California is home to approximately 1.5 million licensed motorcyclists. In an average year, more than 13,000 people will be hurt or killed in a California motorcycle crash. In Shasta County, 67 people were injured or killed in collisions involving motorcycles in 2014. Redding, California, is the county seat of Shasta County, and our area of California has several nationally recognized scenic motorcycle rides.
How can an experienced motorcycle accident attorney help you after a crash?
If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a motorcycle wreck, an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you and your family receive the full compensation to which you are entitled.
Motorcycle injuries can be physically and emotionally devastating and you need to focus on recovering from the crash. Doctor appointments and physical therapy sessions are likely to consume much of your time after the wreck.
While you focus on healing, your attorney will focus on getting you compensated for your injuries, damage to your bike, and other financial and emotional costs resulting from the wreck.
What is a motorcycle lawyer’s role in your case?
Your motorcycle lawyer’s job is to advocate for you to receive the maximum compensation and assistance to which you are entitled.
An attorney experienced in motorcycle accidents knows what evidence to gather to put together a compelling case on your behalf and knows when to bring in experts. Your attorney will investigate the causes of the crash and manage communications with the insurance companies.
Your legal team will figure out who is at fault in the accident and why. With your help, we will determine what amount is full and fair compensation, based on your injuries and expenses and how your injuries will impact your future health, employability and enjoyment of life.
What are some typical causes of motorcycle accidents?
Car and truck drivers’ failure to see motorcycles or to properly share the road with motorcycles is a risk factor contributing to California’s thousands of motorcycle accidents each year.
What kind of property damage occurs in a motorcycle wreck?
Motorcycle damage in an accident is often extensive. Sometimes a bike can be repaired and sometimes it must be replaced. As the victim in the accident, you are entitled to have your motorcycle repaired or replaced and you may be entitled to reimbursement for renting a bike while yours is out of commission.
If your motorcycle is your primary mode of transportation, you should be compensated for the cost of alternative transportation until your motorcycle is repaired or replaced.
What injuries can result from a motorcycle accident?
Motorcycle accident injuries are usually quite serious, even when a collision occurs at low speeds. Common injuries from these crashes include
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Internal organ injuries
Seeking prompt, appropriate medical care is very important to your well-being after a motorcycle accident injury.
What compensation are you entitled to receive?
When another person injures you, you are entitled to full and fair compensation. This includes the reimbursement of medical expenses, wage loss, pain and suffering, the cost of replacing or fixing your motorcycle, and alternate transportation until you have your bike back.
In addition to medical expenses and property damage, fair compensation may include the following, depending on the extent of your injuries:
- Physical therapy
- Current and future lost earnings
- Anticipated future medical and therapeutic expenses
- Costs of hiring household help for tasks you are no longer able to do (such as yard work or house work)
- Mental and emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
Whose fault is a motorcycle accident?
Proving fault in an accident is essential for deciding who gets compensated and for how much. California uses a pure comparative negligence standard, which means that each person involved in an accident may be assigned part of the blame. This can affect how much a victim is entitled to recover.
For example, if a car illegally turned in front of a motorcycle and the motorcycle was speeding, the court could find that the motorcyclist was 30% responsible for the wreck. If the motorcyclist was trying to recover $100,000 in damages, the allocation of fault would reduce the possible award by 30% and the most the motorcyclist could recover would be $70,000.
What should I do immediately after a motorcycle accident?
At the scene of the accident, if you are able, call law enforcement, exchange contact information with the other drivers involved in the accident, and take pictures of the scene and damage. Seek appropriate medical care immediately after the accident.
Consult with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident. The lawyers at Reiner, Slaughter, McCartney & Frankel, LLP have represented over 100 motorcycle riders just like you. Call them today for a free consultation about your situation.