When you’re hurt in a motorcycle accident, it can be hard to know where to begin. Physical injuries, emotional devastation and an inability to work can all wreak havoc on your life and your family’s security. You may wonder if there’s any way to seek compensation for your losses.
Fortunately, in many cases, the answer is yes. The State of Florida has laws that are meant to fairly and fully compensate motorcycle accident victims for a variety of losses. In certain cases, you’re able to bring a lawsuit against another driver or other responsible party. You may be able to seek compensation for things like pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life as well as for medical bills and loss wages.
When other drivers aren’t responsible on the road, we’re the Clearwater motorcycle accident lawyers that are ready to help. Our team of specifically trained and experienced attorneys dedicate themselves to helping injured victims fight for justice. We work tirelessly to help you pursue your case in the strongest ways possible under Florida law.
What if it might have been my fault?
Even if you think you may be partially or even wholly to blame for the accident, it’s important to discuss your case with one of our Clearwater motorcycle accident attorneys. What a police officer might see as fault might not be fault under Florida’s civil negligence laws. Our team can discuss your case with you to give you an understanding of Florida law and how it applies to your case.
Being partially to blame for the crash doesn’t bar you from recovering for your injuries. Florida law uses a system of comparative negligence. That means, if you’re partially to blame for the motorcycle accident, you can still recover to the extent that the events weren’t your fault.
For example, you may be in a traffic crash that leaves you with $50,000 in total damages. While the other driver failed to yield the right of way, you were driving over the speed limit. The jury agrees that the other driver is eighty percent at fault, and you’re twenty percent at fault. In this case, you can still recover for eighty percent of your damages, or $40,000. It’s up to a jury to apportion fault, so it’s important not to make assumptions about your case before you talk to an experienced attorney.
How much is my case worth?
When you work with our Clearwater motorcycle accident lawyers, we use our network of expert accountants and medical professionals to thoroughly document your losses. This is important because a jury needs to know what your losses are in order for them to award you compensation for them. There are many different types of compensation that may be available to you.
Some compensation is meant to make you whole for financial losses that you sustain because of the crash. These are called economic damages . This can include medical bills and other necessary health care because of the accident. If you missed time from work or are unable to work, you can seek to recover lost wages. Compensation for destroyed or damaged property falls into this category as well.
Another category of damages is non-economic damages. For example, if you lose use of your leg because of the motorcycle crash, your loss has a value to it. If you have pain and suffering because your shoulder hurts because of the accident, your suffering has a financial value. Even your mental anguish because of what happened has a value. These are all things that you can ask a jury to compensate you for when you’re hurt in a motorcycle accident.
In some cases, companies disregard risks and dangers to the public in order to earn a profit. In these cases, Florida allows victims to use the legal system to both punish the responsible company and encourage other companies to act responsibly when they make and sell products. What Florida law allows is for a jury to award punitive damages when a company unreasonably puts profits over public safety. There’s a limit to the amount of punitive damages you can receive in Florida. The limit is three times the amount of compensatory damages or $500,000, whichever is greater. There are exceptions to this limit in cases of particularly egregious conduct.
Andre, EGA does not want to give advice on the statute of limitations so that the potential client determine if they are within the time limit. He would rather focus on them calling us right after the accident has occurred.
What can I expect when I work with your Clearwater Motorcycle Accident Lawyers?
When we work with a motorcycle accident victim, we want to get to know you, and we want to learn all about what happened. Our case preparation begins the day that we meet. We talk to you to learn about the crash and the ways that it impacted you.
Andre, the above is not our process. Our law firm initially works to settle the case and if the case is not settled, then the process starts to prepare for court.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a Clearwater motorcycle accident, we invite you to contact us. We can explain how Florida law might apply to your case and make a game plan for maximum recovery in your case.
We know that a motorcycle accident turns your life upside down in an instant. That’s why our services are compassionate and client focused. Let us show you what sets us apart. If you’ve been hurt in a Clearwater motorcycle accident, please contact us today.