Melbourne motorcycle traffic laws are meant to keep bikers, pedestrians, other motorists, and all other individuals who share the road safe. These regulations help minimize your risk of getting involved in a collision and play a vital role in your ability to collect compensation if you become injured in an accident.
If you were involved in a wreck, contact Norden Leacox Accident & Injury Law to speak with one of our knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorneys about your legal options. Our team has over 30 years of combined experience representing individuals like you and will negotiate tenaciously on your behalf.
In Melbourne, traffic laws apply to motorcycles the same way they do to cars, trucks, and other automobiles. Some specific laws apply to motorcycles only, such as the use of helmets for certain individuals, but most regulations apply to all types of vehicles on the road. Some examples include speed limits, proper use of signaling, yielding to the right of way of other traffic, proper lane usage, and refraining from operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Officers take enforcing these rules, regulations, and laws extremely seriously. Riding a motorcycle is incredibly popular in the area, and they want to make sure that people are staying safe, not getting injured, and not injuring anyone else. Areas near the beach are particularly notorious for having police set up speed traps to ensure that people are operating their bikes safely and within the speed limits.
Bikers are at an increased risk for catastrophic harm if involved in a collision due to having none of the impact protection that is standard in passenger vehicles. Adhering to safety guidelines lessens a biker’s risk of injury. In addition to this, following the law is important for motorists to keep their licenses. Too many citations or tickets could result in losing the privilege to operate their motorcycle.
Florida operates on a concept known as pure comparative negligence. This means that if motorcyclists are not operating their bikes within Melbourne’s laws, they could be found partially to blame for their accident. The percentage of fault attributed to the biker decreases their monetary award by that same percentage. For example, if a motorcyclist is speeding and another vehicle pulls out in front of them, causing a wreck, a jury might find them to be 50 percent liable for the incident since they were traveling at an excessive speed. As a result, any compensation that is awarded to them would be reduced by 50 percent.
Similarly, if a biker receives a citation at the time of an accident and the other vehicle does not, this could lead to a court finding them completely at fault for the event. This may bar them from recovering any compensation at all. These circumstances make it essential to have skilled legal representation to defend against allegations of sole liability, analyze all details and evidence, and interview witnesses to help establish negligence on behalf of the other motorist.
If you were involved in a motorcycle collision, you might have no idea what steps to take or who to turn to for guidance. At Norden Leacox Accident & Injury Law, we are here to take the lead in handling the legal aspects of your event so that you can focus on what matters most – getting back on your feet.
Additionally, our firm works on a contingency fee basis, so you do not have to worry about incurring any extra debt by working with us. We charge no upfront fees and only collect payment from you if we successfully recover your compensation. For help understanding how Melbourne’s motorcycle traffic laws might impact your injury claim, reach out today for a free case review.