Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcycle accidents very often result in death or serious injury to motorcyclists. These accidents may be caused by the negligence of another driver or by a defect in a motorcycle or other vehicle involved in a crash. Motorcyclists’ injuries may also be enhanced by defects in motorcyclists’ safety equipment, such as protective clothing or helmets. When a motorcyclist’s accident injury or death is caused by a defect in a vehicle, a defect in the motorcyclist’s safety equipment, or the negligence of a driver, the injured motorcyclist or certain of the deceased motorcyclist’s family members may be able to recover financial damages through legal action.

If you have been injured or one of your family members has been killed in a motorcycle accident and you have reason to believe that your injury or loved one’s death was caused by a motor vehicle defect or the negligence of one or more drivers, you may be entitled to compensation from those responsible for your injuries or loved one’s death. The Killino Firm’s West Palm Beach, Florida, motorcycle accident attorneys have extensive experience with all types of motor vehicle accident cases, including those arising out of motorcyclists’ injuries or deaths caused by vehicle defects or negligence. Contact The Killino Firm at 561-835-9898 for a cost-free evaluation of your case and additional information about your legal rights and options.

Legal Liability for Motorcyclists’ Injuries and Deaths

Liability for injuries or deaths sustained by motorcyclists in traffic accidents will depend on the circumstances of each particular case. In some cases, a defect in a motor vehicle or a motorcyclist’s safety equipment may combine with the negligence of a driver to cause an accident victim’s personal injury or wrongful death.

Motorcyclists’ Injuries or Deaths Caused by Driver Negligence

Driver negligence is a common cause of motor vehicle accidents of any kind, including those involving collisions between motorcycles and other vehicles. In many cases, the drivers of cars, trucks, and other larger vehicles fail to keep a proper lookout for motorcycles. A driver’s failure to exercise reasonable care for the safety of motorcyclists while driving on a highway or road may be found to constitute negligence by the driver and result in the driver’s liability for the death or injuries sustained by a motorcyclist as a result.

Any violation by the driver of another vehicle of traffic laws or rules of the road may result in the driver’s liability for a motorcyclist’s injury or death that is determined to have resulted from the violation. A driver’s violation of such rules and traffic laws, which include speed limits, rules regarding rights of way, lane-changing rules, and others, will be considered negligence per se on the part of a driver whose rule or law violation is found to have caused a motorcyclist’s injury or death. This means that the plaintiff may satisfy the duty and breach elements of a negligence claim brought against the driver by establishing the driver’s violation of the applicable rule or law. In addition to a duty of reasonable care and the breach of that duty, the plaintiff will also need to establish that the driver’s rule violation or other breach of the duty of care was a cause of the victim’s injury or death and that the plaintiff suffered legally compensable damages as a result of the victim’s injury or death.

Motorcyclists’ Injuries or Deaths Caused by Motorcycle or Other Vehicle Defects

Motorcycle and other traffic accidents are often caused by defects in one or more of the vehicles involved. When a defect in a motorcycle or other motor vehicle is determined to have been a cause of a motorcyclist’s injury or death, the manufacturer of the motorcycle or other vehicle as well as others in the chain of the vehicle’s distribution may be held liable for the motorcyclist’s injury or death under product liability law.

Product liability actions seeking to recover damages for motorcyclists’ personal injuries or death are usually brought as strict liability claims, which enable a plaintiff to establish the liability of certain defendants without the necessity of proving that any of the defendants was negligent in creating the defective vehicle that caused the motorcyclist’s injury or death or in releasing it to the market. Such claims can result in the strict liability of the manufacturer of a defective motorcycle or other vehicle as well as others involved in the production and distribution of the defective vehicle. The defendants subject to strict liability may include a defective vehicle’s designer, manufacturer, suppliers, assemblers, and others in the vehicle’s chain of distribution. If a motorcyclist’s injuries are found to have been enhanced by a defect in the motorcyclist’s helmet or other safety equipment, the manufacturer and others in the chain of the defective helmet’s or other safety equipment’s distribution may be found strictly liable for the motorcyclist’s enhanced injuries.

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If you have been injured or one of your family members has been killed in a motorcycle accident caused by driver negligence or a vehicle defect, The Killino Firm’s West Palm Beach, Florida, motorcycle accident attorneys can help you obtain justice from the parties responsible for your injuries or loved one’s death. Contact The Killino Firm at 561-835-9898 for expert and experienced assistance with your motorcycle accident case.

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Date published: 03/05/2015
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