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West Palm Beach Attorneys Helping People Injured in Motorcycle Accidents
Many people throughout West Palm Beach ride motorcycles, either as a pastime or as their primary means of transportation. While motorcycles provide an exciting and cost-efficient means of travel, they pose a greater risk of harm than other vehicles. In other words, motorcyclists are often struck by other people driving recklessly, and because motorcycles lack any external protection, the injuries sustained in motorcycle collisions are usually catastrophic. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a crash involving a motorcycle, you should speak to an attorney regarding your right to pursue claims against the party that caused your harm. The assertive West Palm Beach motorcycle accident attorneys of Winegar Law, P.A. can advise you of what claims you may be able to assert and help you pursue the full amount of compensation recoverable under the law. We frequently assist parties in motorcycle accident lawsuits in West Palm Beach and Miami, and other cities throughout Florida.
Actions That Cause Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles typically have a much lower profile than other vehicles. As such, drivers often fail to notice motorcyclists traveling on the road in front of or next to them until it is too late to avoid a collision. For example, people commonly cause accidents by moving into an adjacent lane and striking a motorcyclist they did not know was there. Many other crashes are caused by drivers simply failing to properly respect the presence of motorcyclists on the road. This can result in rear-end accidents and collisions caused by drivers turning left in front of a person operating a motorcycle without sufficient clearance. Speeding, aggressive driving, and poor weather conditions frequently cause motorcycle crashes as well.
Pursuing Damages Following a Motorcycle Accident
People involved in motorcycle accidents often suffer severe injuries that can be costly to treat and prevent them from working. It is common, therefore, for a person to seek compensation from the party responsible for causing the accident in a civil lawsuit. Generally, in most cases that arise out of motorcycle collisions, the plaintiff will allege a negligence claim against the defendant. In Florida, to recover under a negligence claim, a plaintiff must show that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care that is recognized under the law. The standard of care imposed is usually the care that a reasonable person would employ in a similar situation, but it can also be the level of care imposed by a law, such as a motor vehicle statute.
After the plaintiff establishes the duty owed by the defendant, they must prove that the defendant breached the duty by departing from the standard of care. Finally, the plaintiff must show that the defendant’s breach caused the plaintiff’s harm. Causation is established if the plaintiff can prove the defendant’s negligence was a substantial factor in bringing about the plaintiff’s damages. This often requires the plaintiff to show that the defendant’s actions set off a chain of events that led to the accident and that the plaintiff suffered injuries in the accident.
A plaintiff that successfully proves negligence may recover compensation for the cost of any medical treatment needed after the accident or that will be needed in the future due to the injuries sustained, including surgeries, physical and occupational therapy, and assistive devices. A person that could not work following an accident may be able to recover lost wages as well. A plaintiff will also usually be awarded damages for the mental trauma, suffering, and pain caused by the accident.
Meet with a Trusted Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle crashes can drastically and permanently change a person’s life, and in many instances, they are caused by the reckless acts of someone other than the motorcyclist. If you were hurt in a motorcycle collision, you should meet with a lawyer as soon as possible. The trusted attorneys of Winegar Law, P.A. possess the skills and experience needed to present compelling arguments on your behalf, and if you hire us, we will work tirelessly to help you seek a just outcome. We frequently assist people injured in accidents in lawsuits in West Palm Beach and Miami and in other cities in Florida. You can reach us via our form online or at 561-717-0447 to schedule a confidential meeting at our West Palm Beach or Miami offices.