Davis Motorcycle Accident Attorney

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Each year, thousands of motorcyclists suffer serious injuries and lose their lives, in terrible accidents in California. In fact, nearly twelve thousand California motorcycle riders suffered serious injuries in accidents with other vehicles in 2013, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. In addition to thousands of injuries--close to five hundred motorcyclists passed away in accidents.

Motorcycle Accidents Can Result in Debilitating Injuries

When a motorcyclist is involved in a collision, the damages are often catastrophic. This is because the rider is exposed to the full force of the collision whereas someone in a sedan or pickup truck at least has the benefit of airbags and other safety features not available on a typical motorcycle.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention validated the fact that many motorcycle accident injuries are quite serious. They conducted a major study of the types of injuries suffered by riders in motorcycle accidents. The results of the study revealed that thirty percent of injuries to riders were leg and foot injuries. Furthermore, twenty-two percent of motorcyclists reported head or neck injuries. These are areas where an injury can have debilitating side effects. Examples of common motorcycle accident injuries include:

  • Fractured bones
  • Lacerations to the face and other extremities
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Knee injury
  • Back injury
  • Neck injury
  • Shoulder injury
  • Paralysis

If you or a loved one suffered an injury while operating a motorcycle, you need to contact an experienced Davis motorcycle accident lawyer to discuss your legal options.

Damages That Can Be Recovered Through a Motorcycle Accident Injury Claim

Generally, a claimant can pursue financial restitution for the following harms and losses:

  • Incurred medical bills (e.g., ER bill, ambulance bill, etc.)
  • Future medical expenses (e.g., rehabilitative care, medications, etc.)
  • Lost wages due to time missed from work as a result of the accident
  • Pain and suffering (i.e. emotional and psychological harms associated with the wreck)

It is important to note that the amount you can recover through a motorcycle accident injury claim also depends largely on the available insurance coverage. If the negligent driver who hit you has a bare bones auto insurance policy, we may need to file a claim through the uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage in your auto insurance policy.

What To Look For in a Davis Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

It can feel overwhelming when searching for the best motorcycle accident injury lawyer to represent you. Lawyer ads are everywhere (e.g., billboards, tv commercials, etc.) and they all claim to be top-notch. The best strategy for finding the right lawyer for you is to schedule a consultation and assess the lawyer based on the following traits:

  • the lawyer takes the time to carefully explain your legal options and how the motorcycle accident injury claim process works;
  • the lawyer asks you how you’re doing and shows compassion about your particular situation;
  • the lawyer asks about your family and how the accident has affected your life; and
  • the lawyer has actual experience representing clients who were hurt badly in motorcycle accidents.
How Much Time Do I Have to Take Legal Action Against the Negligent Party?

Not much time. California has a statute of limitations codified in Civ. Proc. §335.1. The statute of limitations states that you have two years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party, or parties. This means, as a general rule, if you fail to file a lawsuit within two years, your case will likely get thrown out of court. An important exception to this rule is if the victim was a minor (i.e. under the age of 18). If your teenage son or daughter was injured in a motorcycle accident, the statute of limitations is tolled (i.e. stopped) until they reach the age of 18. Once they turn 18, they have two years from that point to file a lawsuit.

Will My Motorcycle Accident Case Settle Out of Court or Will We Have To Go To a Jury to Get a Financial Recovery?

Every case is different. Therefore, there is no single, definitive answer to this question. Nevertheless, most personal injury cases do wind up settling without having to present the case to a jury. Keep in mind, as the client, you are empowered to approve or deny any settlement offer made by the insurance company. Your lawyer cannot settle a case without your consent. Once a settlement offer is conveyed, your lawyer will offer their advice and counsel on whether it is a reasonable offer, but the decision to settle will be left to you.

What Needs to Be Proven in a Motorcycle Accident Injury Case

If you decide the insurance company’s settlement offer was unreasonable, we can take your case to trial. Once we get to trial, there are specific legal elements of negligence that need to be proven, by a preponderance of the evidence, in order to hold the reckless party liable for your harms and losses. These legal elements include:

  • Duty – We must establish that the defendant owed a legal duty to you. For example, in the motorcycle accident context, drivers owe a duty of care to other motorists on the road, including motorcyclists.
  • Breach of a Duty - We must prove the defendant breached the above-described legal duty. For example, if a driver was intoxicated or texting on their phone when they collided with your motorcycle, that would constitute a breach.
  • Causation – We must prove that the defendant’s reckless actions, or inaction, proximately caused your injuries. This is a fairly easy element to meet, especially in the context of a motorcycle accident injury case.
  • Economic and Non-economic Harm – We must prove that suffered harm and incurred economic and non-economic damages from the accident. This often includes submitting medical bills and lost wages as evidence. Your lawyer should also develop persuasive evidence to present your pain and suffering damages to the jury.
Getting the Help of an Experienced Davis Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Suffering an injury from a motorcycle accident can be a traumatic and overwhelming experience. You should focus on recovering and getting back to 100 percent. This is why you need to hire an experienced lawyer who will do all they can to secure maximum compensation in your case.

Contact Your Davis Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today

I’m Ed Smith, a Davis Motorcycle Accident Attorney. If you or someone you care for has suffered a serious injury in a motorcycle crash because of someone else’s negligence, please call me right away for free, friendly advice. I can be reached at (530) 392-9400 or if calling long distance call (800) 404-5400 to reach me free of charge.

I began practicing law in California over 34 years ago. I’ve helped many motorcycle accident clients receive the maximum amount of compensation. This includes the personal injuries they suffered as well as accidents involving a wrongful death.

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You may want to look at my past settlements and verdicts page to learn about the results I’ve obtained.

I do belong to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. This is a group of  top US injury attorneys. Membership is granted to lawyers with verdicts in excess of $1 Million US Dollars.

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