Lathrop Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Lathrop Motorcycle AccidentsMotorcycles are a popular way to get around in Lathrop for work, play, and to enjoy the scenic beauty that California has to offer. However, there were 488 motorcyclist fatalities in the Golden State in 2018, which was an increase of almost 16 percent. When you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident because of someone else’s negligence, a Lathrop, CA motorcycle accident lawyer can help you get the compensation and justice you deserve. At our law firm, our attorneys have handled many cases in San Joaquin County involving injured bikers since 1982, and we may be able to help you and your family too.

How Juries Are Biased Against Motorcyclists

Members of the public are often unduly prejudiced when it comes to those who ride motorcycles, especially the faster ones. They believe that motorcycles are dangerous and that their riders are sometimes reckless. Having a top-rated Lathrop motorcycle accident injury attorney who can combat that prejudice, especially during jury selection if the case goes to court in San Joaquin County, is critical. This is one of the reasons that our law firm's founder, injury lawyer Ed Smith, wrote the California Motorcycle Accident Handbook. It is available at Amazon and can be read online for free. If you would like a free physical copy of the handbook, contact our law office today to have that arranged for you.

Most Common Types of Motorcycle Collisions

Most motorcycle accidents with passenger vehicles or commercial trucks are caused by the driver. In many cases, it is because a motorist of a passenger vehicle is conditioned to keep an eye out for other cars and trucks but not for smaller vehicles like motorcycles. The most common types of collisions between motorcycle riders and motor vehicles are listed below:

  • Head-on crashes: More than half of all motorcyclist fatalities occur through this type of accident, and they commonly happen on rural roads. These motorcycle collisions happen when a driver is in the oncoming traffic lane passing another vehicle without checking that the road ahead is clear.
  • Lane-splitting: Lane splitting is permitted under California Vehicle Code 21658.1. However, motorists may decide to change lanes without looking for bikers, crowd a motorcyclist, or commit other actions that cause a motorcycle crash. Because the space for lane-splitting is reduced for the rider, it can be a dangerous undertaking.
  • Left turns by motorists: Left turns by drivers are one of the top causes of motorcycle accidents and serious injuries. In some cases, the motorist believes they can complete their turn before causing problems with the motorcyclist. However, the driver may misjudge the distance and speed of a motorcycle rider, resulting in a wreck. In other instances, left-turn accidents happen at intersections or when the rider is passing another vehicle.
  • Rear-end collisions: A motorcyclist waiting at an intersection for the light to change can be struck by a motor vehicle. Often, the motorist is distracted by talking to a passenger, texting, or talking on their cell phone.
  • Sudden stops: A motorist who suddenly stops can cause a motorcycle rider behind them to hit their vehicle. This can cause the rider to be ejected, resulting in severe trauma.

The following video by Lathrop motorcycle accident attorney, Ed Smith, explains what to look for in an injury lawyer following a biker crash.

Staying Safe on the Road as a Motorcycle Rider

There are many things a motorcycle rider can do to stay safe on the road. Some suggestions are:

  • Wear a government-approved helmet: If the helmet you are wearing is old or you’ve been in a motorcycle collision wearing it, it’s time to replace it with a new one.
  • Never drink or use drugs and then take to the road: Being intoxicated or using drugs affects a motorcycle rider the same way it would a motorist.
  • Make yourself more conspicuous: Instead of wearing dark colors and riding a black motorcycle, using brighter colors will make you stand out more to other drivers sharing the road.
  • Invest in safety clothing if possible: Jackets and pants with built-in airbags can be a lifesaver.
  • Maintain your ride: Poor maintenance on a motorcycle can affect its performance and your safety on the road.
  • Follow traffic laws: Speeding, behaving recklessly while riding, and other negligent behavior can lead to a motorcycle crash.
How Are Motorcycle Accidents Investigated?

An independent investigation of a motorcycle collision is necessary to prove fault by the negligent driver. This often includes the collection of evidence. As always, the client owes nothing until their case has been won, under a contingency fee arrangement. Evidence collected by our experienced Lathrop, CA motorcycle accident injury lawyers includes:

  • Investigators check over the police report to find any errors that could interfere with filing a motorcycle accident injury claim for financial compensation.
  • The rider’s medical records are examined by one of our Lathrop motorcycle accident lawyers. This shows how and where the rider was struck and helps to determine damages by the injuries and their severity.
  • Our team of experts can interview witnesses to the motorcycle crash to determine what they saw. They can appear as witnesses if the accident case cannot be settled with the auto insurance carrier.
  • Signs of motorist negligence that caused the accident is sought, such as speeding, drunk or distracted driving, fatigue, and reckless behavior.
  • Attorneys at our Lathrop motorcycle accident law firm look for roadway surveillance cameras that may have caught the collision on tape. In some cases, witnesses may have taped the accident as it happened. This type of evidence is strong proof that it can be used either with the insurance company or in court.
  • Evidence of government negligence that might have caused or contributed to the collision is sought, which may include potholes, gravel, malfunctioning traffic signals, or other problems. If this is the case, the government entity in charge of maintenance may be held financially responsible for any motorcycle accident injuries or fatalities. It is important to remember that the deadline to file a case against a government entity is much shorter. Your Lathrop motorcycle accident lawyer will ensure that all documents are filed on time.

When the investigators have compiled all the evidence, our experienced Lathrop motorcycle injury attorneys can construct a case that supports our client’s compensation claim for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. This is used during insurance negotiations or in court, if necessary.

Lathrop, CA Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorneys

Our attorneys at understand the impact a motorcycle crash can have on you and your family. We want to help you and protect your best interests from difficult insurance companies. To get started on your case now, call us for free, friendly advice at (209) 227-1931 or (800) 404-5400.

Finding information about a motorcycle accident law firm can help you decide who to call for legal assistance. Our accident attorneys have included links to our client reviews and cases we have handled below for this reason:

It is an honor for our biker injury law firm's founder, attorney Ed Smith, to be a member of Million Dollar Forum and Top 1 Percent.

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Client Reviews
"Me and my wife; had a car accident. We were amazed how easy, professional, friendly attorney Ed Smith is along with his staff. Everybody is amazing. Thank you so much, we are very impressed!" Alex & Dinah M.
"Ed Smith and his office team took on a difficult personal injury case on my behalf and for the passenger in my car. Ed is a top- notch attorney. His staff couldn't have been more helpful and kind. No need to look elsewhere. I give Ed Smith my highest recommendation." Beverly
"Ed and Robert have been taking great care of my husband and I for the past 5+ years. They are always there when you have a problem and a quick resolution! Even when the issues have nothing to do with them. They are willing to help ease the pain off your shoulders. They are as good as it gets! Thank you again for everything." Annie T.
"Very professional. Great team, staff and service all around. Mr Smith was very honest, straight forward with his advice. He gives the word "attorney" an honest reputation. I will seek his council anytime, and would recommend him at the drop of a dime." Jeremy M.
"I would highly recommend Ed Smith to any friends or family in need of a personal injury attorney. Ed, and his staff, are very caring on top of being very experienced in this field. The staff always keeps you informed of the status of your case and they are always easy to reach by phone." Shannon D.
"Edward Smith law offices provide competent, thorough, and personable help for victims of personal injury. When you first meet the staff you know you contacted the right office. This law office treats clients like people. I recommend this office to anyone seeking representation regarding personal injury." David M.