Los Angeles, California DUI Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

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Los Angeles, California DUI Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycling is a cherished pastime for many California residents. But it can pose a heightened level of risk to even the safest of riders. When accidents occur, motorcyclists are often seriously injured. And when an accident is caused by a driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the injured motorcyclist may wish to file a civil claim to recover financial compensation.

Los Angeles, California DUI Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Drunk drivers pose a substantial threat to motorcyclists. At Dordulian Law Group (DLG), we help injured victims like you secure justice in the form of a maximum financial damages award that will make you “whole” and able to completely recover – physically, emotionally, and financially.

In the sections below, we will review everything you need to know about filing a civil lawsuit after being injured in a DUI motorcycle accident. We’ll discuss what types of damages may be recovered through your suit, what the deadline is for filing a claim in California, and how DLG can help ensure that your final settlement or verdict is maximized to cover all applicable losses, such as hospital and medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, emotional trauma, and more.

What is a DUI Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit?

A DUI motorcycle accident lawsuit may be brought by or on behalf of an injured victim against an at-fault party in an effort to recover financial compensation. When you’re injured as a motorcyclist by a drunk driver – whether one operating a car, truck, or even a scooter/bicycle – you shouldn’t be responsible for any ensuing medical bills or other financial burdens due to the accident. Accordingly, a DUI motorcycle accident lawsuit can often be the best means of recovering critical compensation that can ensure financial hardship is avoided and you get the absolute best medical care required to make a full recovery.

All California drivers have what’s known as a duty of care to others sharing the roadways. This means that as a driver of a car, truck, motorcycle, scooter, or bicycle, you are responsible for operating that vehicle safely and in a manner that will not endanger others. Failing to abide by said duty of care constitutes negligence, and when an accident leading to an injury occurs as a result, most victims choose to pursue justice through a civil lawsuit. Driving under the influence (DUI) is an example of breaching the duty of care owed to others sharing the roadways.

If you’ve been injured in a DUI motorcycle accident, the at-fault party does not need to be criminally prosecuted in order for you to successfully pursue a civil lawsuit for damages. Injured DUI motorcycle accident victims may recover a cash settlement regardless of whether or not the at-fault party is ever convicted of a criminal charge.

What is Considered Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in California?

In California, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit varies depending on whether you’re an individual or commercial driver. Let’s break those two categories down further:

  • An individual driver can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher.
  • A commercial driver can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.04 percent or higher.

It’s important to note, however, that there is a zero tolerance law in California for drivers under the age of 21. Accordingly, if any amount of alcohol is detected in the blood system of an underage driver, he or she can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI).

Moreover, operating a motor vehicle of any kind (car, truck, motorcycle, scooter, etc.) while under the influence of illegal drugs, prescription medications, or over-the-counter medications is also illegal in California.

What Damages May be Recovered in a California DUI Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit?

When a DUI motorcycle accident leading to an injury occurs, the types of economic and non-economic damages that may be recovered will vary depending on the unique circumstances of the incident (e.g. the severity of your injuries, the extent of liability by the drunk driver, the driver’s history/record, etc.).

Examples of DUI motorcycle accident injury damages are broken down below according to type.

Common DUI Motorcycle Accident Economic Damages:

  • Medical expenses
  • Emergency department treatment
  • Physical Therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost Wages
  • Lost Earning Capacity

Common DUI Motorcycle Accident Non-Economic Damages:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Scarring or other serious injury
  • Compensation for loss of a limb or disfigurement

Punitive damages for DUI motorcycle accidents are in a separate class. These damages are typically only recovered in cases where an individual demonstrates wanton recklessness or disregard for human life. As driving under the influence is an action that clearly puts another individual’s safety at risk, punitive damages may pursued in such DUI motorcycle accident cases. Moreover, if the at-fault driver has a history of drunk or drug-induced driving, there may be grounds for pursuing substantial punitive damages.

In California, it’s important for injured motorcycle accident victims to know that punitive damages are not capped. DLG’s Los Angeles, California, DUI motorcycle accident attorneys pursue punitive damages in all applicable cases.

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How Long Do I Have to File a DUI Motorcycle Accident Civil Lawsuit/Claim?

In California, the statute of limitations for the majority of personal injury civil claims is two years from the date of an incident. In other words, if you’ve been injured in a DUI motorcycle accident, you most likely have two years from the date that your injury occurred to file a claim seeking financial compensation.

However, the experienced team of personal injury lawyers at DLG strongly encourages any injured DUI motorcycle accident victim to file a claim as soon as possible to increase the chances of obtaining justice and recovering a maximum financial damages award. Furthermore, some claims may not be bound by the standard two-year statute of limitations.

Claims filed against government or public entities, for example, often have a much shorter statute of limitations – sometimes only six months. If your DUI motorcycle accident injury was caused by a driver employed by a government or public entity, failing to file a claim immediately could jeopardize your chance at financial compensation.

That said, waiting to file any DUI motorcycle accident lawsuit may adversely impact your chance of obtaining financial compensation for your injuries, and a delayed claim can often result in a diminished cash settlement award. Hence, we strongly encourage all injured motorcycle accident victims to file their claims as soon as possible.

Should You Speak With an Insurance Adjuster After a DUI Motorcycle Accident?

DLG’s DUI motorcycle accident attorneys recommend that crash victims never make a statement to either the police or an insurance company before sitting down for a free and no obligation consultation to discuss their legal rights.

Motorcycle accident insurance adjusters work hard to reduce claims whenever possible to ensure the corporations maintain their bottom lines – often regardless of the severity of your injuries. The possibility that you may inadvertently say something incriminating, or that may reduce your overall financial damages award, is unfortunately quite high. As a result, DLG’s motorcycle accident lawyers strongly encourage all injured victims to secure the representation of a skilled personal injury lawyer before making any statement, agreeing to any type of settlement, or admitting fault.

Why Should I Hire a Los Angeles DUI Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

Proving negligence in a California motorcycle accident case requires skill and experience in order to recover the maximum financial compensation you truly deserve. Fighting to recover subjective and hard to quantify damages such as pain and suffering or emotional trauma can be challenging, and that’s where DLG’s experienced DUI motorcycle accident lawyers can help.

We have the proven results you need for peace of mind throughout every step of the litigation process. Moreover, we won’t settle for anything less than a maximum financial damages award for your DUI motorcycle accident injury. If the at-fault party is unwilling to settle, we’ll simply take the case to trial. Our founder and president, Sam Dordulian, has successfully litigated more than 100 jury trials, helping countless clients secure justice.

To learn more about DUI motorcycle accident non-economic damages, please visit our recent blog on how pain and suffering damages are calculated in personal injury civil claims.

Additionally, hiring a DLG motorcycle accident lawyer to handle your injury claim can be in your best interest from a financial perspective. In fact, injured victims who hire private attorneys are far more likely to secure greater financial compensation for their claims.

For example, the Insurance Research Council (IRC) recently conducted a study which confirmed the following statistics in personal injury claims:

  • Settlements for injured claimants were 40% higher when they had secured private legal representation.
  • The average insurance payout was 3.5 times higher for injured victims who hired private attorneys (when compared to those representing themselves).
  • 85% of all money paid by insurance companies for bodily injuries is received by victims who have secured representation from a private personal injury attorney.

With DLG, your DUI motorcycle accident injury consultation is always free, confidential, and without any obligation. We’ll review the facts of your case and provide you with all available legal options to ensure that your rights are protected and the maximum financial damages award you deserve is pursued.

We represent DUI motorcycle accident clients throughout California as well as the United States.

Some of the local areas DLG serves include:

  • Los Angeles
  • Beverly Hills
  • West Hollywood
  • Glendale
  • Torrance
  • North Hollywood
  • Burbank
  • Pasadena
  • San Diego
  • Bakersfield
  • Sacramento
  • Santa Monica
  • Venice
  • Inglewood
  • Fresno
  • Riverside
  • San Francisco
  • Granada Hills
  • Simi Valley
  • San Fernando Valley
  • Antelope Valley

How Much is My DUI Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawsuit Worth?

A common question we often hear from motorcycle accident injury victims is:

“How much is my case worth?”

Depending on the severity of your injuries, your DUI motorcycle accident civil lawsuit may be worth a significant sum of money. When negligence such as driving under the influence leads to a motorcycle accident, the at-fault party should be responsible for covering your resulting expenses, such as medical care costs, lost wages, and more. In such cases, negligence is often clear-cut, and the at-fault party can be shown to have wantonly endangered you as the motorcyclist.

In general, the value of your California DUI motorcycle accident lawsuit will be unique to the circumstances of the incident. But when you secure representation with DLG’s expert motorcycle accident lawyers, you can be confident that we will fight aggressively to secure the maximum financial compensation available that includes all applicable damages. In addition, during your free consultation with a DLG motorcycle accident lawyer, we’ll provide estimates for how long your case may take to settle and how much your total claim may be worth.

Contact the Best Los Angeles DUI Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyers Today

Hiring a DLG DUI motorcycle accident lawyer can help ensure that your personal injury claim is maximized, and that you recover all applicable damages. Our Motorcycle Accident Division is led by Sam Dordulian, a former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County with more than 25 years of experience helping injured victims secure the maximum financial compensation they deserve.

If you believe you have a personal injury case and wish to pursue a claim, don’t hesitate to contact our award-winning expert attorneys online or by phone today.

Contact DLG today at 818-322-4056 for a free consultation. We are here to answer any questions you may have 24/7. And with more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts recovered for our clients while maintaining a 98% success record, you can be confident that your DUI motorcycle accident injury lawsuit is in the best possible hands.

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by ensuring that the insurance company or at-fault party does not take advantage of your rights after a DUI motorcycle accident injury. Take the first step towards securing the maximum financial compensation you deserve by contacting a DLG Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer today. With our experienced DUI motorcycle accident lawyers, there is never any obligation or upfront fee, and you never pay a dime until we successfully recover a maximum settlement or verdict for your claim.

Reach out to DLG’s experienced team today for a free consultation or to ask any question regarding your California DUI motorcycle accident claim.

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