Nearly five thousand people lose their lives each year in motorcycle accidents in the United States. Many more suffer serious injuries. Too often, drivers don’t use sufficient care and caution when there are motorcyclists on the road.
When you’re injured in a motorcycle accident, you may have a right to financially recover for your losses. You may deserve compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and even inconvenience. Florida law aims to help motorcycle accident victims be made as whole as possible after their injuries. Our team of St Pete’s motorcycle accident lawyers can help you build your case and work towards seeking an optimal recovery in your case.
Types of damages
There are several different types of damages that you may be able to recover for when you’re hurt in a motorcycle accident. These damages are categorized into economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are financial losses that you sustain because of your injuries.
These include medical bills and lost wages. This also includes the value of lost personal property and the decreased value of damaged personal property. If you need repair work because of your losses, that’s a part of economic damages too.
Non-economic damages include pain and suffering. They include inconvenience or loss of enjoyment because your life isn’t the same. Mental anguish is another type of non-economic damages.
In some cases, you can ask the jury to award you punitive damages. When a party acts in a dangerous way because they want to make a profit, a jury may award punitive damages. These damages are meant to serve as a punishment and an incentive for parties to act responsibly. An example where punitive damages might apply is when a manufacturer builds a vehicle with a known defect or fails to take corrective action when they realize a defect. There are caps that apply to punitive damage awards in Florida.
It’s important to contact a St Pete’s motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible if you think you might have a claim. Even if you think the statute of limitations may have come and gone, in some cases you can apply the discovery rule in order bring a case after the deadline. The discovery rule can extend a statute of limitations in cases where you don’t discover the injuries until after the accident occurs.
In Florida, comparative negligence applies to motorcycle accident cases. That means that you may still be able to recover for your injuries and losses even if you’re partially to blame for the accident. The court reduces your recovery by the percent that you’re at fault for the accident.
For example, you’re in an accident, and you suffer $10,000 in damages. You bring a claim against the other driver for your damages. The other driver says that you’re to blame for the crash. the jury hears the case and decides that you’re thirty percent at fault. In that case, the court reduces your recovery by thirty percent, and you recover only $7,000.
How can our St Pete’s motorcycle accident lawyers help?
If you’ve been hurt in a St Petes’s motorcycle accident, we may be able to help. Our team of dedicated professionals works to help each client to maximize their recovery through full use of the Florida legal system. We use our resources to handle the legal case so that you can focus on your recovery.
Our team stands apart because we offer professional services with understanding and compassion. Each case is different, but our team’s combined years of experience can help us prepare and argue your case in a way that helps you advance your interests under Florida law. Each client gets our complete attention and resources, and we take each success personally.
Advocating for you
After we’ve built our case, we ask the other side to pay you what you deserve. In some cases, our detailed case preparation motivates the other side to offer to pay you fairly. Our skilled negotiators handle all of these discussions with the other side, and you may participate in a process called mediation in order to try to reach an agreement with the other party or parties.
If we don’t receive a fair settlement offer, we march into trial ready to tell your story to the jury. We’re skilled litigators, (use of the word “skilled” is ok – see prior call to Fla Bar below) and we’re ready to fight for you. We know how the Florida Evidence Code applies to your case, and we implement the latest technology to present your case to the jury in an understandable way. We’re prepared to bring motions, interview witnesses and present evidence so that the jury can fully understand what happened to you and why you need a fair recovery.
Let’s work together
If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident, our team of St Pete‘s motorcycle accident lawyers would like to meet you. We believe that our work makes our community stronger, because we help victims seek the relief that they deserve. When we work with a client, we keep you informed. It’s our goal to empower each of our clients to understand the legal process at every step in the case.
We invite you to come meet us to talk about your case. You may have a right to compensation that you might not even realize. This compensation can give you and your family peace of mind as you work to recover from your injuries and emotional losses. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can start working for justice for you.