November 12th, 2012 - by DKRPA
We have talked about some of the unique legal challenges motorcyclists face after an accident. In a recent post, we outlined the possible biases that can play into any court appearance for a motorcyclist involved in an accident. Regardless of whether they are the plaintiff or the defendant, they can be judged by the court room before the case even gets going.
Another challenge facing motorcyclists in the wake of an accident is insurance companies. Both their insurer and any other insurance provider involved in a wreck will scrutinize every aspect of the crash to try and limit what they have to cover. An especially critical aspect is whether or not the motorcyclist was wearing his or her helmet. The absence of a helmet not only puts the rider at a much higher risk for injury, it also can be used by an insurer to negate coverage.
Hopefully this isn’t the case for a West Palm Beach motorcyclist who crashed over the weekend. The circumstances are unclear; but what is known is that the motorcycle collided with another car. The motorcyclist required a helicopter ride to a nearby hospital — and that usually indicates very serious injuries that require immediate and drastic medical care.
Investigators will pour over a wealth of information regarding the accident before ruling on how and why the accident occurred. They will interview any witnesses; they will look at the “black box” of the car to check if the car was speeding before the wreck; and they will also look at how competent and safe both the motorcyclist and the driver were in the build-up to the accident. After all that information is gathered, Palm Beach officials will come to an informed conclusion on the accident.
Source: Palm Beach Post, “Motorcyclist injured in suburban West Palm Beach crash,” Julius Whigham III, Nov. 10, 2012
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, please visit our Palm Beach motorcycle page to learn about what kind of legal options are available.