Martin County Motorcycle Accidents
Martin County and other areas of Florida’s beautiful Treasure Coast provide year-round opportunities for people who enjoy riding motorcycles. Sadly, what should have been a pleasurable day out on the road may turn into a tragedy in a heartbeat. Reckless and negligent motorists often disregard the rights of riders, crowding them out of their lanes of travel, failing to yield the right of way, or pulling out into their path from side roads. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a collision, the dedicated Martin County motorcycle accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston are here to help you seek fair compensation for what you have been through.Representation in Motorcycle Accident Claims
Motorcycle crashes may result in catastrophic injuries, including closed head injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), lacerations, contusions, paralysis, concussions, amputations, road burn, and other permanent, debilitating medical conditions. An injured rider may have considerable medical bills from doctors, hospitals, therapists, and other health care providers who treated them after the accident. A negligence lawsuit against the responsible driver may put the victim on the path to recovering money to pay these expenses, as well as the cost of future medical care, any loss of earning capacity, and compensation for pain and suffering. A seasoned motorcycle accident lawyer can help the plaintiff investigate the accident and retain experts whose testimony will help build a persuasive case, such as physicians, vocational rehabilitation experts, and accident reconstructionists.
In order to recover compensation from a negligent motorist, an injured rider needs to prove four elements: duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages. This requires the plaintiff to show, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the defendant breached a duty of care that was owed to the plaintiff and that the plaintiff suffered actual damages as a foreseeable and direct result.
Ideally, the plaintiff in a Martin County motorcycle accident case will be able to identify the negligent driver by referring to the accident report that is submitted by first responders, but sometimes this is not possible. In the event of a hit-and-run accident or a leaving-the-scene-of-accident situation, the plaintiff may have no choice but to seek compensation through his or her uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance. In these situations, the UM/UIM carrier stands in the shoes of the negligent driver. Lawsuits involving UM/UIM carriers may be just as fiercely contested as claims filed directly against a responsible motorist, even though the policy holder may have paid premiums to the insurer for years. UM/UIM cases may also involve notice requirements that are more demanding than the applicable statute of limitations, so it is critical to speak to a motorcycle accident attorney as early as possible in this situation.Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Martin County
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle crash, or if you have lost a loved one in a fatal collision, you have enough pressure on you without dealing with the legal process on your own. The experienced Martin County motorcycle accident attorneys at Donaldson & Weston offer the combination of compassionate yet assertive representation that you need when focusing on your physical, mental, and financial recovery. Call us in Stuart at 772-266-5555 or in West Palm Beach at 561-299-3999, or contact us online to schedule a free, confidential case evaluation with a motor vehicle collision lawyer.