Our California motorcycle accident lawyers help victims who were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another party’s negligence. Every year an estimated 88,000 motorcyclists are injured in crash-related accidents. Motorcycle accident victims and their family members deserve fair compensation for their injuries.
Common motorcycle accident injuries include head injuries, back injuries, and broken bones. Victims are typically injured by way of
- car accidents,
- unsafe road conditions, and
- collisions with stationary objects.
At-fault parties in these cases usually include:
- negligent or at-fault drivers,
- other motorcyclists,
- motorcycle manufacturers (in product liability cases),
- property owners (in premises liability cases), and
- government entities.
Personal injury attorneys can file a motorcycle accident lawsuit against any of the above parties. They can also help motorcycle injury victims by:
- managing their ongoing medical care and treatment,
- investigating cases to find evidence of another party’s negligence, and
- filing motorcycle accident claims with the insurance companies of at-fault parties.
The Shouse Law Group is a California based personal injury firm that represents motorcycle riders and people injured in motorcycle accidents. Our California motorcycle accident attorneys work tirelessly for all our clients and seek to get you the biggest settlement possible. Contact our law firm today to get the legal representation you deserve.
What are common types of motorcycle accidents and injuries in the State of California?
Motorcycle accident injuries are very real in California. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 88,000 bikers get injured in motorcycle crashes every year. Motor vehicle traffic crashes also result in an estimated 4,668 motorcycle fatalities annually.1
Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- negligent drivers or motorists,
- negligent motorcycle riders,
- bikers colliding with stationary objects (for example, car doors),
- unsafe road conditions or road hazards (for example, unrepaired potholes), and
- defective motorcycles.
Note that sometimes motorcycle injury victims can help contribute to their own accidents. For example, they can get injured by:
- engaging in lane splitting (where bikers drive between two lanes of slowed cars),
- following too closely to motorists, or
- driving in a motor vehicle’s blind spots.
Motorcycle riders can still receive financial compensation in these cases. However, their payout will get reduced according to California law on comparative negligence.
Motorcycle collisions can result in serious injuries. Common injuries in motorcycle accident cases include:
- traumatic brain injuries (TBIs),
- head injuries,
- spinal cord injuries,
- broken bones,
- road rash, and
Catastrophic injuries can result in the death of motorcycle riders or fellow motorists.
Who are common defendants in California motorcycle accident cases?
People injured in a California motorcycle accident can typically file a lawsuit against:
- negligent drivers or motorists,
- negligent bikers,
- motorcycle manufacturers (in cases involving a defective motorcycle),
- property owners, and
- government agencies (usually when they are to blame for hazardous road conditions).
Note that a person is “negligent” when he/she fails to act the way a reasonably careful person would in the same situation.
If injury victims are successful in filing suits or personal injury claims, they can receive compensation for:
- medical bills and medical expenses,
- lost wages,
- lost earning capacity,
- property damage, and
- pain and suffering.
When fatal injuries occur, a victim’s family members can likely file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party responsible for causing the accident. Damages can include (but are not limited to):
- burial and funeral expenses,
- amounts the deceased would have earned as income, and
- compensation for the loss of the deceased’s companionship and support.2
What is the role of a California motorcycle accident lawyer?
Personal injury lawyers play an integral role in these cases.
They interview accident victims to learn the facts of a given case and the medical needs of injured parties.
Lawyers help injury victims receive immediate medical attention, and in cases involving severe injuries, they help victims manage their ongoing medical care.
An attorney can also help clients gather evidence to help show another person’s negligence. They can even appoint experts to help interpret evidence or explain it to a judge or jury.
A motorcycle accident attorney can also file a personal injury claim with an at-fault party’s insurer. Once filed, the lawyer can negotiate the claim with the applicable insurance adjuster.
Finally, injury lawyers can file a lawsuit on the behalf of their clients.
What is the benefit of a motorcycle accident attorney?
Lawyers in these cases help maximize the compensation that an injury victim will receive.
They know the value of these cases and can hold parties accountable for their fair share of liability.
Attorneys can also find hidden value in a case to increase a victim’s payout.
Further, motorcycle lawyers take care of the complexity of accident cases so that victims can focus on their health and healing.
Note that most personal injury attorneys provide free case reviews. A free case evaluation means people can get their legal questions answered without spending a dime.
Further, the communications between an attorney and his/her clients are protected by the attorney-client relationship. Lawyers cannot disclose these communications unless the client agrees.
For additional help…
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident, we invite you to contact our law firm at the Shouse Law Group. Our attorneys provide both free consultations and legal advice you can trust.
We work tirelessly to get you the maximum compensation available for your case.
See our related article on California motorcycle laws.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publication, “Traffic Safety Facts – Motorcycles.”
- See, for example, California Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) 3921.