Motorcyclists put their lives in the hands of other drivers when they get on the road every day. Every motorcyclist understands the risks that make the vehicles exhilarating. However, nearly any kind of motorcycle accident can result in serious damages.
Most motorcycle riders have uphill battles when it comes to dealing with insurance companies. Normally, insurers will try to portray motorcyclists as reckless drivers and minimize payouts. Do not settle for anything that does not cover all of your damages.
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, it is in your best interest to contact a personal injury attorney.
Los Angeles Attorney for Motorcycle Accidents in California
All experienced bike riders understand the dangers that go along with motorcycling. Often times, however, the motorcycle rider is not at fault in the accident. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident and feel that you are not receiving fair consideration for your claim, you should meet with a personal injury attorney.
An insurance company will jump through hoops to avoid the settlement you deserve. Do not settle for something less. Be proactive, contact Yarian & Associates, APC for a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to file your motorcycle accident claim. The attorneys at Yarian & Associates, APC have two decades of experience in auto and motorcycle accidents and have received millions in compensation.
Let the team of attorneys at Yarian & Associates, APC represent you and advocate for your recovery. We file claims for clients throughout the greater Los Angeles County and Tulare County area including other communities such as Glendale, Long Beach, Visalia, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Pasadena.
Call (844) 291-1911 or schedule an online appointment to book a free consultation today.
Overview for Motorcycle Accident Claims in California
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that 75 percent of all motorcycle accidents involve two vehicles. In addition to this, 50 percent of fatal accidents also involve two vehicles. The second vehicle is usually a car, and the motorcyclist almost always fares worse.
The most common factors in motorcycle accidents include:
- Inexperienced riders or drivers
- Alcohol & drugs
- Distractions (texting, talking on a cell phone, eating)
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Not using a turn signal
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Lane splitting
- Poor weather conditions
- Unexpected obstacles
- Over braking
- Vehicle defects
- Road defects (potholes, broken asphalt)
- Harassment and road rage
- Failing to wear protective gear (helmet, leather)
Sometimes a motorcycle accident may be caused by roadways having hazardous or dangerous conditions. If you were in an accident on a freeway, city street, airport, or other unnamed public places, a government entity may be at fault. On the opposite end, if you were on a commercial or residential property, it could be considered premises liability.
Common Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle crashes tend to have serious bodily injuries, even in minor crashes. Motorcycles are without any sort of restraint so more often than not the driver tends to fly off their bike.
Some common injuries suffered by motorcyclists include:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Facial scars
- Road Rash
The High Cost of a Motorcycle Accident
In most cases, it is the front of the motorcycle that is hit. This is also the point of impact that results in the most incapacitating and fatal injuries. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, you may already have a good idea of how costly it is.
This is why it is imperative that you obtain legal representation. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve. No one should suffer due to the negligence of another. The responsible party should be held liable.
Costs that you may have to endure if you have been involved in a motorcyclist’s accident include but are not limited to:
- All past, present, and future medical costs;
- Loss of past and future earnings from being out of work;
- In the case of wrongful death, funeral costs;
- Property damage of the motorbike;
- Loss of enjoyment of life you lost due to your injuries; and
- All past and future pain, suffering, and emotional trauma
Determining Liability in Motorcycle Accident Cases
It can be difficult to identify the responsible party in a motorcycle bike accident. This is especially important when you are dealing with multi-vehicle collisions. Identifying every potential factor in an accident is crucial. Determining fault and liability can also be a daunting task.
Fault can be a complex issue. You, the other driver, police, and insurance companies may not agree on who is at fault. It is even further complicated if there are equipment failures, poor road conditions, public vehicles, or obstacles involved.
An attorney can help prepare your strongest arguments, and may even retain a private investigator to help build your case. But you must act quickly. The insurance companies will want to settle as quickly as they can, for as little as they can.
An insurance company will not want to wait to discover that you have long-term medical and disability issues. To them, it is just business. To you, it is your future. Do not agree to any settlement without talking to a motorcycle accident attorney who has your best interest in mind.
Background on Motorcycle Crashes – Visit the Insurance Information Institute’s (III) website, an organization whose mission is to improve the understanding of insurance for the general public. Read about how motorcyclists are more vulnerable on the road and are more likely to be injured or killed than car occupants.
Motorcycle Accidents – Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and see their outlined traffic safety facts. Research more on motorcycles and their registration, crashes, speeding, age requirement, DUI penalties, and more.
Work with an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
The attorneys at Yarian & Associates, APC can help you recover with the compensation you deserve. Our team of attorneys has filed many accident-related claims with uncompromising results. Attorney Yarian has secured million dollar settlements for accident injury cases. With our experience and skills we will:
- Understand your legal options;
- Conduct an investigation into the accident;
- Challenge the police report’s findings, if it is not in your favor;
- Help prevent insurance companies from settling too soon;
- Ensure that your long-term medical, psychological and financial needs are identified and the cost fairly calculated; and
- Fight for maximum compensation
Yarian & Associates, APC is familiar with state, transportation and law officials in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area including the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, the Long Beach Police Department, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), the Glendale Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), and the Office for Tulare County Sheriff.
Recovering from a motorcycle accident can be a long, hard road. It is a road you should not head down alone. Call (844) 291-1911 or schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys today.
This article was last updated on June 19th, 2018.