Palm Beach Gardens Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
With Florida’s relatively mild climate, lots of people enjoy riding a motorcycle year-round. However, it’s not the safest form of transportation, even if you are wearing the necessary safety gear. Motorcycles are also less visible to other motorists and not nearly as stable as a passenger vehicle. That is one of the reasons why Florida requires you to take a new rider safety course before you are granted a motorcycle-only license or the special endorsement for your existing driver’s license.
You might be surprised to learn that the motorcycle rider does not cause many motorcycle accidents in Florida. They are caused by other careless motorists. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries. Because these types of claims are complex, you need a Palm Beach Gardens motorcycle accident lawyer on your side. At Scott Smith Injury Law, we understand how traumatic a motorcycle accident can be and what needs to happen to recover the money that you are owed.
Common Types of Motorcycle Injuries
Unsurprisingly, most motorcycle accidents involve some injuries. In most cases, motorcycle riders suffer severe to catastrophic injuries since the bike doesn’t offer the same protection as a vehicle does. Motorcycle riders could be ejected, make a direct impact with the other car, or become trapped underneath. Some of the most common injuries we see include:
- Soft tissue injuries to the neck and back,
- Broken bones,
- Traumatic brain injuries,
- Lower body crushing injuries,
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis,
- Contusions, lacerations, abrasions, and
Wearing a helmet and proper safety gear can help reduce some riders’ injuries. Florida law doesn’t require anyone over 21 years of age to wear a helmet, but they must carry a medical payment policy of at least $10,000 if they choose to ride without one. If a rider is under 21, they must always wear a helmet, regardless of whether they carry a policy or not.
Common Causes and Types of Motorcycle Accidents in Florida
We’ve handled a wide range of Florida motorcycle accidents over the years. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes in Florida are:
- Head-on collisions,
- Left-hand turns,
- Rear-end collisions,
- Backing up into the motorcycle, and
Numerous factors can lead to Florida motorcycle collisions. In most cases, they are due to the negligence of the driver. However, there can be contributing factors like road hazards or adverse weather conditions. Some of the most common cause of motorcycle accidents we represent clients for include:
- Failure to yield the right-of-way,
- Distracted driving, including texting and driving,
- Changing lanes,
- Driving under the influence, and
- Other traffic violations.
Unfortunately, Florida has recorded many motorcycle fatalities over the years. If a family member was killed in a motorcycle collision, your family might be entitled to bring a wrongful death claim against the negligent party.
Contact a Palm Beach Gardens Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you need assistance with a motorcycle accident injury claim in Palm Beach County, contact Scott Smith Injury Law today to schedule an initial consultation. Let us help you fight for the compensation you deserve.