Traffic laws exist to keep all of us safe. Without them, even the most routine trip could easily become a harrowing experience. These laws regulate many aspects of operating a motor vehicle on a public roadway, including how fast you may travel, where and when you may turn, and in what circumstances you must yield the right of way to other motorists. When these laws are violated, serious motorcycle accidents can happen as a result. Fortunately for victims, people who are injured in accidents that are the result of traffic law violations are often able to recover compensation by filing a personal injury claim against the person or party that caused the crash.
Accident Near Ocala Illustrates Dangers Associated With Traffic Violations
According to a report published in the Ocala Star-Banner, a serious accident caused by a right-of-way violation in late September sent a motorcyclist to the hospital in critical condition. The accident occurred when the driver of a 2006 Pontiac Vibe that was headed north on Palm Road failed to yield the right-of-way when crossing County Road 484, driving into a motorcyclist’s path. The motorcyclist was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center but has since been moved to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where reports indicate that he is alert and talking.
The driver of the Pontiac, who was not injured, was issued a citation for a right-of-way violation by Belleview Police.
A Variety of Traffic Violations can Cause Accidents
While failing to yield to another motorist is one of the more common types of traffic violations that can cause serious accidents, it certainly is not the only one. There a number of traffic violations that could potentially result in a serious accident, including the following:
|● Failing to signal a turn
● Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol
● Excessive speed
● Failing to observe traffic signals
● Following too closely
|● Improper passing
● Reckless driving
● Failing to stay in a lane
● Failing to stop at a stop sign
● Improper use of a shoulder
Importantly, under Florida law, a traffic violation does not automatically deem a motorist negligent, but rather can be used as evidence of negligence in any legal proceedings against a driver who violated a traffic law. For this reason, it is extremely important for victims to retain an lawyer familiar with representing the victims of traffic accidents in Florida. An lawyer will not only ensure that you do not say or do anything that may affect your ability to recover, but can also ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation to which you are entitled under the law.
Contact an Ocala Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
People who are injured in motorcycle accidents that are caused by traffic violations are often entitled to substantial financial compensation. For more than 40 years, lawyer John Piccin has been helping people injured by the negligence of others get their lives back on track. To schedule a free consultation with an Ocala motorcycle accident lawyer, call our office today at 1-352-581-6174.