Los Angeles Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Do I Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer to Win My Case?
Not every legal matter requires an attorney. However, there will be occasions when legal representation will be of great benefit.
Being harmed in a motorcycle crash is one of those occasions.
Taking the risk of battling the opposing insurance company alone may not have the most desirable outcome. Insurers can be deceptive and present what may appear like a decent settlement to the injured closely following the accident. The goal is to reach out to victims before they have had an opportunity to consult with a lawyer.
This is strategic and intentional. That offer is often unreasonably low and will not account for the injured victim’s future medical needs. Unfortunately, once accepted, the personal injury case is closed and a higher settlement can no longer be pursued.
In matters as serious as a motorcycle accident, it’s important to be fairly compensated for all current and future needs. This can include additional recovery treatment like physical therapy, wage loss from being out of work, or newly developed mental trauma from the collision. An experienced attorney will effectively argue these points to ensure victims are fairly compensated.
At Angeleno Accident Lawyers, it is our mission to ensure that each client is taken care of, not just from start to settlement, but even after the case period has concluded. That is why we strive to recover maximum compensation for injured motorcyclists. And, with a 99% success rate, our attorneys have proven time and time again that they have the experience and skillset to make that happen.
Why Choose Angeleno Accident Lawyers
Motorcycle accident cases involving motorcycle crashes with other vehicles can prove to be a challenge.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
California is an at-fault state. This means that the at-fault party who causes an accident is legally obligated to compensate victims for their losses.
Therefore, identifying who or what caused the crash is the first step in obtaining compensation. The most common reasons motorcycle accidents happen are based on the following.
A person operating a motor vehicle, while texting, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, or breaking any other traffic laws may be held liable for an accident. These vehicles can either be a passenger vehicle, commercial truck, rideshare (Uber/Lyft), or another motorcycle.
Poor Road Conditions
The roadways in Los Angeles are notorious for being poorly maintained. As a result, even the slightest imperfections, like potholes, debris, or scattered construction materials, can have a devastating impact. Accidents caused by these components put the city or local government at fault.
Bike Maintenance/Repair Failure
Auto defects, like tire blowouts, brake issues, or other vehicle failures put the motorcycle manufacture or the last mechanic to service the bike at fault.
After the cause has been determined, it must be proven that the other party’s negligence did, in fact, cause the accident. Personal injury claims typically fall under tort law, which allows injured victims to obtain monetary compensation from the at-fault party. Our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers have been successful in proving fault against liable parties and recovering our clients that compensation that is rightfully owed to them.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Regardless of the motorcyclist being experienced or inexperienced, negligent drivers pose a huge threat to everyone sharing the roadways with them.
Because motorcycle riders have limited protection and shielding, motorcycle accidents can cause anything from bumps and bruises to a traumatic brain injury in a swift second. The most common motorcycle injuries are:
- Fractures and Breaks
- Deep cuts or Lacerations
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
When sharing the roads with reckless drivers, accidents are inevitable. However, taking safety measures can significantly reduce the severity of motorcycle injuries.
First, always ensure the proper safety gear is always being worn. This includes thick clothing to help shield the body in the event an accident does occur. Bright attire also makes bikers more noticeable to other motorists while on the road. Most importantly, always wear a helmet. Motorcycle helmets reduce the risk of serious head injuries by 69%, as well as the risk of death from motorcycle fatalities by 42%.
Although California law allows lane splitting, the maneuver can be very dangerous. Because the rider is in between two lanes, there is a possibility of being hit by neighboring vehicles. When a lane-splitting accident occurs, it is often due to the negligence of the driver. However, there are times when the motorcyclist made poor judgment when lane splitting, ultimately causing the accident.
If both parties are responsible for the motorcycle accident, that would fall under comparative negligence. This form of tort law reduces the amount of compensation a plaintiff can receive based on his or her contribution to the crash. However, partial compensation can still be recovered with the help of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney.
How Much a Motorcycle Accident Case Is Worth
When shopping around for a motorcycle accident attorney, some may base their decision on which law firm can guarantee the best outcome.
As a victim of an accident, you certainly deserve the best outcome. You also deserve honesty and transparency.
Because every crash is unique, the best way to receive the most accurate estimation of how much a case is worth is through a case evaluation. There is not an average value for a motorcycle accident case. Therefore, any law office saying otherwise is either inexperienced or being dishonest.
At LACAL, we offer a 100% free consultation. During the meeting, we will discuss all of the details of the accident and advise the best legal options. The following variables will affect the value of a case:
- Medical Bills - Current and future medical expenses from treatment and care
- Loss of Income or Future Earning - Lost wages from missed work
- Pain and Suffering - Serious injuries causing physical pain and emotional distress
- Permanent Disability or Disfigurement - Permanent physical or mental damage
- Motorcycle Repairs or Replacement - Damages to their vehicle
Ultimately, the more severe the crash is, the higher the claim value will be. Compensation is based on the injuries sustained, as well as how those injuries negatively impacted the victim’s well-being.
California’s Statute of Limitations
Filing a claim as soon as possible can make or break a case.
In California, there is a deadline to file a motorcycle accident claim. If that deadline is not met, there will not be another opportunity to hold the other party accountable for their negligence. That deadline is referred to as the statute of limitations. After being injured in a motorcycle crash in Los Angeles, victims have two years to file a claim against the other party. Under certain circumstances, exceptions to extend the statute are sometimes made.
Missed deadlines can be due to individuals being too injured to begin the process. Another common and very avoidable reason is simply that victims are unaware that they have a limited amount of time to file.
A dedicated motorcycle accident lawyer will share these details, as well as ensure important deadlines are not missed. Additionally, the more time that passes without taking action, the longer the defendant will have to prepare for his or her case. In relations, evidence will become more scarce or begin disappearing.
Angeleno Accident Lawyers offers a free case assessment to get started. After agreeing to a contract with us, our attorney can begin the claim’s filing process. Also, we will file the motorcycle accident claim and process it at a quicker rate.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
It’s advisable to follow certain steps after a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles in order to recover enough compensation that will allow victims to afford the necessary medical treatment needed in order to heal properly.
- Get to a safe area, away from traffic. If capable, move the motorcycle off the road to prevent a bigger accident.
- Call 911 to report the accident and request medical attention to be examined at the scene.
- Exchange contact and insurance information with the other party but do not engage in any further conversation and never admit fault.
- Take photos and videos of the accident scene, as well as any sustained injuries.
- Get evaluated by a medical professional. An EMT can examine a victim at the scene and treat any apparent injuries. However, it’s best to see a doctor following the accident for a full-body examination to check for any internal damage or delayed injuries.
- Consult with an attorney for a free consultation and legal advice. Simply speaking with a lawyer can prevent victims from getting themselves into a bind and jeopardizing their motorcycle accident claim.
A personal injury lawyer will assist in obtaining sufficient evidence, identifying which party was actually at fault, and filing the personal injury claim in accordance with CA’s laws and statute of limitations. Partnering with a motorcycle accident lawyer improves victims’ chances of recovering maximum compensation.
Contact Angeleno Accident Lawyers
The aftermath of most motorcycle accidents often results in serious injuries with devastating long-term effects.
Our experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney at Angeleno Accident Lawyers can help. Our law firm has each client’s best interest in mind and will aggressively represent them so they receive the financial compensation they deserve.
Please, call our office today at (213) 510-9246 to schedule a free consultation. Our team members are available to assist, day or night, including weekends and holidays.
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