Were you hurt or did you lose a loved one in a motorcycle crash in West Palm Beach? Contact an injury attorney at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. to discuss your options. If your crash was caused by the negligence of another driver, a city or municipality, or a defective part or design, you could be owed significant compensation for the harm you’ve suffered.
The unfortunate reality is that motorcyclists are sometimes involved in the deadliest kinds of accidents due to their size and lack of safety features in comparison to other, larger vehicles on the road. Motorcyclists commonly go unseen by drivers that do not know to or forget to check for motorcycles on the road.
Since 1978, the West Palm Beach motorcycle accident lawyers at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. have dedicated their efforts to providing our clients with sincere and honest legal representation. We have made it our mission to serve the West Palm Beach community with the highest quality of service that we can bring. Our clients have earned sizeable settlements and favorable verdicts on their cases in the last 40 years. We were listed among the “10 Best” in 2015 for customer service by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, are peer-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and are listed among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers.
The injury attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. understand the devastating consequences that motorcycle accident victims in West Palm Beach face. A motorcyclist is susceptible to many severe injuries after an accident, some of which can require expensive medical attention or rehabilitation and can cause debilitating, long-lasting, and life-altering health conditions or problems. A skilled attorney on our team is ready to review the details of your case and help you navigate the tricky legal process. We are especially sympathetic towards motorcyclists because we understand how life-shattering a motorcycle accident can be. It is our mission to get you the justice and compensation that you deserve.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, or Delray Beach, contact a skilled legal representative at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. by calling (561) 689-8180 today for a consultation.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney for My Motorcycle Accident?
If you or someone you love was injured in a severe motorcycle accident, it is especially important to hire an experienced personal injury attorney. Your lawyer will investigate the crash, determine who is responsible, and will seek full and fair compensation for the financial and emotional losses and harm you’ve suffered.
This includes expenses like medical bills, lost wages, damage to your motorcycle, physical therapy or rehabilitation, and payments for your ongoing treatments. Any post-traumatic stress, loss of enjoyment of life, and other non-economic damages will also be accounted for.
The general public widely misunderstands motorcycle accidents, and many are quick to place the blame on the biker, not the other motorist. This social stigma and assumption that bikers are risk-takers who know the dangers of their vehicles must be dealt with aggressively. Your lawyer will build the most persuasive case on your behalf and will demonstrate how the other party caused the crash and injured you.
The attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. have successfully handled motorcycle accidents for clients in a similar position as you. Let us put our experience and skill to work for you.
Why Choose Us?
The trial attorneys and caring support staff at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. are known throughout the legal community for their dedication to client service. We encourage you to read our testimonials and see the various ways in which we go above and beyond to satisfy our clients. We have received significant settlements for our clients, and our results page highlights some of our notable automobile accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury results.
Our award-winning team in West Palm Beach were each hand-selected for their ability to represent clients effectively and with compassion. Our results, testimonials, and experience in the field of personal injury law set us apart from other firms in the area.
Common Reasons for Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can occur due to many unfortunate factors. Like other accidents, motorcycle accidents can happen because of driver error (such as distracted driving). The other common reasons for these types of accidents include the following:
- Drunk Driving: Inebriated driving is a dangerous and unlawful act that can pose a catastrophic danger to others on the road. Those who drive while drunk should be held accountable for the poor judgment they made before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.
- Damage in Road: Road damage such as an unpaved or improperly paved road, potholes, cracks in the cement, or a sinkhole pose significant risks to drivers. Especially when driving a motorcycle, it can be challenging to avoid these types of road hazards, and this is why they are common causes of motorcycle crashes.
- Speeding: Driving above the posted speed limit can cause a motorcycle to go out of control easily. Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to function at their best and can lead to collisions.
- Auto Defects: Auto defects such as those affecting the steering system, airbags, or engine are commonly found to be responsible for many motorcycle accidents.
- Distracted Driving: When someone driving around in 5,000 or more pounds of metal takes their hands, mind, or eyes off the road, even for a moment, catastrophic accidents can result, particularly if the victim is an unprotected motorcyclist.
- Blind Spot Accidents: Everyone knows about blind spots. We’re taught about them when we learn to drive. But even a momentary lapse in checking blind spots before making a lane change or a turn can spell disaster for a motorcycle rider motoring alongside the larger vehicle.
- Driver Not Sharing the Road: Motorcycles are smaller than passenger cars, and can be more difficult to see, it’s true. However, despite their comparatively smaller size, motorcycles are entitled to the same share of the road as a full-sized automobile. When aggressive auto drivers won’t share the road properly with motorcyclists, accidents and injuries may result.
- Aggressive Driving: Whatever, the reason, whether because the driver is in a hurry or is mad about something, there’s no reason for aggressive driving on the roads of West Palm Beach. Aggressive driving is known to cause accidents on the road, and those accidents can spell potential trauma for motorcycle riders who happen to get in the aggressive driver’s way.
You should not be held responsible for the financial burdens following an accident caused by a negligent party. At Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., our motorcycle accident lawyers want to help you find the compensation and peace of mind you need after an accident.
Motorcycle Accident Facts and Statistics
According to the most recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, the total number of people killed on motorcycles in 2017 was almost 300 less than the previous year. These saved lives represent a projected 5.6% decrease in motorcycle-related deaths. However, fatalities still occur 28 times more often on a motorcycle compared to a passenger vehicle.
An analysis conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety based upon a report from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System revealed that this decline is attributed to a rise in helmet use. Helmets reduce the risk of death by about 37% in motorcycle accidents and reduce significant brain injury by about 67%.
The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department reported that in 2017, there were a total of 9,707oto motorcycle crashes compared to the 10,331 accidents that occurred in 2016. Of those crashes, there were a total of 515 deaths and 7,722 injuries in 2017, which makes Florida the most dangerous state in the U.S for motorcycle riders. However, the total number of motorcycle-related injuries represents a decrease of around 6% from the previous year.
The Florida report also revealed that of the total number of fatal crashes in Florida 264 people wore a DOT-compliant helmet, 10 wore some other type of helmet and 230 wore no helmet at all. Of those incapacitated, 1,045 people were wearing a helmet and 935 people wore no helmet. In instances where no injury was sustained to the rider, 608 people were wearing a helmet and 511 were not.
Overall in 2017, 89 percent of fatally injured motorcyclists were helmeted in states with helmet laws that cover all riders, in contrast to only 31 percent where states had no helmet laws. In states with helmet laws that cover only some riders, 42 percent of fatally injured motorcyclists were helmeted.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also revealed that of the reported fatalities in 2017, 28% of victims were less than 29, 18% of victims were between 30-39, and 36% of victims were over the age of 50. Males overwhelmingly account for a majority of motorcycle fatalities, as 91% of motorcyclists killed in 2017 were males.
Engine size also factors into the potential for fatalities in motorcycle crashes. Of the riders killed in 2017, 92 percent on touring bikes had engines larger than 1,400 cc, while virtually all supersport bikes had engines sized 1,000 cc or smaller, which made up for 98% of fatalities in their class.
Forty-eight percent of motorcyclist deaths in 2017 occurred on weekends, with a majority occurring between the hours of 6-9 p.m. Of those who were involved in fatal crashes 28% of fatally injured motorcycle drivers in 2017 had a blood alcohol concentration at or above 0.08 percent, and in single-vehicle accidents, this number rose to 42 percent.
Contact a West Palm Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
The West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. will fight on your behalf. The personal injury attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. have dedicated their lives to protecting Florida residents who have been injured or killed as a result of a motorcycle accident. When a severe motorcycle accident affects you and your family’s life, we understand how stressful and difficult it can be to rebuild your life. Since 1978, our dedicated team has fought for the rights of those who’ve been hurt in motorcycle accidents, and we’re ready to stand up and fight for you.
If you or someone you know was injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver, please contact the experienced West Palm Beach motorcycle accidents attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. Our team is happy to answer your questions and discuss your legal options, so call us at (561) 689-8180 to schedule a free consultation today.