There is nothing quite like the feeling of hopping on a motorcycle and getting out on the open road. That is especially true in South Florida, where warm weather makes two-wheeling an option most of the year. What makes motorcycle riding so enjoyable, however, is also what makes it dangerous. As a result, crashes are unfortunately a common occurrence in Florida and across the country.
The good news is that anyone injured in a motorcycle accident has the right to seek compensation from those responsible for the collision. That is true whether the accident is caused by a negligent driver, a bike manufacturer who puts out a defective product or road crews who leave highways in hazardous conditions. The damages typically available in these cases include compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other financial and non-financial losses.
Boca Raton motorcycle accident lawyer Gregg Hollander has two decades of experience fighting for riders injured in serious motorcycle crashes. Gregg has a strong reputation among clients, lawyers and judges for providing personalized and aggressive legal representation, and the Hollander Law Firm has an extensive track record of securing favorable results through negotiated settlements and in court.
Gregg is a veteran trial attorney who treats each client as a member of the family. He is dedicated to giving each case the care and attention it deserves and is committed to guiding clients through the legal process with experience and understanding. Our client reviews and testimonials speak for themselves.Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Florida
Motorcycle accidents can happen anywhere at any time, but they are particularly common in Florida.
Florida sees the most motorcycle crash fatalities of any state across the country, with more than 500 motorcycle crash fatalities per year according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. More than one person dies each day, on average, in Florida, and more than one in every 10 motorcycle accident fatalities nationwide occurs in Florida.
That may be in part due to lane splitting and other dangerous activities by bikers. State law bans motorcyclists from riding between two lanes of stopped or slower moving traffic. Splitting lanes can heighten the risk of an accident. It can also lead a court to find that a biker injured while riding between lanes is responsible for his or her own injuries.
However, there are a number of other common causes of motorcycle crashes that are beyond riders’ control. These include dangerous behavior by others on the road, such as drinking and driving, speeding, texting or making phone calls, ignoring traffic signs, failing to use signal turns and improper lane changes. Poor weather and damaged roads are other issues that can also cause or contribute to a crash.
Boca Raton motorcycle accident lawyer Gregg Hollander helps people who have been injured in crashes determine the cause of the collision and prove that they are entitled to just compensation. If you have been injured, you should not assume that you are to blame under any circumstances, and you should discuss your case with a lawyer right away.Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accident Cases
Motorcycle accidents are particularly dangerous because riders have very little between them and the road or oncoming traffic. As a result, collisions involving motorcycles can result in a wide range of injuries, including:
- Burns and Lacerations
- Broken Bones
- Spine, Neck and Back Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
Even injuries that seem relatively minor can have significant long-term consequences. That is why it is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible after being involved in a crash, and why you should consult with an experienced Boca Raton motorcycle accident lawyer like Gregg Hollander right away. You need to obtain treatment for your injuries, and you need to speak with a lawyer before the insurance companies try to take advantage of your situation.Proving Negligence in Motorcycle Accident Cases
Negligence is a common legal theory used to seek financial compensation from careless drivers and other individuals and entities that are to blame for serious and fatal motorcycle accidents.
On the road, drivers and motorcycle riders owe everyone else a duty of care to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. That means obeying traffic laws and refraining from hazardous behavior like speeding, swerving, and drinking and driving. Anyone who fails to uphold his or her duty of care is likely to be found negligent, and therefore liable, for any accidents that happen as a result.
To prove negligence, you first have to show that the person or entity responsible for the crash breached a duty of care. You also have to prove that this breach caused the crash. Witness statements, police reports, video footage and other evidence can all be essential to proving how an accident happened and who was at fault.
Florida has adopted the contributory negligence rule for apportioning liability in motorcycle accident cases. This means that a person who is partly to blame for a crash can still obtain some money damages--with their compensation being reduced based on their percentage of fault. To make sure the insurance companies do not falsely blame you for your own injuries, you will need an experienced attorney like Gregg Hollander on your side.Wrongful Death Claims for Motorcycle Accidents in Florida
In the tragic event that a person is killed in a motorcycle accident, his or her loved ones have the right to hold those responsible fully accountable for their actions by suing for wrongful death. The law allows certain family members to sue on behalf of the person who died in the crash and seek many of the same money damages that would have been available had the person survived. No amount of money can ever replace or bring back a loved one. It can, however, help families deal with the financial consequences of a tragic crash.Consult with a Boca Raton Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle collision in South Florida, the Hollander Law Firm can help.
For over 20 years,Boca Raton motorcycle accident lawyer Gregg Hollander has dedicated his legal practice to helping those who have been injured and lost loved ones in accidents. He understands how insurance companies, judges and juries approach these cases, and he knows how to build the strongest possible case for the people he represents.
Our offices are conveniently located in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. We are pleased to represent clients throughout South Florida, including in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Call (888) 751-7770 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.