Have you sustained injuries after a motorcycle accident in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida? Although Florida is an at-fault car insurance state, motorcyclists are exempt from those rules and can pursue compensation from the party responsible for the crash. Kibbey Wagner, PLLC, is here to help you explore your legal options and the best course of action starting today.
Our law firm has collected over $60 million for our deserving clients since 2014, the year we opened our doors. The experienced Palm Beach Gardens motorcycle accident attorneys on our team have more than 40 years of combined experience.
This track record of success gives us the confidence and ability to take on just about any motorcycle accident case; we believe we can help you achieve an outcome that fits your needs and that makes you whole again.
Contact our law office in Palm Beach Gardens a call today at (561) 944-4000 to start the process or for further information. Your initial consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys is free of charge.
What Kibbey Wagner, PLLC, Can Do To Help After a Motorcycle Accident in Palm Beach Gardens
Florida is home to more motorcycles than just about any other state in the country, which may not come as a surprise to hear. The Sunshine State has rideable weather year-round and miles upon miles of coastline to cruise down and enjoy. Unfortunately, that also means that the state is more prone to motorcycle accidents – and these collisions often cause the rider to suffer severe harm.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, you deserve to focus on your well-being instead of worrying about how you’ll hold the at-fault driver accountable for their actions. You will have the ability to do just that if you hire Kibbey Wagner, PLLC.
We have a former insurance defense attorney in our ranks, which gives us a leg up throughout the claims process. We’ve also been named Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Hiring our award-winning Palm Beach Gardens personal injury lawyers means you’ll have legal help such as:
- An internal investigation into your motorcycle accident with the aid of experts when necessary
- All of the negotiation, communication, and paperwork related to your claim
- The option to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party and bring your case to court if needed
Contact us today, either by phone or online, to learn more about how we can assist with your motorcycle accident claim.
Palm Beach County Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) maintains a detailed crash dashboard that contains various accident statistics per county. Palm Beach County has had the following numbers of motorcycle accidents across the past five years:
- 2022: 399 crashes and 28 fatalities
- 2021: 386 crashes and 29 fatalities
- 2020: 376 crashes and 29 fatalities
- 2019: 410 crashes and 23 fatalities
- 2018: 450 crashes and 28 fatalities
These statistics indicate that there is at least one motorcycle crash in Palm Beach County every single day, on average.
How Much Is My Palm Beach Gardens Motorcycle Accident Claim Worth?
Many factors go into determining the value of a motorcycle accident claim. One major factor is the type and severity of the injuries you have sustained. The cases involving the most serious injuries generally are worth the most – but the calculation is more complex than that. Other relevant factors include:
- The terms and conditions of any applicable insurance policies
- How much evidence there is to prove your claim
- Whether you are expected to make a full recovery from the accident
- How long and to what extent you have had to miss work due to your injuries
- Whether you share fault for the motorcycle accident
During your free consultation with us, we’ll be able to more accurately assess the value of your claim and provide you with a more specific answer as to its potential worth.
What Types of Damages Can I Recover Following a Motorcycle Accident in Palm Beach Gardens?
One type of damages that is available to you after a motorcycle accident in Palm Beach Gardens is called economic damages. These damages are meant to make up for your financial losses that you’ve sustained, including:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Decreased earning capacity
You can also receive another type of damages, which are referred to as non-economic damages. This type of damages represents your other types of losses, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Scarring and disfigurement
These are just a few examples of the things you can recover compensation for as part of your motorcycle accident claim. There is a third type of damages, called punitive damages, that may also be available – but only in rare cases involving especially poor behavior on the part of the at-fault party.
We’ll Pursue Compensation for All of Your Palm Beach Gardens Motorcycle Accident Injuries
When a motorcycle is involved in a crash, the resulting injuries can be some of the most severe in all of personal injury law. This is most likely to be true when a motorcycle collides with a larger motor vehicle, such as a car or truck. Kinds of injuries you can be compensated for include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Road rash
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Chest injuries
- Leg injuries
Contact our legal team today to discuss your rights and options for compensation, regardless of whether your injuries are mentioned above. We can help you every step of the way.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Motorcycles are inherently more difficult to operate than an automobile, and they’re also tougher for other motor vehicle drivers to notice on the road. Common causes of motorcycle accidents in Palm Beach Gardens include:
- Distracted driving
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Poor weather conditions
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Defective parts or machinery
- Drunk or intoxicated driving
- Tailgating and other aggressive driving behaviors
Have you sustained injuries after a motorcycle accident in the area? Kibbey Wagner, PLLC, can review your situation for free and provide legal advice. Call today to learn more.
How Do I Establish Negligence After a Motorcycle Accident in Palm Beach Gardens?
Most likely, you’ll need to prove that the at-fault driver was negligent in order to obtain compensation after a motorcycle wreck. Negligence is the legal cause of action that these cases are usually based on, and it has a similar meaning to “carelessness.” There are four legal elements required to satisfy negligence:
- Duty of Care
- Breach of Duty
- Causation (both factual and proximate)
If you can prove each of these elements “by a preponderance of the evidence,” you’ll be well on your way to securing a favorable outcome. Fortunately, this is a much easier standard to meet than the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard that would appear in a criminal case.
You will have the burden of proof to support your claim as the personal injury victim. The following are some types of evidence you can submit:
- Medical records
- Testimony from experts or eyewitnesses
- Photos and videos of the crash and crash scene
Our personal injury attorneys in Palm Beach Gardens are adept at proving negligence cases. You can find out more by giving us a quick call to set up a free case assessment.
How Long Do I Have To Submit a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit in Florida?
Florida’s statute of limitations allows you four years from the date of the accident to file your lawsuit. Filing on time is critical, as you’ll likely lose your ability to collect compensation if you submit your lawsuit too late.
Keep in mind that in some cases, you might be able to utilize an exception to this deadline for additional time. Contact our law office to learn about the specific deadline that will apply to your case.
Schedule a Free Case Assessment With an Experienced Palm Beach Gardens Motorcycle Accident Attorney
There’s probably a lot on your plate after a motorcycle accident in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. You might not be sure how best to go about pursuing the compensation you need and deserve to get back on your feet.
If you hire Kibbey Wagner, PLLC, our Palm Beach Gardens motorcycle accident attorneys can handle just about every aspect of your claim. You’ll have the chance to focus on your recovery in the meantime.
We also work on a contingency fee basis, so we’ll be incentivized to maximize the value of your case. It also will not cost you anything upfront to hire us. Call today to schedule your free case review and to get the process started.