There are close to 1 million registered motorcycles in the state of California. As more motorcyclists hit the open road, the likelihood of traffic accidents involving a motorcycle increases significantly. Motorcyclists have little protecting them from outside elements and, as a result, riders are more vulnerable to life-threatening and fatal injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured in a California motorcycle accident, contact Citywide Law Group for immediate assistance. Our experienced California motorcycle accident attorneys can help you recover the compensation you need by filing a personal injury claim for damages.
At Citywide Law Group, our California motorcycle accident attorneys have nearly two decades of experience handling complex motorcycle accident cases. During this time, we have recovered millions in meaningful compensation for motorcycle accident victims. The compensation you get from a lawsuit can help to pay for costly surgeries and rehabilitation, make up for lost income during recovery, and compensate for the emotional trauma you’ve endured. Call us today to find out how we can help you get the money you need and deserve after your motorcycle accident.
California Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Each year, thousands of traffic accidents in California involve a motorcycle. According to the Office of Traffic Safety, the number of motorcycle accidents across the state has slowly been on the rise:
- 2011: 12,028
- 2012: 12.617
- 2013: 13,143
- 2014: 13,744.
The number of fatal motorcycle crashes in the state has also been increasing. In fact, between 2011 and 2015, the number of fatal motorcycle accidents in California spiked by nearly 17 percent.
Causes of California Motorcycle Accidents
Why are so many motorcycle accidents happen in across the state of California? According to the Office of Traffic Safety, the leading causes of motorcycle accidents include riding while under the influence of alcohol (27 percent of rider fatalities) and speeding (29 percent of rider fatalities).
Other causes of motorcycle accidents in California include:
- Aggressive driving
- Lane splitting
- Limited rider visibility
- Motorcycle defects
- Dangerous road conditions
- Riding at night
- Failing to wear a helmet,
- Tailgating, and
- Distracted riding.
California Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcycles may be involved in fewer accidents than other vehicles, but the injuries that are inflicted tend to be much more severe. At Citywide Law Group, our California motorcycle accident attorneys are prepared to help you recover monetary damages for any motorcycle accident injury that you have suffered. In the past, we have helped injured motorcycle crash victims recover damages for injuries including:
- Brain injury
- Degloving injury
- Eye injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Thoracic injury
- Catastrophic injury
- Amputation, and
- Wrongful death.
Want to find out how much your claim is worth? Call us today to request a free consultation. We will review your case and provide a preliminary assessment of its strength.
Compensation Available to Motorcycle Accident Victims
What damages are available to motorcycle accident victims in California? Our attorneys can help you recover both economic and non-economic damages. The specific award you receive will depend on the specific circumstances of your case.
Your motorcycle accident will likely cause you to face a bit of a financial crisis. Economic damages are available to help compensate you for any out-of-pocket (and anticipated) financial costs that you have because of an accident. These damages are limited to your actual (and reasonably calculated future) costs. Economic damages may include:
- Medical bills
- Prescription medication
- Lost wages, and
Motorcycle accidents can be extremely violent and traumatic. As a result, you may endure pain and suffering that do not necessarily have a direct financial cost. Non-economic damages are available to compensate you for the hard-to-value injuries you suffer because of an accident. Since these damages are difficult to value, they can vary significantly from case to case. Non-economic damages may include:
- Mental anguish
- Physical pain and suffering
- Anxiety and depression
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of sexual relations
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and
Statute of Limitations for Motorcycle Accident Cases
As a California motorcycle accident victim, you have the right to file a personal injury claim for damages if another person is at fault. However, you only have a short window of time in which you can initiate legal action. A clock will begin to run the moment you are injured in a motorcycle crash, and run for a period of two years. If you do not file your claim before time runs out you will be prevented from getting the money you deserve.
There are limited exceptions to the strict statute of limitations rules. The time you have to file a claim can be extended or accelerated in certain situations. For example, the period can be extended if you do not discover an accident-related injury right away. On the other hand, the period can be shortened if the government is at fault. It is important to speak with an attorney immediately after your accident to make sure that your claim is filed on time.
What Will a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Do?
You’re thinking about filing a personal injury claim because you want to recover compensation for your injuries, right? Did you know that your chances of maximizing the amount of money you are awarded increases significantly when you hire an attorney to handle your case?
Here’s what you can expect when you hire the California motorcycle accident attorneys at Citywide Law Group:
We begin with a free consultation, which has two distinct purposes. First, it allows you to learn about our attorneys and the benefits of filing a personal injury lawsuit. Second, it gives us the opportunity to learn about your accident and assess the strength of your case.
Investigation & Research
We will perform a thorough investigation into the cause of your accident and the extent of your injuries. This investigation will serve as the basis for your legal case. Our investigation may include:
- Speaking with law enforcement and eyewitnesses
- Reviewing police and medical reports
- Consulting expert witnesses (including accident scene recreationists, financial specialists, and medical professionals), and
- Analyzing existing evidence.
During our investigation, we will also conduct thorough legal research to supplement your case. We will uncover relevant statutes, case law, and precedent that support your argument for damages.
We will present your claim for damages to the at-fault party and/or their insurance company. The claim will outline (a) why the defendant is liable and (b) the extent of your damages. We will use any information that is beneficial to you to leverage the defendant into offering a fair settlement.
Most cases will settle before you ever have to set foot in a courtroom. However, if you are not satisfied with the offers you receive we are prepared to litigate your case before a judge and jury. We are skilled trial attorneys who thrive in court. We know how to connect with a jury and persuade them to award you the compensation you deserve. Insurance companies in California know that we are strong litigators and will want to avoid a showdown in court.
Experienced California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Have you been injured in a California motorcycle accident? If another person is responsible for your accident you may be entitled to recover money for your injuries. This is true even if you are slightly responsible for your own injuries. Contact Citywide Law Group today to learn about how we can help you maximize the compensation you receive after an accident.
Our California motorcycle accident attorneys have over 17 years of experience fighting for the rights of injured accident victims across the state. We understand how important a financial award can be while you’re dealing with a life-changing injury. We will fight aggressively to make sure that the responsible party is held accountable and that you recover the money you deserve. Call us today to request a free consultation and learn more.