West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie & South Florida Attorneys Recovering Compensation For South Florida Motorcycle Accident Victims
Florida is one of the few states where motorcyclists can enjoy year-round riding. However, the mild weather and flocks of newcomers to Florida roads also mean year-round risks for motorcyclists. And when careless drivers fail to share the road safely, motorcyclists are often the ones who pay the price.
OVER 35 YEARS OF LEGAL EXPERIENCE
Our knowledgeable motorcycle accident injury lawyers at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa have been advocating for the rights of motorcyclists for more than 35 years. Our team understands that motorcycle injury cases are different from other auto accident claims. We provide our clients with individualized representation they need — both in court and at the negotiation table.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM OUR LEGAL TEAM
As a motorcycle accident victim, you can count on our knowledgeable legal team to:
- DISCUSS YOUR CASE IN-DEPTH AND LEGAL OPTIONS AVAILABLEOver a free, no-obligation consult, our attorneys will discuss your case in-depth and go over all of your legal options. We also do not charge any legal fees upfront to start on your case. Instead, we only collect legal fees if and when we secure compensation for you.
- TRACK DOWN EVERY PIECE OF EVIDENCE IN YOUR CRASHWe will gather police reports, witness statements and any other information that can be gleaned from the scene. We may also hire an accident reconstruction expert to prove exactly what happened.
- DOCUMENT YOUR INJURIES AND THE DAMAGES YOU HAVE SUFFEREDThis will include collecting your medical records and talking to a range of health care specialists to show how your injuries will affect your life.
- DEMAND FULL AND FAIR COMPENSATION FROM EVERY AVAILABLE SOURCEIn addition to pursuing compensation from the at-fault driver for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering as well as motorcycle damage, our diverse team of attorneys can help you identify all potential sources of compensation, including Social Security Disability benefits.
- LEGAL ADVOCACY IN THE EVENT YOUR CASE PROCEEDS TO TRIALIf your case proceeds to trial, our team will explain to the judge or jury what it’s like to ride a motorcycle, including the exposure of the biker’s body to the elements and the way the motorcycle handles around corners and in various road conditions, counter the bias that judges and juries may have against motorcyclists, and prevent insurance companies from exploiting biker stereotypes.
“I would and have recommended Steve Simon, to my closest friends and family. The minute I walked through their door, Steve and his staff treated me as a priority. Steve was always honest, punctual and determined to do his best on my behalf. The outcome of my case was far more than I ever thought. I will not hesitate to obtain Steve as my lawyer in the future.”
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Motorcyclists have a right to the road, but disrespectful drivers too often trample on those rights. Let our motorcycle accident lawyers at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa demand justice for you.
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COMMON INJURIES SUSTAINED IN SOUTH FLORIDA MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
Motorcycle accidents can lead to very serious and debilitating injuries. This is because, unlike drivers and passengers who are inside a car or truck at the time of an accident, motorcycle riders and passengers do not have a metal outer shell to protect them. Therefore, if a car or truck collides with the motorcycle on which they are riding, they could be knocked to the ground and may suffer serious injuries as a result. This is especially true if the motorcycle rider or passenger’s head, neck, or back strikes the ground directly.
Common Injuries among motorcycle accident victims include:
- Traumatic head and brain injuries,
- Fractures and broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries that include paralysis
- Soft tissue injuries
- Scrapes, cuts, bruises, and scars
- Internal injuries
- Crush injuries
The injuries that you suffer in a motorcycle accident are often legally compensable. If you have suffered one or more of these injuries and someone else was to blame, the West Palm Beach motorcycle accident lawyers at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa can help you pursue the damages that you deserve by filing a legal claim on your behalf.
STEPS TO TAKE FOLLOWING A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
Deal with the immediate issues: Are you hurt? Are your passengers hurt?
Once you have dealt with the immediate issues when involved in an accident you should :
First and foremost, after a motorcycle accident, you should immediately seek follow-up medical care and treatment at an urgent care center or hospital emergency room. The doctors there can examine you and undertake the necessary imaging studies, such as x-rays or MRIs, to determine the extent of your condition.
It is essential that you receive this treatment as early on in the process as possible. If you wait too long, the insurance company may feel that you were not taking your medical treatment seriously or that you were not all that seriously injured in your motorcycle accident.
In addition to seeking immediate medical care following your accident, you should exchange insurance and contact information with all of the other involved drivers. If a police officer responds to the scene of the accident, you should ask for a copy of that police report. Police reports often contain important information, including the identities of the other drivers, an indication of possible fault for the accident, and whether or not a citation was issued to the at-fault motor vehicle driver.
Finally, you should ensure that you retain an experienced West Palm Beach motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Your attorney can begin gathering all of the necessary documentation to support your personal injury claim – all while you complete treatment for your injuries.
BRINGING A CLAIM AFTER A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
When it comes to motor vehicle accidents, the State of Florida is a no-fault state. This means that drivers are required to carry a minimum of $10,000 worth of personal injury protection (PIP) insurance coverage. This coverage is in place to compensate accident victims for a portion of their medical expenses and lost wages, regardless of who caused the accident.
However, in many motorcycle accidents, riders and passengers suffer injuries that require more than $10,000 worth of treatment. When that happens and/or if the motorcycle accident results in a threshold injury, the accident victim might be able to file a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver’s motor vehicle insurance company. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa can help you file the necessary claim to pursue maximum monetary compensation and other damages for your injuries.get your free case review
PURSUING DAMAGES IN YOUR MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CASE
Serious injuries that result from motorcycle accidents can lead to hospitalization, surgical bills, doctor visits, physical therapy, and much more. Treatment costs can mount up very quickly. In addition, the accident victim might need to miss time away from his or her work, resulting in a significant amount of lost wages.
In fault-based claims where the accident victim is filing a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver (or against some other potentially responsible person or entity), the accident victim has the burden of proof in the case. Thus, in order for the accident victim’s claim or lawsuit to be successful, the accident victim must demonstrate that the at-fault driver behaved unreasonably under the circumstances, such as by violating a Florida traffic law or rule of the road, and that an accident occurred as a result. The motorcycle accident victim must also prove that he or she suffered an injury or injuries that occurred because of the accident.
As part of a personal injury claim surrounding a motorcycle accident, the accident victim can pursue and recover monetary compensation for all related injuries and damages. In addition to medical expenses and loss of wages, the accident victim could pursue various forms of noneconomic compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
Depending upon the circumstances, the accident victim might also be able to file a claim for loss of use of a body part and/or loss of enjoyment of life as a result of injuries suffered in the accident.
The knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorneys at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa can help you pursue a favorable settlement with the proper insurance company. In the event the insurance company is unwilling to fully and fairly compensate you for your motorcycle accident injuries, our legal team will zealously advocate for your interests in court and can litigate your case to a favorable conclusion.
TALK WITH A WEST PALM BEACH MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYER TODAY
Motorcycle accidents that are caused by someone else’s negligence can lead to debilitating and sometimes lifelong personal injuries. If you are injured in a motorcycle crash, you should not leave your case up to chance. The experienced legal team at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa have the legal knowledge and skills to help you obtain the best possible result in your case. We strive to ensure that you receive the compensation and damages that you need in order for you to be made whole again following your accident.
For a free legal consultation and case evaluation with an experienced South Florida motorcycle accident attorney, please call us today at 620-374-9299 or contact us online for more information about how we can assist.get your free case review