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Fort Bragg Motorcycle Accident Attorney

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Fort Bragg is situated right above the beach in one of the most pristine locations on the entire west coast. Furthermore, the historic scenic Highway 1 runs right through the city, connecting residents to thousands of miles of coastline. For these reasons, it’s no secret why many who live in Fort Bragg and nearby areas choose to ride motorcycles either for fun or as a main mode of transportation. There’s nothing quite like cruising along the northern CA coast on your bike.

While motorcyclists typically do everything they can to stay safe, they are still much more vulnerable than occupants of passenger vehicles and often sustain very serious injuries during accidents. These injuries can have a huge impact on motorcyclists’ lives, and recovering your health can be a challenge.

Our job as Fort Bragg motorcycle accident attorneys is to help you obtain the compensation you need to recover personally and financially after being injured in an accident.

We Cover Many Different Injury Types

Our firm only takes cases that involve serious or fatal injuries and has done so for nearly four decades. This means that our legal team is seasoned experts when it comes to handling high-value cases. However, even though we specialize in major injury claims, there are many types of injuries that we cover. Some of the most common motorcyclist injuries that we handle include:

All of these accident types can range in severity but are liable to leave motorcyclists with serious health issues. In severe cases, many of these injuries can cause permanent symptoms like limited mobility, chronic pain, or impacted cognition. In the worst cases, these injuries can even be fatal.

Fatal Motorcycle Accidents

In some cases, accidents have tragic consequences. Suddenly losing a family member can be devastating and many families feel overwhelmed by their loss. We do everything we can to help grieving families obtain the compensation that they need to cover lost income, medical expenses incurred as a result of the deadly accident, lost services, and even damages related to loss of quality of life. By doing so, we are often able to help families have financial stability while they are going through a very difficult time.

Motorcycle Accidents in Fort Bragg and Mendocino County

The following statistics are compiled from data reported by traffic agencies local to the Fort Bragg area, including the Fort Bragg Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.

According to available data, there were 220 traumatic auto accidents in Fort Bragg between 2009 and 2020. These included 12 motorcycle accidents, accounting for around 5.5 percent of all collisions in the city. During the same time period, there were 4,823 injury-causing collisions across the entire county of Mendocino, including 506 motorcycle accidents. This means that motorcycle collisions accounted for around 10.5 percent of Mendocino crashes. Additionally, in both Fort Bragg and across the county, around 62 percent of motorcycle accidents happened on a highway, while the remainder occurred on municipal or county roads.

Importantly Mendocino County motorcycle accidents tended to be more dangerous than collisions in general, with a significantly higher rate of both fatal and severe injuries.

Staying Safe While Riding Your Motorcycle - Essential Safety Tips

Nobody can say when or where a crash will happen; that’s why they’re called accidents. However, there are many ways that motorcyclists can reduce the chance of being involved in a serious crash. To learn some of the most important motorcycle safety habits, take a moment to watch this informative YouTube video:

What Damages Can I Recover Through an Injury Claim?

Accident injuries can have far-reaching effects on your life. Often, recovering from a major injury requires multiple medical procedures as well as long-term medication use and extensive physical therapy sessions. In many cases, injured motorcyclists are left with very expensive medical bills for this reason. On top of this, injuries commonly make it hard or even impossible for injured parties to perform their job, resulting in a sudden, major loss of income.

Fortunately, lost income and medical expenses can both be pursued through personal injury claims. Other damages that motorcycle accident survivors may be able to obtain include payments for damaged property and compensation for loss of quality of life. However, every case varies, and the best way to find out what damages you may be able to recover through an injury claim is to speak personally with a trusted attorney.

Do I Really Need an Attorney?

In some accident cases, it isn’t necessary to hire an attorney. However, with accidents that involve major injuries, having a lawyer is often critical to obtaining fair payments for your losses. In many cases, at-fault parties and insurance companies will do everything they can to avoid paying crash survivors the full amount of compensation they deserve. An experienced attorney can investigate the crash, build a strong case, negotiate with insurers, and even argue in court to ensure you receive the payments you need to move forward with your life.

Fort Bragg Motorcycle Accident Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, a Fort Bragg motorcycle accident attorney. Motorcycle accident injuries can be life-changing. If you were injured during a motorcycle crash, call us at either (800) 404-5400 or (707) 564-1900 so that we can offer you free, friendly advice over the phone.

Our law firm has proudly helped people in Fort Bragg and across Mendocino County with injury cases since 1982. During this period, we’ve been able to achieve many settlements and verdicts.

For personal details about our work, you can read the many client reviews we’ve received on the following websites:

I am a member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization that only includes lawyers in the US who’ve obtained a single verdict or settlement that was worth one million dollars or more. I also have a membership in Top One Percent.

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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 12.21.20]

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