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Unfortunately, many riders are injured in accidents each year due to negligent drivers and improperly maintained roadways. You have a right to enjoy your ride safely on Florida roads. Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath want to protect that right.

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, we can help. Our motorcycle accident lawyers in West Palm Beach, FL represent riders who suffered injury or lost a loved one due to careless drivers. We offer free consultations and will handle your case on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay unless we win.

Contact us today for a free consultation so we can prove to you that we’re the best lawyers for the job.


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Do I need an attorney for my motorcycle accident?

Motorcycle driving on a highway in front of fall leavesFlorida motorcycle riders often feel that they can handle a lawsuit on their own – especially when it concerns an accident that happened with an individual rather than a large company. While it may be true that you can handle a lawsuit on your own, it doesn’t make sense to attempt this if you want the best outcome possible. Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath has won countless personal injury claims for motorcycle riders just like yourself. Our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience, so you can rest assured that you’re getting the best attorneys for your case. No matter if you’ve suffered an injury due to another rider’s negligence or fell victim to a pothole on the road, we have your back.

When to Get a West Palm Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

You don’t need a motorcycle accident attorney right away. We definitely should not be your first call after the accident. You must first alert the authorities and seek medical treatment.

Then, hire an attorney. Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath advocate on behalf of riders every day and we’ll help you find the best solution for your case without charging an upfront fee.

Nevertheless, some events indicate it’s time to get a lawyer:

  • You need legal advice before signing any documents
  • Mediation fails and the insurance company refuses to pay fair compensation
  • The insurance company is trying to shift blame onto you
  • The police report falsely states that you are to blame for the accident
  • The other party doesn’t have insurance
  • You have severe injuries that require expensive medical treatments
  • The insurance adjuster is not returning calls

If any of the above is true, you should contact a motorcycle accident lawyer immediately.

Everyone should have an attorney on their side to ensure that their rights are protected. Clients have the best experience when they hire an attorney immediately after seeking medical attention for their injuries and before speaking with any insurance adjusters.

What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

First and foremost, Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath encourage any rider who has been in an accident to seek medical attention.

If you believe that your injuries may be severe and cause long-term damage or disability, don’t hesitate to get emergency service – even if the accident happened hours ago and you have left the scene.

However, it is best practice to call the police to the scene of a motorcycle accident. They can also do a rudimentary assessment of your injuries to help you determine if an ambulance is needed.

Next, every rider should write down the name of any witnesses, get their contact information, and ask them to stick around until help arrives. This is also a good time to snap pictures with your phone.

You should photograph everything that could possibly help your case. This includes the weather and road conditions and all damage to vehicles.

After you have been checked out by a doctor, you should call a motorcycle accident lawyer in West Palm Beach, FL. They can help you determine what to say to your insurance company to ensure that your claim is approved as quickly as possible so you aren’t paying for damages out of pocket.

Brain Injuries From a Motorcycle Accident

One of the most dangerous injuries that can result from a motorcycle accident is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Unfortunately, these types of injuries are often undervalued and dismissed by uninformed police officers at the scene of an accident.

Since traumatic brain injuries are easy to miss, and often don’t have immediate signs, many people dismiss them as a minor headache or slight dizziness. But they can be far more serious.

A traumatic brain injury can cause problems with memory, concentration, attention, reasoning, problem-solving, and communication. Some symptoms include irritability, personality changes, depression, or anxiety.

Traumatic brain injuries are classified into three categories: mild (the most common), moderate, and severe. Treatment options depend on the severity of the case.

How a West Palm Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath Can Help

If you have experienced an injury in a motorcycle accident, Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath can help. Our lawyers are here to ensure that your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve.

We will fight for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering damages, or any other financial reward you may be entitled to receive. Our experienced, determined attorneys have successfully represented hundreds of motorcycle accident victims in West Palm Beach and throughout Florida.

Give us a call today to schedule a consultation with our team.

Elements of a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit

When you choose Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath to represent your case, our legal team will handle everything for you. You’ll never be left in the dark or have to spend countless hours working on your own claim.

The first step is usually gathering evidence. This could include taking pictures and preserving physical evidence, such as skid marks or debris from the scene. After a thorough investigation is conducted, your motorcycle accident lawyer will negotiate with any insurance companies involved to determine who was at fault for your accident. When an agreement has been reached on liability and damages, the case will settle.

If our attorneys are unable to reach an acceptable settlement on your behalf the case will proceed to trial. While this can be a lengthy process, it often results in a higher settlement.

It’s important to remember that we only get paid if we win your case. Our attorneys will never ask you to pay out of pocket for any costs or fees associated with your lawsuit.

What damages can I claim in a motorcycle accident lawsuit?

Economic

Economic damages are those that can be specifically calculated and assigned a monetary value. This includes medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and any other out-of-pocket costs associated with the accident.

Non-Economic

Non-economic damages are much harder to quantify. This includes compensation for your pain and suffering, loss of consortium, or any other personal injury that can’t be measured in dollars.

Punitive

Punitive damages are not the goal of every lawsuit, but they may become part of your claim if someone acted in an extremely negligent or reckless manner. These damages are awarded at the discretion of the judge for your trial.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury can cause a wide range of problems in a motorcycle accident victim. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Memory loss or confusion
  • Problems with balance
  • Deafness or blindness
  • Headaches

A mild form of traumatic brain injury is a concussion. This usually results in a brief loss of consciousness and some memory loss. Treatment largely depends on the severity of the damage.

A moderate to severe traumatic brain injury often has more long-term effects and requires extensive treatment. This could result in paralysis or coma, which can lead to permanent disabilities.

Road Rash

Road rash, or road burn, is a common injury in motorcycle accidents. It often results when the bike is thrown to the ground and skids along the pavement.

Asphalt particles can work their way under your skin and cause infection. This type of road rash is very painful and also carries an increased risk of tetanus.

Physical therapy, medication, and surgery are used to treat road rash. Surgery may be required in extreme cases when the infection becomes chronic (this requires debridement of the wound).

Broken Bones

Broken bones in a motorcycle accident are not uncommon. They can occur when the rider impacts another vehicle or object, or falls off their bike due to loss of control.

Bones may break when they impact the ground or an object (such as a car bumper).

A broken bone can also occur due to bending or twisting forces, which is known as a closed fracture. This type of injury requires more immediate attention because of the risk of shock and internal bleeding.

Broken bones are usually treated with splints or casts to immobilize the area. Surgery may be required in some cases to reset the bones.

Internal Damage

Internal damage is not always visible after a motorcycle accident. This type of injury can be life-threatening, because internal bleeding may go undetected for hours or days before causing severe problems.

Internal bleeding can occur anywhere inside the body, but it’s most common in the chest or abdomen.

Treatment for internal injuries depends on the severity of the injury. Minor damage may need to be monitored closely over time. Severe cases often require surgery to stop the bleeding before organ failure occurs.

Contusions

Common injuries that can occur in a motorcycle accident are contusions, or bruising. This type of injury is common because the direct impact can injure tissues throughout your whole body. Major damage to internal organs is rare with road rash, but bruises are very likely. The extent of these injuries depends on how fast you were going at impact and the damage to your motorcycle.

Soft Tissue Damage

Soft tissues are an important part of your body because they connect, support, and surround other parts. These include tendons, ligaments, cartilage, fat tissue, blood vessels, and muscle tissue. When you’re injured in a motorcycle accident, soft tissues can be damaged or separated from each other. This can cause a lot of pain and discomfort.

Injuries to the tendons and ligaments are very common in motorcycle accidents, especially when you lose control of your bike. In some cases, this can be treated with surgery or physical therapy.

Neck and Back Injuries

The neck and back are connected to your spine, which can become damaged in a motorcycle accident.

A broken neck is a very dangerous injury that usually leads to paralysis or death. Neck injuries of this severity do not heal on their own. If you suffer this type of injury in a motorcycle accident then you will require immediate medical attention.

In many cases, a broken neck can be treated with a proper brace. The back is another common area of injury in motorcycle accidents. The force from the impact can cause damage to the bones, muscles, and ligaments throughout this area.

Injuries to the spine are very serious because they can cause paralysis or severe pain for years after the initial accident. Injuries to the spine are usually treated with medication and physical therapy. In cases where the damage is severe, surgery may be needed.

Our Recent Settlements

 

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A Broward County jury awarded Denise and David Brown $35 million in a case against North Broward Hospital District, doing business at Broward General Hospital.

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Matt Haynes immediately filed suit and noticed the case for trial.  Even with all the challenges of Covid closures, the Team kept the pressure on, and resolved the case in less than 10 months for more than the company’s policy limits.

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Our 23-year-old client was driving to his aunt’s home on I-95 when the left rear tire on his SUV sustained a tread separation causing him to lose control.

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