Madeira Beach Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcyclists have as much right to the road as other motor vehicle operators, yet they are routinely pushed out of lanes, forced off the pavement to avoid crashes, and outright hit by distracted, drunk, and aggressive drivers. These incidents often result in serious to catastrophic injuries for the motorcyclist, while the car or truck driver gets to walk away without so much as a hair missing from their head. If you were injured by a negligent driver, a Madeira Beach motorcycle accident attorney at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff may be able to help you recover considerable damages by filling a personal injury claim.
Comparative Negligence in a Motorcycle Claim
Florida is a modified comparative negligence state, which means that the degree to which a plaintiff is found at-fault for causing their injuries will be subtracted from their compensation. As such, if you were speeding during the time of the crash and a driver pulled out in front of you from a side street, they might only be held 60 percent at fault for your damages, while you are held 40 percent at fault. This means your damages would be reduced by 40 percent. Part of a personal injury attorney’s job is to ensure that their clients are not found negligent at all, or to make sure that their degree of negligence remains as small as possible. Motorcyclists face an uphill battle in this regard, due to the societal bias that motorcyclists are reckless thrill-seekers, which is, of course, not the case.
Compensable Damages in a Motorcycle Personal Injury Claim
A motorcycle crash claim is worth anywhere from the mid-five-digits to over a million dollars, depending on the severity of the victim’s injuries, their long term medical recovery, how the crash affected them mentally, their lost income, and other factors. The specific amount you might recover is also tied into the plaintiff’s insurance policy, as well as the degree to which you are found negligent (if at all). Below are damages for which you can seek compensation.
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of joy of life
- Motorcycle damage and other property damage
Common Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Crashes
- Fractured arm, leg, collarbone, hip, or ankle
- Serious lacerations and contusions
- Road rash—another type of laceration
- Traumatic brain injury
- Fractured vertebrae
- Spinal cord injury
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage or perforation
- Fractured ribs
- Soft tissue tears
Call a Madeira Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyer at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff Today
If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a motorcycle wreck caused by a distracted, drunk, drowsy, aggressive, or otherwise careless or reckless driver, it is in your best interest to speak to an attorney as soon as possible, before discussing your claim with the other party or their insurance company. To get started on a personal injury claim today, call the Madeira Beach motorcycle accident attorney at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff today at 727-330-6502 to schedule a free consultation.