Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Riding a motorcycle in Boca Raton is not only a great hobby, but also a practical method of commuting to school or work. Unfortunately, being a motorcyclist on the road today is scary. Drivers of other motor vehicles often overlook motorcyclists and can collide with them out of sheer negligence.
If you have been injured, the lawyers at Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith are prepared to fight to get you the compensation you need after a crash. Please reach out to one of our motorcycle accident attorneys today.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Sometimes, accidents are caused by defective parts on the motorcycle or by hazardous roads, such as giant potholes that are never fixed. However, most accidents are caused by negligent drivers who:
- Fail to yield to motorcycles
- Fail to check their blind spot before passing or turning
- Neglect to use their mirrors when backing up
- Inadequately survey the road before changing lanes or making a turn
- Ride too closely to motorcycles
- Open car doors directly in front of motorcyclists
When a motorist has been negligent, he or she is responsible for the accident and the financial cost of the biker’s injuries. You can bring a claim with the driver’s insurance company for a settlement or file a lawsuit in court.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
It is no secret that motorcyclists tend to get the short end of the stick when it comes to accidents. Because they are unprotected, a motorcyclist can be thrown from a bike and suffer terrible injuries in a collision.
At our firm, we have seen bikers suffer the following devastating injuries:
- Fractures to the face, arms, legs, or pelvis
- Road rash, which is a friction burn to exposed skin as the biker slides along the road
- Contusions, including chest contusions
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Nerve damage, including biker’s arm
- Spinal cord injuries
These injuries can cost tens of thousands of dollars in medical care and rehabilitation. Some victims will never make a full recovery but will need medical care or personal assistance for the rest of their lives.
To obtain compensation for medical bills and lost wages, please contact a Boca Raton motorcycle accident attorney today.
Accidents and Helmet Use
Florida has a complicated helmet law, which can be found at Fla. Stat. 316.211. Under this law, all bikers must wear a helmet unless they are over age 21 and have at least $10,000 in medical benefits insurance.
However, failing to wear a helmet can also impact a personal injury claim. Florida law recognizes comparative fault, meaning that the victim in a motorcycle accident could have contributed to the accident and his own injuries. Not wearing a helmet can qualify as comparative fault, which will reduce the amount of compensation you can receive.
Speak with a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Boca Raton Today
When someone else is to blame for an accident, they should shoulder the financial fall-out. Contact Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC, today. One of our Boca Raton motorcycle accident lawyers can meet with you to review the circumstances surrounding your crash. We offer a free initial consultation to those who send us an online message.