West Palm Beach Motorcycle Blind Spot Accident Attorneys
Were you injured in an accident while riding your motorcycle? Was it due to another driver failing to check their blind spots? If so, you might be entitled to financial compensation in an insurance claim or lawsuit. At Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., our West Palm Beach motorcycle accident lawyers have been representing accident victims in Florida since 1978. We’re ready to take on your case and seek the justice you deserve.
Another driver’s negligence caused your injuries, and you have the right to hold them accountable. The medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses you suffered shouldn’t be your responsibility. The at-fault party should be the one to pay so you can recover and move forward with your life.
Call Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. today at (561) 689-8180 for a free consultation with one of our West Palm Beach motorcycle blind spot accident attorneys. We’ll be happy to review your case and discuss the legal options available for pursuing compensation.
What Is a Blind Spot?
Blind spots are areas on both sides of a car that a driver can’t see by merely looking in the side view or rearview mirrors. Motorists must look over their shoulders to check for other vehicles before changing lanes or merging. It’s especially vital to look because motorcycles are much smaller than passenger cars. They can be more difficult to spot.
If you’re on a motorcycle, you should take certain precautions to avoid a blind spot accident, such as:
- Always use your headlights
- Never ride in a person’s blind spot
- Wear reflective clothing or bright colors, especially at night
- If you want to pass a vehicle, don’t stay in their blind spot for too long
Unfortunately, there are times when accidents are unavoidable. You can’t control what other drivers do behind the wheel of their cars. They could make an error that leads to catastrophic consequences and severe injuries for you and your passenger. When that happens, you should contact Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., so we can begin our work on your case at once.
Seeking Compensation After a Blind Spot Accident in West Palm Beach
Florida is a no-fault car insurance state. That means you must turn to your own insurance company for compensation for your losses before filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
All motor vehicle owners in Florida must buy and maintain personal injury protection (PIP) coverage at a minimum required limit of $10,000. This insurance coverage pays for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and other costs resulting from the crash. PIP works much like health insurance – it will pay upfront for doctor’s appointments up to the limit listed on the policy.
Once you exhaust your limits, you could file a claim with the other driver’s liability insurance as long as your injury meets the serious injury threshold:
- Permanent injury, excluding disfigurement or scarring;
- Permanent and significant loss of bodily function;
- Permanent and significant scarring or disfigurement; or
If you file a liability claim, you could pursue compensation for various losses, such as:
- Medical bills
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Property damage
- Vehicle rental
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Physical impairment or disfigurement
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. can request copies of all available insurance policies to determine the coverage amounts we can pursue on your behalf. We can negotiate with the insurance company for the full and fair settlement you need to compensate for your losses. If they deny your claim or refuse to provide an adequate amount of compensation, we could move forward with a lawsuit.
Florida Laws for Filing a Lawsuit
The deadline for suing someone after a motorcycle blind spot accident is called a statute of limitations. Florida has a four-year statute of limitations. The timeframe begins on the accident date. If you don’t file your lawsuit within four years, you likely won’t have another opportunity to hold the driver liable for their actions in court.
A jury could determine that you share fault for the crash and reduce your financial award. In Florida, pure comparative fault diminishes an accident victim’s losses by the same percentage of assigned fault. For example, if you ended up with $20,000 in losses, but the jury finds you were 10% to blame for your injuries, you could only seek up to $18,000 in compensation.
How Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. Can Help You with Your Case
Blind spot accidents can cause severe injuries and fatalities, especially to people on motorcycles. There’s no protection from other vehicles and environmental factors. Without a seatbelt to keep you firmly in place, you could fall off your bike. Debris from the crash could turn into projectiles, putting you at risk of an impalement injury.
When you’re suffering and struggling to heal, the last thing you want to deal with is an insurance claim or lawsuit. Both are complex procedures. Your case could have a negative outcome if you don’t hire a West Palm Beach motorcycle blind spot accident attorney who knows the ropes of claims and lawsuits.
When you hire Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., we can take over the case and complete each step of the process from start to finish. We’ll investigate the accident to determine who was at fault and obtain critical evidence to prove what happened. Some evidence we might need includes:
- Traffic cam footage
- Accident scene photos
- Police reports
- Damage reports for all vehicles involved
- Eyewitness statements
- Copies of your medical records and medical bills
You can depend on our team to aggressively fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. You will have an experienced and dedicated advocate in your corner to protect your rights and guide you through the legal process. You won’t be alone during this traumatic experience.
The West Palm Beach motorcycle blind spot accident attorneys of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. will provide you with personalized attention from the second you walk through our office doors. You will be our top priority as we’re working to secure an adequate insurance settlement or favorable jury verdict for you.
Our legal team is available 24/7 to discuss your case whenever you need us. You can depend on us to remain by your side until the very end.
If you sustained injuries in a motorcycle blind spot accident in West Palm Beach, do not hesitate to contact Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. today. We’ll be happy to meet you for a free consultation and provide the legal advice you need. Call us at (561) 689-8180 now.