Motorcycle accidents are devastating for riders because they do not benefit from the safety equipment found inside a passenger car or truck. Motorcycle accidents can occur while you are riding on surface streets, stopped, or cruising on the highway. While you should take extra care on your bike, you must understand that accidents can occur at any time.
The California Office of Traffic Safety notes that fatalities involving unrestrained passengers in 2018 totaled almost 600, including motorcyclists. Motorcycle-related deaths are decreasing, but they still totaled 488 in 2018. If you are a North Hollywood motorcyclist, you are operating a small vehicle that is difficult to see, and you could be severely injured even if you wear a helmet and/or leathers. Motorcyclists killed while not wearing a helmet numbered just 30 in 2018, leaving 458 killed while wearing protective gear.
Given the inherent danger of these accidents, reach out to Dordulian Law Group for assistance as you recover from your motorcycle accident injuries, or after the death of a loved one due to a motorcycle crash. You deserve compensation for the massive range of injuries and trauma you have undergone, and our North Hollywood motorcycle accident lawyers will fight for your rights and ensure you are not left with mounting medical expenses, lost wages, or physical damages to your bike.
You can sue after a motorcycle accident provided that someone else caused the accident. When you sue, you are claiming that another person, business, or public entity is to blame for the situation. Reaching out to DLG gives you an opportunity to review the facts of the case, determine the compensation you are due, and the best course of action.
Filing a lawsuit after an accident indicates that your attorney has enough evidence to proceed. At the time of filing, you are giving the defendant or defendants the opportunity to respond. Once you have a response, you can begin a settlement negotiation. Allow your lawyer to take the lead and explain which option is best. At times, you may settle quickly-other times, you may go to trial. At Dordulian Law Group, we are always prepared to go to trial, and will never leave money on the table when negotiating a settlement for an injured motorcycle accident client.
Your motorcycle accident claim can be worth thousands, tens of thousands, or even millions of dollars depending on the severity of the accident. A recent accident litigated by DLG paid Ricardo G. $1.25 million after he sustained a severe shoulder injury in his crash. When bringing lawsuits against responsible parties, your DLG North Hollywood motorcycle accident lawyer is seeking all the compensation you require to cover your expenses and return to some semblance of a normal life.
Your medical costs can be astronomical, as you may require several surgeries, lifesaving care in the hospital, rehabilitative services, or may suffer from a disability. Medical experts may be called to testify to the extent of your injuries, and we can refer you to medical professionals who will aid in your recovery.
You start losing money the moment your accident occurs if you are unable to work or manage your business effectively. You may exhaust your sick leave, have no income at all, and potentially lose your job in the aftermath of the motorcycle accident. We aim to recover all your lost wages, and we can calculate the difference between the money you make today and the money you should have made had your career progressed without being impacted by an accident.
Noneconomic damages for pain and suffering and emotional distress add to the value of your claim. You may suffer from chronic pain or discomfort after the accident. You might report anxiety, depression, panic attacks, night terrors, or other psychological issues that you did not experience in the past. At Dordulian Law Group, we seek maximum compensation for all your continued pain and suffering.
Punitive damages have no limit in the State of California, but we only seek these damages when the defendant’s behavior is so detestable that they must be punished again with an additional damages award. At DLG, we add all the value we can to each lawsuit, understanding that this is your best opportunity to fully recover and take back your financial freedom.
A motorcycle accident claim splits into four distinct categories. These elements determine if a lawyer can prove that you deserve compensation for your injuries and/or suffering. Bring all the information you have when consulting with your North Hollywood motorcycle accident lawyer, as this information can prove the four elements of your case are true.
First, we at DLG must show that the at-fault party had a duty of care to you. Because drivers in California are expected to drive safely and provide reasonable care to their fellow motorists, anyone acting recklessly is breaching their duty of care. Second, we must prove that the duty of care was violated. We do so by showing that the offending driver was intoxicated, distracted, reckless, enraged, or otherwise focused on something other than driving. For example, some motorists drive too fast in poor weather conditions, and others make unsafe turns. With help from our Chief Investigator, Moses Castillo – a retired detective with the LAPD’s elite Central Traffic Division – we can prove that the duty of care was violated on the day of your accident.
Next, we must prove that you were injured at the time of the accident. It is highly recommended you receive medical attention as soon as possible after the accident. Medical treatment creates a paper trail and generates receipts or medical records that we can follow. Finally, we must show that you were injured as a result of the defendant’s recklessness or poor judgment.
After validating each element of the motorcycle accident claim, we will initiate settlement negotiations or prepare for trial.
Due to the high incidence of motorcycle accidents in the state, the California Highway Patrol hosts the Motorcycle Safety Program (MSP) in an effort to teach motorcyclists how to avoid accidents. As part of the program, the CHP notes that lane splitting – while perfectly legal – can be a dangerous proposition. Riding between two lanes of cars while touching the lane lines is safest when you are visible and traveling at reasonable speeds. Motorcyclists are reminded that riding on the shoulder is illegal, and staying out of blind spots can prevent accidents.
Despite these efforts, motorcycle accidents in California occur at an alarming rate, averaging almost 1.5 every day. The state suffers nearly $6 billion in economic losses from traffic collisions every year, with nearly $1 billion attributed solely to motorcyclists, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration research shows that motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to be killed than passengers in a car. Motorcyclists who walk away from these often-catastrophic traffic accidents are five times more likely to be seriously injured.
Motorcycle accident injuries are often devastating, leading to severe and catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion (MTBI), and more. Injuries can vary considerably depending on the severity of the accident. Common motorcycle accident injuries include:
A study published by Reuters found that, even among helmeted riders, motorcycle passengers were still at a higher risk of head injury than helmeted motorcycle operators. Accordingly, it is advisable that motorcycle operators be educated on how a bike handles differently with a passenger on board. Bikes handle and respond differently when traveling with added weight. Passengers should never risk their safety due to a motorcycle operator’s lack of experience. Passengers should also have an updated, appropriately fitting helmet. Utilizing any additional protective gear is also highly recommended. Ill-fitting spare helmets that are either too big or too small are not suitable for passengers, and can result in severe injuries in the event of an accident.
If you were a passenger who was injured in a North Hollywood motorcycle accident, Dordulian Law Group is here to help. Let us fight with the insurance companies and medical billers while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
You may have been injured in a horrible motorcycle accident, and the offending driver was charged with a crime. If they were distracted, reckless, or intoxicated, they are likely facing criminal charges. This does not prevent you from moving forward with your civil lawsuit. A civil and criminal case can run concurrently. At Dordulian Law Group, we are not in control of the criminal proceeding, but we can press forward with a personal injury claim on your behalf after gathering all the relevant evidence. A personal injury claim and ensuing civil lawsuit can be the best means for a motorcycle accident victim to recover the financial damages they are owed due to resulting injuries.
California upholds a two-year statute of limitations on all personal injury cases. You have two years from the date of the accident to file suit, but it is recommended that you bring your case to our team at Dordulian Lawn Group as soon as possible. It takes time and effort to properly investigate the claim and ensure that we can more forward with the legal process. If you have a valid claim, we will fight for you every step of the way while you focus on your recovery and well-being.
While insurance claims can pay for motorcycle accidents, they cannot cover the full scope of your injuries, lost earnings, and suffering. We work with our clients to ensure that insurance claims are paid appropriately. However, by choosing a Dordulian Law Group motorcycle accident lawyer to handle your case, you have the advantage of utilizing every available legal remedy to seek maximum compensation. Do not assume that your insurance policy can take care of everything when these policies often have strict limits and high deductibles. If you have questions regarding your motorcycle accident and filing a claim, we’re here to help. Contact us at any time, 24/7 online or by phone.
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Reaching out to Dordulian Law Group gives you access to a North Hollywood motorcycle accident lawyer who understands the litigation process and has successfully handled countless cases involving injured motorcyclists. Samuel Dordulian, founding president and managing attorney, is a former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. Dordulian has a passion for helping victims recover. During his time as a public servant, he focused primarily on sexual assault victims, helping them seek justice. Applying his experience as a prosecutor to personal injury law gives victims a tireless advocate who cares about protecting their rights. To date, he has represented over 1000 clients and recovered over $100 million in judgments or settlements.
Along with Mr. Dordulian, DLG brings Chief Investigator Moses Castillo into every investigation. Moses spent a long and decorated career with the Los Angeles Police Department, working in several divisions. His experience as a detective ensures that evidence from every accident sees the light of day.
Call DLG at (818) 873-4300 or contact us online for more information. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer questions, schedule free consultations, or provide progress updates. Do not hesitate to seek experienced and qualified legal counsel after your motorcycle accident in North Hollywood. Time is of the essence.
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