Riding a motorcycle is fun and freeing, particularly in the beautiful state of California. But riding a motorcycle comes with a dramatically increased risk of sustaining significant injury compared to riding in other automobiles. Our motorcycle accident lawyers know that motorcyclists are 9 times more likely to be injured in a crash compared to passengers in a car. As motorcycle accident attorneys, we have seen it all and are prepared to help you receive compensation for any injuries or damages you or a loved one may have sustained from a motorcycle accident.
If you are involved in a traffic collision while riding a motorcycle, you are 26-28 times more likely to die, and nine times more likely to be injured than if you were the occupant of a passenger vehicle. In many collisions involving a motorcyclist and a passenger vehicle, the driver of the vehicle simply does not see the motorcycle before the impact. This could be because the driver was distracted, impaired, or just looking for other passenger cars and not motorcycles.
Following a motorcycle accident, the Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at Dordulian Law Group are here for you and ready to help. Our team is available to speak with you about your California motorcycle accident 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Before you speak with insurance companies or accept a compensation offer, call Dordulian Law Group to discuss your case. All consultations are free and we will protect your rights under the law, ensuring you receive the maximum allowable financial damages award.
Below are some of the most common situations that can lead to serious injury or death to a motorcyclist. In any of these sequences of events, if the driver of the car or the motorcyclist is distracted, impaired by alcohol or drugs, or operating at speeds above posted speed limits, the likelihood of being involved in a collision is increased.
Claims involving debris can be challenging, but not impossible to prove. Insurance companies may be quick to initially deny a claim, placing the burden of proof on the injured victim. An experienced DLG personal injury attorney can help you gather sufficient evidence to successfully recover damages following this type of motorcycle accident.
You may have a personal injury case if another driver failed to follow the rules of the road and you sustained injuries resulting from an accident. You may have a wrongful death case if a fatal accident killed your spouse or family member and negligence was involved. You may also have a case if a roadway defect caused your motorcycle accident, and the agency responsible for maintaining the road knew about the defect (or reasonably should have known), and failed to remedy the issue.
California motorcycle accident claims are either settled out of court or through a civil trial. If the case goes to trial, the court or a jury will determine if you, as the motorcycle driver, operated your bike with reasonable care. Damages available in a California personal injury claim can include: medical bills related to the accident, loss of salary, loss of future earning capacity, physical pain, and emotional suffering. Wrongful death damages may include: final medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial earnings (including future wages the victim would have accrued over their lifetime), and loss of love & companionship.
Passengers of motorcycles are vulnerable to the same serious, potentially fatal injuries as motorcycle operators in a collision. These include:
A study published in Reuters in December 2017 found that, even among helmeted riders, motorcycle passengers were still at a higher risk of head injury than helmeted motorcycle operators. Motorcycle operators should be aware of how the bike handles differently with a passenger. Bikes handle and respond differently with added weight. Passengers should not have to risk their safety through a learning experience for a motorcycle operator. Passengers should also have a current, properly fitting helmet and protective gear. An old spare helmet that is too big or too small is not suitable.
Helmets do nothing to prevent a crash, but they do save lives. California has a universal helmet law, which means if you are riding a motorcycle in California, you are required to wear a helmet. Studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirm that helmets reduce deaths and head injuries from collisions. Helmets worn in California should meet the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218.
It’s important to note that the NHTSA does not test helmets. Helmet manufacturers must do their own testing and self-certify their helmets to meet the standards, including staying on the rider’s head during an accident, protecting the head from impact or shock, and protecting against skull fracture and brain injury. A helmet manufacturer will then place a DOT sticker on the back of the helmet with the letters, “DOT,” which certifies the helmet meets or exceeds FMVSS 218.
The NHTSA will acquire random samples of helmets and send them to labs for independent testing. Helmet manufacturers that sell or market non-compliant helmets can pay fines up to $5,000 per helmet. Additionally, the manufacturer of a defective helmet could be liable for brain and facial injuries in a product liability claim if the helmet was not up to standards.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, the helmet is important evidence. Preserve it in a safe place until your personal injury claim is resolved, as it could be needed in a trial.
Many accidents reported as “solo vehicle” motorcycle crashes create the assumption that the motorcyclist was at fault, as the question is raised, who else could have caused the crash? This is not always the case. Motorcycles can be quickly maneuvered to avoid a collision with another vehicle, but avoiding one collision (left turn accident, car changing lanes into the motorcycle’s path, etc.) may cause the motorcyclist to lose control of their bike, lay the bike down, or crash into something else. In these situations, even without a direct contact, liability for a collision can exist.
After an accident, take the following five steps:
Things not to do after a motorcycle accident:
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Following a motorcycle accident, you have a limited window of time to file a claim and pursue a financial award. The law provides motorcycle accident victims and their family members legal recourse to recover damages from responsible parties. However, you have only two years from the date of the accident to pursue a claim under California’s personal injury statute of limitations. If a government agency is the party you are suing, the time period may be much shorter. Once the statute of limitations has expired, injured victims are not able to file a claim, and your opportunity to recover financial damages for your motorcycle accident is essentially forfeited.
It’s always best to reach out to an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer right away. Recovering a fair settlement amount may be difficult without a dedicated Dordulian Law Group motorcycle accident attorney. Insurance companies only care about the bottom line, and will always push a lowball settlement offer, claiming it is the best you can do in terms of a financial award and pushing you to agree without ever consulting an attorney. Without an advocate fighting to protect your rights, insurance companies will take aggressive steps to lower the value of your claim, and attempt to pay as little as possible. At Dordulian Law Group, we’ve turned $5,000 insurance settlement offers into multi-million dollar awards for our clients time and time again. We don’t accept lowball offers from negligent parties who have injured our clients, and we don’t stop fighting until we’ve recovered the largest possible financial damages award the law allows.
Clients choose DLG attorneys because we treat every injury victim we serve with care and respect, and consistently obtain the winning results our clients hope for and deserve. Our motorcycle accident lawyers in Glendale, CA are friendly, caring, and easy to talk to, but also aggressive and results-oriented in pursuing accountability and maximum compensation from at-fault parties. Over the years, our legal team has helped over 1,000 personal injury victims, and recovered more than $100 million for our clients. Because we take all cases on a contingency basis, there are no out-of-pocket costs or up-front fees. You never pay a penny unless we win your case and recover financial damages. If we don’t win, you don’t pay – it’s that simple. That’s why we pursue each case we accept with diligence and dedication, never resting until we win for you.
We are happy to offer a free consultation for your motorcycle accident case. Call us today at (818) 322-4056, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us online to hear more about how we can help you recover the financial damages you deserve after your motorcycle accident.
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