Motorcycles are loved by avid riders for many reasons: the simple joy of riding in the fresh air, the throaty roar of the engine, efficiency and great gas mileage, and ease of parking and maneuvering when compared to a car. For these reasons and more, there were 2 million more motorcycles in use on U.S. roads in 2018 than there had been just four years prior. With more motorcycles, there is a greater chance of motorcycle accidents.
As a popular bumper sticker reminds us, car drivers need to Start Seeing Motorcycles. This advice is more important now than ever as the number of motorcycles on the roads grows steadily. In 2020, there were more than 800,000 motorcycles sharing the roads of California with 25 million cars and nearly six million big trucks. With more than 30 cars for every single motorcycle in California, significant risk exists for motorcycle accidents involving cars operated by distracted, drowsy, and mistake-prone drivers.
Motorcycle riders are far more likely to be in a crash when compared to car drivers. While motorcycles represent only 3% of the registered vehicles on the road, motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to be in a crash than car drivers, and they represent 14% of all car crash fatalities.
In 2016, the California legislature enacted a law allowing motorcyclists to split lanes (i.e. to ride between cars that are traveling the same direction in adjacent lanes). This change requires all drivers to remain vigilant and watchful for danger. A motorcycle accident can happen in an instant when a driver makes an impulsive lane switch without thoroughly checking a blind spot.
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, your best option is to immediately contact an experienced Dordulian Law Group attorney. Our skilled lawyers offer no-cost consultations to evaluate your Long Beach motorcycle accident case and help you protect your legal rights.
A motorcyclist who is injured in a crash may be eligible to file a motorcycle accident personal injury claim for financial damages. A personal injury claim is typically filed against the driver of the vehicle who caused the accident or another at-fault party (i.e. a government entity in the case of defective roads). The insurance company representing the at-fault driver often covers a percentage of the costs of the accident and your injuries, up to the driver’s insurance policy limits.
Motorcycle accident lawsuits can be complicated, and proving fault or negligence can require a skilled professional who has successfully handled similar cases. An experienced Long Beach motorcycle accident lawyer from Dordulian Law Group is essential to ensuring your case is handled properly and you recover all available financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Hiring an experienced and dedicated Long Beach motorcycle accident lawyer from DLG can be the difference that helps you recover completely – both physically and financially – after an unfortunate motorcycle accident.
Some of the most common motorcycle accident scenarios involve cars turning left in front of a motorcyclist, or changing lanes into a motorcycle’s path. Many car drivers report that they simply failed to see the motorcyclist before moving into the turn or lane change.
Another common type of motorcycle accident is a rear-end collision from a car that is following too closely or not paying attention when a motorcycle comes to an abrupt stop. The force of a two-ton car crashing into the back of a motorcycle often causes severe injuries or death to the rider.
Some motorcycle accidents are the result of roadway conditions such as potholes or road cracks that cause a rider to lose control. Others result from debris on the road, which can include anything from a random piece of lumber to rocks or even loose sand or dirt.
Common motorcycle injuries include:
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, the best thing you can do is consult with a motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after the incident. Motorcycle law professionals at Dordulian Law Group have seen every possible type of moving vehicle collision case, with every type of injury. We know how to present your case to the insurance company and fight for the full value of any damages that you’ve incurred in the crash.
Legal damages are intended to recover any financial losses incurred through an accident. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash that was caused by someone else, you shouldn’t be responsible for the costs of repairing or replacing your motorcycle and paying medical bills and other expenses that resulted.
Motorcycle accident damages under California law include two main categories. The legal terms for these types of damages are “special” and “general” compensatory. Motorcycle accident lawyers at DLG are experienced in identifying, fighting for, and recovering the full amount of damages that you’ve suffered.
“Special” damages represent the costs of expenses that have to be paid, like medical bills, repairs or replacement of your motorcycle, and even the clothes and protective gear that you were wearing at the time of the crash. Special damages also include lost wages and even future wages if you’ll be out of work for some time.
“General” damages cover losses that don’t have a price tag attached, such as the pain that you went through in the accident and throughout your recovery. Even the effect that the injuries have had on your life, from interfering with your personal relationships to restricting your ability to do things you used to enjoy, have a value in the damages calculation. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer from DLG will be sure to include every available ounce of damages in your claim.
Wrongful death damages may be recovered in instances where the rider or a passenger was killed in the crash. A spouse or close family member may make the claim for damages that result from such a tragedy, including final medical bills, funeral expenses, and even lost wages that the deceased individual would have earned over the rest of his or her life. To learn more about wrongful death claims for Long Beach motorcycle accidents, visit our comprehensive blog.
There is a time limit for filing a motorcycle accident claim in California, so it is important to act quickly after a crash to protect your rights. In general, a personal injury lawsuit resulting from a motorcycle crash has to be filed in court within two years of the date of the crash. A court is legally unable to grant motorcycle accident damages to the injured party if the claim is filed after the statute of limitations has expired.
There may be exceptions that apply to your unique case, so it is vital to consult with a motorcycle accident law expert at DLG to be sure that your claim is filed on time. For example, the statute of limitations does not apply for individuals under 18, so if you are a teenager who was injured in a crash you will most likely have until your 20th birthday to file your claim. The rules are complex, however, which is yet another reason why it is in your best interest to consult with a DLG attorney immediately after receiving medical attention for a Long Beach motorcycle accident.
A Long Beach motorcycle accident lawyer is as close as a telephone call or internet search. It is critical, however, to search for a lawyer who is trained and experienced in the unique and challenging aspects of motorcycle accident law, like the team at Dordulian Law Group. When searching for a qualified personal injury lawyer, be sure to inquire about their win/loss record, what experience they have in cases similar to yours, and how much they feel your case is worth.
Some key issues that can influence a motorcycle accident lawsuit include:
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Dordulian Law Group wants to help anyone who has been injured in a motorcycle crash protect their legal rights and obtain justice for the damages they’ve suffered. For this reason, we are proud of our no-fee consultation to Long Beach motorcycle accident victims and their loved ones. When we agree to pursue your case, it won’t cost you anything until we win.
Our expert motorcycle accident attorneys have successfully handled all kinds of cases and injuries. We will fight to recover the full amount of any damages that you’ve suffered in the crash. DLG’s experienced lawyers have successfully over $100 million in damages for injured individuals like you. We will fight to ensure you receive a maximum damages award for your Long Beach motorcycle accident.
The best thing you can do after a motorcycle crash is contact our office for a free consultation. We make it easy to obtain a skilled attorney who is passionate about helping injured accident victims. We will pursue a claim for all monetary damages applicable to your case.
Call (562) 502-8822 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced and helpful Long Beach motorcycle accident lawyer from Dordulian Law Group today
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