Rocklin Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Unfortunately, despite an aggressive national advertising campaign that has attempted to warn drivers to be vigilant and watch for motorcyclists on the road, the rate of motorcycle accident injuries is still disturbingly high. In particular, California tends to have motorcycle-related injuries and death rates far above the national average. In fact, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety, hundreds die in motorcycle crashes each year. Unfortunately, almost all of those deaths and the thousands of other injuries are normally preventable.
In most circumstances, motorcyclists are injured at least in part because of the negligence of another motorist on Rocklin roadways. Motorcycle accidents tend to happen very easily when drivers fail to look when changing lanes or turning. If a motorcyclist is injured due to the negligence of another driver, the injured motorcyclist may be able to obtain financial compensation from the driver in court through a personal injury claim.The Anatomy of Motorcycle Injuries and Crashes
Any motorcycle owner will tell you that you do not want to be in a motorcycle crash. This is because motorcycles offer scant protection. This means when someone on a motorbike is hit by a larger vehicle, even at a relatively low speed, the damage to the motorcyclist can be debilitating. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, it is quite common to suffer some, or a combination, of the following types of injuries:
- Broken bones
- Head wounds and brain trauma
- Spinal cord damage
- Back and neck injuries
- Shoulder and knee injuries
The video below provides six safety tips to help motorcyclists avoid a potentially dangerous accident.Prevailing in a Rocklin Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit
To obtain a financial recovery through a personal injury lawsuit, you need to establish that your harms and losses were caused by the negligence of the other driver. Negligence means that the offending party failed to act reasonably under the circumstances and caused your injuries.
For example, if the driver of a sedan changed lanes without looking to see if there was a motorcyclist in the other lane and that caused a collision, the driver of the car will likely be considered legally negligent and thereby be required to compensate the motorcyclist for any injuries.Types of Recoverable Damages in a Motorcycle Accident Injury Claim
Financial compensation can come in one of two forms in motorcycle injury cases: out-of-court settlement and trial verdict. If an out-of-court settlement is reached, the party responsible for causing the accident victim’s injuries (or the responsible party’s insurance company) will pay the injured party a pre-negotiated amount of money to compensate the injured victim for their injuries.
California law provides several categories of legal damages that can be recovered including your medical bills, both past, and future lost wages and income, and your pain and suffering.
If settlement negotiations for a motorcycle accident are unsuccessful, your attorney should proceed with filing a personal injury lawsuit in a civil court. In Rocklin, the court that will likely have jurisdiction over your case is the Placer County Superior Court of Roseville.
It is essential to retain a Rocklin motorcycle accident attorney to get the insurance claims process started right away. Why? Because a personal injury claim must be submitted to the court within two years from the date of the accident. This is required under California’s statute of limitations. If you fail to file suit within two years, it is likely a judge will view your lawsuit as untimely and prohibit it from going forward.How a Lawyer Can Help You After a Motorcycle Accident
If you or a family member was injured in a motorcycle accident, you should hire an experienced Rocklin motorcycle accident lawyer to represent your interests in court and to help you file a lawsuit. I have dedicated my professional career to serving victims of auto and motorcycle accidents in Rocklin and the greater Sacramento area. I take immense pride in helping people seek compensation for their injuries and put their lives back together. I work on a contingency-fee-basis, which means that I only seek payment if I obtain a financial recovery for you, typically through a settlement or jury verdict. If you have been injured, do not hesitate to contact my office to schedule a free case review.Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Rocklin
I’m Ed Smith, a Rocklin motorcycle accident attorney. The consequences of a motorcycle accident can be serious and life-changing. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash in the Rocklin area, I may be able to help you and your family through this difficult time. Please do not hesitate to contact me at (916) 921-6400 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice. You may also contact me online.
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Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 6.8.20]