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Hiring an experienced Boca Raton motorcycle accident lawyer can help protect your rights and build a strong case for financial compensation if you were seriously injured in a motorcycle crash.

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The Boca Raton personal injury lawyers with Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath provide legal representation to accident victims in South Florida. With more than 100 years of joint practice experience, our accident attorneys provide the deep knowledge and individualized attention you deserve.

Do I need an attorney for my motorcycle accident?

Motorcycle accidents can quickly become complicated. Unlike larger vehicles, motorcycles do not provide as much protection to the rider in an accident. If you only suffered scratches or bruises in a minor crash, it may seem like you don’t need legal representation. However, even minor accidents can lead to more severe injuries.

If you were not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, you may have suffered head or brain trauma that could have a long-term impact on your health and family life. Consequently, it is in your best interest to work with an experienced attorney after an accident.

Contact our Boca Raton motorcycle accident lawyers today for a free consultation.

When to get a Boca Raton motorcycle accident lawyer

The best time to get in touch with Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath is right after a negligent driver has injured you. If you wait too long to contact an attorney after your accident, you may lose the crucial evidence needed to litigate your case successfully.

The Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath law firm is here to provide you with the representation that you need if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident. We are committed to protecting your rights and building a compelling case with the help of our experienced team of attorneys. We offer free initial consultations for our clients.

Contact our firm today to discuss your accident with a Boca Raton motorcycle accident lawyer.

What to do after a motorcycle accident

To protect yourself, it is important to follow specific steps after an accident. These steps are even more critical when you are injured in a motorcycle accident.

If you were in a serious injury make sure to call our firm as soon as possible.

If you fail to take the correct actions after an accident, your chances of successfully filing a claim against the at-fault party may be compromised, or your ability to receive total compensation for your injuries may be limited. As soon as possible after an accident, you should call 911 to report the accident and wait for assistance to arrive.

If you are seriously injured or cannot move, do not attempt to get up. Remain still until medical personnel arrive and take all necessary precautions to avoid further harm.

Seek medical attention even if you don’t believe you are injured. Injuries that may appear to be minor can cause more significant problems later on. After you have ensured your safety, contact a Florida motorcycle accident lawyer for assistance with your insurance claim.

Brain injuries from a motorcycle accident

Motorcycle accidents are some of the most dangerous kinds of accidents that can occur on the road. According to one estimate, motorcycle rider fatalities are almost 26 times more common than passenger fatalities in car crashes.

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is essential to understand how serious of an issue head injuries are for motorcyclists.

Brain injuries from a motorcycle accident can be life-altering. Even mild head injuries have been linked to severe long-term consequences, including memory loss, learning disabilities, and impaired cognitive function.

Get immediate medical treatment for brain injuries. If you are experiencing symptoms of a brain injury, including headaches, slurred speech, or impaired memory, go to the emergency room.

What are the elements of a motorcycle accident lawsuit?

When you are injured in a motorcycle accident, the at-fault party is typically liable for your injuries. It can be challenging to secure compensation for your damages without the assistance of an experienced attorney.

If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, contact our firm as soon as possible after the incident occurs. Accident claims can take a long time to resolve. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

The elements that are required for you to prevail in your motorcycle accident case may include:

  • The at-fault driver was negligent
  • You were injured in the accident
  • Your injuries meet specific criteria, such as the injuries being severe enough to warrant a claim or your medical bills reaching a particular dollar amount set by the state.

What damages can I claim in a motorcycle accident lawsuit?

Economic damages

Economic damages compensate you for financial losses that resulted from your injuries. They may include the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity if it can be proven that your injuries will interfere with your ability to work in the future

Non-economic damages

Non-economic damages compensate you for the emotional distress that resulted from your accident. These may include:

  • Physical or emotional scarring
  • Loss of consortium if your injuries caused a strain on your relationship
  • Pain and suffering

Punitive damages

Punitive damages are awarded by a judge when the defendant’s conduct is incredibly reckless or heinous.

For instance, if a motorist fled the scene of your accident and later was found to be intoxicated while operating another vehicle, you may be entitled to punitive damages in addition to non-economic and economic damages.

What are common motorcycle accident injuries?

Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is any injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. TBIs occur when an external force causes damage to your brain. Motorcycle accidents are responsible for thousands of TBIs every year. Symptoms of a TBI include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Impaired memory or concentration
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of consciousness, which can last from several minutes to several months after the accident

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Concussions are categorized as a mild form of TBI. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no such thing as a “concussion-proof” helmet. Even if you were wearing a helmet at the time of your accident, you could still suffer a concussion.

Road rash

Road rash is a common injury that results from a motorcycle accident. It occurs when the skin on your body is scraped away as a result of sliding across the pavement after being thrown from your bike.

Injuries from motorcycle accidents often lead to scarring and permanent disfigurement. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to contact Lytal Reiter Smith Ivey & Fronrath as soon as possible.

We offer free case evaluations with an experienced Boca Raton motorcycle accident lawyer.

Broken bones

Broken bones are another common injury from motorcycle accidents. If you sustain a broken bone, your doctor will typically recommend that you wear a cast while the bone heals. During recovery, it is essential to seek immediate medical attention if you believe your cast needs adjusting.

Some broken bones require surgery to set the bone correctly. If your doctor believes that your broken bone will need surgery, you may be referred to an orthopedic specialist for further treatment.

Internal damage

Internal damage results from motorcycle accidents when your insides are damaged as a result of being thrown or run over by another vehicle.

If you have internal injuries, you may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Blood in your urine or stool
  • Chest pain
  • Back pain
  • A feeling that you have to urinate or defecate even though nothing is coming out
  • Sudden weight gain, which may indicate that your spleen has been ruptured
  • In some cases, internal injuries can lead to death because it becomes difficult for you to breathe or maintain the functions of your major organs


A contusion, or bruise, is common following a motorcycle accident. If you were wearing protective gear at the time of your accident, you may only experience minor bruising.

However, if you were not wearing protective gear at the time of your accident or your protective gear did not function properly, your injuries could be more severe.

The impact of the accident can bruise the skin, which can lead to scars if not adequately treated.

Soft tissue damage

Your muscles, tendons, and ligaments are considered soft tissue.

If your soft tissue has been damaged, you can expect some of the following symptoms:

  • A dull, constant ache
  • Difficulties moving the injured area
  • Pain while attempting to stretch or contract your injured muscle or tendon
  • In some cases, you may not realize that you have soft tissue damage because symptoms usually don’t appear until several days after an accident.

Neck and back injuries

If you were involved in a motorcycle accident that caused your bike to flip over, there is a possibility that you could experience neck and back injuries.

If your neck or back was injured in the accident, you may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Stabbing pain when attempting to turn your head
  • Muscle spasms in your neck or back
  • Severe pain in your upper or lower back

If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is essential to contact Lytal Reiter Smith Ivey & Fronrath as soon as possible so an experienced Boca Raton motorcycle accident lawyer can help you file a claim for damages.

Common causes of motorcycle accidents

Rear-end motorcycle accident cause

Rear-end accidents are one of the most common types of motorcycle accidents. Drivers commonly tailgate other vehicles. When they do this to a car and don’t brake in time, they can cause bumper damage. However, when they tailgate motorcycles, it causes most drivers to not brake in time, which results in a collision. When this happens, most motorcycle riders are thrown off of their motorcycles or into oncoming traffic. This can lead to severe injuries, including broken bones and brain damage due to head trauma.

Poor road conditions

Road conditions are an important factor in motorcycle accidents. Bad weather, poor road maintenance, and unmarked cars all contribute. Inclement weather, such as rain, fog, sleet, ice, or snow, causes many motorcycles to crash. When wet surfaces are not properly maintained, potholes can occur, which can cause motorcycle accidents.

Potholes pose a severe issue for motorcycles, which can easily be thrown off balance. If a driver rides over a pothole, they can risk flipping their bike and getting a serious injury.

Blind spots

Another major cause of motorcycle accidents is other drivers’ blind spots. When a driver has large trucks, passenger cars, or SUVs, they tend to have much larger blind spots than other vehicles. When these drivers are in their car, if they attempt to turn around in our parking lot without checking their mirrors or looking over their shoulder, they can crash into a passing motorcycle.

These crashes are especially dangerous because motorcycle riders do not have airbags to protect them in case of an accident. When they hit another car, their bodies can suffer severe trauma that could lead to death.

Cutting off

Another common cause of motorcycle accidents is when other drivers cut off motorcycles. This is dangerous because the motorcyclist has little room to avoid a collision or to stop if one is coming up ahead.

When a motorcycle stops short, it is often thrown off balance or into oncoming traffic. This can cause serious injuries to the motorcyclist, including head trauma, broken bones, and brain damage.

Distracted driving

Distracted driving is a common cause of accidents on the road, among any vehicle. Using a cell phone, texting, and daydreaming all contribute to distracted driving.

When this happens, motorcycle riders often lose control and hit another vehicle or go off the road where there is no room for error.

Drivers who are distracted can cause serious injuries to motorcycle drivers. Lytal Reiter Smith Ivey & Fronrath believe that all drivers should pay 100% attention to the road to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents in South Florida.

Driving under the influence

Riding under the influence of drugs or alcohol results in serious, if not fatal, accidents. When a driver is high or drunk, it can seriously affect their ability to operate a vehicle on the road. This may result in speeding, losing control, hitting another car, hitting an object like a tree or signpost, and even falling off if they are not holding on properly.


When this happens, the motorcyclist’s body is more at risk for serious injury, including head trauma, broken bones, brain damage, and amputation. Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath want to help victims of drunk driving accidents get justice through court proceedings.

If you have been injured by a driver who was driving under the influence, you may be entitled to punitive damages.

Let our Boca Raton motorcycle accident lawyers help

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a motorcycle accident, we want to help.

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Our attorneys know all of the common causes of motorcycle accidents, and we use this knowledge to win our clients’ cases. If you do not win your case, you will not pay anything out of pocket.

Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about your rights after a motorcycle accident. We are here to help you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We will be with you through every step of the process, fighting to get the justice that you deserve under Florida law.

Motorcycle accident FAQs

How long do I have to file a motorcycle accident lawsuit?

You have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you do not,  you could waive your right to seek damages in court.

If you miss this period, you need to speak with an experienced Boca Raton motorcycle accident lawyer to see if you can still file a claim.

How much does a motorcycle accident lawyer cost?

Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath do not charge you any fees unless we win your case.

This is because we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that the only money you will pay Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath is if we win your case.

If we do not win your case, we will not charge you any fee at all.

What if I was partially to blame for my motorcycle accident?

Florida is a pure comparative negligence state. This means that you can recover damages if you are partially to blame for your motorcycle accident.

However, the court will look at your degree of fault and reduce the amount of compensation you receive by that percentage.

If you were 10% at fault, you cannot be awarded 100% of your damages. However, we can potentially get you 90% of your damages in this instance after the judge or jury finds you 10% responsible for the accident.

What if a loved one died from a motorcycle accident?

If a loved one dies in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation for the following:

  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of comfort and protection
  • Loss of financial support
  • Punitive damages
  • Loss of quality of life

A Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath attorney can help your family get the maximum amount of damages possible by filing a wrongful death suit and holding the negligent and reckless parties responsible.

How a Boca Raton motorcycle accident lawyer can help

Our attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of motorcyclists after accidents. We have extensive experience in successfully litigating on behalf of our clients who have been injured in motorcycle accidents.

By choosing Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath as your legal counsel, you can be confident that you will receive the highest level of service from an experienced team of attorneys. We pride ourselves on our excellence in litigation and customer service. If you have any questions, contact us today for a free consultation with a Boca Raton attorney.

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