Motorcycle / Moped Accident Lawyers
In 2015, approximately 5,000 people died in motorcycle crashes, up more than 8 percent from 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Out of all of the motorcycle death cases in 2015, 40% of the drivers were not wearing helmets. In 2014, statistics show that motorcyclists were 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash, and almost 5 times more likely to be injured.
Attorney Anthony Barbuto started riding mopeds in high school and if it weren’t for wearing a helmet, likely would have died after colliding with a van head-on one evening on a busy road in New Jersey. Mr. Barbuto learned early the importance of exercising safety precautions, as well as the inevitability of accidents. However, due to Mr. Barbuto’s love for riding, he continues to ride today, particularly an Indian motorcycle here in the United States, and a motor scooter as his main source of transportation in Italy where Mr. Barbuto spends his summers.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can be caused by many factors. Negligence is the most common factor, but also defective vehicles/motorcycles, and unsafe roadways are other factors that cause accidents. In order to determine whether another party acted negligently, you must be able to prove that they failed to act as a reasonably prudent person should have acted under similar circumstances. Common examples of negligence that may cause accidents include:
- Texting or talking on a cell phone while driving
- Ignoring traffic laws
- Driving while intoxicated
- Poorly maintained roadways
- Defective automobiles/motorcycles
- Falling asleep while operating a motor vehicle or motorcycle
- Tailgating or road rage
Injured individuals may be entitled to recover damages if the negligent behavior of another contributed to the accident. In many cases, motorcycle accidents are caused by more than one reason, so you may be able to recover damages from several sources. For example, if a combination of reckless driving and a poorly maintained roadway caused the accident and contributed to your injuries, it is possible to seek to recover damages from two sources. A Personal Injury lawyer will help identify each responsible party to ensure that you receive the full value of your claim.
We understand the enormous emotional and physical pain involved with suffering catastrophic injuries or the loss of a loved one in a motorcycle accident and at Barbuto & Johansson, P.A., we will handle your case with dedication and compassion.
How are Car Accident Injuries Evaluated?
Insurance companies are notorious for settling accident cases for less than what an injured party may be entitled. Most people injured in motorcycle accidents have little or no experience negotiating with insurance adjusters. It is our belief that insurance companies are in the business of settling motorcycle accident personal injury claims for as little as possible because insurance adjusters want to save insurance companies money. This makes it challenging for injured people to receive fair compensation for their accident-related injuries without the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.
We recognize that physical and psychological injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident may have a substantial impact on your ability to carry on with normal life. Motorcycle accident injuries may affect your ability to do several tasks such as commuting to work, participating in family activities, pursuing hobbies, sports, etc. You may also lose income and potential job opportunities. The bottom line is that you are entitled to compensation for all of these losses. Our motorcycle personal injury attorneys are determined to match the value of your case with the value of your loss. In addition to medical bills and wage loss, you may also be compensated for your pain and suffering.
No matter the type of motorcycle accident you’ve been in, our motorcycle injury lawyers have the qualifications and ambition to see your case through the end. We know about the injuries that these accidents cause, including whiplash, spinal cord injuries, sprain injuries, bone fractures, traumatic brain injuries, wrongful death, etc.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a serious motorcycle accident, Barbuto & Johansson, P.A. may be able to recover a wide array of damages for you. These damages include and are not limited to: compensation for your pain and suffering; reimbursement of medical expenses; lost wages; payment for reductions in your future earning capacity; compensation for diminished enjoyment of life; loss of comfort and support of a spouse. Call us today at: (561) 444-7980.
Motorcycle Accident Attorneys serving Wellington, Loxahatchee, Loxahatchee Groves, Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Green Acres, The Acreage, Westlake, West Palm Beach and throughout the states of Florida, California and New Jersey.