West Palm Beach, Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Although it is more common in West Palm Beach, Florida to drive a car, many people choose to drive a motorcycle, whether as their only vehicle or for fun. Our lawyers at Attorneys Jo Ann Hoffman and Associates, P.A. have over 70 years of combined experience successfully helping people hurt in motorcycle accidents in the West Palm Beach area. Our West Palm Beach office is located at Okeechobee Boulevard and Interstate 95, near City Place. Even if you are not a resident of West Palm Beach, we are glad to help you. Attorneys Jo Ann Hoffman and Associates, P.A. help people who live in any state or country who have been hurt in a motorcycle accident in the State of Florida.
According to the most recent numbers from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 7,484 motorcycle accidents were reported in Florida in 2010. In 89% of those accidents, the motorcyclist was hurt. In nearly 5% of those accidents, the motorcyclist was killed. The numbers for car accidents, on the other hand, show that only 53% of car accidents resulted in injury, and less than 1% resulted in death. Because the possibility for injury or death is so much higher with motorcycles than with cars, it is very important that you have a skilled motorcycle accident attorney to help you.
If you normally drive or ride as a passenger on a motorcycle, here are some important safety tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- The possibility of being in a motorcycle accident is significantly lowered by using headlights, even during the daytime, and by wearing bright colored jackets in colors like yellow, orange or red.
- Wearing heavy boots, a jacket, gloves, and other thick clothing has been found to reduce or even prevent cuts and scrapes in a motorcycle accident.
- Injuries can be a lot worse in a motorcycle accident depending on how fast you are driving, the size of the motorcycle, and the driver’s drinking of alcohol or taking drugs.
- Not wearing sun glasses or eye goggles can cause the wind to make your vision blurry, which can increase the chances of a motorcycle accident.
- The use of an approved safety helmet is the most critical factor in reducing both head and neck injury in a motorcycle accident.
- Using a safety helmet with a full face shield greatly reduces face injury in a motorcycle accident.
- Having the right kind of car insurance policy for motorcycles is highly recommended to get the best medical care and to be able to replace your bike in a motorcycle accident.
Below are some interesting numbers and facts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about motorcycle accidents:
- Accidents between motorcycles and other vehicles make up approximately 75% of all motorcycle accidents. The other vehicle is usually a car.
- Accidents not involving another vehicle make up the remaining 25% of motorcycle accidents. In this type of accident, the motorcycle usually wipes out or crashes into a stationary object such as a roadside safety rail or light pole.
- In accidents involving both the motorcycle and another car, 67% of these accidents are caused by the other car violating the motorcycle’s right-of-way.
- In accidents involving both the motorcycle and another car, almost 50% of these accidents are caused by the drivers not seeing each other because of glare or being blocked by other cars on the road.
- Driver mistakes are a common cause of motorcycle accidents not involving another vehicle. The most common driver mistake is speeding and then having to brake too quickly, or taking a curve too sharply, resulting in a wipe out.
- Another regular cause of motorcycle accidents is other drivers not noticing motorcycles in traffic. Usually, the other driver either didn’t see the motorcycle before the crash or didn’t see the motorcycle until it was too late to avoid the crash.
- Intersections are the most common place for a motorcycle accident to happen.
- Most riders in motorcycle crashes are males between the ages of 16 and 24.
- Drinking alcohol has been found to be the cause for a crash in almost 50% of all motorcycle accidents where someone was killed.
- Roadway flaws, such as pavement ridges or potholes, are the cause of a crash in only 2% of motorcycle accidents. Also, weather is the cause in only 2% of motorcycle accidents.
As you can see from the above information, motorcycle accidents are not always caused only by the other driver. Sometimes they are partly caused by the motorcyclist. If you are a motorcyclist who has been the partial cause of an accident, do not worry, as you can still get money for the part you were not at fault. For instance, if your injury case is worth $100,000.00 and you were 60% at fault, you can recover 40% or $40,000.00. Because you were in a motorcycle accident, personal injury protection (PIP) does not pay, so your medical expenses will come out of your $40,000.00.
If you have a question about a motorcycle accident, please call Attorneys Jo Ann Hoffman and Associates, P.A. in West Palm Beach, Florida at (561) 835-0655 today. We make it our goal to answer your questions quickly. If you think you have a case, you can fill out our online CONTACT US form and email it to our office. We accept all of our cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we never charge you any fees or costs unless we get monies from the defendants or their insurance companies. Also, our consultations are always free. We look forward to your call and to helping you.
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