Madera Motorcycle Accident Attorney


Motorcycle riders are at a disadvantage when involved in a traffic collision because they do not have the luxury of the safety features of passenger vehicles. Another problem is those motorcycle riders are sometimes stereotyped as reckless, and all those old biker movies haven't helped their image much. However, an experienced motorcycle rider who rides defensively and obeys all the traffic laws can still end up being injured in an accident because of a negligent motorist or entity.

Resolving Madera Motorcycle Accident Cases

Since 1982, we have successfully handled many injury cases as Madera motorcycle accident attorneys. We understand how to get around jury bias and help injured motorcycle riders deserve the compensation. Our firm's founder, Ed Smith, wrote the California Motorcycle Accident Handbook and tells a rider everything they need to know if they are involved in a collision. It can be read online for free or downloaded on Kindle. 

Common Reasons for a Motorcycle Accident

No matter how cautious a motorcyclist is, sometimes accidents happen. This makes it essential for riders to be alert to their surroundings and be conspicuous so other motorists can see them. However, it's difficult for a motorcycle rider to avoid an accident at times, no matter how careful they are. Some of the most common reasons for a collision that involves a motorcyclist include:

  • Drunk drivers: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk drivers cause more than 10,000 fatalities every year. Poor reflexes, bad judgment, and other conditions lead to many accidents with a motorcycle.
  • Bad road conditions: Although many motorcyclists are cautious when going out in rainy or snowy weather, that doesn't mean that drivers of passenger vehicles are. Speeding, tailgating, and other negligent acts can cause a collision that is not the rider's fault.
  • Dooring accidents: Motorists and their passengers who open a car door without checking to see if someone is coming can cause this type of collision.
  • Misjudging distances: In one of the most common types of accidents with motorcycles, a motorist decides to make a turn and ends up in the rider's path.
  • Lane splitting: Even though a motorcyclist may be cautious while lane splitting, a motorist might decide to change lanes without looking or intentionally blocking a rider from passing their vehicle.
  • Blind spots: Motorists sometimes forget to check their blind spots before changing lanes. This is especially a problem if the blind spots of their vehicles are wide, leading to a motorcycle accident.
Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents

Injuries from a motorcycle accident are often severe, resulting in fatalities. Some of the injuries a motorcycle rider is likely to suffer include:

  • Broken bones: Whether crashing the motorcycle against a motor vehicle, the roadway, object, or being ejected from it, broken bones are a common occurrence that can cause severe fractures.
  • Road rash: Sliding along the pavement, gravel, or other surfaces can lead to serious road rash injuries, cuts, bruises, and abrasions.
  • Traumatic brain injuries: Head trauma from a motorcycle accident can be severe, especially if the rider isn't wearing an appropriate helmet. In their more severe forms, those who suffer from TBIs can require lifetime care and end up with permanent brain damage.
  • Spinal cord damage: Spinal cord damage can end up causing partial or complete paralysis, which is incurable and means the injured person loses their quality of life. Many spinal cord injuries occur due to a traffic accident, with about 48 occurring daily.
  • Amputations: Crush injuries incurred in a motorcycle accident can result in the loss of digits or an upper or lower limb when it cannot be saved. This can affect the quality of life and earn a living in the future. A motorcycle accident lawyer, a Madera County, CA, can help injured bikers obtain financial compensation for their damages.
  • Fatalities: Many motorcycle accidents result in the rider's death, leaving a grieving family who has lost their means of support. In these cases, the family members supported by the deceased loved one may place a wrongful death claim to recover damages.

The following video discusses some of the most common motorcycle accidents.

What to Do Following a Motorcycle Accident

When you have been hurt in a traffic collision caused by someone else's negligence, it is essential to seek legal representation from a top-rated Madera motorcycle accident law firm as soon as possible. This is so the evidence to support your claim can be gathered before it disappears or is covered up. An investigation into a motorcycle accident injury claim includes:

  • The investigators go to the site right away to talk to witnesses and check for errors in the police report.
  • They perform accident reconstruction, which shows the placement of the vehicles and can indicate driver error such as speeding or distracted driving.
  • The investigators search for traffic surveillance and business cameras that may have caught the collision on video.
  • They check to see if the vehicle driver was committing a traffic infraction, such as drugged or drunk or other offenses.
  • Road defects such as missing signs, potholes, crumbled shoulders, and other areas where maintenance has been neglected are checked. If poor road maintenance led to a motorcycle accident, the government entity in charge might be liable for damages.

When all the evidence is collected, our lawyers take over to build a strong case that favors our client. It can be used in insurance company negotiations or preparing a case in court.

Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Madera, CA Today

Hurt in a motorcycle crash in Madera, CA? Call our motorcycle accident injury lawyers at for free, friendly case advice at (559) 377-7676 or (800) 404-5400. Our legal team will determine if you are entitled to financial compensation and what options you have for recovery.

We belong to the National Association of Distinguished Counsel and Million Dollar Forum.

Client reviews and cases that our law firm handled in the past can be found at the following:

Since 1982, we've successfully handled many cases for Madera residents, including in all kinds of car accidentstruck crasheswrongful deaths, and to recover damages for traumas such as brain injuries.

Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 12.27.21]

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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.