Did you get hurt or lose a loved one in a Jacksonville, Florida motorcycle accident? If someone else is at fault, a Jacksonville motorcycle accident lawyer at Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers will help hold them financially responsible for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused by the crash.
Our trial lawyers have more than 80 years of combined experience litigating complex cases. We routinely obtain life-changing settlements or verdicts for victims injured in accidents caused by someone else’s wrongdoing. Since 2012, our law firm has recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients and their families.
How Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Motorcycle Crash in Jacksonville
We’ve seen all too often how families struggle after a tragic accident. You need time to recuperate and rest at home. You don’t need to spend your time and energy fighting with insurance companies. Especially when they’re trying to take advantage of you by presenting you with a lowball settlement. That’s when you need Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers most. Here’s why.
When you hire our Jacksonville personal injury lawyers, we can:
- Immediately launch an independent investigation into your accident
- Locate and interview witnesses
- Handle all claims paperwork and communications with insurance companies
- Negotiate for a settlement that fully compensates you for all injuries
- Hire experts to help support your case
- Send a top-rated trial lawyer to fight for you in court, if necessary
And, we’ll put your mind at ease. We treat you and your family with compassion and respect throughout your case. We’re always here to personally handle your questions or concerns.
Our strong background in corporate litigation prepared us for tough negotiations and lengthy, contentious court battles. We’re honored to use that experience to get incredible results for our clients. But we truly pride ourselves on the commitment and personal level of service that we provide to each client.
How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in Jacksonville, FL?
When you include just a few of the surrounding counties (Nassau, Clay, and St. Johns), there were a total of 545 motorcycle accidents in 2020, with 25 fatalities.
And 2021 has been even more dangerous for motorcyclists. There were 448 motorcycle crashes, and 41 fatalities. In 2022, there were 484 accidents and 32 fatalities. According to preliminary data as of January 28, 2023, there have been 26 motorcycle crashes in Duval County. From those accidents, 0 people lost their lives, and 25 were injured.
What is My Motorcycle Accident Case Worth?
Each case is unique. We’ll analyze every aspect of your case in an effort to maximize your award. Until we know more, it just wouldn’t be right to try to put a number on it.
Some things that we’ll look at are:
- How severe are your injuries?
- Are you expected to make a full recovery?
- Were you in any way at fault for the accident?
- Did you miss time at work due to your injuries?
- Will you be able to return to work in the same capacity?
- Do you have family members who depend on your income?
- What are your ongoing treatment needs?
Once we can answer some of these questions, we’ll have a better idea of what your case may be worth. As you might expect, legal proceedings that involve severe injuries or death result in higher awards.
We’re never afraid to take a case to trial. You can rest assured that we’ll never try to pressure you into a settlement that’s less than what you deserve.
What Damages Can I Get If I’m Hurt in a Motorcycle Crash?
You can obtain compensation for all physical, mental, and emotional damages produced by your accident. That includes economic as well as non-economic damages.
Economic damages compensate you for financial losses related to your accident.
These can include:
- Medical bills
- Past and future lost wages
- Medical devices or equipment
- Nursing care
- Property damage
- Out-of-pocket expenses
These will typically be easy to calculate because there will be an invoice or bill corresponding to each item. We often rely on trusted experts to help us calculate the upcoming cost of any medical treatment or long-term care you may need.
You can seek non-economic damages for less tangible losses such as:
- Emotional trauma
- Physical pain
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of parental guidance and support
- Loss of enjoyment
These may not have a specific price tag, but they’re extremely valuable to you. In many instances, they are the very things that define your quality of life. We fight fiercely for every dollar you deserve so that you can feel at ease about your future.
In rare situations, we may recommend that you seek punitive damages. These are only available in cases where the defendant’s conduct was extremely outrageous. These don’t compensate accident victims, but instead serve as punishment and a deterrent for dangerous behavior.
Can I Recover Money If I’m Being Blamed For a Motorcycle Crash in Florida?
Most likely, yes. As long as you aren’t mostly at fault, then you can still get some compensation. Under Florida’s modified comparative fault statute, however, your award will be reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to you. And you cannot recover damages if that percentage reaches 51% or above.
That means you’ll want to be sure to have an aggressive Jacksonville personal injury attorney fighting for you. We will help you establish fault and liability. Our attorneys at Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers have years of experience standing up to big businesses like insurance companies. We know their negotiation tactics, and we know how to fight them.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation For All Of Your Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Unfortunately, injuries from motorcycle crashes are often catastrophic. You can be left with constant pain from permanent injuries. You may require ongoing assistance with daily tasks.
Common injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Road rash
- Wrongful death of a loved one
- And more
Motorcyclists do not have the protection of an enclosed vehicle. However, wearing a helmet and protective clothing is always a good idea. But, if you’re involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, especially at high speed, it’s often impossible to escape serious injury.
Our attorneys coordinate with your health care providers to get a clear understanding of the complete extent of your injuries. We fight hard to get you compensation for all of your current and future medical treatment and care.
What Causes Most Motorcycle Accidents in Florida?
Like car accidents, motorcycle crashes are often preventable. They often happen because someone wasn’t paying attention.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents are:
- Distracted driving
- Other vehicles fail to see motorcycles
- Unsafe lane changes
- Lane splitting
- Drunk driving
- Dangerous left turns
- Illegal u-turns
- Following too closely
- Aggressive driving or road rage
- Roadway obstructions
- Poorly designed intersections or merge areas
- Negligently maintained vehicles
- Mechanical failures
We rely on our extensive corporate trial experience and trusted network of specialists to thoroughly investigate your accident. There are often multiple causes. Determining all contributing factors and liability is essential. It could lead to additional parties that should be held financially responsible.
What Is Negligence and How Do I Prove It After a Motorcycle Accident?
To prove it, you’ll need to demonstrate each of its four elements:
- Duty: the defendant had a responsibility to you to not cause you harm
- Breach: the defendant did not uphold that duty
- Causation: the defendant’s conduct resulted in injury to you
- Damages: you suffered actual harm as a result of the defendant’s action or inaction
Even if an accident seems straightforward, many details are included in proving each element. To maximize your recovery, it’s critical to demonstrate everything the defendant did (or failed to do) that provoked harm to you and your family.
What’s the Deadline for Filing a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit in Florida?
Florida recently changed its statute of limitations for most personal injury claims. A two-year deadline now applies to accidents happening on or after 3/24/2023, and a four-year deadline applies to those that happened prior to that date.
The default deadline is two years to file a lawsuit to recover damages caused by the death of a loved one.
It’s not unusual to have a government entity as a possible defendant—for example, if you were in an accident with a bus, if a road maintenance issue provoked your accident, or if there was a permit issue involved. If you’re suing a government body, you’ll have up to three years to file a lawsuit.
(Keep in mind that government claims are subject to special rules and processes. It’s always a good idea to speak with a knowledgeable attorney before attempting to sue the government for negligence.)
There are often multiple causes of an accident. There are also exceptions to these deadlines. It’s in your best interest to look for legal advice as soon as possible after your wreck. That ensures that you won’t miss any crucial deadlines and that you’ll have all legal options available to you.
Contact Our Jacksonville Motorcycle Accident Lawyers For a Free Consultation Today
We have a true passion for helping victims and their families get justice after being severely injured. We know that you’re feeling devastated, exhausted, and worried. We know we can help. It’s a great privilege when families rely on us for such an important responsibility.
We continue to come through for our clients—with the personal attention, care, and compassion that we put up throughout their case and with life-changing financial results. We’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for victims and their families since 2012.
When you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, you don’t have to go it alone. Let us help. We offer initial consultations at no charge, so call Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers today to talk with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Jacksonville, FL.
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