West Palm Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
With an abundance of good weather and wide open roads, Florida seems like a great place to ride, and indeed Florida is one of the top three states in the nation with the most motorcycle registrations. Unfortunately, Florida is also consistently among the top three states in the country with the highest numbers of motorcycle accidents, injuries and deaths. Although motorcycles make up less than ten percent of registered motor vehicles in the state, nearly 20% of all traffic fatalities each year are motorcyclists. Motorcyclists are often skilled and careful riders, but they fall victim to negligence, recklessness and distracted driving accidents caused by drivers of bigger, heavier cars and trucks. Gregg Wexler, a respected West Palm Beach motorcycle accident lawyer with 27 years of experience, helps injured motorcycle riders and their families in West Palm Beach recover compensation for the harm caused by careless, reckless or overly aggressive drivers.
Motorcycle Riders: Vulnerable to Injury and Lacking Personal Injury Protection
Unlike victims of auto accidents, persons injured in motorcycle accidents typically do not have access to no-fault benefits. Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance is not required for motorcycles in Florida, and an injured motorcyclist is not covered for no-fault benefits under a vehicle policy. This leaves the rider left with suing the at-fault driver and hopefully recovering from the driver’s bodily injury liability insurance. Yet due to the state’s low minimum requirements, the driver’s liability insurance coverage may be as little $10,000, which is hardly sufficient to cover a lifetime of costs after a serious motorcycle accident injury. Even worse, Florida is second in the nation in having the most uninsured drivers on the road, so it is not uncommon for an injured rider to be forced to try and collect from a negligent driver personally, or file a claim with the rider’s uninsured motorist coverage.
At the Wexler Law Firm, we explore every avenue toward compensation for the injured motorcycle rider, including taking a case to court where necessary. In the courtroom, insurance company lawyers may try to play into jury members’ biases and paint the motorcycle rider as the negligent or reckless party, but we work hard to investigate the accident, document the facts, and keep our clients from being unfairly accused of contributing to an accident which wasn’t their fault.
Be Aware of these Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Some of the most common reasons causing Florida motorcycle accidents include the following:
- Driver misjudges the speed of a motorcycle, and executes a left turn in the path of an oncoming bike
- Driver doesn’t see motorcyclist due to texting while driving or other distracted driving
- Driver engages in aggressive maneuvers around the bike, including failing to yield the right-of-way, turning into a motorcyclist’s lane, and engaging in unsafe passing maneuvers on an undivided highway or across the center line
- Driver executes a turn or lane change without looking over shoulder and checking blind spots for the presence of a motorcycle
In addition to being aware of these dangers on the road, riders would be well-served to practice defensive riding, riding visibly and predictably, and leaving space between the rider and other vehicles.
Call the Wexler Law Firm in West Palm Beach for Help with Motorcycle Accident Claims
Unfortunately, all the care and caution in the world may not be enough to save a motorcycle rider from the negligence or distracted driving of a driver in a car, truck or SUV. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in West Palm Beach, or if you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another driver, please call our experienced West Palm Beach motorcycle accident lawyers at 561-641-8020 to discuss your claims and hold that driver accountable for their unreasonable conduct.