How a Lawyer Can Help After a Motorcycle Accident in Florida

It can be difficult to know what to do after a motorcycle crash in Tampa. It’s important to work closely with a Tampa motorcycle accident lawyer who can give you solid legal advice on moving forward with a claim and getting the maximum compensation possible.

We have extensive experience with accidents caused by drivers who are distracted, impaired, or violating traffic laws — common causes of collisions involving motorcyclists.

Our experienced personal injury lawyers will handle all legal aspects of your case. We will obtain evidence to demonstrate the other driver’s fault, negotiate with the other parties, determine the nature and extent of your injuries, and help you get full and fair compensation.

Areas We Serve

Wagner, McLaughlin & Whittemore is based in Tampa; however, we have successfully represented clients statewide, including the following cities:

  • Clearwater
  • St. Petersburg
  • Ft. Lauderdale
  • Bradenton
  • Key West
  • Brandon
  • Orlando
  • Sarasota
  • Boca Raton
  • Lakeland
  • Naples
  • Fort Myers
  • Cape Coral
  • Miami
  • West Palm Beach
  • Jacksonville

Calculating Damages in a Motorcycle Accident

You can get multiple types of damages after a motorcycle accident, including economic, non-economic, and punitive damages. Your attorney can help you determine the full extent of your damages to get the maximum compensation in your claim.

Punitive damages are not compensatory in nature. They are meant to punish the wrongdoer for especially egregious or intentional actions that caused you harm.

What Are Economic Damages?

Economic damages are those that directly relate to monetary losses that you spend because of your motorcycle crash. They include all out-of-pocket expenses, including:

  • Past, present, and future medical bills and treatment costs
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Home health care services
  • Property damage
  • The death of a loved one

What Are Non-Economic Damages?

You can also get compensation for non-economic damages that are not directly related to monetary losses. In Florida, you must have a permanent injury in order to recover non-economic losses such as disfigurement, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Permanent injuries include:

  • Significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function
  • Permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability, other than scarring or disfigurement
  • Significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement
  • Death

If your loved one died in a motorcycle accident, you can file a wrongful death claim that will recover the economic and non-economic damages that your family needs to move forward with life.

Understanding Florida Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits

Obtaining a settlement or winning a personal injury case at trial requires multiple elements. You must prove the motorcycle accident was the other driver’s fault due to their negligence, as well as show that your injuries are directly related to the crash. You must also be able to prove the extent of your losses.

How to Prove Negligence in a Motorcycle Accident

If you want to pursue a claim against the other driver in the accident, a Tampa motorcycle accident attorney can help you prove your claim. You must prove by a greater weight of the evidence that the other driver was negligent and that their negligence caused the crash and your subsequent injuries.

What Is Negligence?

Negligence is the failure to use the same amount of care that a reasonable person would under similar circumstances. Some examples of negligent or reckless driving include, but are not limited to:

  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Failure to yield right of way
  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Distracted driving
  • Following too closely
  • Making an illegal turn

Many motorcycle accidents occur because the negligent driver fails to see the rider who is in the car driver’s blind spot. As a result, the car driver may merge into the motorcycle rider, push the rider off the road, or cut the rider off.

Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? Call WMW Today.

You will likely have medical costs and other bills piling up after a motorcycle accident. Recovering compensation from the negligent party can help cover the immense losses that you will experience. We can help you get the funds to cover those damages.

While you focus on recovering, WMW will handle the rest. Our Tampa motorcycle accident attorneys will stand by your side and help you move forward with life.

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