Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in West Palm Beach & Stuart

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 from the initial investigation to settlement negotiations to potential litigation, leaving you free to focus on healing physically and emotionally. To schedule a free consultation, call 561-299-3999.

How Soon Should I Speak with an Attorney?

Florida personal injury law requires the claimant or their family to bring the action 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 in West Palm Beach about your case as soon as possible after the crash.

We can carefully investigate your accident to determine what happened and who was at fault. Our team will work closely with your medical providers to understand the nature and extent of the injuries caused by the crash and to approximate how much money you will need for past and future medical care such as doctor bills, hospital stays, physical therapy, nursing services, and medication.

What Does "Negligence" Mean?

Motor-vehicle accident lawsuits, including cases involving motorcycles, are usually filed on the basis of “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 a negligence claim are duty of care, breach of duty, causation, and damages. The plaintiff has the burden of proving each of these elements by a preponderance of the evidence.

Even if you are able to establish liability and causation, you must still be able to prove the kinds of damages incurred and their value. These damages may include lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other economic and non-economic losses.

In wrongful death cases, funeral and burial costs, loss of financial contributions, 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 awarded to punish a defendant for intentional misconduct or gross negligence, rather than to compensate the plaintiff for losses. They are awarded not instead of but in addition to compensatory damages.

Speak with a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in West Palm Beach Today

Our law firm is proud to offer free consultations to accident victims and their families. To discuss your situation with a member of our team, call 561-299-3999.