North Highlands Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Across the country, the number of annual motorcycle accidents continues to be on the rise. Motorcycle accident deaths represented 14 percent of all deaths in motor vehicle accidents in 2015. If that was not bad enough, California ranks third nationally in the number of biker fatalities, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Horrendous accidents can happen in a matter of seconds and can be caused by negligent motorists, faulty motorcycle repair, and even defects in the manufacture or design of the motorcycle.Common Causes of Serious Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle owners know firsthand how dangerous California’s roads can be, especially on Interstate 80 through North Highlands. Drivers often fail to see motorcycles in their mirrors. At night, drivers claim that motorcyclists are more difficult to spot. Sometimes, drivers simply do not pay attention or are texting and driving. It is important to understand that many different types of motorcycle accidents can serve as the basis for pursuing financial restitution for your harms and losses. For example, the following common causes of motorcycle wrecks can serve as the basis for a personal injury or wrongful death claim:
- Distracted driver
- Hit and run
- The driver operating their vehicle at an unsafe speed
- The driver was intoxicated or using drugs
- Driver negligent operated their vehicle (e.g., failure to yield and improper right of way)
In addition to accidents caused by negligent drivers, if your motorcycle suddenly malfunctioned and that caused the collision, you may be able to take legal action against the seller or manufacturer. For example, your motorcycle may not have been repaired properly, or there was a defect in the manufacture of the motorcycle, or a piece of equipment failed. To assess the viability of such a claim requires a thorough examination of your motorcycle by established experts. A North Highlands motorcycle accident attorney can assist in retaining experts to review aspects of your case.
In addition to retaining experts (if needed), a North Highlands motorcycle accident lawyer can utilize an investigator to assess the accident, talk to witnesses, and take photos of the accident scene in order to buttress your case.
It is important to understand your legal rights as an accident victim and know that legal compensation can make you whole again. Our firm will fight for you to receive the maximum financial compensation possible. Call today if you believe you might have an accident claim, and we will review your case for free.Medical Costs in Motorcycle Accident Cases
Injuries stemming from a serious motorcycle accident can be extensive and even life-altering given how little protection motorcyclists have when hit by a vehicle. Common injuries include broken bones, torn ligaments, brain damage, spinal cord trauma, facial lacerations, loss of limbs, and so forth. The medical expenses for treating these traumatic injuries can be quite large. In some cases, the medical bills can total hundreds of thousands of dollars, and that is not even mentioning the lost income and other damages associated with a serious accident. That is why it is so critical for you to have an experienced attorney on your side fighting for maximum compensation.Damages You Can Pursue Through a Motorcycle Accident Claim
Some common types of economic and non-economic damages that can be recovered in motorcycle accident claims include:
- Medical Expenses - Doctor’s visits, medical diagnosis, surgery, and long-term care and treatment can all be recovered under California Law
- Pain and Suffering - Accident injuries hurt. Fortunately, California law allows accident victims to recover damages associated with the hardship of surviving an accident.
- Emotional Distress - Motorcycle accidents can be extremely traumatic incidents, causing loss of sleep, recurrent nightmares, and psychiatric trauma. Damages for these emotional injuries can be recovered.
- Lost Income and Earning Capacity - Temporary and permanent disability after an accident can cause accident victims to miss work or even lose their jobs if their injury prevents them from returning to work. These types of economic injuries may also be recoverable as personal injury damages.
- Punitive Damages - In extreme cases where an accident occurs because of an intentional act or gross negligence, it may be possible to recover additional damages.
It is important to understand that the amount you could realistically recover through a personal injury claim is largely dependent on the amount of available insurance coverage. Unfortunately, in many serious accidents, the careless driver has either no auto insurance or a bare-bones insurance policy. In fact, nearly 15 percent of all drivers in California are on roads and highways without any auto insurance, according to carinsurance.com. In this situation, having an attorney on your side can prove invaluable since your motorcycle accident lawyer can investigate the amount of available insurance coverage from the reckless driver. If they do not have sufficient coverage, they can examine your auto insurance policy to see if you have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. This type of coverage helps injured motorists if they are hit by someone with no insurance or inadequate insurance.
Watch the following video for more on motorcycle accidents.Why Should I Hire a North Highlands Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
Personal injury lawsuits often involve several complex moving parts ranging from investigating the cause of the accident, filing a claim with the insurance company, filing a lawsuit in the appropriate jurisdiction, negotiation and/or mediation, etc. Trying to handle all of this on your own can be overwhelming and intimidating, especially if you are also attempting to recover from a serious motorcycle accident. Hiring a competent and skilled North Highlands personal injury attorney takes the pressure off of you and allows you to focus on the healing process.North Highlands Motorcycle Accident Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, a North Highlands motorcycle accident lawyer who has been practicing personal injury law since 1982. If you were seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in or around North Highlands, you're probably in pain and feeling a sense of anxiety and uncertainty about your situation. You may have stacks of bills piling up and your discussions with the reckless party's insurance adjuster have been unproductive and frustrating. Let me help. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, please call me today for free, friendly advice at 916.921.6400 or 800.404.5400.
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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 11.13.19]