Del Paso Heights Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Each year, thousands of California residents (including those living in and around Del Paso Heights) are seriously injured in motorcycle accidents. In fact, California is ranked third nationally in the total number of motorcycle accident fatalities, according to Gearheads.org.
If you or a loved one was operating a motorcycle and got injured due to the carelessness of another driver, contact a Del Paso Heights motorcycle accident lawyer right away to discuss your legal options.Causes of Motorcycle Wrecks
There are many reasons how and why a serious car versus motorcycle accident occurs. In many cases, the driver of a car, pickup truck, or SUV was negligent in some manner and that negligence proximately caused the collision. For example, many accidents are caused by the following:
- Distracted driving
- Drivers failing to obey the speed limit
- Drivers who are intoxicated
- Drivers who are on pain medications and other substances
- Drivers failing to follow the basic rules of the road (e.g., not stopping at a stop sign, failing to yield, making an improper turn, etc.)
No matter the cause, motorcycle accident injuries can be severe and potentially alter a person for the rest of their life. For example, there have been reported accidents where a motorcyclist suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of another driver pulling out in front of them or failing to stop at a stop sign. Motorcyclists could also suffer the following types of injuries:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Facial lacerations
- Ligament tears
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limbs
Treating these types of catastrophic injuries is not inexpensive. In fact, many accident victims who suffer serious injuries are confronted with hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses. If you have a high-deductible health insurance plan, that likely means thousands of dollars directly out of your pocket and potentially thousands of dollars in additional expense if you have a coinsurance provision in your plan. Many people cannot afford to cover these expenses and the cost of rehabilitative care. This is why it makes sense to speak to an El Dorado Hills motorcycle accident lawyer and pursue financial restitution for your harms and losses.
Other harms and losses that qualify for financial recovery through a personal injury claim include: damages that can be recovered in motorcycle accident cases include:
- Lost wages (both for time missed from work and future earnings if you cannot return to work)
- Pain and suffering (e.g. emotional trauma, missing out on family functions, being unable to help around the house, etc.)
- Punitive damages (though these are only accessible in cases where there is sufficient evidence that the defendant’s actions were reckless and wanton).
The video below discusses some of the most common motorcycle accidents.Sufficient Auto Insurance Coverage is Critical
Ideally, when someone is seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident, the at-fault party’s insurance should properly compensate the victim for their insured’s negligent actions. However, we do not live in an ideal world. In reality, when a motorcyclist is severely injured in an accident, the at-fault driver’s automobile insurance coverage may be insufficient to properly cover all of your harms and losses. In addition, if you were involved in a hit-and-run accident where the at-fault driver fled the scene, you may be unable to file a claim against their insurance policy since you were unable to obtain their information.
In these types of situations, having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side is essential. Why? Because a skilled personal injury attorney will take the time to investigate the amount of available insurance coverage, including any coverage from the defendant and any available uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage you have through your own auto insurance policy. For example, if you were hit by a driver with liability coverage totaling $50,000. That may sound like a lot of money, but if your medical expenses total $100,000, that $50,000 in coverage is not going to properly compensate you. However, if you have a $100,000 auto insurance policy with comparable underinsured motorist coverage, you can access that coverage to make up the difference.
As you can see, hiring an attorney will benefit you and your case since they have knowledge and experience in this area of the law. Your lawyer can also handle all of the complexities associated with a personal injury lawsuit such as investigating the accident scene, speaking to witnesses, filing the necessary paperwork with the insurance company, filing suit, taking depositions and engaging in other forms of discovery, negotiating on your behalf, etc.Take Action Sooner Rather Than Later
The sooner our investigative attorneys can examine the scene of the accident and assess your injuries, the more successful your claim will be. Also, in California, an accident victim only has two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim in court (or six months for a claim against a government entity).Example of a Motorcycle Accident Jury Verdict
When you hire a personal injury lawyer, their primary objective is to get you maximum compensation. Data shows that injured claimants who hire lawyers receive larger settlements and verdicts. For example, a state trooper received a $1.25 million jury verdict after losing his leg in a motorcycle accident. This verdict was against two construction companies that negligently left an obstruction on a ramp used by motorists, including the plaintiff. The ramp covered a conduit the two construction companies were using to transport water and sewage across the road.
The motorcyclist collided with the obstruction propelling him off his motorcycle and ultimately crushing his lower leg and foot and lower leg. The motorcyclist had to undergo 25 surgeries but ultimately lost his leg. He retained a lawyer who took his case all the way to trial and ultimately prevailed against the negligent parties.Del Paso Heights Motorcycle Accident Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, a Del Paso Heights Motorcycle Accident Attorney. If you or someone you love has been severely injured or suffered wrongful death as the result of a Del Paso Heights motorcycle accident, please call me as soon as you are able at 916.921.6400 for compassionate, free friendly advice. During your first phone call to me, we can go over the specifics of the accident and decide what would be the best way to proceed. It is free to call and talk to me and I take all my cases on a contingency fee basis. You pay no fees upfront. I get paid after the successful resolution of your case.
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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 11.8.19]