Motorcycle Accident Injury Claims If the motorcyclist was not at-fault, they may be able to seek damages from the party negligent in causing the crash. While motorcyclists are not covered by PIP insurance, they are also not bound by its restrictions. Injured riders are not limited in the damages they may seek to compensate for their losses, including damages for pain and suffering.
Motorcyclists do not have to pass an injury threshold to seek compensation for damages, which may include medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. After an accident, your attorney may contact the negligent party’s insurance company to negotiate a settlement for costs incurred as a result of the accident.
If negotiations with insurance companies are unsuccessful or unsatisfactory, you may be able to pursue legal action against the negligent party with the help of your attorney. Motorcycle accidents lawsuits fall under the category of personal injury, which in turn is based on the theory of negligence. In other words, your attorney will have to prove that the other driver in the accident was at fault because he or she failed to exercise a reasonable standard of care.
In some cases, a defect in your car, or the other party's car, could have led to the accident. In these cases, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the car or its parts to recover compensation for your injuries. In these circumstances, the attorney will have a conduct an investigation to study the car and determine whether it had any defects prior to the accident.
If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you may have recourse to recover compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. An attorney can help the family of the deceased prove the negligence of the other driver was the cause of the victim’s death.
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Motorcycle accidents are generally considered the worst type of crashes since motorcycles can be driven at high speeds and do not offer their riders much protection. Researchers have noted that 98% result in injuries. Many accidents end in serious injury or death. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, there were approximately 5,096 motorcyclists that were injured and killed in Los Angeles County in 2016.
Department of Transportation tasked with road safety, has noted that a motorcycle rider is 8 times more likely to be injured and 37 times more likely to die in a crash than the occupant of an automobile in auto accidents. In the past decade, motorcycle fatalities have doubled, in part due to more motorcycles being purchased each year, not only by younger riders who have less experience riding but, increasingly, by riders over 40 who have slower reaction times.
Motorcycle accident victims are prone to catastrophic injury over other drivers of motor vehicles as 80% of them suffer fatal motorcycle accidents. Physical injuries suffered from a motorcycle collision can range from broken or fractured bones, spinal cord injuries, and brain injuries to fatal injuries. Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Los Angeles 30% of all motorcycle injuries are to the legs and feet.
Serious injuries can be limited if the rider uses quality safety equipment. For instance, a helmet should cover the entire face, fit well, and be less than 5 years old. The glue that holds the protective material and motorcycle helmet together deteriorates over time and a poorly fitting helmet may come apart during a traffic collision.
For accidents where a fatality occurs, family members of the deceased may have a potential wrongful death claim. Consult with a professional law firm for legal advice if a death in the family was caused by a motorcycle crash.
GJEL Accident Attorneys is an award winning California Motorcycle Accident Law Firm. We have been helping injured victims get the justice and compensation they deserve after being injured in a motorcycle accident. If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash you should call us right away.
At GJEL we have a track record of success and have recovered over $950 Million Dollars for our clients injured in California. We also maintain a 99% success rate and there is no fee unless and until we win your case. It’s no wonder why motorcyclists love traveling California’s highways.