While all kinds of vehicular accidents can be dangerous, ones involving motorcycles are among the most treacherous. When a motorcycle is involved in a collision, it’s often catastrophic, with major bodily harm done to the motorcyclist, especially if they were not wearing a helmet, which we highly recommend as a safety tip.
If you were injured or a loved one passed away while riding a motorcycle due to someone else’s negligence, we can help. A Tampa motorcycle accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm can help you determine the liable party and hold them accountable in an insurance claim or lawsuit. Our attorney can pursue the compensation you need and deserve to move forward after your motorcycle injury.
Damages You May Receive After a Motorcycle Accident
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Tampa, you have likely dealt with an array of complications resulting from the accident. There are options available to you, particularly if the accident was caused by the other driver’s negligent or reckless behavior.
One of the best things you can do is protect yourself and ensure that a lawyer handles your legal matters correctly. If you are taking legal action, having a professional on your side can ensure you receive the guidance and representation you deserve. You may be entitled to two types of damages due to your accident: economic damages and non-economic damages.
The economic damages you have suffered are easier to calculate and may include the following:
- Past, current, and future medical bills (e.g., hospitalization, imaging tests, surgeries, rehabilitation, assistive medical devices, such as a wheelchair or crutches, prescription medications, etc.)
- Lost income (e.g., days you missed from work due to doctors’ appointments because of your accident-related injuries)
- Loss of earning capacity (e.g., the accident and your resulting injuries left you unable to continue your current job and you had to take another position that pays less)
- Property damage (e.g., the costs associated with repairing or replacing your motorcycle and other property damaged or destroyed in the accident)
Valuing economic damages is generally easier than tabulating a total for non-economic damages because there are bills, receipts, and other documentation of your expenses and losses to date. However, you can also recover future expenses and losses caused by your accident and injuries.
We might need to work with experts to understand your prognosis, ongoing and future treatment and care needs, and how this will affect you financially. This can make determining a value for your economic damages challenging, as well.
Non-economic damages consider the physical and emotional trauma you have suffered because of the accident. They include the following:
- Pain and suffering (e.g., perhaps the accident has left you disabled or in chronic pain that requires daily pain medication)
- Mental anguish (e.g., the emotional toll the accident has taken on you may require ongoing counseling for issues such as insomnia, depression, or anxiety)
- Loss of enjoyment of activities (e.g., your accident-related injuries prevent you from taking part in hobbies or activities you once enjoyed, such as jogging or gardening, for example)
- Loss of consortium (e.g., the loss of relations and companionship suffered by the spouse when serious injuries occur)
If you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you could be eligible for wrongful death benefits, such as funeral and burial costs. Many motorbike accidents result in the immediate death of the motorcyclist. They do not have the same external protection provided by a car’s outer shielding. Therefore, a motorcyclist has little chance of surviving a major crash with a larger vehicle.
If you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident due to negligence, our attorney at Distasio Law Firm could bring a wrongful death action against them in Tampa for your loved one’s injury. You do not have to face this challenging time on your own. Our attorney will stand by your side and seek justice in your case.
Your family could recover related expenses, income losses, loss of services, and the intangible damages you suffered because you lost a loved one. We could help you hold those responsible for your loved one’s death accountable and secure compensation for your family.
For a free legal consultation with a motorcycle accidents lawyer serving Tampa, call (813) 259-0022
Proving Fault and Recovering Damages in a Tampa Motorcycle Collision
To get compensation based on your Tampa motorcycle accident and injuries, you must prove that another driver caused the crash. This is possible by gathering evidence and building a case that shows they acted negligently. There are four elements to negligence:
- Duty of care
- Breach of duty
The way this applies in a motorcycle crash usually revolves around traffic laws. Motorists have a duty of care to follow traffic laws and other regulations that help to prevent accidents and keep all road users safe. When a driver breaches their duty by violating a traffic law, this can cause a crash. Everyone involved may suffer harm as a result.
For example, imagine a driver was turning left in an intersection with a traffic light. Their light was green. They had a duty to yield to any oncoming traffic. However, they failed to see you on your motorcycle and turned in front of you. Their violation of the law caused the accident and your injuries. If we can prove this is what happened, we can hold them accountable and get justice in your case.
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Motorcycle Accident Injuries That Could Entitle You to Damages
Common injuries in motorcycle accidents vary widely. Some of them are life-altering, and most take weeks or even months to recover. Our attorney knows how to develop a case based on any type of catastrophic, serious, or moderate injury suffered in a collision. This includes:
- Traumatic brain injuries, concussions, and other head injuries
- Neck and back injuries, including spinal cord injury and paralysis
- Internal injuries
- Limb injuries, including amputations
- Burns and scarring
- Serious cuts and abrasions
We will build a case that identifies your damages and pursues a case to hold those responsible legally accountable. Our goal is to get justice for our clients in every case.
Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases in Tampa
Florida law limits the time you have to file a lawsuit in civil court. This deadline it sets is called the statute of limitations:
- For personal injury cases, you have four years from the accident per Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a).
- For wrongful death cases, you have two years from your loved one’s death per Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(d).
Do not delay seeking justice for your family member who passed away in a motorcycle accident in Tampa. The more time that goes by, the greater the chance evidence can disappear or eyewitnesses’ memories start to fade. The sooner our team gets to work, the sooner we can collect evidence and build a strong case on your behalf.
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You Deserve the Distasio Law Firm Difference
To ensure you have hired a lawyer in the Tampa area who is the best fit for your case, you may want to find an attorney who encompasses all of the following:
Scott Distasio has over three decades of experience handling car crash cases, and he knows Florida motorcycle accident law. He has successfully negotiated millions of dollars in settlements for cases involving motor vehicle and motorcycle accident victims.
Not all personal injury cases go to trial. The truth is that most cases settle. Scott Distasio is a board-certified civil trial lawyer. This gives him the right to call himself an expert trial lawyer. Scott will stand by your side in court and present your case to a judge and jury.
Scott Distasio has earned the Martindale-Hubbell AV rating – the highest an attorney can earn for their skills and ethics. Scott Distasio has also become Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Trial law. Achieving this distinction requires an attorney to have tried a minimum number of jury cases and passed the competency exam. Fewer than 1 percent of Florida lawyers have this certification.
Distasio Law Firm Can Help You After a Tampa Motorcycle Accident
At Distasio Law Firm, we have represented countless people who have been injured in motorcycle accidents, and we are committed to helping our clients obtain the damages they deserve. Monetary damages can include bodily injuries, property damage, medical bills, lost income or earning potential, and pain and suffering.
If you need a lawyer for your motorcycle accident case in Tampa, contact us to learn how our attorney can help. Call (813) 544-6844 for your free initial consultation today.