Motorcycle Accident Lawyers West Palm Beach
Driven to Achieve Results for Injured Clients
One unfortunate statistic indicates that Florida leads the nation in motorcycle accident deaths in many years. Although it is difficult to say whether this is because our state’s year-round temperate climate motivates more motorcyclists to take to the roadways, or because it is legal for most motorcyclists to ride without wearing a helmet under Florida law, the statistic remains a sad reminder of the dangers faced by motorcyclists every day. Motorcyclists in West Palm Beach can and should take precautions to ensure their own safety on the roadways, but when a motorcycle accident is caused by another driver’s negligence, aggressive driving or because of dangerous conditions created by another third party, you should not have to pay the price for the resulting injuries.
At Lawlor, White & Murphey, our team of motorcycle accident lawyers have the knowledge and experience necessary to successfully fight for your right to compensation after suffering injuries in a motorcycle accident. We know what it takes to build a strong and smart case for compensation, and also realize that, contrary to popular belief, most motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers on the road–not the person driving the motorcycle itself. Motorcycle accident injuries are almost always serious, which means that they will also be expensive and can even be permanent. Get in touch with our team today by filling out this online contact form so that we can go to work in investigating your case and fighting to secure your right to fair compensation.
What to do After a West Palm Beach Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents can cause injuries that are serious and require extensive recovery. Our motorcycle accident lawyers have handled cases that result in:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe road rash and burns
- Head and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- And more
After an accident, the first step should be to seek medical attention for your injuries. You should also:
- Call the police and file a formal report
- Attempt to photograph the scene if possible
- Call an experienced lawyer who can begin investigating the crash immediately to locate witnesses, obtain any surveillance footage or third-party photos, and preserve evidence on the scene
Injury Lawyers at Lawlor, White & Murphey Dedicated to Keeping West Palm Beach Motorcyclists Safe From Accidents
The West Palm Beach roadways often present ideal conditions for those who enjoy driving a motorcycle, but just because motorcycles are enjoyable doesn’t mean that motorcyclists can cut corners in taking steps to ensure their own safety. When driving or riding on a motorcycle, you should remember to:
- Wear a helmet. Even though it is not technically illegal to ride or drive a motorcycle without a helmet in Florida if you are at least 21 and satisfy Florida’s insurance requirements, a helmet can provide a degree of protection from some of the more severe head injuries that often result from motorcycle accidents.
- Seek proper training. Driving a motorcycle is different than driving a traditional motor vehicle, and you should seek the training and defensive driving skills that can be crucial to protecting your safety on the roadways before getting onto a motorcycle.
- Remain vigilant. Drivers of traditional motor vehicles often do not pay attention or look for motorcyclists on the roadways, making it much more important that you take extra caution in paying attention to other vehicles while driving on the roadways.
- Drive carefully. This goes without saying, but drive carefully! When a motorcycle weaves in and out of traffic or switches lanes frequently, it increases the odds that he or she will become victim to a motorcycle accident.
- Watch the weather. Weather conditions can change rapidly in South Florida, especially in the summer when storms can be particularly severe. Adverse weather conditions increase the odds that other drivers on the roadways will be unable to see your motorcycle and also can create slick conditions that can add to the likelihood and severity of a motorcycle accident.
Regardless of the cause of your motorcycle accident, our skilled team will work tirelessly to protect your right to just compensation for your injuries.
Contact Our Offices to Schedule a Free Initial Consultation Today
If you have sustained injuries in a West Palm Beach motorcycle accident, the first step you should take after your condition has stabilized is to call our offices to set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case, or fill out this brief online contact form. If you are unable to travel, we can come to you in the hospital or visit your home. Learn more about our West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers.
Frequently Asked Questions About West Palm Beach Motorcycle Accidents
Yes. Even if you were partially to blame, Florida law follows a pure comparative negligence system, which means that accident victims can still recover compensation if your own negligence contributed to the accident. However, your compensation award will be reduced in proportion to the degree of fault that can be assigned to your own actions.
Technically, no, you cannot share the lane with another motorcycle under Florida law, but that will not, in and of itself, eliminate your right to recover compensation if another driver’s negligence caused your accident. Evidence that you violated a traffic law can be used as evidence of your own contributory negligence, but splitting the lane is a fairly minor traffic violation in Florida. Under Florida’s pure comparative negligence rule, your compensation package may be reduced to account for that traffic violation, but we will fight to establish that splitting the lane had minimal impact on causing the accident.