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Aggressive Driving Can Result in Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Florida

Aggressive and distracted drivers pose a threat to everyone on the road – especially operators of motorcycles and mopeds.

When an aggressive driver collides with a motorcycle or moped, the results can be catastrophic. This is because motorcycle and moped operators (and their passengers), with the exception of their helmets, have little to no protection while they are riding around at a high rate of speed. Their bodies are directly exposed to the environment around them and a hard impact will cause them to strike the ground and sustain serious injuries.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle or moped accident as a result of another driver’s carelessness, recklessness, or negligence, our experienced Clearwater motorcycle accident attorneys are here to help you with maximizing the value of your case and obtaining the monetary recovery you need and deserve.

Types of Aggressive Driving

In today’s increasingly mobile society, aggressive driving,1 unfortunately, has become commonplace. Aggressive driving can take many forms. Some of the most common examples of aggressive and careless driving on roadways and highways today include the following:

  • Tailgating
  • Quick or careless lane changes
  • Failing to use a turn signal for lane changes
  • Excessive speeding
  • Excessively or unnecessarily honking a horn or flashing lights
  • Making rude comments, threats, or obscene gestures to other drivers
  • Displaying a weapon to threaten another driver
  • Following a driver off the highway

When motor vehicle drivers engage in any of these activities while on the roadway, they create the perfect storm for accidents with other drivers, including motorcyclists. This type of behavior is viewed as negligent and, in some cases, criminal.

Negligence Standard

In order to recover damages in a motorcycle accident case in which a motor vehicle driver was negligent,2 the injured plaintiff motorcyclist must prove that the driver owed a duty to follow the rules of the road and that he or she breached that duty by driving in an aggressive, careless, or reckless manner. The driver’s negligence must be the factual and legal cause of the injured plaintiff motorcyclist’s injuries and damages.

An injured plaintiff motorcyclist may be able to recover some or all of the following types of damages against an aggressive driver:

  • Medical bills and expenses
  • Physical therapy costs
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Emotional Distress
  • Loss of earning capacity

Contact a Clearwater Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case

In any motor vehicle or motorcycle accident case in which an insurance company is involved, the insurance company may try and settle your case for an amount that is far less than what your case is actually worth. This is because the insurance company does not care about making you whole. Rather, the insurance company’s goal is to pay out as little as possible and keep as much of its money in-house as possible.

An experienced Clearwater motorcycle accident attorney will be able to investigate the facts and circumstances of your case, negotiate with the insurance company, and assist you with obtaining full and fair compensation for your injuries. You can contact the experienced Clearwater motorcycle accident attorneys at Dolman Law Group by calling 727-451-6900, or contact us online.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765

(727) 451-6900

1http://www.fdot.gov/safety/2A-Programs/Aggressive-Driving.shtm

2https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/negligence