Jensen Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Sometimes motorcycle accidents are just that—accidents—but other times, they’re the result of blatant negligence. If a rider hits a patch of sand after turning a blind corner, there’s not much he or she could have done to prevent the wreck. But if another driver is distracted or speeding and hits a motorcyclist, such a collision could have been avoided through the exercise of reasonable care.

If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a motorcycle wreck, you might have grounds for a claim against the at-fault driver. A Jensen Beach motorcycle accident lawyer from Donaldson & Weston can assess your case for free and help you determine the most strategic way to proceed.

Each of our lawyers is paid through contingency fee contracts, so you won’t owe us any attorneys’ fees unless we win compensation on your behalf. Call 772-266-5555 today to schedule a consultation.

When Are Punitive Damages Recoverable in Florida Motorcycle Accident Cases?

In the state of Florida, plaintiffs in personal injury cases can pursue punitive damages in addition to the standard compensatory damages if the defendant’s actions were:

  • Fraudulent;

  • Malicious;

  • Deliberately violent or oppressive;

  • Grossly negligent; or

  • Committed with a wanton disregard for the rights of others.

In other words, you may be entitled to a punitive award if the defendant exhibited indifference to your life and safety or knew his or her actions were wrong. Typically, accident victims or their surviving loved ones can seek punitive damages if, prior to the collision, the liable party was:

  • Engaged in criminal behavior such as fleeing from police;

  • Driving while intoxicated;

  • Driving at a reckless speed;

  • Behaving in a wanton, reckless, and reprehensible way; or

  • Driving a vehicle that was not fit for road travel because it had been poorly maintained.

These are just some of the most common scenarios that may warrant punitive damages. At Donaldson & Weston, we can evaluate your case for free and help you determine the types of damages that may be recoverable. Our motorcycle accident lawyers know how to maximize the value of our clients’ claims, and we will help you pursue the full compensation you are owed.