is clear. In some cases, cars that are coming the opposite way can slow down or slam on the brakes to avoid being in a wreck. Unfortunately, rapidly slowing or slamming on the brakes is extremely dangerous — not to mention impractical — for a biker.
That’s not to say that bikers can’t slow down quickly if they need to. But unlike car drivers, motorcyclists have to perform emergency stops in a very specific way, or they could lock up their back wheel, slide, wobble and fall over, or in some instances, the front wheel could lock up and the rider could fly forward off the wheel.
No matter the circumstances of the collision, if you are injured in a motorcycle wreck in Tampa caused by another driver making an improper left turn, our attorneys can help. Give us a call to speak with one of our experienced lawyers today.
Recovering Compensation After a Left Turn Motorcycle Accident
After you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by an improper left turn, you will likely receive some type of settlement offer from the insurance company. Unlike other motorists, motorcyclists aren’t required to be covered by personal injury protection (PIP). That means bikers are required to cover their own medical and property damage bills — which is where insurance comes in.
The insurance company will do what they can to pay out as little as possible after the wreck. After all, they are looking out for their bottom line more than anything else. Their settlement offer may include language that at least implies that this is the best you’re going to get, and fighting for greater compensation may be more trouble than it’s worth. They say these things because the moment you accept their offer, you forfeit your right to sue for greater compensation.
Before you accept any kind of settlement offer, speak to an experienced Tampa motorcycle accident attorney at Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, we will evaluate at no cost to you and help you decide the best path forward.
If we take on your case, we will fight for the full compensation you deserve, including damages for:
- Medical bills, past, and future
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Physical disfigurement and impairment
- In rare instances, punitive damages, which are intended to punish the defendant and deter similar behavior in the future
Some of these damages are based on real money you lost, and are easy to fight for if you can provide receipts, invoices and other evidence for your case. Others, like pain and suffering, are much more intangible. For these damages, we will work with experts like psychologists to prove you deserve compensation for these losses.
In order for punitive damages to be assessed, we must prove that the defendant acted with intentional misconduct or gross negligence. These are high standards are hard to reach, but if we are able to prove them, possible compensation is three times compensatory damages or $500,000, whichever is greater (there are rare exceptions).
Speak with a Left Turn Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Tampa Today
As you can imagine, being involved in a motorcycle accident often leads to devastating injuries. The situation is only made worse if a driver caused the wreck by making an improper left-hand turn. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident in Tampa, you have legal rights.
The left turn motorcycle accident lawyers at Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez have been helping members of the Tampa community get the compensation they deserve for over 20 years. We’re here to represent you in the legal proceedings that follow a motorcycle accident, including negotiating for greater compensation out of court and fighting for your rights within the courtroom.Give us a call today at (813) 774-3341 or contact us online today for a free, no-obligation consultation with a Tampa left turn motorcycle accident lawyer.