Consequences of A Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents can be devastating, and the consequences can last a lifetime. A skilled California motorcycle accident lawyer will fight hard and get you the most money possible. Motorcycle accidents often result in severe injuries, including broken bones, spinal cord damage, and brain injuries. These injuries can have a profound impact on your life, and they may require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. When your injuries put you out of work, you may also get lost wages and financial hardship. Our motorcycle accident lawyers will fight for your rights and make sure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries and losses.
What Causes a Motorcycle Accident?
There are a lot of different causes of motorcycle accidents. One of the most common causes is simply inexperience – many riders take to the road without understanding the basics of safety, and this can lead to disaster. Poor weather conditions can also be a factor, as can road
hazards such as uneven pavement or debris. In some cases, accidents may be caused by mechanical problems with the motorcycle itself. By learning the basics of safe riding and being aware of potential hazards, motorcycle accidents can be reduced significantly.
Liability for Motorcycle Accidents
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be wondering if you have any legal recourse. The answer depends on the circumstances of your accident, as well as the state in which it occurred. In general, however, there are three potential liable parties in a motorcycle accident: the driver of the other vehicle, the manufacturer of the motorcycle, or the owner of the road where the accident took place. The driver of the other vehicle may be held liable if they were at fault for the accident. This can be due to speeding, recklessness, or any other form of negligence. If the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident, this will likely increase their liability. The manufacturer of the motorcycle may be held liable if there was a defect with the bike that contributed to the accident. For instance, if there was a problem with the brakes or steering, this could make the manufacturer liable. Finally, if the accident occurred on a privately owned road, the owner may be held liable for any defects or hazards that contributed to the accident.
Motorcycle Accidents and Fault
Studies show well of two-thirds of accidents between vehicles and motorcycles are found to be the fault of the vehicles. Any motor vehicle accident can result in serious injuries, but accidents with motorcycles tend to be the most devastating. These collisions oftentimes result in traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and even fatalities. Even if you obey all the safety laws required when riding motorcycles you are still at a huge disadvantage if you get into an accident. A jacket and a helmet still may not be enough to protect you from fractures, burns, paralysis, etc. When a major injury occurs, it is important that you follow your doctor’s advice regarding rehabilitation, otherwise, the defense may argue that you failed to mitigate your damages. Our motorcycle accident attorneys will immediately get your medical records and consult with medical experts to determine injury and how much it will cost you over your lifetime, including surgery, vocational rehabilitation, medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of income, etc. If the motorcycle accident caused a death, then surviving family members can bring a wrongful death claim. Either way, you will need a good personal injury law firm to help you with your case.
Getting Compensation for Motorcycle Accident Victims
Whenever it comes to awarding defendants for their injuries, their own negligence is taken into consideration. That means if you were acting negligently at the time of the accident by not paying attention to the road, or not wearing a helmet, then this negligence is taken into consideration in any personal injury award. That is why it is usually not a good idea to make statements after the accident to law enforcement or insurance adjusters. Everything you say can be used against you during trial. Whenever possible we try to employ human factor experts to testify about how a normal, reasonable person would react to the other driver’s actions. A good personal injury lawyer will always be a step ahead.
When we prepare for trial, we sometimes use normal everyday people to act as jurors, called focus groups. This gives us a better idea of what presentations work so that jurors will better understand our case. We also feel like it is important to use power point presentations, diagrams and charts whenever possible because studies have shown that people remember better when shown pictures.
If we don’t win your case, then you don’t pay us anything. Contact our motorcycle accident attorneys at Roberts Legal Group today for a free consultation. If you live around Stockton or Modesto and you need an experienced personal injury lawyer, call us now!