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Clearlake Motorcycle Accident Attorney

motorcycleRiding a motorcycle is a thrilling and addictive pastime. Coupled with the excitement that comes with the activity, however, there exists an element of danger. Even the most experienced motorcyclist can be involved in a serious accident caused by the negligence of other motorists. For nearly four decades, the attorneys at our law firm have proudly served as legal advocates for injured motorcyclists in the Clearlake and Lake County regions of Northern California. Our compassionate injury lawyers have learned just how devastating injuries from motorcycle accidents can be for riders and their families during that time. If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, please call us at (707) 564-1900. Feel free to use our toll-free line outside the local area code, which is (800) 404-5400.

Motorcycle Riding in Clearlake, California

Clearlake is located in beautiful Lake County, California. The city has a total area of just over ten and a half square miles, one half square mile of water. This means that over four percent of the city is made up of water. Information from the Census Bureau reveals that in 2019 there were just over 15,349 residents of Clearlake.

The mild Mediterranean climate of Clearlake and its proximity to other scenic cities means that the area sees many motorcyclists. The region is part of many popular Northern California motorcycling routes. As a result, the streets of Clearlake are not immune to serious motorcycle accidents, especially the surrounding highways such as Highway 20, Highway 29, and Highway 281. 

Motorcycle Accidents - Common Causes 

Negligent motorists, winter weather, wayward animals, road debris, and other hazards are all potential causes of motorcycle accidents in Northern California. Under less common circumstances, the city of Clearlake may be held responsible for a motorcycle crash caused by improperly maintained roads within city limits. Most often, motorcycle accidents result from the negligent operation of a motor vehicle - sometimes on behalf of the rider. Still, more often, it is the carelessness or recklessness of another motorist that causes the accident. When a negligent driver causes a motorcycle accident, they can be found liable (legally responsible) for any injuries and related damages suffered by the motorcyclist.

Motorcycle Accidents - Common Injuries

Every motorcycle accident is unique in its circumstances - cause, speed, damage. Even so, there are similarities in the injuries that motorcyclists often suffer in a crash. This is partly because riders do not have any exterior protection like that offered by the steel surrounding a car or truck driver. Given the potential for severe injuries, motorcyclists often find themselves out of work for an extended period of time. Some may even become permanently disabled and prevented from returning to work at all. In addition to the potential for lost income, the medical bills incurred with severe injuries are often astronomical.

Below are some common injuries sustained by motorcyclists who are involved in a crash:

Medical Bills After a Motorcycle Accident

One of the first questions we hear when we meet with an injured motorcyclist is often: "who will pay my medical bills?" The worry over the high cost of medical expenses coupled with the necessary time off of work due to injury often leads a person to seek legal counsel. It is a wise choice. Retaining an experienced and skilled Clearlake motorcycle lawyer as soon as possible after an accident will ensure that not only are your legal rights protected, but your monetary compensation is maximized.  We often hear that insurance adjusters start calling immediately after an accident. They want you to settle quickly and for very little money. A qualified personal injury lawyer will protect you from low ball settlement offers. The monetary damages that stem from a serious motorcycle accident can stretch for years into the future. It is important to document those future expenses to maximize the settlement amount. 

Watch the YouTube video. The clip below documents a ride through Clearlake.

Call a Clearlake Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

The compassionate and skilled Clearlake motorcycle accident lawyers at our firm are here to help if you have suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent motorist. Call us today for free and friendly advice at (707) 564-1900 or (800) 404-5400. If you prefer, you may send your inquiry via our online contact form. We have been helping injured Clearlake and Lake County residents for close to four decades. 

We are proud members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

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