While hundreds of people ride motorcycles in Florida each day, there are some significant risks to riding. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that motorcyclists are more than 30 times as likely as other motorists to die in a wreck and are five times more likely than those in passenger cars to get hurt in a crash.
Riders have a high risk of serious injury or death because a motorcycle provides no real protection in a crash and because a rider and passenger are likely to be thrown off it in a crash. The potential for a collision is exacerbated by the fact that many motorists don’t know or understand how to safely share the road with motorcyclists.
When a West Palm Beach driver makes a mistake, breaks a safety rule or is unreasonably careless in a way that leads to a mishap, that driver can be considered legally responsible for harm that results. A lawyer at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene can assist victims or their loved ones in making a claim for damages.
Drivers who cause motorcycle crashes are responsible for ensuring that accident victims do not suffer financial hardship as well. Not only that, but a driver who is to blame for a crash can also be required to compensate victims or surviving family members for non-financial losses.
If a motorist causes a motorcycle accident by speeding, failure to yield, tailgating or other negligent and dangerous behavior, the at-faulty party can be required to pay a victim or his or her surviving family members to cover or compensate for:
Drivers are required to pay these costs in order to make accident victims “whole” for the harm they have endured.
It is up to the motorcyclist who was hurt to pursue a claim for compensation. Those hurt in an accident can file an injury lawsuit and/or settle the case outside of court by agreeing to accept a payment from the insurance company in exchange for giving up the right to sue. Family members of those killed in wrecks will have a similar choice of either pursuing a wrongful death claim or settling outside of court.
In either case, it is prudent to have a West Palm Beach lawyer advising you, dealing with the insurance company or court on your behalf, and fighting to get you full and fair compensation for your loss.
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, our litigators have been helping accident victims since 1997. We work on a contingency fee basis so we are paid only if you recover compensation, and we also offer no-cost case evaluations to accident victims and their family members.
To schedule your consultation and learn more about how we can assist with your claim, give us a call today.
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West Palm Beach, Florida 33401