Fairfield Motorcycle Accident Attorney – (707) 564-1900
Deadly motorcycle accidents in the United States increased by 10 percent in 2015, according to the Los Angeles Times. Estimates show that over 5,000 motorcycle riders died in 2015. This is a big jump from 4,548 that died in 2014.
Unfortunately, many motorcycle injuries and deaths occur in California. This is largely because California has the largest volume of registered motorcyclists in the country. Statistics show that nearly 12,000 California motorcycle riders were injured in accidents in 2013, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. In addition to thousands of injuries, nearly 500 motorcyclists were killed in wrecks just in California.
Motorcycle Accidents Can Have Life-Altering Consequences
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted an exhaustive assessment of the types and severity of injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents. The study included over one million motorcyclists who were treated in emergency rooms during a seven-year period. The results of the study indicate the following:
- Thirty percent of injuries were to the leg and foot area
- Twenty-two percent of the motorcyclists reported injuries to their head or neck some degree to these areas
Examples of these injuries may include:
- Bone fractures
- Facial lacerations
- Traumatic brain injury or head wound
- Spinal cord injury
- Joint injury
- Organ damage
- Back injury
- Neck injury
- Loss of a limb
If you or a loved one suffered one, or a combination, of the injuries described above, you need to contact an experienced Fairfield motorcycle accident attorney to discuss your legal options.
Damages You Can Recover Through a Motorcycle Accident Injury Claim
If you decide to file an injury claim against the negligent party’s insurance company, you can pursue financial restitution for the following harms and losses:
- Incurred medical expenses (e.g., ER bill, ambulance bill, etc.)
- Future medical expenses (e.g., rehabilitative care, medications, etc.)
- Lost wages due to time missed from work (this includes the use of any vacation time you opt to use during your recovery)
- Pain and suffering (i.e. emotional and psychological harms associated with the wreck)
Do I Need to Hire an Attorney?
It is recommended you, at the very least, speak to a Fairfield motorcycle accident lawyer to get a full understanding of your legal options. Contacting a lawyer is a no risk, high reward proposition. It is no risk because the majority of personal injury lawyers in and around Fairfield provide free, no-obligation initial consultations to prospective clients. This means that if you do not like what you hear, you do not need to move forward. If you do like what you hear, you can hire the attorney and proceed with the injury claim process.
What To Look For in a Fairfield Motorcycle Accident Attorney
It can feel overwhelming trying to select the right attorney for your motorcycle accident case. Lawyer ads are virtually everywhere – television, public transit buses, billboards, etc. The best strategy is to do your due diligence by evaluating the following traits of any lawyer you meet:
- the lawyer shows compassion and sensitivity to your particular situation;
- the lawyer takes the care and time to explain your legal options and how the injury claim process generally works;
- the lawyer has a positive reputation in the legal community (you can verify this on third party lawyer rating web sites such as Avvo and Justia); and
- the lawyer has experience representing clients injured in motorcycle accidents.
How Much Time Do I Have to Take Legal Action?
According to California Civ. Proc. §335.1, an injured party has two years from the date of the harm to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party. This means if you attempt to file a lawsuit after two years, your case will likely get thrown out of court. Do not let this happen. Take legal action sooner rather than later.
Will My Motorcycle Accident Injury Case Settle Out of Court or Will We Have To Go To Trial?
The circumstances of each case are different, which is why there is no definitive answer to this question. However, most personal injury cases do in fact settle outside of court. As the client, you retain the right to approve or deny any settlement offer made by the insurance company. Your lawyer will offer their advice and counsel, but the decision to settle is ultimately up to you.
Contact a Fairfield Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
A motorcycle accident can result in the rider suffering serious, debilitating injuries that may affect them for the rest of their lives. This is why you need a lawyer who is on your side and will work to pursue maximum compensation.Fairfield Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Fairfield Motorcycle Accident Attorney. If you or a person you love has suffered a traumatic injury in a motorcycle accident or lost their life in one, call me today at (707) 564-1900 to obtain some free and friendly advice.
I am in the Million Dollar Forum. This fellowship is made up of the nation’s top-ranking injury lawyers who have obtained verdicts or negotiated case settlements that had a value of over 1 million USD.
Some of the Past Verdicts and Settlements achieved by our injury lawyers can be viewed here.
I founded the personal injury website called AutoAccident.com. AutoAccident.com is the leading website in Northern California for finding fast, accurate and current information about traumatic injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents.
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