What Is A Florida” No Contact” Motorcycle Accident?
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Florida is a great state for riding motorcycles. The year round warm weather and flat open highways make this a perfect place to cruise. Unfortunately, not all Florida drivers are aware of motorcyclists. They do not understand how to drive safely around them. In those cases, they can sometimes cause an accident. There are two types of motorcycle accidents. The first is a collision. Collisions are when a vehicle makes full contact with a motorcycle. The other type is a “no contact” accident.
What Is Considered A “No Contact” Motorcycle Accident?
“No contact” motorcycle accidents are accidents that do not have a collision. Basically, they are when a driver puts a motorcycle rider in jeopardy and they lay the bike down. For example, if a driver does not see a motorcycle rider crossing an intersection and turns in front of them. If the motorcycle rider swerves to miss the vehicle but ends up crashing into the median or turns so fast they tip their bike, that is considered a no contact accident. No contact accidents are a frequent occurrence and can lead to just as serious of damage and injuries as a collision.
Can A Driver Be Held Liable For A No Contact Motorcycle Accident?
In the state of Florida, a driver can be held liable for causing a no contact motorcycle accident. The law works essentially the same way as a collision accident. In order to prove liability for the accident, you will have to prove the other driver caused the accident. This is known as fault. Proving fault requires:
● You have to prove the driver had a legal duty of care. In the case of a motorcycle accident, that duty is to follow the rules of the road.
● You have to prove the driver breached their duty. For example, if a driver was speeding or ran a red light, they breached their duty.
● You then have to prove the breach of duty caused the accident. Meaning if the driver had not run the stop sign, they would not have caused the accident.
● Finally, you have to prove that the accident caused damages. Those damages can be both to your physical property like your motorcycle or your personhood, like injuries from laying down your bike.
If you can prove fault, you can prove the other driver was liable for your no contact motorcycle accident.
What Are The Damages Available For No Contact Motorcycle Accidents?
The damages available for no contact accidents are the same as collision accidents. These can include property damage, medical bills, and other costs like lost wages. In order to obtain damages, you will have to prove the damages were caused by the accident. This will require a lot of documentation and evidence. This can be a bit challenging in a no contact accident. However, a skilled personal injury attorney that specializes in motorcycle accident cases can help. They will gather all the evidence to prove liability and damages and fight to ensure that your rights are protected.
If you’ve been in a no contact motorcycle accident, the attorneys at Justice Pays can help. We’ve worked on hundreds of no contact motorcycle accidents and have helped victims get the compensation they deserve. Give us a call at 1-833-954-1234 for a free case review. We’ll help you explore your legal options and answer any questions. We’ll take care of everything and make sure that your rights are protected whether you were in a motorcycle accident collision or not.