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Rosemont Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Rosemont Motorcycle AccidentsThis is not news to motorcyclists - riding on the roads and highways surrounding Rosemont can be an adventure fraught with danger.  No matter how skilled or careful a cyclist may be, they are also at the mercy of other motorists - some of whom are negligent.  Truck and car drivers may not be especially careful to check for motorcycles while changing lanes.  Many accidents occur when a vehicle driver makes a turn at an intersection in front of a motorcyclist who has the right-of-way.  Unfortunately, the motorcyclist is especially vulnerable to serious injuries in a collision, given the lack of steel surrounding their ride.  If and when a tragic accident happens, a Rosemont motorcycle accident lawyer can help.

Despite motorcycle safety awareness campaigns across the country, injuries and deaths are on the rise.  In 2016, California motorcycle deaths made up just over 15% of the total motor vehicle deaths - 566 motorcyclists were killed.  That statistic represented an 11% increase from 2015 California motorcycle deaths (494), according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.  That does not even take into account the serious and often disabling injuries that California motorcyclists suffer each year.  If you or a loved one suffered injuries because of another driver’s negligence, a skilled Rosemont motorcycle accident attorney can help.  The attorneys and staff at have years of experiencing helping injured motorcyclists get the justice and fair monetary compensation to which they are entitled.  

Injuries Commonly Sustained in a Motorcycle Accident

Because of the lack of vehicle protection coupled with high freeway speeds, motorcyclists often suffer very serve, even catastrophic injuries in the event of a crash.  Some of the injuries we have seen in our practice: 

  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Third-degree abrasions (severe road rash)
  • Lacerations
  • Nerve damage
  • Amputations
  • Paraplegia or quadriplegia from spinal cord damage
  • Death

When a motorcyclist survives a significant collision, they are often unfortunately left with life-long injuries, chronic pain, and/or disabilities.  

Damages in a Motorcycle Accident Case

When another driver is at fault for the accident, California law provides an injured motorcyclist the right to file a claim with the negligent driver’s insurance company for monetary damages. Some of the recoverable medical expenses in a personal injury case include hospitalization charges, emergency room care, primary care visits, surgeries, medications, rehabilitation, home health, and long-term care.

Lost income is another recoverable expense in a personal injury matter.  When you are forced to miss work due to your injuries, the negligent party’s insurance must reimburse you for those lost wages.  Even if you used sick time or vacation hours, your salary for those missed hours is reimbursable.  Sometimes injuries are so significant that they prevent you from returning to your regular work.  In that case, future earnings and loss of earning capacity are additional areas of economic damages that may be pursued in your legal claim.

Medical expenses and lost wages are known as economic damages.  In a personal injury matter against a negligent person, the plaintiff (the injured person bringing the claim) is also entitled to non-economic damages - commonly referred to as pain and suffering.  This incorporates physical pain, anxiety, and loss of enjoyment of life.  If you are married, your spouse may be able to recover money to compensate for the negative effect the injuries had on the marital relationship.

Hiring a Skilled Rosemont Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Motorcycle accident injury cases are often complex, and skilled legal representation is a crucial step toward receiving an equitable settlement or jury verdict. Insurance companies have one goal - to keep as much money in their pockets as possible.  Given that fact, insurance adjusters are trained to take advantage of injured claimants who have not retained a legal representative. They may initially pressure you to accept a very low global settlement offer, and if you refuse, their favorite tactic becomes ignoring your attempts at communication and delaying the claims process.  An experienced Rosemont motorcycle accident injury attorney will know how to handle a difficult insurance carrier so that your legal rights are protected.

Deadlines to Act

It is best not to delay in seeking legal counsel.  Not only will having an attorney on board early in the claims process ensure that important evidence is gathered, and all of your rights are protected, but the attorney will be aware of the crucial timelines within which a lawsuit must be filed.  California law states that an injured motorcyclist must file suit or settle the claim before the second anniversary of the accident. If the negligent driver was in the course of government employment, the timeline is even shorter - you have only months to act.  Missing these crucial deadlines could mean that your right to any monetary recovery is lost.

Watch the YouTube video below with tips to stay safe while riding a motorcycle.

Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Rosemont, CA

The Rosemont injury attorneys at have handled motorcycle accident and car accident claims against large insurance companies for nearly 40 years. For a no-obligation consultation and compassionate, free, and friendly legal advice, call us today 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 12.7.20]

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