Broadside Collisions

Motorcycle Accident Attorneys for Victims in Stuart and Beyond

A “broadside collision” occurs when the side of one vehicle is struck by the front (or sometimes the rear) of another vehicle. Also called side-impact collisions or T-Bone crashes, broadside collisions can leave those involved with serious injuries. Often, these crashes happen at intersections and are caused by a careless driver’s failure to obey a traffic control device, such as a stop sign or red light. When motorcycles are involved, broadside collisions may be particularly devastating. The Stuart motorcycle accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston have helped many individuals and families affected by careless drivers. We are ready to serve your family’s legal needs during this difficult time.

Holding a Careless Driver Liable for a Broadside Collision

Broadside collision cases tend to proceed under a theory of negligence. In order to recover damages, such as reimbursement for medical bills and lost income, as well as compensation for nonpecuniary losses like pain and suffering, an injured person must be able to show that the cause of his or her harm was another party’s failure to exercise a reasonable amount of caution in a particular situation. To do this, the plaintiff must show that the defendant owed him or her a duty of care. Then, the plaintiff must prove that the duty was breached and that he or she was harmed as a proximate result of the breach.

In some cases, a defendant accused of negligence will counter that the plaintiff also was negligent. If such an argument is successful, the doctrine of pure comparative fault followed by Florida courts serves to reduce the plaintiff’s recovery in proportion to his or her percentage of fault. For instance, if the jury finds that the plaintiff’s total damages are $50,000 but determines that his or her own negligence was 20% responsible for the accident, the plaintiff still may be able to receive $40,000 in damages.

In addition to proving the substantive elements of a negligence case, a plaintiff is also responsible for following all procedural rules pertaining to personal injury litigation, such as complying with the statute of limitations and other issues of timeliness. Under Florida law, an injured person generally has four years to file a lawsuit, although this time is cut in half to just two years in cases involving a wrongful death.

While it may be tempting for a family to take a “wait and see” approach, hoping that the negligent party’s insurance company will do the right thing and make a reasonable settlement offer, the truth is that insurance companies have their own bottom line – not compassion for the injured person or his or her family - as the top priority in settlement negotiations. While insurance company representatives often seem friendly and helpful in the beginning of a case, it should be remembered that they are trained professionals who deal with litigation on a daily basis. They know what to say and how to say it to discourage would-be litigants from seeking counsel of their own, regardless of the culpability of an insured’s conduct. This makes it critical to get a motorcycle accident attorney serving Stuart involved at the outset of your case.

Explore Your Options with a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in the Stuart Area

If you are seeking to hold a negligent party liable for your injuries, call the experienced Stuart motorcycle accident attorneys at Donaldson & Weston at (772) 266-5555 or (561) 299-3999, or contact us online to set up a free consultation. Our motor vehicle collision lawyers represent victims and their families throughout St. Lucie, Palm Beach, and Martin Counties, including in Port St. Lucie, Jupiter, and West Palm Beach. There is no charge for the initial consultation, and most cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, so no legal fees are due unless we recover compensation for you.

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“The attorneys at Donaldson & Weston helped me get an amazing result on my case. Obviously I’ve been through a lot physically but I feel better now and the money really helped my family. When I was riding my bicycle I was hit by a truck that wasn't paying attention. I am not the suing type, but I would definitely hire this firm again.”
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“After my accident, i felt like I was being pulled in a bunch of different directions. I really didn't know what to do and all I wanted was someone to shoot me straight. The lawyers at the firm were so honest and definitely pointed me in the right direction. The staff was professional. I think it’s great that only attorneys work on my case, it definitely made me feel comfortable”
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“After my accident happened I waited to hear back from the insurance company for about 6 months. I just felt like they kept jerking me around. They even told me not to hire an attorney because it would mean less money in my pocket. I couldn't wait any longer because my bills were out of hand. I hired this firm and they were solid. I got a great result without having to go to court.”
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