St. Lucie County Motorcycle Accidents
About one out of every 15 motorcycles in the U.S. is registered in the State of Florida. Statistically, only California tops Florida in the overall number of motorcycles registered to private individuals, commercial entities, and branches of the government. Unfortunately, having such a large number of motorcycles on the road leads to many tragic accidents, including some in and around St. Lucie County. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle crash, you need capable legal advice as you seek to hold the negligent motorist responsible for your medical bills, time off work, and other costs and losses. The experienced St. Lucie County motorcycle accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston have handled many of these cases, and we are here to advise you in your time of need.
Scenic St. Lucie County, Florida, has several major highways that pass through it, beckoning both local cyclists and visitors to explore the Treasure Coast. U.S. Highway 1, the Florida Turnpike, and I-95 are all heavily traveled by residents commuting to work, tourists traveling to or from vacation, and truckers moving freight through the area. Distracted driving is a rising problem that causes many crashes. Driving under the influence, speeding, and failing to obey the rules of the road are also common causes of accidents in the area.Filing a Negligence Lawsuit Following a Motorcycle Accident
In order to hold a negligent driver legally responsible following a collision, an injured rider must file a negligence claim against them. The first step in proving negligence is showing that the defendant owed a legal duty, such as the duty to keep a proper lookout on the road, to the plaintiff. The second step is showing that the defendant disregarded the duty. The plaintiff must then show that they suffered some type of harm and that the defendant’s failure to adhere to the duty of care was the cause of the plaintiff’s harm.
Depending on the facts of the particular case, an injured rider may be able to receive financial compensation for lost wages and loss of future earning capacity, if they are permanently disabled, as well as past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages. If the victim was married at the time of the crash, their spouse may be able to assert a claim for loss of consortium, which is payment for the spouse’s loss of the marital relationship, companionship, and similar things. A negligence claim must be filed within the time allowed by the statute of limitations, which is shorter for a wrongful death case than a personal injury case.
In some motor vehicle accident lawsuits, the party who is sued for negligence will try to put some or all of the blame for the accident on the plaintiff. Under the comparative fault doctrine followed by Florida courts, a defendant who is successful in alleging fault against a plaintiff only needs to pay for the percentage of fault that is assigned to the defendant. This may affect the plaintiff’s compensation award, so it is important to carefully investigate and aggressively litigate a motorcycle accident case to reduce the impact of such an argument.Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in St. Lucie County
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle crash, you should speak to a knowledgeable motor vehicle collision attorney about your case as soon as possible. Motorcycle accidents frequently result in very serious injuries that leave a rider hospitalized or homebound for a considerable period of time, while representatives of the defendant’s insurance company are busy building the insurer’s case. To talk to one of the St. Lucie County motorcycle accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston about your case, call us in Stuart at 772-266-5555 or in West Palm Beach at 561-299-3999, or contact us online. We offer a free, no-obligation case consultation.