Port St. Lucie Motorcycle Accidents
The warm temperatures and humid, subtropical climate of Port St. Lucie, Florida, make it a great place for motorcycle enthusiasts. There are many opportunities for cyclists to enjoy a day out on the road for pleasure or to take advantage of a more environmentally friendly, cost-effective method of transportation to and from work. Unfortunately, riders sometimes find themselves in situations in which motorists do not give them the space, respect, or consideration that they deserve. Tragic accidents, including fatal collisions, may result. If you or a loved one has been involved in a crash, the experienced Port St. Lucie motorcycle accident attorneys at Donaldson & Weston are here to guide you through the process of investigating your accident, filing a claim against anyone who caused the crash, and zealously pursuing your case through the court system.Asserting Your Rights After a Motorcycle Accident
Both nationally and in Florida, serious injuries and fatalities are disproportionate among motorcycle accident victims. Across the country, close to 5,000 people lose their lives in motorcycle crashes each year, and upwards of 100,000 people are injured. Because of the nature and severity of the injuries that often result from a motorcycle crash, it may be difficult for an injured cyclist to recover full compensation from the responsible party without retaining the services of an attorney to collect evidence, enlist witnesses such as accident reconstructionists, and gather proof of the cyclist’s injuries, disabilities, and future medical needs.
As with other types of motor vehicle collision cases, the burden of proof is on the plaintiff in a motorcycle accident lawsuit. To be successful in recovering damages from the driver who caused the crash, the plaintiff must satisfy all of the elements of negligence by a preponderance of the evidence. First, the plaintiff must show that the defendant owed them a duty of care. Next, there must be proof that the defendant breached this duty. The plaintiff must show that they suffered injuries or damages and also identify a causal link between the breach and the damages.
There is no question that riders are especially vulnerable to serious, even catastrophic injuries when there is an accident involving a motorcycle and a car, truck, SUV, or other vehicle. Traumatic brain injury (TBI), paralysis, burns, road rash, broken bones, cuts, and many other injuries may occur in a motorcycle accident. A personal injury attorney can help a victim work toward receiving fair compensation for pain and suffering, loss of income, loss of future earning potential, past medical costs, anticipated expenses associated with future medical care, and other losses resulting from the collision.
There is a chance that a motorcyclist who is involved in an accident with an automobile may be accused of contributing to it. If the collision happened as a result of the negligence of both the motorist and the motorcycle rider, the rider still may recover damages in proportion to the motorist’s responsibility under Florida’s comparative fault law.Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in the Port St. Lucie Area
To talk to a Port St. Lucie motorcycle accident lawyer about seeking compensation for the harm that you or a loved one suffered in a crash, call Donaldson & Weston today at 772-266-5555 or 561-299-3999, or contact us online. There is no charge for the first consultation, so there is no reason to delay in scheduling an appointment to explore your rights and options with a motor vehicle collision attorney.