Motorcycle Accident Lawyers West Palm Beach, FL
Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys Advocate for Clients Injured in Motorcycle Accidents in Broward County, Palm Beach County, and Throughout South Florida
Motorcycles can provide a pleasant, economical, and practical mode of transportation in South Florida, where the weather is often amenable to open-air transportation. Unfortunately, Florida also has more fatal motorcycle accidents than any other state in the country each year. The odds that a motorcycle accident will result in severe motorcycle injuries, or even a fatality, are substantially higher than is the case when the driver or passenger has the protection of a traditional motor vehicle such as a car or truck. Even an otherwise minor motorcycle accident can result in severe injuries and death, a fact that many Florida motorcyclists are acutely aware of as they enjoy the open air and freedom of a motorcycle ride.
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we understand that many law enforcement officers and insurance companies may be predisposed to place blame for a motorcycle accident upon the motorcycle driver, even though it is equally likely that another driver’s negligence caused the crash. If you have sustained injuries or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, contact our experienced West Palm Beach motorcycle accident attorneys today so that we can put our skills to work for you in developing a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the negligent party.
Common Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents in Pompano Beach, FL
Drivers on the road in Florida owe a duty of care to motorcycle drivers—a duty to act reasonably and responsibly under the circumstances, which translates to a duty to drive safely. If a driver breaches this duty and causes an accident, the person who is injured as a result of that accident has the right to hold the negligent driver responsible for monetary damages. Unfortunately, motorcycle riders are likely to sustain much more serious injuries when they are involved in a motorcycle accident, resulting in correspondingly higher claims for compensation and greater resistance on the part of the insurance companies.
Common motorcycle injuries include:
- Broken arms and legs
- Brain injuries
- Fractured skulls
- Injuries to the face and eyes
- Fractured ribs
- Damage to internal organs and internal bleeding
The severe and potentially catastrophic nature of motorcycle injuries makes it extremely valuable for you to secure the advice of a reputable West Palm Beach motorcycle accident attorney who will fight to secure full and fair compensation on your behalf.
Attorneys Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. Safeguard Rights of Clients Involved in Motorcycle Accidents and Fatal Motorcycle Accidents in Lake, Worth, FL
Motorcycle riders are not required to carry personal injury protection (PIP) coverage in Florida. Further, if an individual is injured or killed while driving a motorcycle, his or her PIP coverage relating to a traditional motor vehicle will not provide compensation for injuries sustained in the motorcycle accident, or damages related to a fatal motorcycle accident. This means that the only recourse for many motorcycle drivers who are involved in motorcycle accidents or fatal motorcycle accidents in Florida is to pursue a claim for damages against the negligent party who caused the accident.
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we have over 35 years of combined experience protecting the rights of our clients, and we have been serving the Hispanic community of South Florida for over a decade. We know how difficult it can be to establish liability in a motorcycle accident or fatal motorcycle accident, and we also know how critical it is for our clients to obtain compensation for their motorcycle accident injuries.
Contact an Aggressive and Trustworthy Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale to Discuss Your Case Today
If you have sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident, or if a loved one was killed in a fatal motorcycle accident, contact the West Palm Beach attorneys at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. today to discuss your rights and options. We will help you better understand whether you may be entitled to damages, and we offer a free consultation to all of our clients. Our office can be reached at 561-533-0345, or toll-free at 888-888-3903, or you can fill out this online form.
FAQ: What if I was injured in a motorcycle accident and was not wearing a helmet? Am I still entitled to file a lawsuit for compensation against a negligent driver?
Yes. Florida law allows motorcyclists to ride without a helmet if the individual is over age 21 and has at least $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) coverage that provides medical benefits for injuries sustained while riding a motorcycle. Note that PIP coverage that does not specifically cover medical benefits for motorcycle accident injuries is insufficient. The fact that you were not wearing a helmet makes it particularly important that you retain an experienced motorcycle accident attorney – because, in an attempt to escape liability, the negligent driver may attempt to argue that it was the lack of a helmet that actually caused your injuries.
FAQ: If I was partially at fault for a motorcycle accident, can I recover compensation for my injuries?
Yes, but your compensation award will be reduced by the percentage of fault that is attributed to your actions. For example, if you sustained a head or brain injury that may have been prevented by wearing a helmet, and you were not wearing a helmet, the amount of compensation that you may recover can be reduced. This is because Florida is a comparative negligence state.