Palm Beach Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
In 2013, 4,668 people died in motorcycle accidents in the United States. In the same year, 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in accidents. Many of those accidents were not the motorcyclist’s fault. A motorcyclist who is injured due to another driver’s negligence is entitled to both economic and non-economic damages. You may have a legal remedy if you were a motorcyclist injured due to another’s negligence.
Motorcyclists and Insurance Coverage
Motorcycle riders do not have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. This means that they do not have auto insurance to cover up to $10,000 in medical bills. Therefore, it is important to try to obtain a source of insurance coverage through an at-fault party’s insurance carrier to pay for the injured motorcyclist’s medical bills.
Building Your Claim
The strength of your claim often depends on actions that are taken early on in the claim. Contacting an attorney quickly will allow him or her to take the appropriate steps such as:
- Collecting medical records
- Taking and gathering witness statements
- Photographing the scene of the accident
- Photographing injuries
- Exploring potential sources of insurance coverage
Third Party Claims
- Negligence – Motorcycle claims are typically filed against a negligent driver. Proving negligence requires showing that the at-fault driver:
- Had a legal duty of care towards other drivers on the road
- Breached the duty of care
- The breach caused injuries
- Injuries occurred
The motorcyclist’s attorney should investigate all potential sources of insurance coverage to maximize the motorcyclist’s settlement.
- Economic and Non-Economic Damages – A motorcyclist who is injured due to another driver’s negligence is entitled to recover both economic and non-economic damages.
- Economic damages include payment for current and future medical bills, loss of wages and loss of future earning capacity.
- Non-economic damages include payment for current and future pain and suffering due to the physical injuries and payment for any current and future mental anguish for any emotional suffering (anxiety, depression, loss of enjoyment of life.)
We will evaluate your claim at no cost to you. Contact a Palm Beach motorcycle accident lawyer from Bottari & Doyle, at (561)-588-2781 to discuss your claim, or fill out our free claim evaluation form.