West Palm Beach Motorcycle Accidents
One of the oldest and largest cities in South Florida, West Palm Beach is a splendid place to ride a motorcycle, whether for pleasure or as one’s basic mode of transportation. Just as with other areas of the state and the nation, however, riders must share the road with aggressive or careless motorists who may fail to take reasonable steps to accommodate riders and give them the respect and care that they deserve. If you or someone in your family has been hurt by a negligent or reckless driver, the West Palm Beach motorcycle accident attorneys at Donaldson & Weston can help. Pursuing a claim for compensation following a crash may be a lengthy and complicated process. When we take a motorcycle accident case, we commit to handling every detail of the litigation, leaving victims free to focus on healing physically and emotionally.Assert Your Legal Rights After a Motorcycle Accident
Florida personal injury law requires a victim or their family to file a claim within the statute of limitations, unless the case falls in a very narrow set of exceptions. In addition, there may be other filing or notice requirements, depending on the circumstances of the accident. Thus, it is important to speak to a knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer about your case as soon as possible after the crash. We work hard to carefully investigate a motorcycle accident to determine exactly what happened and who was at fault. We also work with the victim’s medical providers to understand the nature and extent of the injuries caused by the crash and determine how much money the plaintiff will need for past and future medical care, such as doctor bills, hospital care, physical therapy, nursing services, and medication, as well as whether the plaintiff will be able to return to their pre-accident employment.
Motor vehicle accident lawsuits, including cases involving motorcycles, are pursued under a legal theory known as “negligence.” To be negligent means failing to act with the care that a reasonably prudent person would have exhibited under the same or similar circumstances. The four elements of negligence are duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages. The plaintiff has the burden of proving each of these elements by a preponderance of the evidence. After a case of negligence is made out, the main question to be resolved is the amount of money that it will take to fully compensate the plaintiff for damages such as lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical expenses. In wrongful death cases, funeral and burial costs, loss of net earnings to the estate, and other factors usually will be taken into consideration. In particularly egregious cases, there may be the possibility of punitive damages as well. Punitive damages are designed to punish a defendant for reckless, willful, or wanton conduct, rather than to compensate the plaintiff for their losses. They are awarded not instead of but in addition to compensatory damages.Explore Your Options with a Motorcycle Accident Attorney in West Palm Beach
Filing a claim is only the first of many steps toward receiving fair compensation. The longer that you wait to seek legal representation, the longer it may take you to get back on track financially and otherwise. To schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced West Palm Beach motorcycle accident lawyer, call Donaldson and Weston today at 561-299-3999 or contact us online. We handle cases throughout Palm Beach County and do not charge a fee unless we recover compensation for you. Contact a motor vehicle collision attorney to take the first step in asserting your rights.