Motorcycle accidents can cause catastrophic injuries to their victims. Fractures, head trauma, and paralysis are not uncommon in these collisions, and extensive medical care is often needed in their aftermath. The motorcycle accident attorneys at the Boynton Beach office of Frankl & Kominsky can pursue your right to compensation if you were hurt in a crash. We offer experienced legal representation in all types of cases involving collisions on the road. Our attorneys can help you file your claim and guide you along the path to seeking damages.Motorcyclists Can Suffer Serious Harm
A significant number of motorcycle riders are harmed each year in Florida. The Governor’s Highway Safety Association has released preliminary 2013 data on motorcycle accidents. The data, which covers the first nine months of 2013, showed that over 3,600 riders died in motorcycle crashes during this time frame, including both motorcycle operators and passengers. Florida ranks third among all states in fatal motorcycle crashes, experiencing over 300 deaths in 2013. Even when a motorcycle rider suffers non-fatal injuries, he or she may sustain severe damage to the head and spine, sometimes resulting in paralysis or other life-changing harm.Hold Negligent Drivers Accountable for a Florida Crash
Motorcyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other motorists in Florida, but many drivers of larger vehicles ignore their rights. These drivers often fail to exercise the same care around motorcyclists as they would around other cars or trucks. When a motorist fails to meet the appropriate standard of care, the driver may be held liable in a negligence lawsuit. If you pursue this type of claim, you will need to show that the driver violated his or her duty to exercise reasonable care in operating a vehicle. You also must prove that this breach caused your injuries and resulted in actual damages.
Florida requires its drivers to exercise care and avoid unreasonable risks to other people using the highways. A driver breaches the duty of care if he or she does not use the same level of care that a reasonable person would use under similar circumstances. For example, a driver may breach this duty if he or she runs a red light or fails to yield at an intersection. If you can show a causal link between the driver’s breach and your injuries, you may be able to recover damages related to the accident.
Drivers often accuse the motorcyclist of causing the crash. You should be aware that you can still seek compensation for your injuries, even if you were partly responsible for causing them. Unlike some states, Florida allows a plaintiff to recover damages regardless of whether he or she is one percent or 99 percent at fault for the accident. A court will determine the negligence of all the parties involved, including you. You can then recover a damage award calibrated to account for your degree of fault.
Motorcycle accidents often leave victims with injuries that require extensive medical care and rehabilitation. These traumatic events can affect your ability to earn a living. If you can prove a negligence claim, however, you may be able to get damages to cover both your past and future medical expenses, lost wages and any loss in earning capacity, property damage to your motorcycle, and the pain and suffering that you experienced in the crash.
You must file your claim within the four-year statute of limitations set by Florida law. If you miss this deadline, you may lose your chance to seek damages. By speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney, you can assert your rights before your claim is barred by the statute of limitations.Legal Advocacy for Injured South Florida Residents
The injury attorneys at Frankl & Kominsky are experienced litigators who have helped accident victims in all areas of South Florida. We understand the devastating impact a motorcycle crash can have on you and your family. We can review your case and discuss your legal options. If you decide to sue, we can tenaciously represent your interests and fight for the compensation you deserve. We provide our services to accident victims in Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, and Lake Worth, among other Florida cities. For a free initial consultation, call our office today at (855) 800-8000, or you can Contact us online. We are fluent in Spanish and Creole.