Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Encino, CA, Helping Injured Victims Recover Compensation
Motorcycle accidents are often traumatic, life-altering events that frequently result in severe injuries. Unlike other motorists on the road, a motorcycle passenger or rider is provided relatively little protection from the elements, the road, other cars, and physics in the event of a crash. Motorcyclists are too often sent spiraling through the air, only to come back down to earth with frightening injuries or worse.
There are approximately four million registered motorcycles in the United States. Across the nation, motorcycle accidents with catastrophic injuries and fatal consequences have sharply risen over the past decade, and California has ranked among the most dangerous states for motorcycle riders. In 2020, our state ranked second in the nation for motorcycle accident fatalities (539), and trends suggest that 2023 will have California ranked among the most dangerous yet again.
If you or a loved one have suffered a motorcycle accident injury — or if you have tragically lost someone as a direct result of a motorcycle crash — you may have the right to pursue compensation with the help of a California motorcycle accident lawyer.
The motorcycle accident lawyers of V&A Law Firm have half a century of legal experience representing clients in personal injury cases similar to yours. We are ready to fight for you as your attorneys in pursuit of the maximum compensation for your injuries and personal losses.
You should not have to be the one in pursuit of fair compensation from the at-fault driver. You should be allowed time to recover. As your legal representatives, we will take care of the insurance companies, the insurance claims adjuster, any contentious opposing legal counsel, and any other concerns that may arise.
Contact our Encino, CA, law offices to schedule your free consultation today.
What Types of Injuries Are Frequently Seen as a Result of Motorcycle Accidents?
Motorcycle injuries are unfortunately fairly commonplace in accidents, with seemingly very few motorcycle riders walking away unscathed. While a minor accident may only result in bruises, road rash, or whiplash, a more serious accident could have life-threatening consequences.
Common motorcycle accident injuries include the following:
- Broken bones.
- Broken jaw.
- Dental injuries.
- Dislocated limbs.
- Eye injuries.
- Fractured skulls.
- Internal injuries, including organ damage and other soft tissue damage.
- Limb amputations.
- Loss of sight, hearing, or speech.
- Muscle strains and tears.
- Road rash.
- Spinal cord injuries.
- Traumatic brain injuries.
- And other serious injuries.
A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study found that injuries to the lower extremities were the most common motorcycle accident injuries. The study specified that this was mostly broken legs, feet, and ankles, and fewer soft tissue injuries. Stats also show that wearing a motorcycle helmet dramatically reduced the chances of injured bikers’ wounds proving to be fatal.
Motorcycle fatalities happen with more regularity than other motorist fatalities on the roadways. If you’ve lost a family member or another loved one in a fatal motorcycle crash, speak to a personal injury attorney at our law firm to discuss your case.
What Are Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes?
Motorcycle accident victims do not receive the respect they deserve. Too often, there is a collective shrug among the public, as though motorcycle riding is so inherently dangerous that one is practically signing themselves up for catastrophe. While it is true that motorcycle riders are in more auto accidents than those who drive other vehicles, very often a motorcycle accident case is the result of another motorist failing to give the motorcyclist room, the right-of-way, or failing to look for them altogether.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Car doors opening.
- Dangerous road conditions.
- Distracted driving.
- Drunk driving.
- Lane splitting.
- Left turns.
- Mechanical defects.
- Rear-end collisions.
- Sudden stops.
- Unsafe weather conditions.
For the motorcycle accident victim, it probably matters little what caused the accident, just so long as the responsible drivers of other vehicles are held financially responsible. With the help of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer, your motorcycle accident claims have a better chance of recovering maximum compensation for your injuries, property damage, and other losses.
What Kind of Financial Compensation Can a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Help You Recover?
California is an ‘at-fault state,’ meaning that the at-fault party is responsible for paying for damages caused in an accident. Typically, if they are insured, the other party’s insurance company will pay for the damages. However, if the damages sought in your personal injury lawsuit exceed their car insurance company policy, then further damages would be taken from the at-fault party’s personal assets. If you have reason to believe that the responsible party does not have the funds to cover your losses, your motorcycle attorney will seek damages from all other potentially liable parties.
If you are awarded damages for your motorcycle accident claim, those damages will likely be split into economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages may include:
- Lost wages.
- Medical bills.
- Physical therapy expenses.
- Property damage.
Non-economic damages may include:
- Diminished quality of life.
- Lost companionship.
- Wrongful death.
In cases of extreme neglect or malice, you may also be able to pursue punitive damages with your personal injury claim.
Contact V&A Law Firm for a 15-Minute Free Case Evaluation with Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Whether you’re the injured party or representing a loved one, you want an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to represent your motorcycle accident claim. V&A Law Firm has years of experience representing injured motorcyclists under California’s motorcycle accident law.
Our law firm offers a free 15-minute case evaluation. Additionally, we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay unless we win.
To schedule your free initial consultation, please call our California motorcycle accident lawyers at 818-369-3270.