Wellington Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle riders have as much right as other drivers to compensation for their injuries after an accident. Hand your case off to a Wellington motorcycle accident lawyer to make sure that right is protected.
There is nothing quite like the thrill of riding a motorcycle. Motorcyclists often share a sense of camaraderie, a love of adventure, and an appreciation for the many places a bike can take you.
In addition, motorcyclists must have finely tuned defensive driving skills. Motorcycles share the road with much larger vehicles and must constantly be aware of changing road conditions and other drivers.
Unfortunately, many motorists are not looking out for motorcyclists. That’s one reason why motorcycle drivers face a high risk of fatal accidents.
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, a Wellington motorcycle accident lawyer with the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo will fight to get you the settlement you need to recover from your injuries.
Who Caused the Crash?
Other drivers are often responsible for motorcycle accidents, but negligence can take many forms. Some examples of negligent actions that can lead to a motorcycle crash include the following:
- Following Too Closely – Some drivers follow motorcycles too closely. Tailgating can cause serious harm to motorcycle drivers because they do not have the exterior protection that other drivers have.
- Improper Lane Changes or Turns – These are common causes of motorcycle accidents. Other drivers may not be looking out for motorcycles when they make improper lane changes or turns, and that can pose serious dangers to the motorcycle rider.
- Drunk or Distracted Driving – When a drunk or distracted driver hits a motorcyclist, the likelihood that the motorcycle rider will be hurt is high. Driving distracted or under the influence can be considered negligent.
- Road Hazards – Government agencies are responsible for maintaining roads that are free from obstructions. When the responsible entity fails to do so and a motorcycle crash results, it can be held liable.
Protecting Your Settlement from Negative Stereotypes
Similarly to car or truck accidents, you will likely have to deal with an insurance company in the event of a motorcycle accident. But insurance companies often have an unfair bias against motorcyclists; they say motorcycle drivers are reckless and a threat to other drivers.
After an accident, the insurance company is likely to deploy this stereotype against you with the goal of decreasing your settlement amount or making it hard for you to get a settlement at all.
A qualified Wellington motorcycle accident lawyer will be accustomed to fighting this stereotype. An attorney with our office will review all the details of your case to determine who was at fault.
In Florida, if you are found partially responsible for your motorcycle accident—even if the other driver was negligent—your settlement amount will be reduced by the percentage of responsibility you hold. This concept is called comparative negligence.
For example, if another driver ran a red light and hit your motorcycle, but it is determined that you had the chance to see the driver coming and get out of the way, you might be found to be 15 percent responsible for the accident. In that case, you would only receive 85 percent of the value of your settlement.
Contact a Wellington Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If another driver caused your motorcycle accident, you shouldn’t shoulder the burden of paying for your recovery. With the right legal representation, your settlement could include compensation for medical bills, lost income, diminished quality of life, and motorcycle repairs.
There is hope for financial justice. Contact a Wellington motorcycle accident lawyer with the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo today. Call 561-659-6366 or fill out our online contact form at the bottom of the page.