West Palm Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Provides Strong Counsel
Accomplished firm seeks relief for injured South Florida bikers
South Florida’s beautiful weather and scenery make the region an ideal environment for motorcycle riders. Sadly, some car and truck drivers are careless or ignorant when it comes to the laws that are in place to protect bikers. In Palm Beach County alone, there are more than 500 motorcycle crashes a year, leading to serious injuries and, in some cases, death. Winegar Law, P.A. in West Palm Beach advocates aggressively in motorcycle accident litigation throughout the area so that riders and their families can receive justice after a crash.
Thorough attorney explains all aspects of motorcycle accident claims
A study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration described Florida as the most dangerous state for motorcycle riders. No matter what laws exist or precautions are taken, there will always be some serious bike accidents, involving catastrophic injury to riders. When these occur, attorney Joshua Winegar has detailed knowledge of the crucial aspects of motorcycle crash litigation, including:
- Common causes — Whether the injury you suffered on your bike was caused by a drunk driver, road damage, a speeding motorist or a defect in one of the vehicles, we’ll launch a thorough investigation into the circumstances to identify all of the liable parties. After that, we will vigorously pursue appropriate payment from each one.
- Insurance issues — Florida does not require owners of two-wheeled vehicles to obtain insurance. However, they must be able to show that they can cover at least $10,000 in damages per rider either through motorcycle insurance or from their personal assets, as demonstrated by a certificate of financial responsibility. If the damage is greater than $10,000, an injured biker can take action against the at-fault driver and is not bound by the no-fault rules that only allow car accident victims to sue if the physical harm qualifies as serious.
- Types of injuries — Florida has no mandatory helmet law for bikers over 21, so motorcycle collisions can easily cause a brain injury, in addition to other types of harm such as broken bones, road rash and spinal cord injuries. Our firm gathers the relevant medical information so clients can collect a maximum recovery. We also litigate wrongful death cases following fatal crashes.
In a free initial consultation, we’ll discuss the circumstances of your accident and what you might receive in a trial or settlement.
Experienced advocate works to prove claims against careless drivers
Our firm guides motorcycle accident victims through the legal process and explains the following elements required to succeed on a negligence claim:
- Duty of care — Each driver on the road is required to operate their vehicle in a responsible manner, even if they are not aware that a motorcycle is near their car.
- Violation — Motorcycles have a right to be on the road just like larger vehicles. A car or truck driver who fails to obey the law or take reasonable safety precautions can be found liable in a personal injury suit regardless of whether they are cited by law enforcement.
- Proximate cause — We use physical evidence, witness testimony and expert reports when necessary to prove that the motorist’s negligence triggered the injury.
- Damages — Victims of careless drivers are entitled to reimbursement for medical costs, lost wages, damage to the bike and the pain and suffering they experienced. Under Florida law, plaintiffs can collect payment even if they are partly responsible for the crash. The judgment is reduced in accord with the amount of fault ascribed to the victim.
Florida law prohibits personal injury lawsuits that are filed more than four years after the accident. It’s important to take action promptly so that evidence and witnesses are not lost.
Contact a skillful South Florida motorcycle accident lawyer for a free consultation
Winegar Law, P.A. represents Florida motorcycle riders who have been hurt in accidents. Our firm is located in West Palm Beach and assists victims in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties as well as the Tampa and Orlando areas. Please call 833-660-7822 or contact us online for a free initial consultation.