Winters Motorcycle Accident Attorney
However, even though most motorcyclists are cautious drivers, operating a motorcycle comes with serious risks. Motorcyclists who are injured in accidents often suffer major injuries that have a huge impact on their lives. As a Winters motorcycle accident attorney, it’s my job to help motorcycle accident survivors and their loved ones recover financially and personally after serious collisions.The “Personal” Personal Injury Attorney
I have been helping people obtain injury compensation for nearly four decades. Throughout my many years of practice, people have referred to me as the “personal” personal injury attorney. The reason I’ve earned this nickname is that I choose to focus on creating a personal connection with my clients. Many lawyers prefer to be strictly professional and business-like with their clients, but I have found that learning more about my clients’ lives allows me to be a better advocate during trials and negotiations.Focus on Serious Injuries
My firm focuses specifically on significant injuries. Specializing my practice means that my team is full of experts who have successfully handled many major injury cases with high-value settlements and verdicts. While we only take cases that involve severe trauma, there are many different types of common motorcycle accident injures that we cover. These include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Bone fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Amputation injuries
- Road rash
- Burn injuries
- Cervical sprains
All of these injuries can range in severity but are likely to dramatically affect the lives of survivors and their families. Not only is recovering from an injury often painful and mentally stressful, but the necessary medical care can be very expensive. Paying for the care you need is often even more difficult for crash survivors whose injuries have affected their ability to do their job, resulting in lost income and/or earning potential. As attorneys specializing in significant injury accidents, we are well aware of the many ways in which major accidents can affect people and are ready to help you obtain compensation for the full amount of damages you’ve suffered.Yolo County Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Winters is a relatively small town with a population of just around 7,300 people. For this reason, there aren’t many motorcycle accidents within the city limits on any given year. However, Winters residents don’t only use municipal roads and frequently drive all over the county. According to information reported by traffic enforcement agencies, including the Winters Police Department and California Highway Patrol, there were 552 injury-causing motorcycle crashes in Yolo county between 2008 and 2020, resulting in 626 injuries and 26 deaths.
Notably, motorcycle accidents in Yolo County were much more dangerous than most collisions. The fatality rate for Yolo County crashes, in general, was around 2.5 percent for the period in question. During the same period, the fatality rate for motorcycle crashes was 4.3 percent, meaning that accidents involving motorcycles were nearly twice as likely to be deadly. Likewise, motorcycle accidents had a severe injury rate of about 22 percent, while collisions overall were only at around 7.4 percent.Driving Defensively on a Motorcycle
As shown above, motorcyclists are especially vulnerable. However, there are several things that riders can do to keep themselves safe. One of the most important things you can do is to drive defensively. To learn essential defensive driving techniques for motorcyclists, watch this helpful video:Why Should I Call a Lawyer?
Many people who’ve been in motorcycle accidents aren’t sure whether or not a lawyer will be able to help them and delay reaching out for help. However, having an attorney early on in an injury case can be critical, especially if negligent parties attempt to disclaim responsibility for the accident.
An experienced Winters motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to get to work immediately on your case. Your attorney can privately investigate the crash to determine negligence, put together a strong compensation case, and negotiate with at-fault parties and insurance companies to make sure you receive fair payment. If a settlement cannot be reached, your lawyer will become invaluable and will make all of the necessary preparations to take your case to trial.
Finally, there’s no reason not to reach out for help. Most attorneys will be happy to give you free advice over a phone call so that you can have the information you need to make an informed decision about moving forward with your case. This means that it costs nothing to get valuable, professional advice about your accident case, including what damages you may be able to recover, how strong your case may be, what your best next steps are, and more.Winters Motorcycle Accident Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, a Winters motorcycle accident attorney. A crash can be life-changing. If you or someone that you love was hurt during a motorcycle accident, reach out to me at (530) 392-9400 to receive free, friendly advice. I am also available toll-free at (800) 404-5400.
My law firm has been practicing in the Winters area since 1982. Throughout this time, we’ve been able to help many people obtain the compensation they deserve. To see our work history, view the settlements and verdicts we’ve achieved on behalf of our clients.
If you’d like even more information about me and my team, take a look at the reviews I’ve received on these third-party websites:
I am included in a group called Million Dollar Advocates Forum. This organization is for attorneys in the United States who’ve helped a client obtain over one million dollars for a single case.
I’m also a member of the Top One Percent.