Hollywood Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcycle accidents are a traumatic event that few people emerge from without injury. According to the National Traffic Safety Administration, over 80,000 accidents involving motorcycles occur each year. Of those 80,000 accidents, drivers were 37 times more likely to sustain life-threatening injuries compared to passengers of standard vehicles.
Motorcycle accident victims in Florida can be left feeling traumatized and unaware of how to appropriately respond without jeopardizing their legal rights. The attorneys at the Shiner Law Group provide a basic guide for motorcycle accident victims to follow in an emergency situation:
- Call emergency services and seek medical attention. While injury victims may not feel the immediate effects of the accident, conditions may worsen as time passes, which makes it more difficult for a motorcycle accident attorney to help you recover financial compensation.
- Gather all relevant information, such as picture or film evidence, contact, and insurance information, as well as weather and road conditions.
- Do not admit fault or give statements that could be interpreted as admitting fault. Consult with legal counsel first.
Motorcycle accidents can be caused by a number of factors, but the most common include a motorist’s failure to yield, road construction, and inclement weather. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact an experienced Hollywood motorcycle accident attorney to discuss your legal options, as you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Understanding Florida’s Motorcycle Laws
Unlike most car accidents, a motorcycle accident victim does not need to prove the defendant owed a reasonable duty of care or that a deviation from that care existed; however, a claimant must show, beyond a reasonable doubt, that any injury sustained was directly related to the at-fault party’s negligible activity.
As motorcycles inherently provide less protection than standard vehicles, riders and passengers are exposed to heightened risks of personal injury, including, but not limited to, broken bones, lacerations, disfigurement, loss of limbs, scarring, internal bleeding, and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
Motorcycle drivers in Florida are required by law to carry insurance coverage. Failure to do so may result in license’s suspension (among other penalties). It is important to note that Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits do not cover motorcycle drivers or their passengers.
Furthermore, Florida does not require motorcyclists and their passengers over the age of 21 to wear a helmet. While riders forgoing a helmet may be operating within the confines of the law, an at-fault party’s insurance company may argue that a motorcycle accident victim was comparatively negligible for the injuries sustained. Florida is a comparative negligence state: a percentage of fault can be attributed to both drivers-the at-fault party and the victim-depending on their breach of the duty of care.
How A Motorcycle Attorney Can Help
At the Shiner Law Group, we understand the defensive tactics employed by insurance companies that all too readily shift blame to motorcycle drivers. Our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers go beyond the initial crash report to conduct an evaluation of the physical evidence, crash site, witness testimony, and other critically relevant information. As a visible part of the Hollywood community, we pursue the best results for our clients by securing the strongest financial recovery package to foster a swift and healthy recovery.
We understand that our clients are faced with a slate of physical, emotional, and financial hardships in the aftermath of a bike or motorcycle accident; we navigate the complex legal hurdles, so our clients can focus on getting their life back. Our 15 years’ experience successfully litigating motorcycle accident cases has given our firm the acute ability to recover a broad range of damages, not limited to, medical treatment and rehabilitation, periods of disability, lost wages, and even a permanent inability to engage in gainful employment.
Speak with a Hollywood Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Have you or someone you love been injured because of the negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct of another? Call us at (954) 999-9900 or contact us online for a free case review to see how we can help. The Shiner Law Group represents personal injury and wrongful death victims in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, and the surrounding counties.