On January 6, 2024, a motorcycle crash resulted in the death of a New Port Richey man. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the motorcyclist was a 54-year-old man from New Port Richey who was traveling south on U.S. Highway 19 at the intersection of Louis Avenue in Holiday, Florida. When the driver of a Dodge Challenger, traveling north on U.S. Highway 19 turned left into the motorcyclist’s path. FHP reported the motorcyclist struck the Dodge Challenger and died after being transported to a nearby hospital.
Pursuant to 361.122, Florida Statutes (2023), “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction.” Liability is typically clear when someone makes a left-hand turn into the path of an oncoming vehicle. But insurance companies will try to assert a comparative negligence argument if possible. For example, the insurance company will argue that the oncoming vehicle was speeding and could have attempted to stop. Arguments about who had the green light or right-of-way at the time of the crash may also be an issue.
The insurance company’s main goal is to try to mitigate their exposure (the amount of money they pay for a motorcycle crash settlement). When they receive a claim the first objective it to determine if there’s a way to deny the claim and avoid paying any money. After a motorcycle crash, it’s important to hire an experienced Motorcycle Crash Lawyer to handle your claim. An attorney will preserve evidence to dispute these arguments before the evidence is destroyed or lost.
Losing a love one after a motorcycle crash is devestating. Contact Weber Law Firm today for a free case strategy session with Attorney Lauren N. Weber. Attorney Weber will guide you and eliminate the stress by making sure you get the compensation you deserve.
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