Simple inattentiveness on the part of automobile drivers is often the cause of motorcycle accidents in Palm Beach County. Sadly, just about any accident can result in serious bodily injury to the motorcyclist. Different legal requirements are in place for motorcyclists, who are ineligible for certain benefits, such as PIP, under Florida law.
At Trelles & Bichler, we understand the nuances at play in a motorcycle accident case and use that knowledge to benefit clients injured while riding a motorcycle. We take every step to recover the maximum amount for the injuries suffered.
The most obvious reason there are more fatalities in motorcycle crashes is that a motorcyclist does not have the same level of physical protection as a passenger in a car. Vehicles have a steel frame that is reinforced to withstand collisions, as well as airbags and seatbelts to protect passengers. Depending on the point of impact, there could be several feet between the passenger and the initial point of impact in a collision.
However, a motorcyclist does not have this level of protection in a motorcycle accident. Even though a rider may wear a motorcycle helmet, specially-designed clothing for motorcyclists, and wear other protective gear, the rider has nothing between him and the other vehicle during an impact. The motorcyclist’s body receives the full impact during a crash and is often thrown through the air or down the street. For this reason, motorcyclists have a higher risk of traumatic injuries and fatal injuries during a collision compared to passengers in vehicles.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, in 2016, motorcycle riders were 28 times more likely to sustain fatal injuries in a motorcycle crash compared to passengers in cars, based on the miles driven. In the same year, 5,286 individuals died in motorcycle accidents in the United States, an increase of 5.1 percent from the previous year. On average, over 88,000 people are seriously injured in motorcycle crashes each year in the U.S.
The injuries sustained in a motorcycle collision can range from mild injuries to catastrophic and deadly injuries. Some common motorcycle accident injuries we see as we handle motorcycle accident cases in Palm Beach .
A motorcyclist may reject immediate medical attention at an accident scene, but this is typically a mistake. Most motorcycle accidents result in some level of injury for the rider. Because insurance companies search for ways to undervalue motorcycle accident claims, any delay in medical treatment could harm a claim.
It is best to be checked by a physician immediately or within 48 to 72 hours after a motorcycle crash. Of course, if you experience any symptoms or suspect an injury, seek immediate medical attention.
Unfortunately, accident claims involving motorcyclists may be treated differently by an insurance company from accident claims involving other motorists. There is an unfair and often unfounded stereotype of motorcyclists as being reckless or dangerous, including the belief that riders speed and take chances that increase the risk of accidents. The truth is that most motorcyclists are extremely safe riders who obey the traffic laws the same way other motorists obey traffic laws.
Unfortunately, an insurance carrier attempting to limit liability may use anything, including a false stereotype, to fight an injury claim.
You deserve to have an experienced legal team, including paralegals, investigators, attorneys, and other staff, fighting for your right to a fair settlement for your accident claim. You deserve to learn about your legal rights from a trusted advocate for motorcyclists. You also deserve to receive full compensation for all damages and losses incurred because of the motorcycle accident.
Before you discuss your motorcycle accident claim with an insurance company or agree to a settlement of your injury claim, contact our Palm Beach County law firm to meet with a Palm Beach motorcycle accident attorney for free. Get the answers to your questions before you do something that could cost you thousands of dollars in settlement proceeds.
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