Protecting Motorcyclists' Rights
Some People Mistakenly See Riders as Reckless, Careless, or Aggressive...
This can lead to a certain level of discrimination at accident scenes by witnesses, insurance claims adjusters and even law enforcement. What these people should realize is that most riders are anything but reckless, and though they may experience a certain thrill or excitement from riding, take care to obey traffic laws and uphold their responsibilities on the road. Riders are afforded the same rights and privileges as other drivers on Florida's roadways, and motorists should take care to remember this.
At Givens Givens Sparks, we are committed to protecting riders' rights throughout Tampa and the surrounding areas in Florida. If you were involved in an accident and are experiencing any issues with your insurance claim or in seeking compensation from an at-fault driver for serious injuries you sustained, call a Tampa motorcycle accident attorney at our firm. We can handle delayed and denied insurance claims and can negotiate for fair settlements in the face of lowball offers by unethical insurance providers. We can also pursue additional compensation through personal injury claims when riders are seriously injured. With our firm by your side, you can feel confident that your interests will be well-protected through every step of your claim or lawsuit.
What are my rights and responsibilities as a motorcyclist?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) couldn't have said it better: "Motorcyclists have the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle driver on the roadway." This statement was included in the agency's May 2014 Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month campaign. But what are these rights and privileges, and what responsibilities come along with them?
The following are several of the key rights and responsibilities of motorcyclists in Florida:
- Motorcyclists have the right to their own lane, and other vehicles are prohibited from depriving motorcycles of the full use of their lanes, though two motorcycles may ride abreast in a single lane.
- Motorcyclists are afforded the same right of way as other motor vehicles in intersections, while merging and in other similar situations on Florida roadways.
- Motorcyclists have the right to pursue financial compensation from at-fault parties if they are seriously or permanently injured in traffic accidents.
- Motorcyclists over the age of 21 have the right to decide whether they will wear helmets, as helmets are not required for riders over the age of 21 who have at least $10,000 in insurance coverage.
- Motorcyclists must obey the same traffic laws as other motorists, such as observing speed limits, using turn signals, obeying traffic signals and never riding under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Motorcyclists are required to carry insurance.
- Motorcyclists are prohibited from lane splitting in Florida.
- Motorcyclists must be licensed to operate their bikes.
Motorcyclists also have the right to be treated fairly by their insurance providers. Insurance companies must act in good faith when it comes to handling motorcycle accident claims, and this includes addressing these matters in a timely and fair manner. If an insurance provider is intentionally trying to deny or delay a valid claim, a rider may be able to take legal action to seek the full value of the claim plus damages.
If you are ready for a competent legal professional to protect your rights as a motorcyclist, call our firm. Our Tampa motorcycle accident lawyers are intimately familiar with Florida traffic laws, legislation and case law as these apply to motorcycle-involved collisions, insurance claims and lawsuits. We also offer a free initial consultation to help you get the answers you need to make the right choices about your case.
The process of filing a claim or lawsuit can be complex, and insurance companies often deny certain types of valid claims or offer a low settlement in the hopes that you will accept it. Fortunately, our firm never relents until you receive a fair settlement or verdict. How do you know what amount is fair?
That is where our team of lawyers can help. There are many types of damages that are possible in any injury case, and evaluating your case before moving forward is a key factor in the amount of the settlement you will receive. We are well versed in all aspects of personal injury law and know how to present your case in a way that brings about the optimum results.