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There are more than 785,000 motorcycles registered in California. LA and other surrounding locations within the state are among the most popular places to ride. So, it’s not surprising that car accidents involving motorcycles are quite frequent in the area.
According to government numbers, there were a total of 3,971 motorcycle crashes resulting in injuries or fatalities in Los Angeles County in 2019. The city of LA alone saw 1,305 of these wrecks.
That’s between 3 and 4 motorcycle accidents in LA every single day. And, that figure doesn’t even consider crashes that only cause damage to property.
A motorcycle accident attorney can protect your rights from the earliest moments after your accident. They can investigate your accident to collect evidence of the other driver’s fault for the accident — and stop insurers from blaming you. They can calculate your losses after the accident — and prevent insurers from undervaluing your claim.
Motorcycle accident claims can be notoriously complex. Insurance companies tend to blame riders for accidents — usually based on the false idea that motorcycles are dangerous.
Your motorcycle accident attorney may be your greatest asset during your injury claim. Contact M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers to get a free consultation to discuss your case.
Most often, one or more of these causes play a role:
Motorcycle accidents are, most often, avoidable. All motorists, including auto drivers on the road, have the responsibility to practice caution and travel in a way that doesn’t put others at risk.
However, as we’ve seen, motorcycle accidents happen often in LA.
Determining the specific cause(s) of a motorcycle accident is the first step toward building a strong claim for damages. Once we know why an accident happens, we can begin to build a case against liable partakers.
A motorcycle is much smaller than a car or big truck. As a motorcycle rider, you are very vulnerable to catastrophic harm and injuries.
These can include:
Get medical attention immediately after a motorcycle crash. Getting the attention you need will help to ensure that your all injuries are diagnosed and treated.
Additionally, it’ll establish a causal link between the accident and your injuries. The stronger this link, the more likely it is that you’ll win the higher compensation.
The helmet must comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218. If it meets this requirement, it will have a manufacturer-applied label affixed to the back. It must also fit snugly and be securely fastened while riding.
If you fail to use it and are in an accident, it could remarkably affect your accident claim – even if the other driver was at fault.
For instance, if you suffer a head injury and file a claim for compensation, the defendant will use your failure to wear a helmet against you. Not only is it breaking the law, but your injuries may have been less severe if you wore it during the crash.
However, this defense won’t be as effective if you suffer a fractured leg. A helmet won’t prevent that type of injury.
If you were in a crash while not wearing a helmet, you could still be entitled to compensation under California’s pure comparative negligence law. Contact us today to discuss your claim, and we’ll analyze your course of action.
Lane splitting is the practice of a motorcycle driving between lanes of traffic going in the same direction. Currently, California is the only state that permits lane splitting. However, it can be dangerous for all the people involved, so motorcyclists should be cautious.
Since lane splitting is legal in the state, a motorcyclist won’t necessarily be accountable for an accident as they were acting reasonably under the circumstances.
For example, passenger car drivers can be held accountable if they intentionally block a motorcycle from passing and cause harm; therefore they will have to pay for your damages.
On the other hand, if a motorcyclist is excessively speeding between slow-moving cars and causes a wreck, they may be accountable for causing damages.
Contact our Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys if you were in a crash while lane splitting. We’ll investigate the accident to determine who is at-fault and help you get fair compensation, even if you were partially at fault.
You can recover compensation for economic and non-economic damages you experience because of an accident.
Economic damages put you back in the financial position you were in before your accident and can include compensation for:
Non-economic awards make up for the consequences of an accident that don’t have a set financial value, such as:
Yes, if you’re not 100 percent at fault. Under California’s pure comparative negligence rule, your damages will be reduced in direct proportion to your portion of fault.
For example, damages valued at $100,000 could be cut down to $75,000 if you’re assigned 25 percent fault.
In all likelihood, insurance companies and other partakers will try to blame you so that they don’t have to pay you. Make sure you are ready to fight back and defend yourself. Better yet, have our legal team handle these tactics for you.
There are instances when the time limit might be different, but those are the exception, not the rule.
For example, government claims are subject to accelerated timetables. you will have just six months to submit a claim with the at-fault.
Other times, you might have additional time to submit a lawsuit. The statute can be tolled in some situations, like when a minor is involved or a defendant can’t be located.
Don’t miss the deadline that applies. If you do, you’ll lose the opportunity to secure compensation from those responsible.
The steps you take after a motorcycle accident can significantly affect your claim.
Here’s what you should do after a motorcycle wreck:
The insurance company will not want to maximize your economic recovery as an injured motorcyclist. The insurance claims adjuster may try to convince you to settle for less compensation than you deserve. Hire an attorney from the beginning to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.
Motorcycle accident claims can be complex, particularly if the motorcyclist suffered severe and life-altering injuries.
Here are some things you will need to create a compelling case after a motorcycle collision:
Proof That You Were Wearing a Helmet
California law requires that all motorcyclists use a helmet while riding. If you weren’t at the time of the accident, the defendant will use that against you to limit their financial responsibility. If you put a camera on it, that will be even better to show how the accident happened and who may be at fault.
You need medical documentation to prove that the accident caused your injuries. Seeking prompt attention from a doctor after your wreck will be powerful proof that the accident directly led to your injuries. Your physician may also be vital to testify regarding the severity of your injuries and how they influence your day to day.
Witnesses to the Accident
After your accident, you or the attending police officer should collect contact information from any eyewitnesses. They may be able to testify on your behalf and demonstrate that the other driver was at fault.
Expert Witness Testimony
The other party may deny liability or say you were partially at fault. An accident reconstructionist can analyze the accident scene and determine how the collision occurred, who is at fault, and other essential information to build a strong case.
You may also need medical or financial experts to testify how the accident affects your quality of life and the economic consequences of your injuries.
The monetary costs of a motorcycle accident can be incredibly high. The more serious your injuries, the higher the cost of recovery.
Factor in the pain and suffering you experience, and you could be looking at a motorcycle accident claim that’s worth a lot of money, even millions.
Every case is different. Here are the factors that will affect the valuation of your motorcycle accident:
Insurance companies will fight to minimize the value of your claim. Speak with our qualified and experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys near you to better understand what your case might be worth. We’ll protect your rights and get you results.
Motorcycle collisions can be devastating and affect your life forever. You may be unable to engage in the activities you enjoy or work in the same capacity as before the accident.
If another party caused the accident, the compensation you receive should cover your monetary losses and emotional trauma.
However, many elements may negatively affect the damages you recover in a motorcycle accident claim, for example:
Contact M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers if you were injured in a motorcycle accident in LA. Our Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorneys will help you get a proper settlement and maximum compensation from the insurance company and all responsible parties.
You’ll benefit from decades of experience and a team that’s won $400 Million (and counting) for injured victims. Do not let an insurance company persuade you to accept a lowball settlement offer after a serious motorcycle wreck.
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