Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Stuart, FL
Roadway accidents are especially hazardous for motorcyclists, who are not as protected as drivers of larger motor vehicles. According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle department, 86% of Florida motorcycle accidents in 2020 resulted in injuries and 7% in fatalities.
If you are a motorcycle rider that a negligent motorist has injured, let a Zweben Law Group motorcycle accidents lawyer help. Call us at 772-223-5454 for a free consultation. We also handle wrongful death cases, so please reach out to us if a negligent driver took the life of your loved one.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
A motorcycle crash may result from many circumstances, many of them related to the negligence of other drivers. The following includes motorcycle accident causes related to poor driver conduct:
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Failure to look before changing lanes
- Distracted driving (cell phone use, eating, etc.)
- Drunk driving
Common Injuries Resulting From Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to severe injuries in collisions. Common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Road rash and burns
- Fractured or broken bones
- Head and brain traumas
- Facial injuries
- Neck injuries
- Internal injuries
- Loss of limb(s)
- Back injuries
Receiving an injury in a motorcycle crash can be a life-altering event due to high medical expenses, physical pain, suffering, and limitations, as well as psychological issues. A motorcycle accidents lawyer can help you pursue compensation if you face these difficult circumstances.
Compensation in a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit
Motorists have a duty of care to you and everyone else on the road, which means they must follow traffic laws and not endanger others. When drivers violate that duty of care, causing injuries, the court may hold them liable. The following list includes pursuable damages in a motorcycle accident case:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Hospital expenses
- Lost earning potential
- Lost wages
- Repair costs
Motorcycle accident attorneys understand that you have a lot to contend with following a crash. We offer total support in managing your personal injury claim so you can focus on your physical and psychological recovery.
Florida Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations establishes how much time you have to file a lawsuit. In the case of motorcycle accidents, Florida gives you four years to file a claim, starting at the time of the accident.
In general, you should seek the representation of an attorney as soon after the accident as possible. The strength of your case will benefit from clearer memories and well-documented injuries.
Call Us for Experienced Florida Motorcycle Accidents Lawyers
At Zweben Law Group, we provide straightforward, responsive, and compassionate legal representation for injured motorcyclists. Based in Stuart, Florida, we serve you across all of Florida.
We work on a contingency basis, which means we won’t charge you anything unless we successfully recover money in your case.
If you or a loved one has received injuries in a crash, contact a motorcycle accident lawyer at our law firm for a free, no-obligation consultation. Call us today at 772-223-5454 or submit a request using our online form.
FAQs - Motorcycle Accidents
After an accident, a near miss, or seeing an accident while riding, many bikers have questions about their rights as motorcyclists sharing the road with other vehicles. At Zweben Law Group in Stuart, FL, we have over 25 years of experience representing bikers across the Treasure Coast in motorcycle law.
Check out our motorcycle accidents FAQs below for answers to your questions.
Should I get a lawyer for a motorcycle accident?
In a word, yes! However, look for a personal injury attorney with experience in motorcycle law. Motorcycle attorneys understand the specific risks bikers experience on busy Florida streets and highways and know how to build a case for a rider’s injuries.
Not every personal injury attorney is familiar with the intricacies of motorcycle law. For example, they may not know that motorcyclists aren’t typically covered by their personal injury protection (PIP) insurance and that they must carry separate motorcycle insurance in Florida.
How long does a motorcycle accident lawsuit take?
A motorcycle accident lawsuit can take anywhere from several months to two years or more, depending on the details of your case. While many motorcycle accident lawsuits can settle quickly, others may become drawn-out fights for appropriate compensation. Your best option is to hire a knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney soon after your accident to begin working on your case.
When should you contact a lawyer after a motorcycle accident?
Be sure to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Don’t wait to hear from your insurance company about your injury claim. Contact an attorney immediately to help you get appropriate compensation for your claim.
Am I required to wear a helmet while riding my motorcycle?
In Florida, riders over 21 may elect not to wear their helmet if they have insurance at least $10,000 in medical coverage. Riders under 21 or lacking appropriate insurance must wear a DOT-approved helmet.
If I wasn’t wearing a helmet, can I still recover damages?
Florida is a comparative negligence state, meaning that the court may reduce your award for compensation by the percentage of negligence the court finds that you contributed to your own injuries. So if you were otherwise not at fault for the accident, but the court determined that you were 20% responsible for your head injuries by not wearing a helmet, your award would be 80% of the original amount.
What damages can I collect for a motorcycle accident?
You are entitled to pursue economic and non-economic damages for your injuries after a motorcycle accident. Economic damages could include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage to your motorcycle, riding gear, and contents
- Rehabilitation costs
- Out-of-pocket costs
Non-economic damages could include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Contact a Treasure Coast Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you have a question we didn’t answer in our Motorcycle Accidents FAQs above, please reach out to us at Zweben Law Group today to learn more about motorcycle accident cases on the Treasure Coast. Call us today at 772-223-5454 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation with an attorney at our office in Stuart, FL.
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