Delray Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
It’s important to recover full compensation when you’ve been seriously injured in a motorcycle crash. Work with a Delray Beach motorcycle accident lawyer to get the most from your claim.
You’ve just been injured in a motorcycle accident. Now what?
In addition to any physical injuries you may have suffered, you could be facing mountains of fees in the form of medical expenses, vehicle repairs, and lost wages.
Unfortunately, motorcyclists often face an unfair bias from insurance companies, who like to paint them as “reckless” or “impulsive”—thus reducing the amount of their potential settlements. A Delray Beach motorcycle accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo will fight these negative stereotypes and work to get you the compensation you deserve.
Determining Fault for a Motorcycle Wreck
The first thing that your Delray Beach motorcycle accident lawyer will do is determine who was at fault for the wreck. Florida is a comparative negligence state, meaning that if you suffer harm in an accident, your compensation may be reduced by your percentage of the fault. Because of this, it’s essential to have an attorney who can minimize your portion of the blame.
In 2015, an estimated 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in traffic accidents. Any number of human error or roadway factors can lead to a motorcycle crash:
- Unsafe Lane Changes – The drivers of four-wheel vehicles put motorcyclists at risk when they fail to signal turns or check their mirrors and blind spots, colliding with motorcyclists in the adjacent lane.
- Car Turning Left – The most common cause of motorcycle accidents, this occurs when a driver fails to see you and turns left in front of you at an intersection.
- Road Hazards – Because of their small size, roadway irregularities such as steep shoulder drop-offs, uneven lane conditions, and potholes can have catastrophic effects on motorcycles.
- Speeding and Reckless Driving – Like any crash, unsafe driving practices such as speeding or tailgating can contribute to motorcycle crashes. Unlike a two-car crash, however, a crash between a motorcycle and a car is six times more likely to result in a fatality.
Florida is especially confusing when it comes to auto insurance. The personal injury protection (PIP) coverage (which applies to medical expenses and lost wages, regardless of fault) required for all four-wheel vehicles does not apply to motorcycles, meaning that you’ll likely need to file a personal injury claim for damages.
Compensation for a Motorcycle Collision
The physical and financial effects of an accident can linger long after the crash itself. Common injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents include all of the following:
- Road rash, possibly resulting in permanent disfigurement or nerve damage
- Concussions and other head and neck injuries
- Leg and foot injuries (the most common type of motorcycle crash injury)
- Broken bones in the upper extremities
In addition to current and future medical expenses, you might be facing costs such as lost wages during your recovery time, costs related to pain and suffering, and lost earning capacity. Our firm will review your case from all potential angles and work to get you full compensation for your claim.
Help from a Delray Beach Motorcycle Crash Attorney
While the aftermath of a motorcycle wreck can be overwhelming, there is help available. A Delray Beach motorcycle accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo will help you fight unfair motorcyclist stereotypes and get you the compensation you deserve. Call 561-659-6366 today; the consultation is free and carries no obligation.