West Palm Beach Aggressive Driving Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Riding a motorcycle can be an exciting way to experience the open road. Unfortunately, the freedom and exhilaration you experience when riding a motorcycle can also be a liability. The lack of safety protection on a motorcycle means that you are always at the mercy of other drivers around you. Even with all else being equal, statistically, you’re more likely to be seriously injured on a motorcycle than in a car, but when you add aggressive drivers into the mix, the chances of injury become dangerously high.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by aggressive driving, the dedicated West Palm Beach motorcycle accident attorneys of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. can help. We have been helping motorcycle accident victims in Florida get the help they need for over 40 years. We are a team of compassionate, experienced legal professionals who believe that helping accident victims get compensation for their injuries should be handled with the utmost integrity and professionalism.
Call us today at (561) 689-8180 for a free consultation about your options and let us help you get just compensation for your injuries.
What Is an Aggressive Driver Motorcycle Accident?
An aggressive driver motorcycle accident occurs when an aggressive driver causes an accident involving a motorcyclist.
Aggressive driving is defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as “driving a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.” This can include any number of dangerous behaviors. Aggressive driving can be hazardous on its own, but when motorcycle riders encounter aggressive drivers, the results can be catastrophic. Aggressive driving can also quickly turn into a road rage situation, with the aggressive driver trying to actively harm another motorist or motorcycle rider, sometimes using their vehicle as a weapon.
According to a 2014 study conducted by the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety, aggressive driving is more common than you might think:
- 78% of drivers reported driving in an aggressive manner at least once in the last year
- One-third of drivers reported making an angry gesture at another driver
- One-quarter of drivers reported that they had purposely tried to block another driver from changing lanes
Aggressive driving can include the following behaviors:
- Speeding. Speeding is the largest contributing factor in aggressive driver motorcycle accidents. A speeding driver has less time to react to road hazards or motorcyclists and may not have time to slow down or avoid an accident.
- Obscene gestures or threats. An aggressive driver may react to some perceived wrong by trying to threaten another driver or motorcyclist or make an obscene gesture. The danger here is that while they are concentrating on making sure the other drivers are aware of their dissatisfaction, they are not concentrating on the road and can easily cause an accident.
- Excessive headlight blinking. Aggressive drivers will pull in behind other drivers and aggressively flash their high beams. This can blind other drivers and cause them to strike other motorists or motorcycles.
- Tailgating. Aggressive drivers will often tailgate other motorists to frighten or intimidate them. If they tailgate a motorcyclist and are unable to stop due to the decreased distance, they could potentially run them over.
Other aggressive behaviors, such as excessive use of the horn or swerving between lanes, are just as dangerous to motorcyclists.
Do I Need an Attorney for My Aggressive Driver Motorcycle Accident?
The answer to this question depends on the severity of the accident. If you’ve been in a small collision that caused little damage to either vehicle and only minor injuries, you could likely handle the resulting insurance claim on your own. However, if you intend to pursue a significant personal injury claim and try to get compensation for an aggressive driver’s negligence, then retaining legal counsel should be one of the first steps you take. There are several reasons for this.
An experienced personal injury attorney can help in many ways. We know the ins and outs of Florida personal injury case law. We can accurately evaluate your losses and help you determine the amount of compensation you should request. Although economic losses like medical bills or damage to your vehicle are easy to determine, non-economic damages like pain and suffering or mental anguish can be harder to nail down. We will use our experience with personal injury cases to find a dollar amount for damages that corresponds with your injuries, physical or otherwise.
We know the tactics of insurance companies. Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. has been helping our clients fight insurance adjusters for over 40 years, and we know how to win. Insurance companies will often try to wait out the clock on a personal injury claim to let the legal deadline for filing a lawsuit pass before a lawsuit can be filed, or try to offer you a settlement far less than you’re requesting because they know you need help right now to cover medical bills or food and housing. We will take the lead at the negotiating table and deal with the insurance companies, so you don’t have to.
In personal injury cases, reputation is important. An insurance company will pay less attention to a demand letter written by an individual than they will to one written by a reputable personal injury firm. When you hire an attorney, you let the insurance company know that if they don’t honor your request for compensation, you are willing to take your case to court to get it.
Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation
Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. wants to help you get your life back after an accident. We get results for our clients because we will take the time to listen to your needs and build a solid, fact-based claim backed up by evidence. Call us today at (561) 689-8180 for a free consultation. Let us show you how we can help get a positive result for you and your family.